A clear criminal background check is a requirement of the Radiologic Technology Program as clinical facilities are required to follow Michigan Public Acts 27, 28 and 29 of 2006. Students sign a Clinical Disclosure Statement prior to having a criminal background check and pay the fee (approximately $10.00). In addition, any student who becomes subject to criminal prosecution that occurs during the program must report it immediately to the Radiologic Technology Program Director. Without a clear criminal background, a student would not be allowed to participate in clinical activities and thus, unable to complete the SC4 Radiologic Technology Program.
Convictions or charges may preclude eligibility to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technology examination. The student must contact the A.R.R.T. to determine eligibility by completing a Pre-application. Check www.arrt.org for clarification.
American Heart Basic Life Support Course-CPR
All students are required to complete a BLS for the Healthcare Provider course from the American Heart Association. It is specifically called Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider by the American Heart Association. Students are encouraged to check with their local hospitals and ambulance companies for availability of courses. Failure to submit evidence of this requirement will result in inability to attend the clinical experience and require a make-up clinical experience. All students are required to complete a health care provider course and must have documentation of current certification for the entire two years.
Change of Name or Address
It is required that you notify the Radiologic Technology office of any changes in name, address, email and/or phone number. The Radiologic Technology Office requires that the student provides a current telephone number at which he/she can be reached or receive messages. This information will be kept confidential.
It is the student’s ethical/legal responsibility to maintain updated immunizations, TB testing, BLS, malpractice insurance and any other requirements for clinical practice. The student is expected to maintain a satisfactory level of mental and physical stability to enable a safe and competent level of functioning. Any student who is not in compliance with this regulation may be denied entrance to the clinical area.
Each student must pass a physical examination taken at his/her own expense not more than 4 months before entering a clinical course in the program.
Physical exam forms are available from the Radiologic Technology Office. All required lab work, 10 panel drug screen (urine), a TB skin test or chest x-ray must be completed and verification submitted to the Radiologic Technology department no earlier than 1 month prior to first clinical day.
TB skin test must be repeated annually. Failure to submit any required health forms will result in the inability to attend the clinical experience and require makeup clinical experience.
Radiologic Technologists and those studying Radiologic Technology are at risk for increased exposure to certain preventable infectious diseases and other health hazards. It is important for Radiologic technologists to be immunized properly for protection against these diseases and for prevention of their spread among clients in the hospitals and clinics. In addition, Radiologic Technologists must rigidly adhere to Standard precautions to minimize risks.
All Radiologic Technology students must provide a proof of immunity of the following:
TB test- must be done prior to the start of the program, and renewed annually
Measles, Mumps, Rubella(MMR)- Adult booster-past age of 18 years or titer
Varicella – proof of vaccine or titer
Hepatitis B series- evidence of beginning the series of 3 hepatitis B vaccines prior to beginning the clinical portion of the program.
Tetanus , diphtheria, a-cellular pertussis (TDap)- within past 10 years
Flu Vaccine - annually
In addition, the Guide for Health Care Providers (CDC) recommends the following immunizations for health care personnel: tetanus-diphtheria, mumps, poliomyelitis and influenza. The CDC recommends all Health Care Providers receive the influenza vaccine on an annual basis. If the student does not receive this vaccine, a declination form must be signed and provided to the Radiologic Technology office. Students should discuss their immunizations with their health care provider.
Students must submit a copy of all results to the Radiologic Technology office. Failure to submit the required proof of immunity to the Radiologic Technology Office by 1 month prior to fist clinical day rotation will result in inability to attend the clinical experience and require a make-up clinical experience.
Some clinical sites may require proof of immunization not required by the Radiologic Technology Program. Failure to follow clinical site requirements may prevent you from clinical rotations at that site. If this occurs, the program will attempt to place you in clinical rotations that are equitable if possible.
Alteration in Health Status
Any existing health condition which could affect a student in a clinical rotation must be discussed with the clinical instructor and/or Radiologic Technology Program Director. If a health condition might affect a student's ability to complete a normal clinical assignment (i.e. surgery, injury, illness, etc.), the student must obtain and submit a written description of any restrictions from his/her health care provider prior to continuing the clinical experience. If the Radiologic Technology faculty believes that the student, with reasonable accommodations and agreement from the clinical sites, can meet the clinical objectives, the student will be given the opportunity to remain in the course. Should the student decide to attempt to complete the course he/she must sign and submit a Release Form which is available in the Radiologic Technology Office. If a student must withdraw from the clinical rotation and is in good academic standing, he/she may apply for readmission to the program after submitting proof that the health restrictions are alleviated. Readmission would be dependent upon the availability of space in the required course and approval of Radiologic Technology faculty.
The Radiologic Technology clinical instructor has the responsibility and duty to decide whether or not a student is capable of clinical performance on any one day. If the clinical instructor decides that the risk to the student(s) or clients is too great or that the clinical objectives and expected behaviors cannot be met within the restriction, the student may be sent home for the day. If health problems or risks prevent the student from returning to clinical rotations, further options will be decided by faculty.
Health Care Costs
It is strongly recommended that all students obtain personal health care insurance. Each student will be required to maintain standard precautions in the performance of all client care. It is the student's responsibility to be prepared to care for each client and to take appropriate precautions against personal injury and illness.
It is important to note, through no fault of the college, instructors or clinical agency, that the possibility exists that a student could accidentally injure or expose him/herself to disease or injury. If injury occurs during client care, the clinical instructor must be informed immediately.
The student is responsible for assuming the cost of any necessary medical treatment. For this reason, it is strongly advised that students maintain their own health care insurance.
All Radiologic Technology students are required to have malpractice insurance. The students will be covered through a blanket malpractice insurance policy purchased by the college. Malpractice insurance through SC4 will cover you only in your assigned clinical areas.
Technical Standards — SC4 Radiologic Technology Program
Prospective students must be able to:
1. Lift and transfer patients to and from the radiographic table.
2. Lift a minimum of 30 pounds and support up to 75 pounds.
3. Move, adjust, and manipulate a variety of equipment to perform radiographic procedures.
4. Communicate, orally and in writing, with patient, physicians and other personnel.
5. Follow written and verbal instructions.
To progress in the Radiologic Technology program, the student must achieve and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0. In addition, to progress, the student must attain a grade of at least 2.0 in every required corequisite a grade of 2.0
in every Radiology course.
Students must follow the model schedule sequencing for all Radiology courses and clinical (see SC4 course catalog or www.sc4.edu/radiologictechnology). Clinical rotations must be done at an SC4 contracted site.
It is the responsibility of the student to satisfactorily complete the Radiologic Technology program within five (5) years from the time of the completion of the first Radiologic Technology course. Any lapse in progression requires a readmission to the program.
It may be necessary to repeat a course or courses if the student has withdrawn from the program for any period of time.
Academic and Grading Policies
Didactic and Clinical Grading Scale
|72% and below
See Clinical Grading information in the Clinical Policies and Information section of this handbook for a complete explanation of clinical grading.
The student is responsible for their own learning. The Radiologic Technology faculty is available to assist and support each student in mastering the competencies of the Radiologic Technology program. The faculty believes academic integrity is essential to the development of professional conduct. Student’s who engage in acts of academic dishonesty such as cheating or plagiarism, compromise the culture of safety and integrity which defines the Radiologic Technology profession. Students who choose to violate academic integrity erode the foundation of trust between the students, faculty, clients and the community that they serve.
St. Clair County Community College considers academic honesty to be essential to all academic performance. The policy of the college states that instances of academic dishonesty will be treated as serious offenses of the Student Code of Conduct. Students involved in activities such as cheating and/or plagiarism will be subject to disciplinary action. Definitions as outlined in the SC4 catalog are as follows:
- Definition of plagiarism: Plagiarism is the appropriation of language, thoughts, or ideas of another author and claiming that as one's own. Plagiarism is work not produced by the student, or work that does not credit borrowings from the original source(s).
- Definition of cheating: Cheating can be, but is not limited to, a student using electronic technology, notes, or other written materials not permitted by the instructor; looking at other students' papers without the instructor's permission; requesting answers from other students; or working with other students when independent work is required. Some situations in which cheating may occur, include tests, exams, quizzes, or other similar methods of evaluation.
Cheating is further defined in the Radiologic Technology Department as fraud, deceit, or dishonesty in any academic or clinical activity. It may include but is not limited to:
- Inappropriate use of electronic devices during class. No electronic devices may be worn or placed within view of the student during testing.
- Copying or attempting to copy from others during testing or for an assignment.
- Communicating any testing information to, or receiving such information from, another person during or prior to an exam.
- Using, attempting to use, or assisting others in using materials that are prohibited or inappropriate in the context of the assignment or examination in question, such as: books, prepared answers, written notes, concealed information, or Web sites (this includes cutting and pasting from websites).
- Copy the work of another person (peer), including an author of a published book, pamphlet, or article, and turn it in as one’s own. Quotations, statistics, and other factual data must be noted as such by documentation of the authoritative source.
- Allowing others to do one's assignment or a portion of one's assignment or using a commercial term paper service.
- Altering an assignment after it has been completed or altering recorded grades.
- Resubmitting a previously written assignment for a new course without the permission of the prior and current instructor.
- Misrepresent performance or falsify documentation related to the performance of any activity required to complete course/curriculum objectives.
Cheating on any classroom or clinical assignment, quiz or exam will result in a grade of "E" for the course and dismissal from the Radiologic Technology Program. In addition, the student will be ineligible for readmission to the Radiologic Technology program.
It is expected that all students complete the quizzes/exams at the regularly scheduled time. In the event of an unforeseen emergency (serious illness or death of an immediate family member) or presence of communicable disease in the student, the student must notify the appropriate faculty prior to the scheduled exam. Arrangements for exams missed must be made prior to the next scheduled lecture day. Makeup exams may not be identical to the originally scheduled exam. Missed exams, failure to notify the instructor prior to the exam, and/or failure to complete the makeup exam prior to the next lecture time may each result in a grade of 0 for that exam. Missed quizzes, tests, or
finals will be given a 5% grade reduction without a doctor’s note.
Make up exams are by appointment only. Arrangements can be made by contacting the class instructor or the Radiologic Technology Department.
Quizzes will not always be announced. The grading policy regarding missed quizzes within a course is written in that course syllabus.
Final exams, which are part of the course competencies, are to be taken by all students. If extenuating circumstances occur which create problems in writing final examinations (illness, death, accident), rather than jeopardize your grade, notify the instructor prior to the examination. If the instructor is not available, call the Radiologic Technology office.
A student may take any didactic quiz, test, or exam only one time. It is the responsibility of the student to be prepared for all testing.
All semesters starts with the first day of classes according to the College calendar and ends the Friday of final exam week. It is the responsibility of all students to be available to meet student obligations through the last day of final exam week. This includes final exams, final assignments and schedule distribution and review classes.
The specific objectives to be attained by the student and the method of calculating the final course grade are written in each course syllabus. Students are responsible for reading each course syllabus to be informed of the particular objectives and grading system for each course.
A student will be dismissed from the program for the following reasons.
- Achievement of less than a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.
- A grade of less than 2.0 in any Radiologic Technology or required academic courses.
- Failure to meet the goals listed on the Warning Notice/ Deficiency.
- Failure to show satisfactory program progression (levels 1-3) using the conceptual framework outlined in the student handbook.
- Failure to achieve a final score of at least 80% in all didactic courses.
- Failure to achieve a final score of at least 80% and satisfactory in all clinical courses.
- Committing an action cited in 333. 16221 of the Public Health Code Act 368 of 1978, State of Michigan.
- Failure to follow JRCERT Standards, ASRT Code of Ethics, or ASRT Practice Standards.
- Disregard to safety procedures for the patient and others. Demonstration and/or evidence of mental and/or physical health condition that is deemed by the Radiologic Technology faculty to be dangerous to the student, peers and/or clients.
- Failure to follow orientation standards of clinical sites.
Reinstatement to the Radiologic Technology Program
Any lapse in progression through the model Radiologic Technology curriculum schedule will require a written request for readmission be sent to the Radiologic Technology Program Director. The reflection letter must include reasons stating why the student was unsuccessful and the corrective action that has been taken to remedy the situation.
Reapplying to the program does not guarantee admission. If applying for readmission, you may be required to repeat or audit previous courses.
Readmission is subject to correction of the problem, space availability in the program, and faculty approval. The Radiologic Technology admissions committee has the duty to approve or deny applications for readmission.
Decisions for readmission by the faculty committee will be communicated to you through the Radiologic Technology office. Faculty decisions regarding approval of readmission are final.
If a student is on Final Warning and continues to demonstrate unsafe behaviors as stated in the clinical competencies, the student will fail before completion of clinical.
If a student is failing clinical before the end of the semester, they must withdraw from any corresponding courses. A student who fails clinical is considered unsafe and is not eligible for readmission.
If a student transfers into the SC4 program due to a failure in another Radiologic Technology program, this will be considered a first failure.
When a student has failed a course, they are withdrawn from the program. The student may be readmitted only one time. In other words, if a student fails a second time, the student is ineligible for readmission.
Students may apply for re-admission to the program. Students will need to meet with the Program Director to discuss guidelines. A written request for readmission must be submitted to the Radiography Program Director and a spot must be available. The Radiography program staff will then determine on a case by case basis if a student will be readmitted.
Clinical Attendance Policy
Attendance Hours for Clinical Rotations
Daytime hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (depending on clinical rotation)
Afternoon hours: 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. (depending on clinical rotation)
Weekend hours: 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., or 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (begin 6 months after the start of the program)
Tuesday and Thursday are clinical days during the Fall, Winter, and Summer I (Year I) semester of the first year of the Radiologic Technology Program.
Summer II (Year II) semester clinical time is 40 hours per week. No didactic classes are scheduled during this 6 week semester. Monday, Wednesday and Friday are clinical days during Fall, Winter, and Summer I (Year II) semesters of the second year.
Students will be in attendance during the hours determined by the program officials. Any deviations, without authorization, will not be tolerated. Students attending clinical rotations will need to sign in and out on a time sheet. Any falsification of records would be considered cheating and would follow the rules outlined in the academic policy. Falsification includes but is not limited to: signing in our out for inappropriate time, falsifying forms for other students, and failure to sign time sheet.
Attendance is required at all mandatory seminars on campus, as well as department or facility orientation (i.e. clinical area orientation, hospital orientation, computer training, etc). Students are to regularly attend all classes and laboratory/clinical sessions as assigned. All student clinical rotation schedules are provided to students prior to the start of the semester and are available for student review in the Radiologic Technology office. A student cannot change a rotation without permission of an SC4 Clinical Instructor. Each student is responsible for his/her own transportation to the clinical site.
When assigned a starting time in the clinical area, this time is NOT the arrival time. You are to arrive in sufficient time to be ready to begin your clinical experience at the starting time. Students are expected to arrive at the clinical site on time, dressed appropriately (see dress code), equipped with the proper resources, and prepared to care for assigned clients. Failure to meet any of these expectations may result in dismissal for that day. The clinical instructor has the duty to assess and decide whether or not these expectations have been met.
Dependent upon the experience and the particular clinical unit, your arrival time should be approximately fifteen minutes prior to the starting time. Attendance hours may vary to accommodate instruction schedule and certain clinical rotations.
Students choosing to stay late in clinical experience to complete exams or evaluations may do so as long as staffing ratios are met and student hours do not exceed 40 hours per week.
Lecture Attendance: The campus course schedule is determined by the program director. Classes may be scheduled in the day, late afternoon, and evening. Students choosing to work and who have a conflict with their work schedule will need to make other arrangements with their place of work.
Tardiness: Research shows attending classes will improve student success. Coming late to classes or clinical rotation is seen as a lack of interest in the course. Students arriving after their assigned starting time will be considered tardy and an SC4 Incident Form will be filled out. Repeated tardiness may cause a Grade Reduction and/or SC4 Warning Notice/Deficiency.
Skipping class or clinical: Skipping may cause a Failed Grade in the course. The student could be removed from the Radiologic Technology Program.
The student needs to inform the clinical instructor in charge at their assigned site and the SC4 Program Director by phone, if possible, if they are going to be tardy.
Absence Notification (Class on Campus)
If you are scheduled for a class on campus and will not be present, call the Program Director’s phone and leave a message on the answering machine at least one hour prior to class start time. Leaving a message will document the time of the call.
Absence Notification (Clinical)
The student is responsible for notifying the assigned Clinical Site and the SC4 Program Director at least one hour prior to shift start time when he/she is unable to attend. The student is to notify the program director and leaving a message on the answering machine. Upon the student’s return, an email must be sent to the Program director stating reason for absence.
It is imperative that you utilize all measures to maintain your health, such as proper rest and nutrition. Dental and medical appointments for maintenance of health should be scheduled during non-program hours or semester breaks. If you must make an appointment during the semester, schedule it around your classroom/clinical schedule. Any clinical time missed needs to be made up. If arrangements cannot be made with clinical sites, students may have to be charged to make up clinical days missed. If multiple absences are taken, extra clinical assignments may be assigned.
Clinical Experience Restrictions
The following Recommendations for Clinical Experience Restrictions apply to temporary health conditions which a student may experience during the clinical courses. It is expected that the student inform the instructor whenever such situations exist. This information is provided by the Centers for Disease Control.
Summary of suggested work restrictions for health care personnel exposed to or infected with infectious diseases of importance in health care settings, in the absence of state & local regulations (modified from ACIP recommendations).