CLINICAL EDUCATION ROTATION
The clinical education rotation schedule is posted on the student's bulletin board in each clinical education center. Schedules are based on one-week rotations. The rotation may be changed by the clinical coordinator in order to provide the student with a more varied learning experience. The clinical education rotation schedule is also distributed to the students and posted in the program director's office and RADSC classroom.
In order to reduce the travel time for students, didactic classes are scheduled on students' campus day. RADSC class schedules and syllabi are distributed by the course instructors.
Under simulated conditions, the development of clinical skills is initiated. Radiographic examination projections and patient positioning are demonstrated and explained to students in detail based on didactic course material and departmental preferences. The students are evaluated to be sure they understand theory and procedure before using those skills in a clinical situation. In this way, the laboratory bridges the classroom and clinical components of the RADSC courses. Laboratory demonstrations are conducted by the clinical coordinator.
Image Critique is conducted by the clinical coordinator or clinical facilitator and clinical instructor in all RADSC 295 courses. As indicated on the clinical competency evaluation form "Image Evaluation" is a component of every final competency evaluation. The purpose of image critique in both the didactic and clinical environment is to examine the radiograph for radiographic quality (contrast, density, detail, distortion, proper positioning and alignment) and to determine the necessary adjustment, if any, to make in order to render a radiograph diagnostically acceptable. In each RADSC 295 course Image Critique is scheduled during which students present radiographs for evaluation and peer review. In semesters 01-06 (RADSC 295-01 through RADSC 295-06), if the student performs their image critique without notes, a bonus point of 1% will be added to the Clinical Objective Worksheet (COW) grade, in semester 07 (RADSC 295-07), students must perform their image critique without notes.
CLINICAL CASE ACTIVITIES
To develop critical thinking skills, one clinical case activity will be assigned to each student in each semester from RADSC semester 4 through RADSC semester 7. Assignments will be randomly distributed two weeks before scheduled review date. Sessions are conducted under the supervision of radiologic science faculty and staff. As the student progresses through the curriculum, the complexity of the case activities will increase. The clinical case activities grade will figure into the student's semester RADSC didactic grade.
The ability to make clinically accurate decisions is a fundamental requirement for becoming a successful radiographer. The ability to make valid decisions in the clinical setting relies heavily on the individual radiographer's critical thinking skills. In semesters 4 and 5, clinical case activities will focus on image quality. In semester 6, the activity will offer students a logical approach to what often appears as a chaotic clinical situation. By listing, reviewing, and discussing options, the student can develop skills to aid in selecting and implementing a correct decision. In semester 7, the clinical case activity will focus on health care delivery issues.