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Radiologic Technology Program Notebook

FULTON-MONTGOMERY COMMUNITY COLLEGE RADIOLOGIC TECHONOLOGY MISSION STATEMENT

The Radiology Technology Program of Fulton-Montgomery Community College dedicates itself to the education of diagnostic radiographic technologists. Radiologic technologists will be professionally competent and licensed to practice in the various modalities of medical imaging. By providing the highest level of education in a radiology curriculum and partnering with local healthcare facilities for clinical experience, the students are assured of a successful career. The radiographic technologist will be committed to their profession by continuing education, by fulfilling the employment needs of our community, and by promoting quality care for all patients. This program of study provides the student with the essential qualifications to obtain an A.A.S. degree in Radiologic Technology. Graduates will be eligible to take the examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) for certification and New York State licensure.

Program Goals

1. Develop clinical competency in the performance of basic radiologic procedures

Student Learning Outcomes:
A. Students will utilize the essentials of radiation safety.
B. Students will apply positioning skills.
C. Students will select appropriate exposure.

2. Demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills

Student Learning Outcomes:
A. Students will be able to adapt positioning for trauma examinations.
B. Students will use sound reasoning in making decisions and reaching conclusions.

3. Cultivate and promote good communication skills with patients, staff and others

Student Learning Outcomes:
A. Students will demonstrate good oral communication skills.
B. Students will demonstrate good written communication

4. Establish a role as a medical imaging professional. Develop moral, ethical and legal principles of professionalism

Student Learning Outcomes:
A. Students will recognize the importance of continued education within the field.
B. Students will understand the origins and applications of ethical principles.
C. Students will exhibit professionalism including knowledge of advanced imaging and modalities.

NOTE: Radiologic Technology Program courses are based on the American Society of Radiologic Technologist, Radiography Curriculum.

Accreditation
Fulton-Montgomery Community College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. All of its programs are registered with the New York State Department of Education and are approved for the training of veterans under various public laws. The College is approved for the holders of New York State scholarships. The College is authorized by the Board of Regents of the University of New York to confer upon its graduates the degree of Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, or Associate in Occupational Studies. In December 2012, the FM Radiologic Technology Program was awarded national accreditation through The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Students and interested persons can access information about JRCERT accreditation via the FM Radiologic Technology Website. www.fmcc.edu.Academics>Programs>RadiologicTechnology or www.jrcert.org

Program Effectiveness Data
JRCERT Standard 5-Objective 5.2 states that the program will:

Documents the following program effectiveness data:
• Five-year average credentialing examination pass rate of not less than 75 percent at first attempt within six months of graduation,
• Five-year average job placement rate of not less than 75 percent within twelve months of graduation,
• Program completion rate,
• Graduate satisfaction, and
• Employer satisfaction.

This data is documented on our website at:

https://www.fmcc.edu/academics/academic_programs/radiologic-x-ray-tech-aas-%e2%80%93-0628/

Program Personnel
JRCERT Standard 6-Objective 6.3 states that program will:

Documents that all faculty and staff possess academic and professional qualifications appropriate for their assignments.

• Full-time Program Director: Mrs. LaBate

Holds, at a minimum, a master’s degree,
Is proficient in curriculum design, program administration, evaluation, instruction, and academic advising,
Documents three years clinical experience in the professional discipline,
Documents two years of experience as an instructor in a JRCERT-accredited program,
Holds American Registry of Radiologic Technologists current registration in radiography or equivalent (i.e., unrestricted state license for the state in which the program is located).

• Full-time Clinical Coordinator: Mr. Bailey

Holds, at a minimum, a baccalaureate degree,
Is proficient in curriculum development, supervision, instruction, evaluation, and academic advising,
Documents two years clinical experience in the professional discipline,
Documents a minimum of one year of experience as an instructor in a JRCERT-accredited program, and
Holds American Registry of Radiologic Technologists current registration in radiography or equivalent (i.e., unrestricted state license for the state in which the program is located).

• Full-time Didactic Program Faculty: Mrs. LaBate and Mr. Bailey

Holds, at a minimum, a baccalaureate degree,
Is qualified to teach the subject,
Is knowledgeable of course development, instruction, evaluation, and academic advising,
Documents two years clinical experience in the professional discipline, and
Holds American Registry of Radiologic Technologists current registration in radiography or equivalent (i.e., unrestricted state license for the state in which the program is located).

• Part-time Didactic Program Faculty: None at this time

Holds academic and/or professional credentials appropriate to the subject content area taught and
Is knowledgeable of course development, instruction, evaluation, and academic advising.

• Clinical Supervisors and Instructor(s): To Be Discussed

Is proficient in supervision, instruction, and evaluation,
Documents two years clinical experience in the professional discipline, and
Holds American Registry of Radiologic Technologists current registration in radiography or equivalent (i.e., unrestricted state license for the state in which the clinical setting is located).

(FM specifically defines the role of clinical supervisors and clinical instructors)
Clinical supervisors are paid adjunct faculty visiting from the college providing structured clinical education, assessment, and evaluations.
Clinical Instructors are volunteer technologists familiar with FM clinical procedures and policies that are present at the mostly during the hours the students are present.

• Clinical Staff: Hospital Technologists

Holds American Registry of Radiologic Technologists current registration in radiography or equivalent (i.e., unrestricted state license for the state in which the clinical setting is located).

Radiology Program Description

The Radiologic Technology degree program is designed to meet the educational needs of students who are interested in pursuing a career in radiologic technology. Its mission is to provide quality educational opportunities in the field of radiologic technology to all interested students. Our goal is to provide these interested students with the opportunity to obtain new knowledge and develop new skills in the field of radiology. Our objective is to adequately prepare our students for successful completion of the written exam given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists so that they may apply for registration and state licensure as a radiologic technologist. In support of our College’s mission, we seek to expand awareness of others, foster civic responsibility, develop an understanding of the sciences, support lifelong learning and dedicate ourselves to community development and economic growth. This two-year program reflects the values found in our mission and allows us to be responsive to the needs of our community. The program’s curriculum will provide our students with the opportunity to complete traditional academic courses in English, Math, the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

Students will be required to participate in and successfully complete several clinical experiences and will be required to travel to area hospitals for their clinical experience. In addition to the regular fall and spring semester schedule, students may be required to enroll in summer classes in order to complete all of the course requirements in a two-year period.

Course requirements (Refer to College Catalog-Radiology Curriculum) Pre-requisites for admission into Radiology Program:
• Proof of graduation from high school or GED.
• Successful completion of high school Biology or college level Biology (SC 135 Introductory Biology: Molecules & Cells) or course equivalency.
• Successful completion of high school math Course I and Course II, Math A and B or its equivalent, college level math (MA120), or course equivalency.
• Successful completion of high school chemistry with lab, or college level chemistry (SC 170 Introductory Chemistry I or SC 171 Introductory Chemistry II), or course equivalency. Or successful completion of high school physics with lab or college level physics (SC 161 Introduction to Physics I or SC 162 Introduction to Physics II) or its equivalent.
• A grade of “B-” is required for all pre-requisite courses.
• Final decisions as to granting prior FM credits, transfer credits, or equivalencies will be made by the Academic Dean in consultation with the Radiology Selection Committee.

Policies-Advanced Placement/Transfer Credits, and Waivers

I. Transfer credits /Prior FM credits.
• Prior FM credits or transfer credits will be granted for college level General Psychology, Sociology, and English I and II.
• Prior FM credits or transfer credits will be granted for college level Anatomy/Physiology I & II, if the courses have been earned within seven years and must have earned a minimal         grade of C.
• Transfer credits are not ordinarily granted for courses in Radiology. Transfer credits for Radiology Courses will be determined on an individual basis.
• Transfer credit from a Middle State’s approved institution can be granted if the Radiology Selection Committee deems the course content equivalent to its comparable course at FM and the student has earned a minimal grade of C.
• FM does not accept transfer credit from a non-Middle State’s accredited institution. Students may seek a waiver.

II. Waivers

• Students may seek a credit waiver for credits earned from a non-Middle State’s accredited institution, if the following criteria are met:
1. Radiology Selection Committee deems the course content is equivalent to it’s comparable course at FM and a grade of C or higher has been earned
2. The Student will earn 50% of the programs requirements in residence.
• If the above conditions are met, a course waiver form should be obtained from Student Advisement. The course waiver form must be processed at the time of enrollment in the first radiology course.
• Waivers must be signed by an advisor, the Academic Director of Radiology, the Academic Dean, and the Vice President and Dean of the college.
• A radiology course waiver does not grant credit, but is accepted as the pre-requisite for the next level radiology course.
• Waivers regarding special circumstances are considered on an individual basis with the approval of the Radiology Selection Committee.
• A copy of a waiver should be sent to the Admission’s Office, Registrar, Business Office, Academic Dean, and Dean of the College.

Health Forms

Health records are to be up-to-date and on file. Health records must be submitted on the
FM Radiology Technology Health Form. Health records must meet the requirements of the SUNY system and all affiliating clinical agencies. Students are responsible for updating their health records prior to each semester of clinical practice. Protocols from affiliating agencies require access to current Health Forms. Students must sign a permission to release health information that is part of the Student Health Form and keep their health records current, in order to be allowed to practice clinically. (Refer to Appendix)

Students must be free of physical limitations or mental impairment as documented by a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant. (Refer to Appendix-FM Radiology Technology Health Form) Student must have normal sight, hearing (with corrective devices) and speech.

Additional Permission to Release Records

A Permission to Release Information Form (name and Social Security number) will be necessary to complete the State Education Department’s Application for Professional Licensure.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Credentials (American Heart Association only will be accepted)

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) credentials are to be kept up-to-date and on file as part of the student’s health record. The CPR credentialing course must include adult, child and infant content. Students are responsible for maintaining current CPR credentials throughout the program. CPR Certification will be documented on the student’s Health Form. (Refer to Appendix)

Additional Required Fees

FM will send a certificate of liability insurance to each clinical site. Students are required to pay a $150 fee for each clinical course (RAD 120,121,122,220,221) Students will receive an itemized bill from the Bursars Office. RAD 122 is a full time summer semester 7 credit clinical experience; students will receive a tuition bill for this term. Itemized costs can be reviewed at the bursar’s office.

Students are required to purchase uniform items for their clinical experience; details under uniform section of this notebook.

FM uses Trajecsys for clinical record keeping. This is a cloud based application that requires each student to purchase a $150.00 subscription.

A radiation dosimeter will be issued to each student. If the dosimeter is lost, stolen or destroyed, the student is responsible for replacement at a fee of $25.00, a freight charge for overnight shipping of $30.00 via MP Biomedical LLC Dosimetery Service.

Students are required to be students members of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists for $35.00 per year. This is equivalent to a textbook cost, we will access the compliance suite materials and the review exams during the semester.

In their last semester in addition to textbook costs, students will write a check or money order for $200.00 to take their ARRT Radiography Registry Exam
$120.00 to apply for a temporary New York State Department of Health license to practice Radiology
$75.00 to sit for a practice registry exam entitled HESI through Elsevier publishing.

Students enrolled in grants may be eligible for reimbursement for the above costs.

Clinical Orientation

Students are required to attend all clinical orientations as scheduled and specific to each clinical site.

Attendance

Attendance at all lab sessions, including clinical affiliate hospitals, and class is required. Any absence may make it difficult to achieve the objectives of the course. See attendance policy.

CLINICAL SETTING OVERVIEW

Transportation to Clinical Sites

Students are required to provide their own transportation to clinical sites. Clinical sites may be located at a distance of 60 miles from the college campus.

Clinical education for Radiologic Technology students at Fulton-Montgomery Community College is divided into five significant and required units.
1. RAD 120 Clinical Experience I (first semester freshman)
2. RAD121 Clinical Experience II (second semester freshman)
3. RAD 122 Clinical Experience III (summer session freshman)
4. RAD 220 Clinical Experience IV (first semester senior)
5. RAD 221 Clinical Experience V (second semester senior)

References for all Clinical Experience Courses:
Ballinger, Phillip W. and Eugene Frank, Merrill’s Atlas of Radiographic Positions and Radiologic Procedures, 13th edition, Elsevier, 2016.
Bontrager, Kenneth & Lampignano, John, Textbook of Radiographic Positioning and Related Anatomy. 9th Ed. Elsevier, 2018.
Carlton, Richard R. and Arlene M. Adler, Principles of Radiographic Imaging; An Art and Science, 5th edition, Delmar Cengage Learning, 2013.
Ehrlich, Ruth Ann and Dawn M. Coakes, Patient Care in Radiography, 9th ed. Elsevier, 2017.
Radiography Curriculum, The American Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2017

Clinical Experience Settings:
* Bassett Healthcare includes in house clinic; Cooperstown
* Cobleskill Regional Hospital; Cobleskill
* Ellis Hospital; Schenectady, McClellan Street Health Center and Medical Center of Clifton Park
* Nathan Littauer Hospital; Gloversville
* St. Mary’s Hospital; Amsterdam, Rao Outpatient Pavilion
* Saratoga Hospital; Saratoga Springs, Malta Med Emergent Care-Health Care Partners and Wilton Medical Arts
* Mohawk Valley Orthopedics; Amsterdam
* New York Oncology Hematology (Radiation Therapy); Amsterdam
* Albany Medical Center Hospital; Albany
In general but subject to change with notice based on work load and student retention:
Freshmen students are assigned to a clinical site for RAD 120, RAD 121, and remain at this site for summer RAD 122. During these experiences freshmen students will also rotate through Mohawk Valley Orthopedics, and pediatrics at Albany Medical Center.
Senior students are assigned to different clinical site from their freshman site. This site is selected by a meeting of program faculty. The faculty evaluate the students clinical grades, daily log sheets, and clinical experience; then choose a senior site to best provide a new variety of experiences such (operating room exams, etc.) Senior students will rotate through the specialty modalities.

Clinical Site Phone Numbers and Addresses including Radiation Safety Officers (RSO)

Main Rotation
St. Mary’s Healthcare Amsterdam
Ascension
Radiology Phone #:  (518) 841-7201
Dept. Fax #:  (518) 841-7130
RSO:  Dr. Kevin Lau
Address:  427 Guy Park Avenue
Amsterdam, NY 12010

Main Rotation
McClellan Street Health Center
Ellis Medicine
Radiology Phone #:  (518) 347-5201
Dept. Fax #:  (518) 347-5498
RSO:  Hassan Abbas
Address:  600 McClellan Street
Schenectady NY, 12304
Main Rotation
St. Mary’s Healthcare Rao Outpatient Pavilion (OPP)
Ascension
Radiology Phone #:  (518) 841-3578
Dept. Fax #:  (518) 841-3750
RSO:  Dr. Kevin Lau
Address:  4950 State Hwy 30
Amsterdam, NY 12010
Main Rotation
Medical Center of Clifton Park
Ellis Medicine
Radiology Phone #:  (518) 579-2700 * x2
Dept. Fax #:  (518) 579-2715
RSO:  Hassan Abbas
Address:  103 Sitterly Road
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Main Rotation
Nathan Littauer Hospital
Radiology Phone #:  (518) 773-5522
Dept. Fax #:  (518) 773-5632
RSO:  Dr. John Mastrangelo
Address:  99 East State Street
Gloversville, NY 12078
Main Rotation
Bassett Medical Center
Bassett Healthcare Network
Cooperstown Main Hospital
Radiology Phone #:  (607) 547-3602
Main Hospital Fax #:  (607) 547-5602
Clinic Radiology Phone #:  (607) 547-6830
Clinic Fax #:  (607) 547-6827
RSO:  Dr. Randy Parkhurst
Address:  1 Atwell Road
Cooperstown, NY 13326-1394
Main Rotation
Saratoga Hospital
Saratoga Care
Radiology Phone #:  (518) 583-8763
Dept. Fax #:  (518) 583-5939
RSO:  Dr. Philip Fear
Address:  211 Church Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Main Rotation
Cobleskill Regional Hospital
Bassett Healthcare Network
Radiology Phone #:  (518) 254-3350
Dept. Fax #:  (518) 254-3360
RSO:  Dr. James Peters
Address:  178 Grandview Drive
Cobleskill, NY 12043

Main Rotation
Wilton Medical Arts
Saratoga Care
Radiology Phone #:  (518) 580-2255
Dept. Fax #:  (518) 580-2257
RSO:  Dr. Philip Fear
Address:  3040 Route 50
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Specialty Rotation
Mohawk Valley Orthopedics, P.C. &
Mohawk Valley MRI
Mohawk Valley Medical Arts Building
Radiology Phone #:  (518) 842-2663
Fax #:  (518) 842-4861
MRI suite:  x 247
Address:  5010 State Highway 30
Amsterdam, NY 12010
Main Rotation
Health Care Partners – Malta Med Emergent Care
Saratoga Care
Radiology Phone #:  (518) 886-5445
Dept. Fax #:  (518) 899-1627
RSO:  Dr. Philip Fear
Address:  6 Medical Park Drive
Malta, NY 12020
Specialty Rotation
New York Oncology Hematology, P.C.
Phone #:  (518) 843-0020
Fax #:  (518) 843-9114
Address:  1700 Riverfront Center
Amsterdam, NY 12010
Main Rotation
Ellis Hospital
Ellis Medicine
Radiology Phone #:  (518) 243-4491
Dept. Fax #:  (518) 243-4310
RSO:  Hassan Abbas
Address:  1101 Nott Street
Schenectady NY, 12308
Specialty Rotation
Albany Medical Center Hospital
Pediatric Radiology Phone #:  (518) 262-3949
Emergency Room X-Ray Phone #:  (518) 262-3442
Becca Relyea, Radiology
Education Coordinator:  (518) 262-4409
Fax #:  (518) 262-8313
Address:  43 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208-3478

Grading/Evaluation Clinical

Clinical experience is graded Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory based on the progressive grading policy. (See Policy # 3-clinical grades)

If upon evaluation of overall clinical performance it is deemed that a student is functioning unsatisfactorily in the application of radiology procedures, patient care, or professional behavior, the student will receive a grade of Unsatisfactory. See clinical course grade evaluation worksheet for details.

An Unsatisfactory clinical grade will mean dismissal from the program.

All assigned clinical forms and work must be completed on time in order to complete the course requirements and receive a passing grade. There are no optional assignments! If students do not complete assignments in a timely fashion, either a failing grade or incompletion will be submitted for official grading periods.

• Satisfactory completion of assigned clinical snapshot evaluations
• Satisfactory completion of required competencies
• Satisfactory attendance
• Critical thinking competency (when required)
• Satisfactory Professional Growth assessment ( from clinical supervisor)
• Successful completion of the final competency (at the end of the program)

A student who is expelled from the clinical site for any reason regarding policy violation, student misconduct, safety hazard, unprofessionalism, or ARRT ethical misconduct may be dismissed from the program

Clinical Snap Shot Evaluations
Clinical performance will be evaluated by the clinical faculty or licensed radiographer. Evaluations are used at the end of an assigned rotation to ascertain the student’s level of performance. It represents skills that are satisfactory, consistent in his/her performance, progressing or developing skills, and unsatisfactory performance. It is the student’s responsibility to facilitate timely submission of biweekly snap shot evaluations. Students will be given a schedule for due dates which is accessible on the student Trajecsys home screen.

Clinical Competencies
Clinical competency is achieved through the student observing, assisting and performing their skills prior to competency testing. The students must pass a series of, at least three, performed (proficiency) evaluations prior to competency testing. Students may take as many proficiency evaluations as they feel necessary before taking their competency test; a minimum of 3 proficiencies is required. Clinical faculty or clinical staff radiographers with over a year of experience, may evaluate competency testing. New graduates may evaluate competency testing after 6 months of clinical training only if they are the sole technologist present at the time of a competency exam being completed by a student. All competencies listed on the Master Checklist with a grade of 85 or better, must be successfully completed in RAD 221. If the student has not successfully completed all the required competencies and clinical requirements, a grade of “I” or “U” will be recorded on the transcript at the discretion of the faculty. Students receiving an ‘I’ or “U” as a clinical grade will not graduate from the program in May. The student may be offered a remediation program for clinical competency at the discretion of the program director. Students participating in final clinical remediation must successfully complete all required competencies/clinical requirements in order for a change of grade to an ‘S’ for RAD 221 to be submitted.

Failure on a competency test will require that a student begin the proficiency evaluation cycle again with faculty supervision. A failing grade will be converted to a score of zero which will be averaged with all the other competency tests completed for that clinical semester. Furthermore, failed competency paperwork will be completed and filed into the student’s e-file for documentation purposes. See failed competency paperwork in appendices.

Critical Thinking Competency
Students are required to complete a critical thinking competency at the midterm and at the end of each semester (waived for RAD 120 midterm grade, and RAD 221 final grade). This is included as part of the final clinical grade.

Assessment of Professional Growth
Each assigned faculty shall evaluate the student progress at mid-term and at the end of the semester (waived for RAD 120 midterm grade).
Final Competency
This is a program requirement completed at the end of RAD 221. The final competency can only be scheduled when all Mandatory and Elective competencies required by the ARRT are completed. This competency will determine if the student is qualified to sit for the boards. The students must pass this competency test before they can make arrangements with the ARRT for their examination date.

Clinical Experience Forms
Upon entry into the program the student will receive a competency checklist, and various other mandatory forms. Other software scheduling tools may be used for clinical scheduling and assignments. Sign-Up Genius – https://www.signupgenius.com/ is a web link tool that will be used for students to schedule their Lab Finals for RAD 110 and RAD 111.

Trajecsys and Textbooks
Trajecsys is a cloud based paperless clinical record keeping system. Students are required to purchase a subscription to Trajecsys for the entire time they are in the program. Without an active subsrciption students will not be able to participate in their clinical courses, meaning dismissal from the program.

Trajecsys Corporation was founded in 2005 by two educators. It features an online clinical management and tracking system for students of health-related programs. The application was developed with input from programs at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Health Related Professions. Since its inception, hundreds of health education programs nationwide now use the Trajecsys Report System (TRS). Its flexibility allows its use for recordkeeping solutions across dozens of different allied health and nursing modalities, including such diverse program specialties as dosimetry, radiation therapy, nursing, radiography, sonography, medical assisting and many others.

Textbooks: Students are required to purchase all required books for the program. Many of these books will be used as a professional reference during their career.

Trajecsys Reporting System (TRS)

Students are required to utilize the Trajecsys Reporting System. Students will be required to pay the full registration fee prior to starting Clinical Rotation (date specified by Clinical Coordinator).

The fee includes system access for the length of the professional program.
Throughout the clinical requirements of this handbook, specific mention of the Trajecsys Reporting System can be found here:

https://www.trajecsys.com/  Trajecsys Corporation Logo

 

 

Students will utilize this system to:

o Access the system daily for clinical announcements/updates, clinical documents, etc.

o Clock In/Out from clinical.

o File Time Exceptions when required.

o Enter Daily Log Sheets of all work/exams done in the clinical setting.

o Access clinical paperwork through the Documents tab.

o Submit competency attempts and view completed competency evaluations

o Access the Reports tab to view feedback from evaluators.

Using Trajecsys

All users must first register in the system by selecting the “Registration” link and completing the required information. Once this has been entered, the Clinical Coordinator will add each Registrant to the system. Following this step, complete access will be granted to the student. Orientation for this system will be completed prior to attending clinical during the first semester. Students have 30 days to complete payment following registration; if payment is not completed, access to the system will be denied. Access denial for non-payment does not excuse students from completing clinical requirements and professional responsibility deductions for failure to meet a clinical deadline will apply. Students will not be able to attend clinical without Trajecsys being paid for.

Unacceptable practice acts will be filed if the student does not adhere to timely submission of clinical paperwork requirements.

Circumstances related to entering false data will be considered falsification of records, resulting in
disciplinary action, including possible dismissal from the professional program.

Clinical Faculty and Staff
A licensed Radiologic Technologist with, at least, two years of experience (if applicable) may be designated by FM as adjunct clinical faculty and put in the role of clinical supervisor. The clinical supervisor shall meet the job description put forth to them by FMCC and provide each assigned student with clinical education. Clinical instructors are volunteer positions within the clinical site to attend to day to day needs of Radiologic Technology students. Clinical staff is the technologists at each site that provide appropriate levels of supervision for each student over radiographic exams being performed.

If the Clinical Faculty and his/her instructors are not available on a clinical experience day and arrangements have not been made for adequate supervision, students must be dismissed.

Attendance/Tardiness Lectures

Lecture attendance is expected. Regular attendance and participation are essential for the learning process. Exams cover lecture material and specific assignments; therefore, absences will negatively affect your grades. Specific didactic attendance policies will be detailed in course syllabi.
If a student is tardy for the beginning of class, he/she may be asked to wait until a scheduled break to enter the classroom.

Grading/Evaluation

All didactic and clinical evaluation systems shall be consistent with the goals of the Radiology Program. Exams incorporate lecture material and additional content as specified by the instructor. Students are required to take all exams and competencies. Exams will utilize a multiple-choice format, or multiple choice and true/false format, or combination of multiple choice, true/false, fill-ins with or without an essay question format.

The type of grading system adopted for a didactic course will be at the instructor’s discretion. Individual test items must be consistent with the stated objectives of the course. The mid-semester and final grades will be rounded to the nearest whole number before being assigned a letter grade for the course. Exam grades will not be posted on the day of the exam. Ordinarily, students may expect exam grades to be posted within one week of the exam.

Procedures Lab
Anatomical Phantoms, only, will be used in the Lab setting. (89.7b)
The radiology procedure labs will be held at the on-campus radiology lab. The radiology room contains an energized x-ray tube, table, control panel, upright Bucky unit, Digital CR reader, mini-PACS and radiography accessories. Lab practice is essential to meet clinical experience expertise and will aid in the passing of mandatory clinical competencies. Dosimeters must be worn at all times in the lab.
All laboratory sessions are mandatory for each student.

Grievances/Complaints
(See Policy # 24, 25, 26 regarding Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Discrimination) Please also refer to the Fulton-Montgomery Community College student handbook The Source.

FM Radiologic Technology Affiliations

LICENSURE

NYS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH BUREAU OF ENVIRONMENTAL RADIATION PROTECION: NYS DOH/BERP Radiologic Technology, In the medical arts, ionizing radiation is used for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes and must be applied by a professional practitioner working within the scope of his/her State Education Department license or by a radiologic technologist working under the supervision of a professional practitioner. Radiologic technologists must be licensed by and registered with the New York State Department of Health’s Bureau of Environmental Radiation Protection. We license Radiologic Technologists in Radiography, Therapy and Nuclear Medicine. Radiologic technologists with proper training can apply for certification to inject contrast media. Part 16, part 89, and article 35 pertain to the practice of Radiologic Technology including the education of diagnostic radiographers. FM Radiologic Technology laboratory equipment possesses current registration with NYS. FM Radiologic Technology program follows the criteria put forth in the above regulations as prescribed by NYS. Graduates from the program with intention of practicing in NYS will apply for a license through the NYS/ DOH/ BERP.

ACCREDITATION

JRCERT: The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology is the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry. The JRCERT awards programs accreditation after determination of substantial compliance with their standards. Communities of interest including students can access information regarding the JRCERT by visiting their website at: www.jrcert.org

FM Radiologic Technology is currently accredited by the JRCERT through 2020.

CERTIFICATION AND REGISTRATION, EXAMINATION

ARRT: The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) is the world’s largest credentialing organization that seeks to ensure high quality patient care in medical imaging, interventional procedures, and radiation therapy. We certify and register technologists through administration of education, ethics and examination requirements. Students successfully completing the program and graduation requirements will apply to the ARRT for the Radiography Registry Exam.

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY

ASRT: The mission of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists is to advance and elevate the medical imaging and radiation therapy profession and to enhance the quality and safety of patient care.  The American Society of Radiologic Technologists is the premier professional association for the medical imaging and radiation therapy community through education, advocacy, research and innovation. FM Radiologic Technology utilizes the curriculum put forth by the ASRT.

ASRT Curriculum Recommended Graduate Outcomes:

Professional Characteristics:

This curriculum is designed to ensure that entry-level radiographers possess the technical skills outlined in the ASRT Radiography Practice Standards. In addition, the graduate should exhibit the following professional characteristics:
•Prudent judgment in administering ionizing radiation to produce diagnostic images.
•A focus on providing optimal patient care in an evolving and diverse society.
•An understanding of the challenges associated with providing direct patient care in today’s healthcare setting.
•The ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic healthcare environment.
•The skills to research and evaluate sources of information to be utilized in evidence-based practice.
•Stewardship over the security and confidentiality of patient medical information.
•Skills that promote lifelong learning.
•A willingness to collaborate with others in the community to promote standards of excellence in the medical imaging sciences.
•A willingness to contribute to the education and clinical skill development of radiologic science students.

Radiographer Technical Standards

The following are performance standards in order to meet the learning objectives and practice standards for patient care in Radiography.
Radiography is an allied health profession requiring cognitive, psychomotor, sensory, and affective performance requirements to practice safely. All students are required to meet and maintain these standards. Students must demonstrate the ability to provide consistently safe and effective delivery of Radiologic technology services in conjunction with industry, program, and clinical site standards. All students must meet the technical standards with or without reasonable accommodations to be admitted into the program and for successful completion of the program.

Language Arts/Communication
Verbal – The student should be able to:
speak clearly, concisely and employ correct vocabulary and grammar for communication. have the ability to give verbal explanation and instruction to patients.

Written – have the ability to write on patients’ charts (where applicable) and requisitions, describe incidents that occur, and record medical information.

Sensory Characteristics
Visual – The student should be able to:
confirm the patient’s identity, read physician’s orders, read gauges and panels. observe the patient’s physical conditions.
Auditory – The student should be able to:
respond to verbal information from the patient, physician, and staff. take blood pressure readings.
respond to auditory radiation protection indicators.
Touch – The student should be able to:
locate anatomical landmarks on the patient by touch.

Body Mechanics
Heavy lifting is required, in excess of 50 lbs.

The student should be able to:
move and support patients by lifting and sliding.
push/pull radiographic equipment, wheelchairs and stretchers.

Intellectual and Mental/Emotional
The student should be able to:
use algebra in solving technical equations, graphs, curves and numerical tables. think critically and assess a situation.
have emotional strength in dealing with trauma situations and patients with chronic, acute and terminal conditions.
Have willingness to provide services to all patients, regardless of age, sex race, national origin, religion, social status, sexual orientation, physical conditions or disease processes.

The student’s success in Radiologic Technology is dependent on:

• Emotional maturity, academic ability, motivation, self-discipline, and the willingness to devote a considerable amount of time to academic study.
• Patience and enjoyment of working with and serving others.
• Ability to follow orders, yet think critically and assess situation quickly and accurately.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the job.

ASRT General Education:

General education is an integral part of the development of a professional radiographer.
The content is designed to assist in developing skills in communication, human diversity,
scientific inquiry, critical thinking and judgment. All these skills are required to perform
the responsibilities of an entry-level radiographer. Knowledge gained from general
education serves to enhance the content and application of the radiography curriculum.
Starting in 2015, the ARRT began requiring an associate degree in order to apply for the
certification exam for radiography, eliminating the need for specific general education
requirements in the radiography curriculum. Because individual states, accreditation
agencies, and educational systems have unique general education requirements, the
content listed below is designed to serve only as guidance for program development.
Postsecondary general education should be gained through courses that provide college
credit and meet the general content objectives listed below:

• Mathematics and logical reasoning.
• Demonstrate skills in analysis, quantification and synthesis.
• Apply problem-solving or modeling strategies.
• Written and oral communications.
• Write and read critically.
• Speak and listen critically.
• Perceive, gather, organize and present information.
• Locate, evaluate and synthesize material from diverse sources and points of view.
• Arts and humanities.
• Demonstrate respect for diverse populations.
• Define ethics and the role they play in personal and professional interactions.
• Critically examine personal attitudes and values.
• Information systems.
• Use computerized systems to acquire, transfer and store digital information.
• Use technology to retrieve, evaluate and apply information.
• Social and behavioral sciences.
• Adapt interactions to meet the cultural and psychological needs of individuals.
• Describe individual and collective behavior.
• Exhibit and develop leadership skills.
• Exercise responsible and productive citizenship.
• Function as a public-minded individual.
• Natural sciences.
• Arrive at conclusions using the scientific method.
• Make informed judgments about science-related topics.
• Develop a scientific vocabulary.
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Accommodations
Persons with disabilities are eligible for admission as long as they can carry out classroom, laboratory and clinical assignments, patient/client intake, assessment and techniques, or the equivalent; pass written, oral and practical examinations and meet all of the requirements of the school.

It is the student’s responsibility to disclose any limitations that might interfere with his/her meeting these standards.

The FM Radiologic Technology Program will make reasonable accommodations for disabilities. Applicants and students are welcome to discuss any disabilities that they believe will hinder their completion of the curriculum.

To access disability services or accommodations including testing accommodations, students must initiate a request for service and complete the eligibility determination process. The first step in this process is to contact Robin DeVito, coordinator, accessibility services at 518-736-3622 extension 8145 or robin.devito@fmcc.suny.edu

See ARRT Radiography Registry Testing Accommodations in the appendix.

 

Important Links:

Radiologic Technology AAS
Course descriptions are available on the FM website here: http://www.fmcc.edu/academics/files/2011/01/FM-Catalog

Radiologic Technology Policies

Radiologic Technology Appendicies I
Radiologic Technology Appendicies II
Radiologic Technology Appendicies III
Radiologic Technology Appendicies IV

 

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