Radiologic Technology Program Student Handbook 2021-2022

 
Radiologic Technology Program
      Student Handbook
          2021-2022
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Table of Contents:

              Mission Statement                              4

              Program Description                            5

              Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes    5

              Program Accreditation Information              5

              Policies and Procedures on Equal Opportunity   6

              Curriculum and Course Descriptions             8-12

              Grading System                                 12-13

              General Rules of Conduct                       13-15

              Drug and Alcohol Policy                        15

              Due Process                                    16

              Educational Records                            17

              College Services                               17

              Social Media Policy                            18

              Clinical Education Section                     18-19

              Essential Functions for the Student            19-20

              Assignment of Clinical Training and Policies   21-24

              Attendance                                     25
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Disciplinary Action                           26-27

Clinical Supervision and Competency Testing   28

COVID-19 Pandemic/ Flu Statement              30-31

Clinical Safety                               31

Radiation Safety and Protection Policy        31

MRI Safety Policy Screening                   33

Pregnancy Policy                              34

Signature Pages                               37-39

Appendix B                                     41
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Harcum College Mission Statement:
Harcum College provides its students with an opportunity for outstanding academic, career, and life preparation.
We teach, mentor, and prepare students for success in their chosen profession in an experiential environment.
Harcum’s core values of excellence, civility, empowerment, integrity, community service, and respect for diversity
assure that every student is valued and supported.

Radiologic Technology Program Mission Statement:
The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program is founded on the mission of the College in that the Radiologic
Technology Program provides career preparation with a well-rounded core education. While student learning is a
priority, the curriculum also fosters responsible citizenship through involvement in a local service learning activity.

The Radiologic Technology Program provides the community with caring, compassionate, and skilled
technologists. Upon graduation from Harcum the graduate will demonstrate entry level proficiency in imaging the
human body to assure the correct diagnosis and proper treatment of the patient.

Values:
Compassion: The patient is our reason for being, and we will provide him/her with care, courteous attention, and
service. We treat each person with dignity and respect.

Participation: Our people are the most important resource in the organization. We will be most effective when each
person is encouraged to contribute to the level of his/her capabilities and be recognized for high performance. From
this encouragement and recognition, we develop a sense of ownership, enthusiasm, positive attitude, and pride.

Innovation: We encourage initiatives that help us do things better to foster continuous learning to find new ways to
serve our community and to encourage a spirit of entrepreneurship and creativity, to risk failure and to try again.

Excellence: Our intent is to offer superior service every time, for every individual we serve, in every relationship we
establish. This is our character; we are an excellent organization.

Integrity: Our success will be determined by many factors, but the successful organization must have a foundation
of ethical behavior, fairness, and trust in all of its relationships.

Communication: We consult, ask, inform, and receive information in an open and non-judgmental atmosphere.

Program Description:

The Program of Radiologic Technology at Harcum College is a competency-based program. It is designed to
provide the community with diagnostic imaging professionals who not only achieve clinical competency in
Radiologic Technology, but have also achieved proficiency. Proficiency, as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary,
as “advancement in knowledge and skill; the quality or state of being proficient”. Graduates of this program will be
of the highest caliber. They will contribute to the diagnosis and treatment of disease by providing the radiologist
with the highest quality images obtainable.

In order to achieve proficiency, the students must master a wide variety of academic and clinical objectives. The
students’ cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills are simultaneously developed throughout the 22-month
program. Students must progress through the structured system of classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience to
achieve competency.

At the conclusion of the 22-month curriculum, students will have passed all didactic courses and be proficient in all
of the examinations listed on the clinical education master list. Students who have not achieved proficiency in all
examinations will be required to remain in the program, if they choose, and will not receive their diploma or
application for the ARRT examination until all clinical education requirements are met. If the student does not
achieve an 85 or better in the RAD 209 Registry Review Capstone Course, the student will need to complete an
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accelerated version of the course for 8 weeks after graduation and obtain a 90 or better to be eligible to sit for the
boards.

Program Goals and Learning Outcomes:
Upon completing the Radiologic Technology program graduates will be able to:

GOAL #1: Student will demonstrate and employ the Skills of Clinical Competence.
Student Learning Outcome:

    1.   Student will demonstrate proper positioning techniques to produce optimal diagnostic images.
    2.   Student will manipulate technical factors to produce quality images.
    3.   Student will demonstrate appropriate radiation safety principles.
    4.   Student will provide competent patient care.

GOAL #2: Student will employ Effective Communication Skills.
Student Learning Outcome:

    1. Student will practice effective verbal and writing skills for the profession field and continuing education.
    2. Students will continue to refine verbal and written skills to communicate with patients, co-workers, and
       Radiologist.

GOAL#3: Student will employ Effective Critical Thinking Skills
Student Learning Outcome:

    1. Student will adapt positioning of non-routine patients.
    2. Student will acquire problem solving ability.
    3. Student will design an alternate care plan for trauma patients.

GOAL #4: Student will Model Professionalism.
Student Learning Outcome:

    1. Student will demonstrate a professional demeanor with their diverse patient population.
    2. Student will adhere to uniform policies and act in a professional manner in the clinical setting.
    3. Students will answer patient questions professionally and respect their confidentiality.

Based on the JRCERT driven goals of: Communication, Critical Thinking, Professionalism, and Clinical
Competence.
Revised 5/2018 as

ARRT Examination:

After successful completion of the approved course in radiography, graduates are awarded an Associate of Science
degree in Radiologic Technology from Harcum College. Graduates of the program are then eligible to take the
national registry examination in radiography, which is administered by the American Registry of Radiologic
Technologist (ARRT). The examination is administered via computer and the scheduling of the ARRT examination
is the sole responsibility of the student. Graduates who successfully pass the examination are then credentialed by
the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist, and are eligible to use the designation, “Registered
Technologist” or RT (R) after their name. It is the responsibility of the student/graduate to read (packets supplied
by program 2 months prior to graduation), complete, and submit the application to the American Registry of
Radiologic Technologist with required fee.

Accrediting Body
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The Joint Review Committee on Education and Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accreditation organization
reviews pass rates in five year increments. Currently, the Harcum College Radiologic Program is in good standing
with JRCERT and remains fully accredited.

If any student, faculty, staff, or community member has a complaint regarding any allegation of non-compliance
with JRCERT standards, they may contact the Joint Review Committee in Education in Radiologic Technology,
www.jrcert.org. Program effectiveness data is also available on this website.

Accreditation inquires and allegations may be directed to:
Joint Review Committee in Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive
Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
312-704-5300
mail@jrcert.org

Policies and Procedures on Equal Opportunity:

Consistent with the commitment to quality patient care Harcum College will make an effort to meet its personnel
and student requirements by choosing the most-qualified individuals for enrollment or admission.

Prospective employees and students are required to be of good character and integrity with the education, training,
and experience necessary to satisfy the existing position requirements. All students shall be entitled to equal
education opportunities while enrolled in the Radiologic Technology Program at Harcum College.

Harcum College is an equal opportunity employer. The College also complies with all federal and state
nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action laws, orders, and regulations.

For more information contact the Office of Human Resources, Melville Hall 750 Montgomery Avenue, Bryn
Mawr, PA 19010, 610-526-6011.

Class and Clinical:

Full-time attendance is required for both the didactic and clinical components of the program. The class program
has been structured on a proportionate basis, so that the proper ratio of practical and didactic experience is made
available. The program curriculum requires 77 credits for graduation.

Clinical education is a well-structured and supervised system that reinforces and supplements the information
presented in the didactic courses which allows for the gradual development and proficiency of the students’
skills. All students must maintain a 73% (C) or higher in each didactic course to continue in the program.

Students must maintain an overall clinical grade of 85% to continue in the program. Any student who receives a
grade less than 85% in clinical will automatically be dismissed from the program.

Attitude, attendance, cooperativeness, and initiative will be taken into consideration, along with other clinical
requirements such as competency exams and clinical instructor evaluations. Failure to abide by these standards and
protocols can be considered as reasons for dismissal. The clinical education center has the right to dismiss a
student from their facility and the program based upon the standards above and the overall clinical performance
of the student. Such allegations will be investigated by the Program. The Program has the authority to remove
a student from a clinical site and if necessary dismiss student from the Program.

Students are evaluated on professionalism with every patient. Deficiencies in the area of student radiographer
professionalism, judgment, and conduct will result in a grade deduction. Students will be required to meet with
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their advisor, clinical instructor, clinical coordinator, and program director to discuss and improve the situation and
may be subsequently placed on an Action Plan.

Promptness for classroom activities and lectures is an essential characteristic. It is also vital that all assignments be
completed on time and that the student is properly prepared prior to all classes. Should a student be rude, disruptive,
or lack professional behavior in an academic course, they will be given an academic warning. More than one
academic warning issued each semester will result in a dismissal of the student from the Program. Misbehavior
and disorderly conduct in any and all classes will not be tolerated while enrolled in the Radiologic Technology
Program.

Any student who is late for class or fails to be prepared for class will be subject to the grading system with respect to
attendance and participation by the course instructor. This includes lab make-up, action plan, and demonstration.
For every lateness and/ or absence, points will be deducted from the lab and/or clinical grade with no exception,
even if prior notice was given.

Students are required to have their own transportation in order to go to their designated clinical sites, public
transportation is not allowed.

Professionalism:

This program requires attention to professional and ethical behavior at the college, clinical site, or any
program/college sponsored events or field trips. Each student must keep in mind that their behavior will affect their
status in the program. Every student will maintain a courteous, mature and respectful persona while interacting
with other students, Harcum Faculty and clinical site technologists and staff, patients and their family or friends and
other members of the healthcare team, or with the general public during any outing approved by the program.
Failure to display professional behavior will result in immediate disciplinary action which can range from a written
warning to dismissal.

Attendance:

Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and laboratories. A student shall not be permitted to miss more
than the equivalent of one week of class in a course during a semester. Students should notify their instructors of the
classes they will miss, prior to the absences if possible. Students are responsible for all work missed because of
absence from class. Each professor will determine his/her own penalty for violation of this attendance policy and
publish it in the course syllabus at the beginning of each semester. When a student fails to comply with the policy,
the professor has the right to assign a grade consistent with his/her policy as stated in the syllabus under class
participation.

Appointment Policy:

If a meeting is needed or desired with an instructor, an appointment must be made via an email describing the
specific details of the question, comment(s), or concern(s). Once the email is received, a date and time will be set up
to accommodate the student’s needs. If the door is closed, please reach out via email or come back at a later time.

Inclement weather or emergency closing policy:

The Radiologic Technology Program will follow Harcum College’s snow policy.

The student will be notified by e2Campus. (See college catalog for more information on how to enroll in this
notification system.) Program specific closure notification will be delivered by Harcum email.

If Harcum College is on a delay, students must report to classes and clinical appropriately. Should a delay or
cancellation occur, the clinical sites will be notified by the Clinical Coordinator.
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If Harcum College closes early due to weather, students must leave the clinical sites. Students are not permitted to
stay if the college closes.

Advisory committee:

The Advisory Board Committee for the Radiologic Technology Program was established to assist in the continued
planning, assessing, and implementation of the program. The committee meets a minimum of twice annually for the
specific purpose of program assessment and improvement. Additional meetings may be necessary and will be
scheduled accordingly.
The Advisory Board is made up of hospital managers, chief technologists, faculty and the Executive Vice President.

                                                Harcum College
                                         Radiologic Technology Program
                                                   Curriculum

                                                     Summer II

                       AHS 102         Comprehensive Medical Terminology              3credits
                       RAD 101         Intro to Rad. Science and Patient Care.        3 credits

                                                        Fall I

                       BIO 103         Anatomy and Physiology I       w/lab           4credits
                       RAD 102         Radiographic Procedures I      w/lab           4 credits
                       RAD 103         Radiographic Exposure I                        3 credits
                       MTH113          College Mathematics                            3 credits
                       RAD 104         Clinical Education I                           2 credits

                                                      Spring I

                       BIO 104         Anatomy and Physiology II      w/lab           4 credits
                       RAD 105         Radiographic Procedures II     w/lab           4 credits
                       RAD 106         Radiographic Exposure II                       3 credits
                       SOC 115         Human Diversity                                3 credits
                       RAD 107         Clinical Education II                          2 credits

                                                     Summer I

                       ENG 101         English I                                      3 credits
                       MTH 113         College Mathematics (if not taken in Fall)     3 credits

                                                    Summer II
                       RAD 210         Radiologic Pathology                           1 credit
                       RAD 201         Radiographic Procedures                        2 credits
                       RAD 108         Clinical Education III                         3 credits

                *BIO103 & 104, ENG101, MTH 113 & SOC115 must be complete prior to Fall II

                                                      Fall II
                       RAD 205         Radiographic Procedures IV w/lab               3 credits
                       RAD 202         Radiation Protection and Biology               3 credits
                       ENG 102         English Comp II                                3 credits
                       RAD 211         Digital Radiography                            3 credits
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                       RAD 204         Clinical Education IV                          3 credits

                                                     Spring II
                       RAD 208         Radiographic Procedures V w/lab              3 credits
                       HUM202          Healthcare Law and Ethics                    3 credits
                       PSY             Psychology Elective                          3 credits
                       RAD 209         Registry Review                              3 credits
                       RAD 207         Clinical Education V                         3 credits
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                                                                                    77 credits minimum
        (30 core ed. credits may be transferred into program and must be approved by the Program Director)

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Course Descriptions:

RAD 101 Introduction to Radiologic Sciences & Patient Care in Radiologic Sciences:
        The content is designed to provide an overview of the foundations in radiography and the practitioner’s role
in the health care delivery system. Principles, practices and policies of the health care organization(s) will be
examined and discussed in addition to the professional responsibilities of the radiographer. The course will then
provide the basic concepts of patient care, including consideration for the physical and psychological needs of the
patient and family. Routing and emergency patient care procedures will be described, as well as infection control
procedures using standard precautions. The role of the radiographer in patient education will be identified.

AHS 102 Comprehensive Medical Terminology
       This course provides the student with the ability to recognize, analyze, define, spell and use basic medical
terminology. Emphasis is placed on terminology used in the rehabilitation professions. Terms related to anatomy,
physiology, pathology, and therapeutics are covered.

BIO 103 Anatomy and Physiology I with lab
        This course offers a presentation of the structure and function of the human body. Lectures and laboratory
sessions cover the cell, tissues, the skin, the skeletal system, the muscular system, and the nervous system.
Laboratory instruction is supplemented with prepared microscope, slides, models, and charts.

RAD 102 Radiographic Procedures I with lab
        Content is designed to provide a knowledge base necessary to perform standard radiographic procedures of
the chest, abdomen and upper extremity. Consideration will be given to the production of images of optimal
diagnostic quality. Laboratory experience will be used to complement the didactic portion.

RAD 103 Radiographic Exposure I
        Content is designed to establish a basic knowledge of atomic structure and terminology. Also presented are
the nature and characteristics of radiation, x-ray production and the fundamentals of photon interactions with
matter.

MTH 113 College Mathematics
       Essentials of algebra, as well as certain more advanced pre-calculus topics that are of basic importance in the
technical programs, are discussed. Topics include simplification and manipulative techniques of linear, quadratic,
and higher-degree algebraic expressions; applied problems and graphs involving algebraic equations of one and two
unknowns; exponents and radicals. Prerequisite: MTH 100 or equivalent (two years of high school algebra with a
grade of C or higher).

RAD 104 Clinical Education I
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        Content and clinical practice experiences are designed for sequential development, application, critical
analysis, integration, synthesis and evaluation of concepts and theories in the performance of radiologic procedures.
Through structured sequential, competency-based assignments in clinical setting, concepts of team practice, patient-
centered clinical practice, and professional development are discussed, examined and evaluated.
        Clinical practice experiences are designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of
radiologic imaging, and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement ensure the
well-being of the patient preparatory to, during and following the radiologic procedure.

BIO 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with lab
        This course is a continuation of BIO 103 and offers a presentation of the structure and function of the
human body covering the special senses, the circulatory system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, the
excretory system, the endocrine system, and reproduction. Laboratory instruction includes dissection of the cat and
organ specimens supplemented with prepared microscope slides, models, and charts. Prerequisite: BIO 103

RAD 105 Radiographic Procedures II with lab
        This course is a continuation of RAD 102. Content is designed to provide a knowledge base necessary to
perform standard radiographic procedures of the lower extremity and spine. Consideration will be given to the
production of images of optimal diagnostic quality. Laboratory experience will be used to complement the didactic
portion.

RAD 106 Radiographic Exposure II
        This course is a continuation of RAD 103. Content is designed to establish a knowledge base in
radiographic, fluoroscopic, mobile and tomographic equipment requirements and design. This class will also focus
on factors that govern and influence the production and recording of radiologic images. Film and electronic imaging
with related accessories will be emphasized.

 SOC 115 Human Diversity*
         Content is designed to promote better understanding of patients, the patients’ families and professional peers
through comparison of diverse populations based on their value system, cultural and ethnic influences,
communications styles, socioeconomic influences, health risks, and life stages. Content will include the study of
factors that influence relationships with patients and professional peers. Understanding human diversity assists the
student in providing better patient care.

RAD 107 Clinical Education II
         This course is a continuation of RAD 104. Content and clinical practice experiences are designed for
sequential development, application, critical analysis, integration, synthesis and evaluation of concepts and theories
in the performance of radiologic procedures. Through structured sequential, competency-based assignments in
clinical setting, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are
discussed, examined and evaluated.
         Clinical practice experiences are designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of
radiologic imaging, and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement ensure the
well-being of the patient preparatory to, during and following the radiologic procedure.

ENG 101 English Composition I
        This course involves instruction of principles of written and oral expression, centering on the writing of
essays. Various texts are studied for understanding of content, structure, and form. A short research project is
required to demonstrate successful application of preliminary research skills. Prerequisite: ENG 100 or satisfactory
score on placement test.

RAD 108 Clinical Education III
        This course is a continuation of RAD 107. Content and clinical practice experiences are designed for
sequential development, application, critical analysis, integration, synthesis and evaluation of concepts and theories
in the performance of radiologic procedures. Through structured sequential, competency-based assignments in
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clinical setting, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are
discussed, examined and evaluated.
         Clinical practice experiences are designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of
radiologic imaging, and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement ensure the
well-being of the patient preparatory to, during and following the radiologic procedure. As the students achieve
competency, they will begin performing more studies under indirect supervision.

RAD 211 Digital Radiography
        Digital Image Acquisition and Display is an overview and introduction to Digital and Computed
radiography and imaging at an entry level. It will provide radiography students with information assisting them in
the operating of equipment used in the clinical setting and understand the image acquisition guidelines, as well as
detailed exposure guidelines and quality control practices to help obtain the best radiographs possible. Image
processing, production of clean radiographic images using digital technologies, and working with CR/DR quality
workstations and information systems are covered as well as system architecture and the importance of HIPPA laws
while accessing information systems. Students will understand why digital imaging works and how they can provide
optimal imaging techniques necessary for patient care through advanced imaging processing and manipulation
functions.

RAD201 Radiographic Procedures III (no lab)
         This course is a continuation of the Radiographic Procedures courses. Content is designed to provide a
knowledge base necessary to perform standard radiographic procedures of mobile, surgical and pediatric patients.
Consideration will be given to the production of images of optimal diagnostic quality. Laboratory assignments
will not take place in this course.

RAD 202 Radiation Protection and Biology
        Content is designed to provide an overview of the principles of radiation protection, including the
responsibilities of the radiographer for patients, personnel, and the public. Radiation health and safety requirements
of federal and state regulatory agencies, accreditation agencies, and health care organizations are incorporated.

ENG 102 English Composition II
       This course continues the development and strengthening of the language and communication skills of
reading, writing and speaking. Readings from a variety of genres will be used to generate discussion, essays and oral
presentations. A research paper will be required to demonstrate skills in effective research, information management
and technology. Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a grade of C or better.

RAD 210 Radiographic Pathology
        Content is designed to introduce theories of disease causation and the pathophysiologic responses, clinical
manifestations, radiographic appearance, and management of alterations in body systems will be presented.
Discussions of image analysis and findings including pathologies, anomalies and other processes will round out this
course.

RAD 204 Clinical Education IV
         This course is a continuation of RAD 108. Content and clinical practice experiences are designed for
sequential development, application, critical analysis, integration, synthesis and evaluation of concepts and theories
in the performance of radiologic procedures. Through structured sequential, competency-based assignments in
clinical setting, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are
discussed, examined and evaluated.
         Clinical practice experiences shall be designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent
performance of radiologic imaging, and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes
measurement ensure the well-being of the patient preparatory to, during and following the radiologic procedure. As
the students achieve competency, they will begin performing more studies under indirect supervision.

RAD 205 Radiographic Procedures IV with lab
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        This course is a continuation of RAD 105& 201. Content is designed to provide a knowledge base necessary
to perform standard radiographic procedures of the ribs, spine fluoroscopy, and skull imaging. Consideration will be
given to the production of images of optimal diagnostic quality. Laboratory experience will be used to complement
the didactic portion.

RAD 208 Radiographic Procedures V with lab
         This course is a continuation of RAD 205. Content is designed to provide a knowledge base necessary to
perform standard radiographic procedures of the skull, and facial bones. Special procedures, modalities and sterile
tray studies will also be reviewed. Consideration will be given to the production of images of optimal diagnostic
quality. Laboratory experience will be used to complement the didactic portion.

HUM 202 Healthcare Law and Ethics
         This course covers the primary medical, legal, and ethical issues encountered in day-to-day healthcare
practices. These issues include: licensure, confidentiality, consent, the physician/patient relationship, malpractice
and litigation. A variety of secondary medical legal issues will also be addressed, such as intentional torts, public
duties and responsibilities and employment laws. In addition codes of ethics, as well as the relationship between law
and ethics are discussed.

PSY 111 Introduction Psychology
        This course is an introductory, general survey curse in the study of human behavior and current and past
theories. The course includes basic material on the history of psychology; principles of learning; the psychological
processes of motivation, perception, emotion, and sensation; intelligence; measurement; elementary concepts of
personality; frustration and conflict; and the influence of the brain on behavior. Core Social Science Elective

RAD 209 Registry Review
        Content is designed to prepare students to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technology
examination. All didactic and clinical information from the 22-month program is reviewed, and the students are
given a number of registry- type practice examinations which have to be successfully passed in preparation for the
board exam. Should a student achieve less than an 85% grade in the RAD 209 capstone course, they may still sit
for graduation but will not be eligible to sit for their boards until 6 months after graduation and must continue
remedial work until a minimum of 85% can be scored on assessment.

RAD 207 Clinical Education V
         This course is a continuation of RAD 204. Content and clinical practice experiences are designed for
sequential development, application, critical analysis, integration, synthesis and evaluation of concepts and theories
in the performance of radiologic procedures. Through structured sequential, competency-based assignments in
clinical setting, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practices, and professional development are
discussed, examined and evaluated.
         Clinical practice experiences shall be designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent
performance of radiologic imaging, and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes
measurement ensure the well-being of the patient preparatory to, during and following the radiologic procedure. As
the students achieve competency, they will begin performing more studies under indirect supervision.

Grading System:

A report on a student’s progress is provided to the student at the end of each semester. Didactic and Clinical grades
at the end of the semester are final, represent the official grades assigned in the course taken, and make up a
student’s official cumulative record. Grades are based upon the instructor’s syllabus as outlined in every course.
Instructors may report unsatisfactory progress in a course to a student and the Program Director orally or in writing
at any time. Midterm grades will be posted half way through the semester. If a student receives a failing mid-term
grade, they will be placed on an academic and/or clinical Action Plan. No grades are released unless all financial
obligations to the college have been met.
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                                       Harcum College Letter Grading System

             Letter Grade                          Numerical Grade                           Grade Point
                  A                                   95-100                                     4.0
                  A-                                   90-94                                     3.7
                  B+                                   87-89                                     3.3
                  B                                    83-86                                     3.0
                  B-                                   80-82                                     2.7
                  C+                                   77-79                                     2.3
                  C                                    73-76                                     2.0
                  C-                                   70-72                                     1.7
                  D+                                   67-69                                     1.3

A letter grading system with grade points is used to indicate the quality of a student’s work. This quality is
represented by a student’s grade point average which ranges from 0 to 4. Grades of C- and lower are usually not
transferable to another institution.

Graduations Requirements:

In order to graduate from the program, students must successfully complete all academic, clinical and competency
requirements of the Radiologic Technology Program. Additionally, students must meet all time requirements and
financial obligations to Harcum College.

The following requirements must be met to obtain a degree from Harcum College:

    1. An Associate Degree student must have earned a minimum of 62 credit hours. The Radiography Program
       requires a minimum of 77 credits to be eligible for graduation.
    2. For all degrees, a minimum grade point average of 2.0 is required. Basic Skills Standards (as outlined in the
       Course Catalog) must also be fulfilled.
    3. Credits for developmental courses do not count toward graduation.
    4. All financial obligations to Harcum College must be paid in full before a student may participate in the
       graduation exercises.
    5. The diploma and transcript of grades will also be withheld until the student meets his/her financial
       obligations.

General Rules of Conduct: Applies to both Didactic and Clinical Education

All students are expected to behave in a manner that is appropriate, ethical, respectful and professional. If a student
is found to exhibit the behavior below they will be subjected to automatic dismissal from the program.

        1. Dishonesty ( cheating in any class, lab, or on clinical paperwork, plagiarism, record tampering,
           punching the time card for another student, writing in the technologist’s signatures on the time card or
           falsifying the time.
        2. Violation of criminal law (fraud, forgery, vandalism, stealing, intoxication(will be tested on site)
        3. Insubordination, deliberately not following instruction in class or clinical
        4. Unprofessional, obscene, disruptive or threatening behavior or language
        5. The sale or use of drugs and/or alcohol substances on the hospital premises or the refusal to submit to
           drug testing if requested by faculty or hospital supervisors
        6. Sleeping during a didactic course or clinical assignments
        7. Failure to practice radiation safety or protection standards
        8. Excessive tardiness and/or absenteeism( more than 2 times in a semester)
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        9. Breach of patient confidentiality, HIPAA violation
        10. Disregard for patient safety( standing patient with injury, excessive repeats, not shielding, artifacts on
            films)
        11. Malicious mischief, which may result in injury to another person(s)
        12. Performing a repeat examination without the appropriate supervision of a Registered Technologist
            and/or sending a film without the approval of a Registered Technologist.

Faculty responsibilities:

        1.    Creating an environment that is conducive to learning
        2.    Keeping the students current regarding the latest information and technology in the field
        3.    Arranging clinical assignments
        4.    Assuring that the clinical assignments provide for meaningful experience
        5.    Maintaining all student records in a safe and confidential manner
        6.    Conferring with the clinical staff as well as Harcum staff on students’ clinical behavior
        7.    Acting as a resource for students
        8.    Acting in a professional manner
        9.    Maintaining good public relations between the college and the clinical staff
        10.   Using a variety of teaching techniques to enhance the learning process
        11.   Treating all students and staff with respect at both the college and clinical site.
        12.   Treating all patients with kindness, compassion, and respect

Student responsibilities:

        1. Adhering to program and general college rules and regulations
        2. Establishing harmonious working relationships with the clinical staff (do not get too personal with staff
            or involved in clinical or Harcum affairs.)
        3. Respecting all clinical supplies, equipment, and clinical assignment ( students will not request to have
            clinical rotation altered)
        4. Consulting with the site appointed CI and school faculty if a problem were to arise
        5. Attending and participating in all school activities ( fieldtrips, mandatory community service)
        6. Treating all faculty, staff, and fellow students with respect and professionalism.
        7. Treating all patients with kindness, compassion, and respect and abiding by HIPPA Regulations
        8. Obtaining ARRT applications, either through the college faculty or the ARRT, and then personally
            submitting them to the ARRT.
        9. Remaining in their assigned clinical areas of rotation at all times unless directed by the CI
        10. Reporting any violations/ concerns to program faculty immediately

Student rights:
Students have the right to the following:

        1.    Obtain an optimum education appropriate to their knowledge and abilities
        2.    Review their educational records with their advisor.
        3.    Evaluate teachers and courses regarding effectiveness each semester
        4.    Appeal program decisions using the grievance procedure listed in the college catalog available on the
              college website and within this handbook.

Drug and alcohol abuse prevention:

It is contrary to hospital policy and unlawful for students or employees to possess, use, or distribute illicit drugs or
alcohol on hospital or Harcum College property.
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The risk to patients increases if students or employees are under the influences of drugs or alcohol. Performance
during an emergency situation when a student or employee must react quickly may be hampered by the use of
drugs/alcohol and, therefore, may result in injury or death to a patient.

Harcum College requires all participants in the Radiologic Technology Program to undergo drug and alcohol
screening. Any acceptance into or continuation in the Program is contingent upon the test results being
negative for drugs and alcohol. There may be additional random drug screens throughout the duration of the
program. This is part of the medical clearance which is required by all program participants prior to the first
clinical rotation.

Any student who is found to possess, use, or distribute drugs or alcohol will be dismissed from the Radiologic
Technology Program immediately. In addition, the college has the right to contact local, state, and federal
authorities regarding the possession, use, or distribution of drugs or alcohol. Students who are suspected of
being under the influence of drugs or alcohol may be asked to submit to a drug test immediately. Refusal to take
a drug test will result in automatic dismissal from the program.

                                  DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY AND PROCEDURE

 Harcum College requires all participants in the Radiologic Technology Program to undergo drug and alcohol
screening. Any acceptance into or continuation in the Program is contingent upon the test results being negative for
drugs and alcohol. There may be additional random drug screens throughout the duration of the program. This is
part of the medical clearance which is required by all program participants prior to the first clinical rotation.

 Any Program participant’s use, possession, manufacture, distribution, dispensation, or sale of alcohol or illegal
drugs is strictly prohibited while engaged at any fieldwork site, and in the scope of classroom and other work with
Harcum. If a drug and/or alcohol test is administered to a student and they fail, they will be immediately suspended
from the Radiography Program.

A Program participant who fails a drug and/or alcohol test (i.e., test results are positive, confirming the presence of
prohibited drug or drugs) will be immediately suspended from the Program unless she/he enters a professionally
certified drug rehabilitation program acceptable to Harcum. Upon entry into rehabilitation, the participant will be
placed on medical leave status. After successful completion of rehabilitation, including drug and/or alcohol testing,
the participant will be allowed to continue in the Program, subject to the requirement that the participant repeat all
courses and practicums that the participant was taking at the time of termination. Any cost of these rehabilitation
programs is the responsibility of the participant

 If, after having failed one (1) drug test, a participant refuses to enter an approved drug rehabilitative program, fails
to comply with or complete the requirements of the rehabilitation program; fails any post-rehabilitative drug and
alcohol test or other subsequent drug and alcohol test; or fails to comply with any other aspect of the anti-drug plan,
the student’s participation in the Program will be terminated from the Program.

Harcum College due process procedure for academic grievances*:

Grade appeal:

A student may appeal grading by a faculty member up to within two weeks of the semester following the assignment
of the grade. The student must document in writing the reasons he or she considers the grade to be unfair and
present the documentation to the faculty member who will respond within ten business days. The student must
present supporting evidence such as tests and papers, etc. If the faculty member denies the appeal, the student may
appeal to the Program Director in writing within ten days.

Other grievances:
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If a student has a cause for grievance in any other matters, the student is requested to meet with the faculty member
involved. Steps to take for grievances are listed.

Steps for Grievance Process for students in the Radiologic Technology Program
1) Attempt to resolve the issue with the immediate party.
2) If no resolution comes after step 1, contact the Program Director via email. The Program Director has 3 business
days to respond to request and will then set a meeting with student to discuss issue. There may be a follow up
meeting with the Program Director/Clinical Coordinator and other parties depending on initial conversation.
3) After step 2, if the matter remains unsolved, or if the primary party is not satisfied with the results, they can
contact in writing the Executive Vice President, Vice President of Academic Affairs to the nature of the issue and
attempts to resolve to this point.
4) The Executive Vice President, Vice President of Academic Affairs will then meet with the student and Program
Director to try and resolve concern.
5) If the Executive Vice President, Vice President of Academic Affairs cannot resolve the situation, the student
(primary party) can contact in writing the college president. The final decision resides with the president if not
solved prior to this step.

A student who has been dismissed from the Radiography Program for a clinical violation is not eligible for re-
admission in the Program of Radiologic Technology.

Educational records:

It is the policy of the program to allow students to inspect their educational records, however are not permitted to
have a copy.

Official transcripts of all students are kept on file in the Registrar’s office. Alumni of the program who wish to have
their official transcripts sent to a third party must fill out a release and pay a transcript fee of $5.00 to the Registrar’s
Office.

The following records are kept on file in the Program Director’s office and become part of the Student’s permanent
record: Radiation monitoring records, Warning Notices and Incident Reports, Clinical Competencies, Evaluations.

The Program Director, Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Instructor(s), and faculty of Harcum College and academic
administrators are authorized to have access to student educational records for educational, clinical, or
recommendation purposes.

College Services
Academic Accommodations:

If you have a documented disability for which you are or may be requesting reasonable academic adjustments, you
are encouraged to contact The Office of Disability Services at 610-526-6036, or Robyn Gleason
(rgleason@harcum.edu) or Dr. Richard Cooper (rcooper@harcum.edu) directly to set up an appointment.

Students should be advised that taking lab practical exams in a lab setting with the lab instructor and within
specified time limits is considered a major component of this course and cannot be modified.

There are no Academic Accommodations for the clinical setting due to the aspect of continual patient care,
treatment coordination, and critical thinking requirements.

Counseling Services:

The college has an on-site counselor who is available to help students with a variety of emotional support issues
such as relationships (family, roommate, faculty, partners, friends, etc.), self-esteem, culture shock, depression,
anxiety, anger, college transition, academic concerns, traumatic stress or abuse, and loss.
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Counseling takes place on an individual basis and is designed to be short term (1 or 2 visits). Sessions are conducted
privately and are confidential. All services are free of charge. Referrals can be made by students, staff, faculty, and
or families. The counseling office works in conjunction with the College Health Center to support students with
their social, emotional, and academic needs in order to assist them in achieving their full potential.

Office hours are Monday through Friday 9am – 5pm. Please call the office at 610-526-6045 or email Kathy
Anthony at kanthony@harcum.edu to arrange an appointment or if you have questions or concerns. Additional
hours by appointment only.

Health Center

The Health Center provides evaluation and treatment of injuries and illnesses for all Harcum students. The Center
is located in Klein Hall 1st floor.

Services are listed in the catalog or on the college website. Contact the Health Center at 610-526-6090.

Office of Career and Transfer Services

The Office of Career and Transfer Services encourages and supports all students and alumni as they proactively
engage in the career and transfer process while charting their path toward life-long career achievement. The Office
of Career and Transfer Services provides vocational guidance, education, and personal support to help students and
alumni reach their goal.

The office of Career and Transfer Services is located in the Academic Center, 1st floor. Contact the office at 610-
526-6047.

Student Support Services

The Student Support Services in Room 101 of the Academic Center is dedicated to providing the highest quality of
services to assist Harcum students in achieving their academic and career goals. A team of experienced professional
and peer tutors offer one-to-one and small group tutoring in most academic subject areas, including math, reading,
English, and the sciences.

The office of Student Support Services (SSS) recognizes that college can be challenging and overwhelming for some
students. SSS promotes the mission of Harcum College and encourages students to actively participate in their
academic progress and to acknowledge when they need academic support. SSS offers a variety of services to all
students including:
•       Academic Coaching
•       Academic Resource Center (ARC)
•       Mentorship
•       Professional Tutoring
•       Financial Literacy
•       Educational/Cultural sessions
•       Testing Accommodations (Disability Service)
•       Academic Grant Aid (Special Requirements Apply)
•       Classroom Supplies
•       Quiet Study Area

 To set up an appointment, stop by the center or contact the Director of SSS, Emily Fahy, at efahy@harcum.edu or
call 610-526-6052.
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Social Media and Networking Policy

The use of social networking by students and health care professionals should be done with careful consideration.
In order to avoid any potential biases, students are not allowed to initiate or accept friend requests on Facebook,
Instagram, Snap Chat, or any other social network from anyone associated with the clinical experience. This
includes but is not limited to Clinical Instructors, Professional Staff, patients, and/or family members of patients or
staff. This allows students to be evaluated solely on clinical performance and not on personal information from
social networking sites.

As both a professional ethic and legal requirement, students are expected to maintain patient confidentiality. Due
to the public nature of social networking sties, privacy and professionalism may potentially be compromised.
Students may not post anything that compromises patient confidentiality. This includes but is not limited to names,
references to the clinical site or clinical staff, pictures of any part of the patient’s body, and any information that
may identify the patient. No photographs should be taken or posted of any patients, staff or the internal facility
including x-rays or patient information. This is a violation of privacy. Students should refrain from posting any
comments about their clinical experience site, clinical instructors, patients, or any staff member on their personal
social profile or page. Failure to comply with the policy stated may result in the immediate removal of the
student from the program.

Clinical Education:

Clinical education is a process of information presentation, practical application, and competency validation of
performance requirements. These requirements are reviewed by direct and indirect supervision. The process of
Clinical begins with a patient care course, assigned clinical rotations, and culminates in the successful completion of
required final competency evaluations in addition to six patient care objectives, which are directed by the ASRT,
prior to graduation.

In accordance to the JRCERT standards for education, the curriculum is to provide competency based educational
experiences that promote synthesis of theory, use of current technology, competent clinical practice, and
professional values. At the end of the program, the student is competent in all mandatory radiography exams and
also a minimum of 15 elective exams. A list of the exams can be found at the end of this handbook: Appendix B
(pg. 48). This is a variable document and may change with updates in the curriculum/requirements set forth by the
ARRT/ASRT.

Clinical Obligations:

In preparation for the clinical experience the student must:

       Purchase designated uniforms from a vendor identified by Harcum College at Orientation
       Provide own transportation (students must have their own form of transportation)
       Provide/undergo background checks and medical clearances through castlebranch annually
        (Castlebranch requirements must be met prior to the beginning of the Program to be admitted)
       Pay a clinical fee to the campus store which ensures each student receives one set of x-ray markers, two
        years of radiation monitoring badges from Landauer Inc, and access to the Typhoon Monitoring System.

Clinical Site Requirements:

The clinical sites provide care to the community and are responsible for the safety and well-being of their patients,
family and visitors. All students as part of their Radiology education will be required to undergo medical
clearance and criminal background check, including child abuse clearance, and finger printing prior to the first
day of the Program. Should the student not obtain these mandatory clearances prior to the beginning of clinical
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education, they will not be allowed to continue in the Program and are allowed to re-apply for the following
year. CPR training is also a prerequisite of the clinical education and may be taken outside of the college or during
an in-service training identified by Harcum faculty. The CPR course must be The American Heart Association BLS
for the Healthcare Provider. The influenza and COVID-19 vaccine are required. Certain Clearances must be
renewed each year and is not included in tuition or clinical fees.

Uniforms also have to be purchased from our selected vendor for consistency. Purchasing at least two sets is
preferable as they need to be clean and pressed each clinical day. This is not part of the clinical fee, but required
as part of the professional appearance. Students are required to wear Harcum College specific uniforms at their
clinical sites.

The clinical sites also require that each student attend a virtual or hospital/clinical site orientation for new
employees so the student is aware of specific site policies, parking rules, patient safety initiatives, infection control,
and fire safety. This orientation may be done at the site, or online and must be completed prior to entering the
clinical site.

Essential Functions required for Clinical Education of the Radiography student:

All radiologic technologists, including student radiographers must be able to meet certain standards, both physical
and mental, in order to perform the duties and expectations of a general radiographer.

The student must have the following physical abilities:

1. Walk upright, bend over easily, and be able to carry between 20 and 30 pounds.

2. Position patients for radiographic examinations, including palpation of appropriate landmarks and providing
   patient instruction.

3. Maneuver all x-ray equipment, for example, raise the x-ray tube or lower it, and push and position the mobile
   units.

4. Hear and distinguish various equipment and background sounds during equipment operations.

5. Visually and acutely monitor patients in low lighting.

6. Be able to respond quickly to emergency situations.

7. Transfer and assist patients from stretchers or wheelchairs to radiographic table, and vice-versa with slide board
   or other transfer equipment available.

8. If necessary, administer CPR in emergency situations.

9. Properly obtain and document patient history.

10. Communicate in a clear, concise and understandable manner to patients, staff, and other departments as well as
    to family members of the patient.

11. Knowledge in computer systems for retrieving and entering patient information.

12. Work around, set up, and maintain a sterile field.

13. Work with patients with traumatic injury including blood and bodily fluids without concern, but with proper
    standard precautions.
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14. Work in an environment which includes medical equipment, including needles, procedures involving biopsy,
    surgery, or other invasive procedures within the department and operating room.

15. Walk up and down stairs without difficulty or delay.

The student must have the following cognitive abilities:

16. Act quickly and make responsible decisions in emergent situations.

17. Understand and apply clinical instructions given from Department Personnel without hesitation.
18. Complete tasks in a timely fashion consistent with department and clinical protocol.
19. Work cooperatively with other health care workers.
20. Follow direction from senior technologists / Clinical Instructors
21. Act in an ethical manner consistent with the Code of Ethics developed by the ARRT.
22. Possess emotional well-being to complete, comply, and deliver services necessary for correct diagnosis and
treatment of the patient.

Code of Ethics: Retrieved from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

This code shall serve as a guide by which the radiologic technologist may evaluate their professional conduct as it
relates to patients, colleagues, other members of the medical care team, health consumers and employers. The code
is intended to assist the radiologic technologist in maintaining a high level of ethical conduct. In this case, the
student is as responsible as the radiologic technologist for conforming to this code of ethical behavior.

        1. The radiologic technologist conducts himself/herself in a professional manner, responds to patient
           needs, and supports colleagues and associates in providing quality patient care.

        2. The radiologic technologist acts to advance the principal objective of the profession to provide services
           to humanity with full respect for the dignity of mankind.

        3. The radiologic technologist delivers patient care and service unrestricted by the concerns of personal
           attributes or the nature of the disease or illness, without discrimination, regardless of sex, race, creed,
           religion, or socioeconomic status.

        4. The radiologic technologist practices technology founded upon theoretical knowledge and concepts,
           uses equipment and accessories consistent with the purpose for which they have been designed, and
           employs procedures and techniques appropriately.

        5. The radiologic technologist assesses situations, exercises care, discretion and judgment, assumes
           responsibility for professional decisions, and acts in the best interest of the patient.

        6. The radiologic technologist, through observation and communication, obtains pertinent information for
           the physician to aid in the diagnosis and treatment management of the patient. The radiologic
           technologist recognizes that interpretation and diagnosis are outside the scope of practice for the
           profession.
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       7. The radiologic technologist uses equipment and accessories, employs techniques and procedures,
          performs services in accordance with an accepted standard of practice, and demonstrates expertise in
          limiting the radiation exposure to the patient, self, and other members of the health care team.

       8. The radiologic technologist practices ethical conduct appropriate to the profession and protects the
          patient’s right to quality radiologic technology care.

       9. The radiologic technologist respects confidences entrusted in the course of professional practice, respects
          the patient’s right to privacy and reveals confidential information only as required by law or to protect
          the welfare of the individual or the community.

       10. The radiologic technologist continually strive to improve knowledge and skills by participating in
           educational and professional activities, sharing knowledge with colleagues, and investigating new and
           innovative aspects of professional practice. One means available to improve knowledge and skill is
           through professional continuing education.

Assignment of Clinical Training:

All students in the Radiography Program attend clinical sites as part of their Radiology education and are required
to undergo the mandatory Castlebranch requirements as well as an orientation to their appointed clinical site(s).
These must be renewed annually by the student in order to attend clinical education.

       1. The Clinical Coordinator will make a list of the student assignments to allow for an orderly flow in the
          department and adequate rotation of practical experience.

       2. Students will be assigned to training on a rotational basis. They are under the supervision of the
          Program Director, Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Instructor(s), or the assigned clinical site registered
          radiologic technologist, working in cooperation with the Clinical Coordinator and Clinical Instructors’
          at all clinical sites.

       3. Students will rotate through various radiology settings to receive training in all types of examinations
          and treatments, on patients from all age groups and stages of illness. Students may be subject to rotating
          through a different hospital.

       4. Clinical hours and areas will alternate as noted on rotation grids supplied by the Clinical Coordinator.
          Clinical Hours may be between the hours of 7:00 AM-10:00 PM, and weekend Rotations are standard
          and will appear on the rotation grid as well. It is the responsibility of the student to have their own form
          of transportation as they may be required to go to more than one clinical site per day. Students may not
          use public transportation for clinical.

       5. Students will also rotate through other modalities, including CT, MRI, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine,
          Mammography, Cardiac Catherization, and Interventional Radiography during their senior year.

       6. Students may NOT use all of their personal time during one rotation. If a student attempts this, they will
          be issued a written warning.

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