COMPETENCY BASED EDUCATION
Competency based evaluation enables both the program faculty and the individual student to identify the student's strengths and weaknesses. Clinical instructor and staff technologist evaluations also allow us to determine the progression rate of students during their clinical education as to whether they are able to meet specified predefined clinical performance objectives.
Student psychomotor skills are evaluated not only by their clinical rotation experience but also through simulated laboratory conditions and individual film critique sessions and random rechecks.
The student progresses in the clinical setting from a passive mode of observation / assistance to a student radiographer capable of performing radiographic studies independently while developing efficiency and proficiency.
Clinical rotation assignments allow the student to perform with direct & indirect supervision to gain independence and self-confidence. Gradually, with proper supervision the student develops efficiency and judgmental decision making. Ultimately, the end result is a student who possesses the entry level competency of a staff radiographer thereby prepared to assume the responsibilities of employment.
To assure continued competency and develop critical thinking skills, random recheck competencies will be administered during RADSC 295-02, RADSC 295-03, RADSC 295-04, RADSC 295-05, RADSC 295-06 and RADSC 295-07.
One clinical recheck will be required in each semester from RADSC 295-02 through RADSC 295-07. The exam will be chosen randomly from the list that corresponds to level of education. The recheck will be monitored by the clinical coordinator. The recheck grade will figure into the student's semester clinical grade. The student will randomly choose a study and a patient profile. The student will perform the study as though it were a real procedure, minus the actual exposure. The patient will be another student or the clinical instructor. Any unauthorized assistance from the patient will result in a reduction in grade. The student will have five minutes to prepare the room and review his/her notebook prior to the procedure. No exam or patient profile will be used more than once.
Most preliminary and final competency clearances are performed during routine examinations; the "patient" for random rechecks will be "non routine". A certain amount of stress is incumbent in the radiologic technology field; this role play / simulation will help the student radiographer deal with such situations. It is not the intent of this policy/exercise to catch or trap a student. A registered staff radiographer must be prepared to perform any type of radiologic examination at a moment's notice and to deal with the patient's questions, complaints, and condition.