Reviewed and revised April 9, 2021
Notice of Non-Discrimination Policy
Radiologic Technology Professional Information
Student Professional Information
Student Access to Client Information - HIPAA
Clinical Policies and Information
Graduation and Certification Information
Acknowledgement of Receipt of Handbook
To provide the healthcare community with qualified entry level radiographers through education that makes a difference in radiologic technology.
Welcome to the Associate Degree Radiologic Technology Program at St. Clair County Community College. You have chosen to become a member of a health profession that is rewarding, challenging, stimulating, and demanding. Your success depends on you. The faculty is here to guide and direct you, but you need to put forth the effort to learn and apply the material. The challenge of learning is up to you.
You will note each course and each semester builds upon previous courses and activities. You will also see increased expectations in your clinical experiences as you progress through the program. You are expected to bring knowledge from previous semesters into your current courses/semesters.
Your first responsibility as a student is to take full advantage of every learning opportunity. Make an effort to see the purpose of every assignment. This could be a reading assignment or a client assignment. Every assignment is an opportunity for you to be successful in your chosen profession.
Your second responsibility is to do the very best you are capable of doing. Your mastery, retention, and application of the knowledge and skills required to provide quality care is of prime importance. You will have opportunities to acquire this knowledge during the program. Your knowledge and skill will be reflected in the care you deliver to your clients as well as in your grade for each course. Remember that with each contact you have with a client you are being tested on your ability to apply your knowledge and skills. Your client always deserves the best possible care you can give.
This handbook is provided so you will understand the philosophy, conceptual framework, program outcomes, objectives, expected behaviors, and policies of the Associate Degree Radiologic Technology Program. You are expected to be familiar with the content of this handbook and are accountable for following the guidelines provided. This handbook does not replace the college catalog; therefore, both the Radiologic Technology Student Handbook and the College Catalog policies and procedures must be followed. You will need to read this information carefully and sign on the back page. Your signature indicates you understand and agree to abide by the policies.
St. Clair County Community College is an equal opportunity institution and complies with all federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination. It is the policy of St. Clair County Community College that no person shall be discriminated against, excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, sex, marital status, height, weight, handicap, or any other criteria prohibited by law in its academic and vocational programs, activities, admissions, financial assistance, or employment.
Any questions concerning Title VI of the Civil rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, or any inquiries related to Section 504 of the rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of handicap, should be directed to:
Vice President of Human Resources and Labor Relations
Title VI, Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator
St. Clair County Community College
323 Erie St., P.O. Box 5015
Port Huron, MI 48061-5015
(810)989-5536 or (800) 553-2427
St. Clair County Community College, previously Port Huron Junior College, received its first accreditation in 1923. Port Huron Junior College received its first North Central Association accreditation in 1930 and has maintained that standard ever since. In 1967, Port Huron Junior College became St. Clair County Community College (SC4). The Radiologic Technology Program has run for 50 years as an accredited, hospital-based program. The program has had a first-time pass rate of 100% on the national registry for over 20 years. The program’s change of sponsorship and accreditation to SC4 occurred in 2012.
The Department of Radiologic Technology as an integral part of St. Clair County Community College derives its overall philosophy and purpose from the mission, and goals, and philosophy by providing an innovative, creative, and comprehensive curriculum in an interactive environment. We acknowledge the diverse needs of our students and clinical agencies as we work together for community enrichment.
The purpose of the Radiologic Technology Program is to prepare students to provide safe and effective radiologic technology care. In addition to the concepts included in the metaparadigm, faculty integrates education, teaching, and learning environment.
Person: Each individual is a unique person (client and/ or patient) who may also be part of a family or community. Individuals possess dignity and inherently desire respect. They have the right to make their own decisions. The person is viewed as a holistic being interconnected with others and their environment.
Environment and Health: The environment is the sum of internal and external forces surrounding the person. The internal forces include physical, intellectual, emotional, cultural, and social factors. The external forces include circumstances and influences of the community and society. The radiologic technologist facilitates an environment conducive to optimal radiographic care. Health is defined as the individual attainment of optimal wellness and not merely the presence or absence of disease. Health perception is influenced by the person’s values and beliefs. Harmony between the person and the environment promotes holistic well-being throughout the lifespan. Health influences the role of radiologic technology.
Radiologic Technology: Radiologic Technology is the science and art in manipulation of a variety of radiographic imaging equipment to produce quality images for diagnosis by a radiologist. Radiologic technologists use patient care skills, perform radiologic procedures of all body parts, apply principles of radiation protection, evaluate radiographs for technical quality and exercise professional judgment.
Radiologic Technology Education: The Radiologic Technology Department strives to create a safe, comfortable environment conducive to learning. Radiologic Technology Education involves the teaching of theories, skills, and behaviors that assist the learners to assure the role of a registered radiologic technologist. Radiologic Technology is a team effort composed of both the educator and the learner.
The conceptual framework is derived from the Radiologic Technology philosophy. The program goals – competency/patient care, communication, problem solving/critical thinking, and ethics & professional development – surround the conceptual framework. This enhances evidence-based practice and encourages life-long learning.
The metaparadigm of radiologic technology is included within the conceptual framework. The concepts of person, environment & health, radiologic technology, and education are the focus of education in radiologic technology. The triangles are not connecting to each other or to the program outcomes in order to encourage strength and flexibility.
Concepts form the philosophy link to the conceptual framework. Essential elements of the radiologic technology philosophy are listed under each concept.
Radiologic Technology education is the core of the Associate Degree program. Education in Radiology Technology facilitates student learning.
Student learning goals, leveled objectives and expected behaviors will be assessed continuously using a satisfactory/unsatisfactory score and will be a part of the student’s semester clinical grade. In order to pass a clinical course, a student must obtain at least 80% (satisfactory) on clinical assignments and evaluations overall and achieve a satisfactory score in the outcome levels.
For the student to progress through the Radiologic Technology Program, student learning outcomes, objectives, and expected behaviors must be met. By graduation, all students must meet overall student learning outcomes and level three expected behaviors. Specific objectives under each student learning outcome assist the faculty and student by providing a clear definition of expected behaviors in the clinical area. Expected behaviors are leveled according to the student’s courses in the program. Each objective is then broken down into expected behaviors. These are specific actions that will need to be accomplished by the student to meet the outcomes/objectives and program goals.
Upon completion of the Associate Degree Radiologic Technology Program at St. Clair County Community College, the graduate will:
Competency/Patient Care Goal
Perform radiologic duties of a competent entry level radiographer.
Demonstrate effective communication skills with people of all ages.
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking Goal
Develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.
Ethics and Professional Development Goal
Display ethics, affective behavior, and professional development.
|Student Learning Goal
|Level 1 Expected Behaviors-
RAD 110, RAD 111, RAD 130L, RAD 101, RAD 102, RAD 120
|Level 2 Expected Behaviors
RAD 112, RAD 131L, RAD 113, RAD 132L, RAD 230L, RAD 201, Rad 231L, RAD 121, Rad 122, RAD 220
The student/graduate will perform radiologic duties of a competent entry level radiographer.
|Objective a: Performs patient care skills that are essential for radiographic procedures.|
|Observes delivery of patient care and delivers patient care under direct supervision during radiographic procedures.||Delivers patient care under direct and indirect supervision.|
|Objective b: Protects the patient, oneself, and other from radiation exposure.|
|Identifies need for and practices utilization of radiation protection.||Understands and practices utilization of radiation protection practices for the benefit of the patient, self and others|
|Objective c: Produces quality radiographic images for interpretation.|
|Identifies and demonstrates principles of technique and positioning.||Demonstrates principles of technique and positioning and evaluates radiographic images.|
The student/graduate will demonstrate effective communication skills with people of all ages.
|Objective a: Employs effective communication skills with patients and staff.|
|Observes, recognizes, and participates in effective communication with patients and staff in the healthcare setting.||Recognizes, participates in, and practices use of effective communication with patients and staff in the healthcare setting.|
|Objective b: Demonstrates effective communication skills with the Radiologists and other physicians|
|Observes, recognizes and participates in effective communication with the Radiologist and other physicians in the healthcare setting.||Recognizes, participates in, and practices use of effective communication with the Radiologists and other physicians in the healthcare setting.|
|Objective c: Employs proper flow and efficiency of radiographic procedures through accurate communication with the radiology and healthcare staff.|
|Observes, recognizes, and participates in proper flow and efficiency of radiographic procedures through accurate communication with the radiology and healthcare staff.||Recognizes, participates in, and practices use of proper flow and efficiency of radiographic procedures through accurate communication with the radiology and healthcare staff.|
Problem Solving/ Critical Thinking Goal
The student/graduate will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.
|Objective a: Demonstrates confident manipulation of a variety of imaging equipment.|
|Observes and practices manipulation of a variety of imaging equipment.||Practices and retains knowledge in manipulation of a variety of imaging equipment.|
|Objective b: Identifies emergency patient conditions and defines life-saving first aid.|
|Gains knowledge of and recognizes emergency patient conditions and life-saving first aid.||Recognizes and assists during emergency patient conditions and life-saving first-aid situations.|
|Objective c: Performs non-routine exams.|
|Gains knowledge and practices performance of non-routine exams.||Practices and performs non-routine exams under supervision.|
|Objective d: Identifies adaption of technical factors for pathological changes.|
|Gains knowledge of correlation between technical factors and pathological changes and conditions. Recognizes appropriate technical factor settings for pathological changes and conditions.||Recognizes and utilizes appropriate technical factor settings for pathological changes and conditions.|
Ethics and Professional Development Goal
The student/graduate will display ethics, affective behavior, and professional development.
|Objective a: Recognizes the importance of continuing education and active membership in professional organizations for personal and professional growth for life-long learning.|
|Identifies professional organizations for continuing education and professional growth.||Recognizes the need for professional organizations for continuing education and professional growth.|
|Objective b: Applies the values, ethics, and professionalism of an entry level radiographer.|
|Recognizes and practices values, ethics, and professionalism of an entry level radiographer.||Practices and demonstrates values, ethics, and professionalism of an entry level radiographer.|
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT): The purposes of the Registry include encouraging the study and elevating the standards of radiologic technology, as well as the examination and certification of eligible candidates and periodic publication of a listing of registrants.
American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT): As the one professional voice for all radiologic technologists, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists represents individual practitioners, educators, and managers/ administrators in radiography, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, sonography, mammography, computerized imaging and special vascular imaging.
Clinical: Time spent in Radiology Departments observing and performing radiologic exams, gaining clinical experience.
Clinical Instructor: The qualified radiologic technologist (or radiographer) designated at each clinical facility to be responsible for the supervision of the clinical education of students assigned to that facility.
Didactic: Time spent in the classroom learning principles of radiographic technology.
Evaluator: A radiographer who is responsible for checking the student’s competence on radiology examinations and completing an evaluation for documentation.
JRCERT - Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology: The committee that reviews Radiologic Technology programs to insure that basic requirements are met in order to be accredited.
Medical Imaging: Includes radiology, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, computerized tomography, mammography, and vascular imaging.
Michigan Society of Radiologic Technologists: The professional organization for radiologic technologists in the state of Michigan. It is affiliated with the ASRT.
Program Director: Person who organizes and oversees clinical and didactic portions of the radiologic technology program as well as accreditation and teaching.
Radiographer (Radiologic Technologist): An individual who operates radiologic equipment and works with a radiologist and other health professionals.
Radiologist: A physician who had a 3 to 4 year residency in the specialty of Radiology.
Radiology: A branch of medical imaging department that utilizes ionizing radiation for visualization of structures and organs of the body for diagnosis.
The SC4 Radiologic Technology Program is fully accredited by the JRCERT.
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182
The JRCERT is in association with the American Medical Association.The JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography.
Accredited radiography programs use the following standards:
1. Accountability and Fair Practices. The program demonstrates integrity in the following: Representations to communities of interest and the public, pursuit of fair and equitable academic practices, and treatment of, and respect for, students, faculty, and staff. Policies are published and support rights.
2. Institutional Commitment & Resources. The sponsoring institution demonstrates a sound financial commitment to the program by assuring sufficient academic, fiscal, personnel, & physical resources to achieve the program’s mission.
3. Faculty & Staff- The sponsoring institution provides the program with adequate & qualified faculty that enables the program to meet its mission & promote student learning.
4. Curriculum and Academic Practices. The program’s curriculum and academic practices prepare students for professional practice.
5. Health and Safety. The sponsoring institution & program have policies & procedures that promote the health, safety, and optimal use of radiation.
6. Program Effectiveness & Assessment: Using Data for Sustained Improvement. The extent of a program’s effectiveness is linked to the ability to meet its mission, Goals, and student learning outcomes. A systemic, ongoing assessment process provides credible evidence that enables analysis and critical discussions
The student will have the skills to perform radiologic duties of a competent entry level radiographer.
The student will demonstrate effective age-appropriate communication skills.
The student will develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
Program Effectiveness Data
The SC4 Radiologic Technology Program trains students to become radiologic technologists. A radiologic technologist, also known as a radiographer, is a member of the health care team responsible for administration of ionizing radiation for diagnostic purposes. The radiographer is qualified by education to provide patient services through manipulation of a variety of imaging equipment. The radiographer works under the direction of the radiologist, a physician qualified to order and/or perform radiologic procedures and specializing in the interpretation of radiographs. The typical duties of the radiographer include:
Code of Ethics
Radiographic procedures are performed on any or all body organs, systems, or structures. Individuals demonstrate competency to meet state licensure, permit, or certification requirements defined by law for radiography; or maintain appropriate credentials.
Effective: 2016, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission of the ASRT for educational purposes.
In order to participate in the practice of Radiologic Technology, a person must successfully pass the ARRT national registry exam. The student must show a high standard of ethics during the Radiologic Technology Program. Public Health Code 16221 provides examples of behavior that is not appropriate in a health care setting.
A. A violation of general duty, consisting of negligence or failure to exercise due care or any conduct, practice, or condition which impairs or may impair, the ability to safely or skillfully practice the health profession.
B. Personal disqualifications, consisting of any of the following:
ii. Substance abuse
iii. Mental or physical inability reasonably related to and adversely affecting the licensee's ability to practice in a safe and competent manner.
iv. Declaration of mental incompetence by court of competent jurisdiction
v. Conviction of a misdemeanor or felony reasonably related to and adversely affecting the licensee's ability to practice in a safe and competent manner.
vi. Lack of good moral character
vii. Conviction of criminal offense under sections 520a to 520L of the Michigan Penal Code. Act No. 328 of the Public Acts of 1931
C. Prohibited acts, consisting of any of the following:
i. Fraud or deceit in obtaining or renewing a license
ii. Obtaining, possessing or attempting to obtain or possess a controlled substance without lawful authority; or selling, prescribing, giving away or administering drugs for other than lawful diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.
D. Patient medical records or charts; intentional inclusion of misleading or inaccurate information or intentional alteration or destruction; penalty, application, cause of action. A health care provider or other person, knowing that the information is misleading or inaccurate, shall not intentionally, willfully, or recklessly place or direct another to place in a patient's medical record or chart misleading or inaccurate information regarding the diagnosis, treatment, or cause of a patient's condition. A health care worker who violates this is guilty of a misdemeanor or felony, punishable by imprisonment for not more than one year, or a fine of not more than $1000, or both.
A student may be a member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (A.S.R.T.) and are required to join the Michigan Society of Radiologic Technologists (M.S.R.T.) Students must participate in the M.S.R.T. conference or complete a related assignment. These organizations are concerned with the continuing education of students and technologists, but also work toward passing legislation that can benefit all radiographers. Membership applications may be obtained from the Program Director or online at www.msrt.org
Opportunities will be available for students to attend educational activities outside and during regular school hours.
If it is found that the student did not attend the lectures assigned, disciplinary action will be discussed when the student returns from the seminar. The student will obtain a grade reduction, as explained for the MSRT assignment in RAD 220.
All radiologic technology students are encouraged to actively participate in department and college activities. Participation in these activities leads to development of team and professional leadership qualities.
Students have access to information about clients to whom they are assigned. All information regarding clients is confidential and is to be discussed only with other health care personnel who are directly involved in the care of the client. Discussion of client information does occur for educational purposes, such as during radiologic procedures and classroom settings. Client names are not to be used. Other discussion of patient information is a violation of patient's right to confidentiality and privacy and may result in a student's removal from the program Follow Disciplinary Policy. Discussion of client information in lobby, elevators, social media, cafeteria, break areas, and rest rooms etc. is unacceptable and violates the client’s right to confidentiality and Federal Law.
HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
Radiologic technology Policies and Procedures are consistently being updated and revised to meet the ongoing changes in the academic, healthcare, and clinical environments. Students will be notified in writing of any changes in Radiologic Technology policies and procedures as they occur. Students will be expected to sign acknowledgement of having received and understand such new procedures and policies.
Some students like to express their appreciation to their instructors by giving gifts. Accepting gifts from students will put the faculty in a compromised position; therefore, the faculty requests that gifts not be given.
While preparing to enter the profession of Radiologic Technology, students are required to demonstrate certain expected behaviors. Integrity and honesty of the Radiologic Technology student are crucial in the development of a professional. The profession of Radiologic Technology requires that all members maintain ethical standards, demonstrate accountability and responsibility, and provide for the safety of patients. Professional behavior is expected in all components of the Radiologic Technology programs (classroom & clinical). Students must demonstrate behaviors that convey respectful and caring attitudes. Students are expected to do the following:
Failure to meet Radiologic Technology Program expectations will result in corrective action. Corrective action may be initiated at any step, including immediate dismissal. See Incident Form - conduct policy violations.
Student Code of Conduct Violations and Due Process
Students are referred to the SC4 Student services section of the handbook or website if they have a grievance that cannot be resolved through the Radiologic Technology Program chain of command. To get to the SC4 Due Process Policy students need to get on the SC4 website, go under the SC4 Portal, go under Student Resources, and type in the search line the Due Process Policy.
JRCERT Standards Non-compliance concerns
Students should attempt to resolve concerns of JRCERT Standards Non-compliance through the Radiologic Technology Program chain of command. If a student has a concern about non-compliance with the JRCERT standards listed in this handbook, students must follow the chain of command. Students need to follow the SC4 Due Process Procedure if unable to resolve the concern under the chain of command.
General Student Complaints or Suggestions
The program always strives to improve the quality of the program. If students have complaints, suggestions, or ideas, they can email instructors or the program director.
The program provides students with surveys throughout the program to obtain input from students. Students can meet with instructors or the program director during posted office hours. Faculty Location Cards are posted outside program campus and clinical offices.
Student ⇒ SC4 Clinical Instructor/Adjunct Faculty ⇒ Radiologic Technology Program Director ⇒ Dean of Health Services ⇒ Chief Academic Officer
The health of the student and practitioner are essential to a safe working condition. Students who are under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, in the clinical area, pose a serious safety and health risk to themselves, clients, and their co-workers. When a student's behavior or performance or where other information creates a reasonable suspicion that the student is using or is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the instructor shall remove the student from the clinical site and require the student to submit to a drug and/or alcohol screening test at the student’s expense.
Testing positive for alcohol or other drugs or declining to be tested, will subject the student to discipline up to and including dismissal from the program.
To prevent the spread of infectious disease, students are to report any cases of infectious disease and are to practice the following standard precautions when handling blood and body fluids. Examples of body fluids are traumatized tissue, vaginal secretions, urine, cerebrospinal fluid, feces, and sputum. Handle all blood and body fluids as if they are contaminated with the HIV virus or Hepatitis B.
Once a student declares a pregnancy, the student has the option to submit a written
withdrawal of that declaration of pregnancy.
The basic premise of this policy is that the pregnant student be allowed to make an informed decision based on her individual needs and preferences.
SC4 Radiologic Technology Program students with concerns need to reference the Discrimination and Harassment and Sexual Harassment policies in the SC4 Handbook.
SC4 has designated the college a tobacco-free campus. This includes parking lots and inside vehicles. All forms of smoking are prohibited (i.e., cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes). Additionally, the Health and Human Services nursing faculty stipulates that there will be no smoking during clinical hours, regardless of facility location, and both person and clothing should be free of smoke odor. Note that some health care facilities now have a policy to send staff home when they smell of smoke. Faculty reserve the right to do the same.
Students have access to find information about general SC4 student policies. Students who need to access general policies can go to the SC4 Portal, select Student Resources, and type in policy of interest in search line.
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.
All students are required to complete a BLS for the Healthcare Provider course from the American Heart Association or American Red Cross. If students go through the American Red Cross, they need to complete both the written and hands-on portions. 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 the availability of courses. Failure to submit evidence of this requirement will result in the 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.
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 three 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. The drug screen must be done at Blue Water Health Department only. Blue Water Health Department will send documentation to the college.
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.
Radiologic Technology Students must follow any vaccine requirements of the clinical site they are assigned to. Any vaccination exemptions will be completed through the assigned clinical site. Each clinical site has their own exemption process and review committees. The approval for all exemptions will be completed through the clinical site process. The Radiologic Technology Program does not have any representation on clinical partner's vaccination exemption committees. Student must comply with the clinical site exemption procedure in order to be considered for exemption.
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
SARS-CoV2/COVID-19 - Proof of complete vaccination (documentation of two Administrations with series vaccination type). Exemptions can be assessed upon request, not a guarantee the clinical site will approve requested exemption. Requirements are based on individual clinical site policy. Clinical site policies are subject to change throughout the program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|72% and below||E||0|
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
|Conjunctivitis||Restrict from patient contact and contact with the patients environment||Until discharge ceases|
|Cytomegalovirus infections||No restriction|
|Enteroviral infections||Restrict from care of infants, neonates, & immuno-compromised patients & their environments||Until symptoms resolve|
|Hepatitis A||Restrict from patient contact, contact with the patient’s environment, & food handling||Until 7 days after onset of jaundice|
||Until hepatitis B e antigen is negative|
|Hepatitis C||No recommendation|
||Until lesions heal|
||Until lesions heal|
||Until lesions heal|
|Human immunodeficiency virus||Do not perform exposure-prone invasive procedures until counsel from an expert review panel has been sought; panel should review & recommend procedures the worker can perform, taking into account specific procedure as well as skill & technique of worker; standard precautions should always be observed; refer to state regulations|
|Meningococcal infections||Exclude from duty||Until 24 hours after start of effective therapy|
|Pediculosis||Restrict from patient contact||Until treated & observed to be free of adult and immature lice|
|SARS=CoV-2 or COVID-19||
|Restrict from patient care, contact with patient’s environment, or food handling||Until 24 hours after adequate treatment started|
|Viral respiratory infections,
|Consider excluding from the care of high risk patients, or contact with their environment during community outbreak of RSV & influenza||Until acute symptoms resolve|
This is irresponsible, unprofessional behavior which directly affects the clinical area or classroom to which the student is assigned. A no call/no show will result in an Incident Report, and repeated no call/no show days will result in a Final Warning notice and possible dismissal from the Radiologic Technology Program.
In the event of the official closing of the College due to inclement weather, students are not required to present themselves for clinical duty. Students scheduled off on a snow day will not be compensated for it. The college has instituted text and e-mail alerts in the event of inclement weather. If the announcement is not made prior to leaving for clinical, the student is expected to use good judgment in deciding whether to travel to the clinical facility. The student may remain in their assigned clinical rotations as long as adequate technologist supervision is available. If necessary to meet the program requirements, a student who missed clinical will be expected to make up the time missed.
In the event of a family illness or funeral of an immediate family member, consideration will be given. However, it is possible that such absence will interfere with meeting the requirements of the course. All missed clinical time must be made up.
Students are not scheduled for clinical time during any recognized SC4 breaks.
Students are only allowed phone calls in the clinical area in an emergency situation.
Personal phone calls must be made during break and lunch times and can only be made in approved areas. Follow clinical site policies regarding use of phones/cell phones.
Please check sc4.edu for a complete listing of academic, financial, and support services. SC4 has a library available with print, audiovisual, electronic media, as well as computer and wireless access, tutoring, testing services, etc.
Information is available through the Financial Aid Office. Please make an appointment at 810-989-5530. A confidential financial statement must be completed before making application.
If scholarships are awarded by special organizations or individuals; it is hoped that the student will acknowledge their appreciation by writing and sending a thank you note.
Students who are experiencing academic difficulties and are in need of special support or testing services should contact the Achievement Center. Documentation is required for special testing accommodations.
All transcripts, radiation monitoring records, and other official records will be permanently stored at SC4. Review of records with the Radiologic Technology Program Director will be available by appointment.
Written consent is required from the student in order to release student records.
Educational authorities have access to student records that may be necessary in connection with a program evaluation.
Student records are released to other organizations with the understanding that they will not be shared with other parties. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 prohibit the release of information without the student’s written consent. If an organization is unable to comply with this condition of release, records are to be returned.
The following regulations apply to all students of the Radiologic Technology Program at St. Clair County Community College. The appearance of the student enrolled in the Radiologic Technology program should reflect their aspiration to attain professional standards. Failure to adhere to these requirements results in dismissal for the day.
A student’s appearance is extremely important in molding the public’s opinion of the quality of services provided by the hospital or clinical site. A major part of being a professional is looking professional. The following dress code is in effect for students and is not intended to be all inclusive. Questions about articles of clothing not listed should be directed to the Program Director.
Students are expected to dress in a professional/casual manner for didactic class days.
Dress pants and jeans are allowed. Jeans cannot have holes/rips, should not be faded, or tight fitting. Students are to wear clinical uniforms while in the Positioning Lab class at the college lab classroom or the clinical site.
While in the clinical area, students will be assigned to a rotation by the SC4 clinical instructor. Students will have clinical schedules before the semester begins. The site clinical instructor is in charge of the clinical area. Any problems or questions must be taken directly to a clinical instructor. An SC4 Clinical Instructor will be making visits to all clinical sites periodically. Any questions related to rotations, clinical assignments or grading should be addressed with the SC4 instructor. Evaluations should be done with the site clinical instructor or SC4 instructor if they are available. Sites will also have other technologists designated as “evaluators” that will do patient evaluations with students as necessary.
It is expected the student will demonstrate interest in and enthusiasm for the practice/ study of Radiologic Technology. The faculty expects the Radiologic Technology student to be dependable, seldom absent, and on time for all classroom, lab, and clinical experiences. The student is to conduct themselves professionally with classmates, clients, faculty, professional personnel, and other members of the health care team.
Students are expected to conduct themselves in an ethical manner and adhere to the policies and procedures of the clinical site. An orientation to each clinical site will be provided. Your clinical instructors will provide guidance to you regarding these policies and procedures. Students are not allowed to leave the clinical site during clinical hours without specific permission of a clinical instructor. Leaving the clinical site without permission may result in an incident form. The clinical make-up time policy will be followed for missed clinical experience.
The final grade in clinical education courses will be scored as “S” satisfactory or “U” unsatisfactory. An “S” satisfactory grade in clinical includes 1) an average of 80% in all procedures/ assignments AND 2) a “S” satisfactory in the leveled expected behaviors.
Students will receive percentage scores for clinical procedures and assignments using the following clinical grading scale:
Clinical Grading Scale
|72% and below||E||0|
Students must receive a final score of 80% or above to be considered “S” satisfactory. Less than 80% is considered unsatisfactory. A score of less than 80% received on evaluations will need to be repeated. A student who fails 3 patient evaluations in a semester will be placed on Final Warning.
Clinical percentage grade is determined as follows:
Clinical Instructor SC4 Clinical Performance Evaluation = 20%
Clinical Instructor (site) or Technologist Clinical Performance Evaluation = 5%
Patient Evaluations = 50%
Clinical Participation (Tallies) = 15%
Miscellaneous Clinical Evaluations = 10%
Students must receive an average of 80% on the above criteria to continue. In addition, students must receive “S” satisfactory performance on the leveled expected behaviors.
Leveled Behaviors are a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade:
A score of satisfactory on all leveled behaviors must be achieved in order to pass the course. An unsatisfactory grade will cause the student to fail the clinical course and the student will be dismissed from the program.
Deadline for clinical assignments may vary. Deadlines will be announced at student meetings or sent to students via email.
Instructors have the right to determine certain grade point values in order to arrive at the grading specified by the program.
Certain behaviors are cited as CRITICAL. The profession of Radiologic Technology requires that all members maintain ethical standards, demonstrate integrity and honesty, and provide for the safety of patients. Thus, one serious failure or a pattern of failure to demonstrate these behaviors will result in an immediate failing grade of E for the course, regardless of the student's previous and current level of demonstrated competency of all other course objectives.
Equipment Rotations: To familiarize the student with the different types of equipment used in the field of radiology. McLaren Hospital Port Huron, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Port Huron, Mercy Health Center, Orthopedic Associates of Port Huron, Advanced Orthopedics and Dr. Carley’s office are assigned clinical sites. Students are expected to have their own dependable transportation to clinical sites. Students may be expected to travel between clinical sites for clinical instruction with the SC4 clinical instructor.
Special Imaging Modality Rotations: Provides the student general information in Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasonography, CT scanning, vascular imaging, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Students have the opportunity to explore these fields and may consider pursuing the additional training required.
Off Shift Clinical Rotations: Students will participate on weekend rotations. Students will be scheduled for a limited number of weekend rotations. Students will be given clinical days off during the week to compensate for assigned weekend clinical days. Students will be assigned limited afternoon rotations.
Winter and Summer I Semesters- Freshman year
Students are to obtain active clinical participation in learned exams that have been performed with direct and indirect supervision according to student supervision guidelines. The student will be in an observation mode with all other exams.
Summer II and Fall Semesters - Sophomore year
Students are to build on their competency and confidence with radiographic exams. Students will take more of an active role with a larger variety of exams following appropriate student supervision guidelines.
Winter and Summer I Semesters - Sophomore year
Students will build on clinical experience with improvements in problem solving and critical thinking skills, efficiency, speed and accuracy following appropriate student supervision guidelines.
In support of professional responsibility for provision of quality patient care, safety, radiation protection, and proper educational practices, unsatisfactory images are to be repeated only in the presence of a qualified radiographer regardless of the student’s level of competency. A technologist needs to be present for any changes made prior to and during repeat exposure. The qualified radiographer reviews and approves the repeat image.
A Registered Technologist should review and approve the procedure and/or image for all students.
Fluoro output should not exceed 100 mGya per min (10 R/minute).
A minimum of 2.5 mm aluminum equivalent total filtration is required on all fluoroscopic tubes and for radiographic tubes operating above 70 kvp.
Collimators should be working properly. The x-ray beam should be collimated to the region of anatomic interest. The larger the useful beam, the higher the patient dose. Collimation also reduces scatter radiation, which increases contrast.
Radiographic technique - Higher kvp and low mas techniques should be employed whenever possible. The higher the kvp, the lower the patient dose, but a decrease in contrast occurs that must be considered.
If the student/technologist believes that the exam ordered is not necessary or ordered incorrectly, the radiologist should be informed. (i.e. repeat exams)
All females in the childbearing years should be asked about pregnancy. Follow department pregnancy policy guidelines. (See Policy Guideline for Women of Childbearing Age listed below.)
Gonadal shielding - The Center for Devices of Radiological Health has developed these guidelines:
When the gonads lie within the primary x-ray field or in close proximity (about 5 cm), despite proper beam limitation
If the clinical objective of the examination is not compromised
If the patient has a reasonable reproductive potential
Gonadal shielding is appropriate when doing x-rays of the extremities.
All women of childbearing age who present themselves for elective procedures utilizing ionizing radiation should be questioned regarding the possibility of pregnancy. If the patient is unsure of the possibility of pregnancy, proceed to the following:
The date of the patient's last menstrual period (LMP) and pregnancy status will be documented per each clinical site protocol.
Clinical experience is critical to the study of Radiologic Technology and the attainment of clinical skills. Students are expected to makeup all missed clinical time. Clinical times must be completed in the semester it is required. If the student is unable to complete required clinical time for their semester, an incomplete grade will be assigned. The college incomplete grade policy will be followed. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements with the instructor to make up the missed clinical day or days. If arrangements cannot be made with clinical sites, the student may be charged for make-up time. When multiple clinical days are taken, extra clinical assignments may be assigned. Faculty decisions regarding make up clinical experience are final.
If there have been excessive absences, clinical make-up time may not be possible. The student may have to withdraw. If so, the student may be eligible to apply for readmission.
Satisfactory progression through the Radiologic Technology Program will be continuously assessed. Formal review will occur at the end of the semester to discuss the student’s progression. This is outlined in the Clinical Conceptual Framework using the levels of progression. The Radiologic Technology Corrective Action policy will also be utilized to assess progress of the student.
Incident forms (green sheet) are used to indicate the need for improvement and for any corrective action by the student. If the incident is of a serious nature, the corrective action policy will be followed and severity of corrective action will be designated on the form. This may include issue of a Final Warning-Deficiency form (yellow sheet) which is used for a Final warning. A student action plan and time frame will be determined at the time of the warning. The incident form and/or Warning Notice-Deficiency forms will stay in the students file.
Corrective action may be implemented at any level based on the severity of the problem, the actual and potential consequences of the problem, other related information including student progression and prior corrective action.
Documented verbal warning: An incident form with corrective action plan and goals will be utilized to correct the problem. The student will be informed of the consequences if the problem continues. On the incident form the box for verbal warning will be checked.
Written warning: An incident form with corrective action plan and goals will again be utilized. A meeting will be held with the student, the corrective action plan and goals will be evaluated and the student will be informed of the consequences if the problem continues. On the incident form the box for written warning will be checked.
Final Warning: A Final Warning/Deficiency form will be filled out by the Program Director. A meeting will be held with the student, the action plan will be discussed and assigned and the student will be informed of the consequences if the problem continues. While on final warning, any program violation may subject the student to dismissal.
Dismissal: A student who does not follow their action plan and satisfactorily complete the competency will be dismissed.
The course instructors and clinical instructors will evaluate students of their progress in the clinical area or course area. Failure to meet course or clinical competencies will result in an Incident Form and/or Final Warning/ Deficiency form, as defined above. These reports are used to communicate situations in writing to students and faculty. An incident form may be given to a student in which suggestions for improvement , or minor infractions occur but corrective action may not be implemented at that time. Corrective action steps occur when the verbal or written box is checked on the green Incident Form. The following are examples of situations where a form may be utilized:
Specific Unacceptable Examples are as follows. The list in Group 3 is the most severe. These are guidelines only and not intended as an all-inclusive list. Corrective action may be imposed to cover situations outside of any of these specific examples:
Following are examples of conduct that will result in a documented verbal warning:
Following are examples of conduct that will be cause for issuance of a written or final warning, depending on circumstances of the violation:
Following are examples of conduct resulting in immediate dismissal:
When a problem or misconduct occurs, a plan of corrective action including goals for improvement will be completed by the student. A copy of the Incident Form will be signed by the student and instructor and the form will be forwarded to the Program Director.
A Final Warning/Deficiency Form is to communicate in writing to the student and faculty that expected clinical behaviors are not being met. Corrective action by the student must be taken immediately to prevent clinical failure. This form is considered a final warning.
The procedure for implementation of a Final Warning/Deficiency Form is as follows:
If students fail to meet guidelines presented by the Final Warning/Deficiency Form, then failure will occur. See Dismissal Policy. Those faculty involved in the remediation process, along with the Radiologic Technology Program Director, have the duty to decide whether or not the student has achieved the necessary corrective action.
1. Clean the inside and outside of image receptors.
Studying during program hours is allowed with clinical instructor permission when clinical area is not busy and all clinical assignments are completed.
Students in the past have been employed at clinical sites. Students must have complete understanding of the following expectations:
Students must understand MRI safety practices prior to assignment to clinical settings.
Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to effectively demonstrate the ability to:
The program begins in July and students graduate in June two years later. Students that are eligible to graduate are encouraged to attend graduation to receive their diplomas and school pins.
To graduate the student must attain a grade of 2.0 in every course listed as required in the model schedule for the Radiologic Technology program in which he/she is enrolled. It is the responsibility of the student to:
Following successful completion of this accredited program, students are eligible to take the national certifying examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology. If a student commits a misdemeanor/felony prior to the registry date, the student’s registry exam may be delayed or denied. Consult the ARRT for details at www.arrt.org.
Students interested in obtaining a bachelor degree need to contact Siena Heights University at 1-800-521-0009 or contact the website www.sienaheights.edu and type in the search line radiologic technology for information. SC4 has an articulation agreement with Siena Heights University for a Bachelor Degree in Applied Science.