Welcome to the Radiologic Technology program. This program is eight (8) terms, (24 months) in length. Upon successful completion of this program, an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree will be awarded. Upon meeting the requirements of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, graduates will be eligible to apply for the national board examination.
Indian Hills Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of Colleges and Schools and a member of the North Central Association. The Radiologic Technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology.
The Radiologic Technology Program is part of the Health Sciences Division. Jill Budde is the Executive Dean, Career and Workforce Education and Heidi Jones is Associate Dean of Health Sciences. The Program Director is Tammy Delker MS, RT(R). Alice Shepard BS, RT(R)(M), and Amanda Beane, MBL, RT(R)(CT)(MR)(BD) are Instructors/Clinical Coordinators.
This student handbook has been developed by the staff and administration of the Health Sciences Division of Indian Hills Community College. Its purpose is to serve as a guide for all students enrolled in the Radiologic Technology program. The handbook supplements the Indian Hills Community College Student Handbook and College Catalog; consequently all policies and procedures from the student code of conduct handbook are to be observed in addition to those outlined in the following pages.
This booklet contains specific information that may help you understand the policies and procedures of the Radiologic Technology Program. Please read the handbook carefully and ask questions if any of the information is unclear. The Program Director and Instructors/Clinical Coordinators are the best resources for answering questions that you might have concerning program policies or procedures.
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Indian Hills Mission, Values and Purpose
Indian Hills Community College Mission
Indian Hills Community College changes lives by inspiring learning, diversity, social enrichment, and regional economic advancement.
Indian Hills Community College Values
- Academic Excellence and Student Success
- Integrity, Relationships, and Teamwork
- Acceptance, Inclusion, and Accessibility
- Tradition and Culture
- Innovation and the Future
Indian Hills Community College Purpose
Indian Hills Community College is dedicated to providing a dynamic and timely response to the ever-changing needs of our business community and the populace of our small towns and rural areas.
In this context, it is our purpose to provide, to the greatest extent possible, the following education opportunities and services.
- The first two years of college work, including pre-professional education.
- Career and technical training.
- Programs for in-service training and retraining of workers.
- Programs for high school completions for students of post-high school age.
- Programs for all students of high school age who may best serve themselves by enrolling for career and technical training, while also enrolled in a local high school, public or private.
- Programs for students of high school age to provide advanced college placement courses not taught at a student’s high school while the student is also enrolled in the high school.
- Student personnel services.
- Community services.
- Career and technical education for persons who have academic, socioeconomic or other disabilities which prevent succeeding in regular career education programs.
- Training, retraining and all necessary preparation for productive employment of all citizens.
- Career and technical training for persons who are not enrolled in a high school and who have not completed high school.
- Developmental education for persons who are academically or personally under prepared to succeed in their program of study.
Radiologic Technology Program Mission and Philosophy
Radiologic Technology Program Mission
The Radiologic Technology Program, as an integral part of Indian Hills Community College, believes its main purpose is:
To provide a program of radiologic education that builds on previous experiences and affords the student the opportunity to acquire attitudes, knowledge and skills necessary to become effective members of the health care team and serve the health needs of society.
Radiologic Technology Program Philosophy
Indian Hills Community College, as a community centered institution, strives to meet the needs of people for post-secondary education. The college believes every opportunity should be provided for each student to develop to their maximum potential in order that they might assume a contributive position in our complex and ever-changing society.
The faculty believes that people are social beings who function within a social system in which life is a constantly changing experience. We further believe that this requires sensitivity to and respect for the privacy and dignity of each individual.
We believe radiologic technology is an art and science that has as its primary focus the health needs of all individuals – needs ranging from states of high-level wellness to states of illness, disability and impending death. Therefore, education in radiography is based on a specialized body of knowledge and skills that focus upon preparation of a competent specialized professional.
We believe that learning is an individual and continuous process resulting in behavioral changes which can be measured. Also that learning is facilitated and affected by motivation, self-discipline and structured experiences. We further believe that the role of the instructor is to guide the learner, identify learning needs, and implement the best approaches to meet these needs.
We believe that the Radiologic Technology student is an adult learner and as such shares the responsibility for their learning. We believe that the best knowledge base for practice is a combination of general and technical education. This allows the student to develop into an effective practitioner, responsible citizen and more fulfilled mature individual.
Upon successful completion of the Radiologic Technology program the student will possess the attitudes, knowledge and skills necessary to:
- Students will demonstrate clinical competence as a radiologic technologist
- Students will position patients for radiologic procedures
- Students will select radiographic techniques
- Students will demonstrate radiation protection
- Students will manipulate radiographic equipment
- Students will provide quality patient care
- Students will demonstrate communication skills
- Students will demonstrate oral communication skills
- Students will demonstrate written communication skills
- Students will demonstrate non-verbal communication skills
- Students will possess critical thinking and problem solving skills
- Students will position non-routine radiology procedures
- Students will evaluate radiographic images
- Students will demonstrate professionalism
- Students will identify the professional resources available to them
- Students will develop a personal philosophy on professionalism
- Students will demonstrate professional behaviors in the clinical setting
Who to Contact
Occasionally you will encounter circumstances requiring assistance or guidance. The following is a partial list of potential problems and who to see:
||Who to See
|Difficulty/concern with a specific course
|Difficulty with course work in general or problems of a general nature
- Program Director
- Associate Dean
- Executive Dean
- SUCCESS Center
|Concerns about clinical rotations
- Clinical Coordinator
- Program Director
- Associate Dean
- Executive Dean
|Problems/concerns at clinical site
- Clinical Instructor
- Clinical Coordinator
- Program Director
- Associate Dean
- Executive Dean
|Information concerning policies and procedures
- Program Director
- Associate Dean
- Executive Dean
- Program Director
- Associate Dean
- Executive Dean
|Concerns about the program
- Program Director
- Associate Dean
- Executive Dean
Feel free to talk to any staff member if you think they can help you.
Radiologic Technology Do’s and Don’ts
- Expect to spend from 2 to 3 hours per day on course homework.
- Come to class regularly, be on time and be alert and/or access online course materials in a timely manner.
- Ask questions frequently in class and outside class.
- Take responsibility for your own learning.
- Submit all required assignments by the due dates provided in each course.
- Expect instructors to do everything for you.
- Waste time and energy trying to decide whether or not a course is relevant – JRCERT, the RT Advisory Committee and Faculty do that for you.
- Complain to people who cannot help you.
- Procrastinate with your work or with looking for solutions to problems.
Level of Instruction
The Radiologic Technology program is an eight (8) term program that starts in the fall each year. Upon successful completion of this ninety-six (96) semester hour program, the graduate will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Radiologic Technology. The graduate is also eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification examination.
Radiologic Technologists are responsible for the provision of patient care while producing diagnostic radiographs. A variety of health care settings provide unlimited employment opportunities for dedicated individuals who desire a challenging and rewarding career.
This post-secondary program is designed for both traditional and non-traditional type students who have a high school diploma or equivalent. An interest in working with people, excellent communication skills and a desire to provide diagnostic-related health care are essential characteristics for individuals considering Radiologic Technology as a career.
A high school diploma or its equivalent is required for admission. Prospective students must:
- Complete an IHCC application by February 1
- Request high school and college transcripts
- Take the ACT and/or ACCUPLACER assessment
To be considered for admission to the Radiologic Technology program, prospective students must have achieved a 3.0 GPA on their most recent transcript. For a GPA from a college transcript to be considered, the applicant must have completed a minimum of eight (8) semester hours at that college. Qualified applicants will be required to complete an online orientation session and an additional academic orientation with the radiologic technology program director and instructors. Additional requirements will be provided at the academic orientation session. Criteria considered for admission to the program include:
- IHCC application
- Completion of online orientation
- Attendance at academic orientation session
Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the Radiologic Technology program.
Classroom time will be spent in a lecture-discussion type format with an emphasis on class participation. Laboratory exercises will parallel classroom lecture. The second year of this program is a combination of Hybrid on-line and online classes (Hybrid on-line refers to an on-line class with limited classroom participation each term). Class projects, assignments, and tests will be used to determine the final grade in each course. Students will be assigned to various clinical sites beginning with Term II to apply radiologic knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom and laboratory setting. Clinical Coordinator, Instructor and Technologist evaluations will be used to determine competency of the clinical objectives and formulate the clinical grades.
The Radiologic Technology Program is eight (8) terms in length and is comprised of classroom, laboratory, hybrid and on-line classes and clinical instruction. Each term is approximately three (3) months (12 instructional weeks) long.
Term I: Students attend didactic and laboratory classes on campus Monday through Thursday. The clinical aspect of the program begins the second term.
Term II: Students attend didactic and laboratory classes on Tuesday and Wednesday. Students will attend clinical on Monday/Wednesday or Thursday/Friday for a total of sixteen (16) clinical hours per week.
Term III: Students attend didactic and laboratory classes on Tuesday and/or Wednesday. Students will attend clinical on Monday/Wednesday or Thursday/Friday for a total of sixteen (16) clinical hours per week.
Term IV: Students attend didactic and laboratory classes on Tuesday and/or Monday. Clinical Component scheduled for twenty-four (24) hours per week Wednesday-Friday
Term V-VIII: Students are enrolled in online and hybrid/online courses that meet four or more times a term scheduled on Thursdays. Students will attend clinical Monday-Wednesday for a total of twenty-four (24) hours each week.
At no time will students be assigned/allowed to be involved in classes and clinical more than forty (40) hours per week! Additionally, for the safety of students and patients, students will not be scheduled more than ten (10) clinical hours in any one day.
Clinical hours vary at each site, but are typically 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, or 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. The Radiologic Technology faculty makes clinical assignments.
Requests for specific clinical health facilities cannot be honored. The JRCERT defines the operational hours of traditional programs as Monday-Friday, 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Classes on campus are typically scheduled between 7:00 am and 4:45 pm.
The Radiologic Technology program was last evaluated by the Joint Review Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) in June 2012. The program was awarded accreditation for a period of 8 years, the maximum duration that may be awarded by the JRCERT.
The programs credentialing examination pass rate, job placement rate, and program completion rate may be viewed on the JRCERT’s website at www.jrcert.org and on the Indian Hills website.
To view the full program curriculum, please visit the College Catalog & Student Handbook.
Core Course Descriptions
To view the course descriptions, please click on the links below.
- Radiologic Technology:
- RAD 108 - Radiology and Medical Imaging
- RAD 125 - RT Position I
- RAD 126 - Position and Film Critique Lab I
- RAD 127 - RT Positioning II
- RAD 128 - Positioning and Film Critique Lab II
- RAD 129 - RT Positioning III
- RAD 130 - Positioning and Film Critique Lab III
- RAD 131 - RT Positioning IV
- RAD 132 - Positioning and Film Critique Lab IV
- RAD 133 - Advanced Radiographic Procedures
- RAD 205 - RT Clinical I
- RAD 225 - RT Clinical II
- RAD 265 - RT Clinical III
- RAD 325 - RT Imaging I
- RAD 335 - RT Imaging II
- RAD 525 - RT Clinical IV
- RAD 545 - RT Clinical V
- RAD 595 - RT Clinical VI
- RAD 685 - RT Seminar
- RAD 635 - RT Clinical VII
- RAD 715 - Digital Imaging
- RAD 738 - Radiologic Pathology
- RAD 785 - Radiographic Legal and Ethical Aspects
- RAD 815 - RT Physics I
- RAD 816 - Physics in Medical Imaging I
- RAD 825 - RT Physics II
- RAD 826 - Physics in Medical Imaging II
- RAD 875 - Diagnostic Imaging Protection
- RAD 885 - RT Biology
- RAD 886 - Introduction to Mammography
- RAD 887 - Introduction to CT
- RAD 888 - Introduction to MRI
Clinical Affiliation Sites
|Broadlawns Medical Center
||Des Moines, IA
|Davis County Hospital
|Fort Madison Community Hospital
||Fort Madison, IA
|Great River Medical Center
|Greater Community Hospital
|Unity Point Health
|Henry County Health Center
||Mt. Pleasant, IA
||Pleasant Hill, IA
|Jefferson County Hospital
|Knoxville Community Hospital
|Lucas County Hospital
|Mahaska Health Partnership
|McFarland Clinic PC
|Mercy Medical Center
||Iowa City, IA
|Mercy Medical Center
|Moberly Regional Medical Center
|Mobile Medical Diagnostic Services
|Northeast Regional Medical Center
|Ottumwa Regional Health Center
|Pella Regional Health Center
|Skiff Medical Center
|State of Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office
|University of Missouri Health Care
|Veterans Administration Medical Center
||Des Moines, IA
|Veterans Administration Medical Center
||Iowa City, IA
|Washington County Hospital
The Radiologic Technology core curriculum must be completed in the order offered. Core curriculum classes include all Radiology classes in addition to Anatomy, Anatomy Lab, Physiology and Physiology Lab. If a student fails any of these core curriculum courses they will not be allowed to continue in the program. The student will be required to successfully repeat the course(s) failed when it is next offered. Please refer to the Repeat/Readmission Policy.
If a student has course work equal to a course required in the Radiologic Technology curriculum, they will be awarded transfer credit. This decision is made by the Registrar in consultation with the Radiologic Technology Program Director, the Associate Dean and Executive Dean of Career and Workforce Education.
To support student success the following repeat policy statements have been developed.
- Students will be allowed to repeat a core radiology course one time if they do not achieve a final grade of a “C” (78%) or better.
- Any student enrolled in a core radiology course, which results in a withdrawal (after the 8th day of the Term) or a grade of less than 78%, constitutes an attempt of the course.
- Students repeating a course must meet with the Program Director to receive permission to repeat the course and complete the required “Intent to Repeat” form.
- Students desiring to re-enter the radiology program will be required to complete the appropriate college and program forms which can be obtained from the Program Director. Prior to re-entering the program applicants will be required to submit a Plan of Action identifying strategies that will be implemented to support student success. A conference will then be scheduled with the Program Director to review the Plan of Action before the student registers for classes.
- Students requesting to re-enter the radiology program, after the allotted one time, will be considered on an individual basis. Factors that may be considered include, but are not limited to: 1) academic success; 2) remediation activities; 3) clinical performance; 4) student behavior/attitudes/ professionalism; and 5) attendance pattern.
- Students that do not complete Term I of the radiology program are not considered re-entry students and must reapply and be screened for admission to the program based on testing and GPA scores.
- Readmission is based on the availability of openings in clinical sites and will require students to update their CastleBranch account.
- Due to advances in radiology and technology in health care, readmission to the radiology program after an extended time (2 years from last enrollment) may necessitate repeating all core radiology courses.
All students have, as part of the curriculum, learning experiences in the hospital clinical areas. A clinical learning experience is obtained at a health care facility, and gives the learners the opportunity to apply knowledge that has been acquired in the classroom.
- Clinical experience will be assigned at least one month in advance of the rotation. Selection of clinical facilities will be based on previous miles traveled to clinical, required competencies needed, and size of institution. Due to the number of students in the program, requests for specific sites CANNOT BE HONORED.
- Students are required to be at the assigned clinical location at the time determined by the Clinical Instructor/healthcare facility. The assigned hours will be in accordance with actual working shifts in the clinical area. Students are not to alter schedules without first approving changes with the Program Director and Clinical Coordinator. Students more than 10 minutes late will be considered as absent for that clinical day and the absence noted on the student time card.
- The actual clinical areas and hours at the cooperating health agencies are determined by the administration of the school in consultation with the administration of the health agency.
- A Clinical Instructor will be responsible for assignments and learning experiences of the students in each clinical area. Some facilities may have more than one Clinical Instructor.
- Students must remember that the institution is cooperating with the college to provide the necessary experiences for learning their health specialty. The students must remember they are guests of the cooperating agency and conduct themselves in an appropriate manner, observing any special rules and regulations applicable to those who work for that facility.
- If a clinical facility requests a student be removed, the faculty will conduct an investigation. If the concerns are founded, the student will be asked to leave the facility and will not be reassigned to another clinical facility. Reconsideration of the student’s clinical assignment will occur at the time of the next clinical rotation. Reassignment of clinical will be based on clinical openings and determined based on review by the Program Director and Health Sciences Associate Dean. Students who are asked to leave two different clinical facilities during the course of the program and where cause has been found will be immediately removed from the program. Rotations will not be made without prior notice to the student. All days missed will be deducted from the students personal time.
- Declared pregnant students will be made aware of the risks in clinical areas and are required to sign a form releasing the school and clinical facility from liability if they choose to remain in the program. See “Pregnancy Policy” for more information.
- Rotational clinical competency evaluations are based on the student’s ability to exhibit readiness for performing examinations. Completed procedural competencies may be removed by either the Clinical Instructor or Clinical Coordinator after consultation with the Program Director.
- The student shall be expected to master each procedure and complete a Procedure Competency (check-off) as procedures are presented during each term (II-VIII). (See Student Competency/Evaluation Manual.)
- Students admitted to the Radiologic Technology Program will be required to have dependent adult/child abuse, criminal background checks and a drug screen prior to entering the clinical component of the program. Some facilities require evidence of health insurance and this is the responsibility of the student. Students that fail to comply with the requirement will not progress in the program. Reports generated from criminal and abuse background checks will be evaluated by a single point of contact to determine clinical eligibility. The cost of the background checks and drug screen/s will be the responsibility of the student. Any student who is advised of a hit on their background check will be required to submit the appropriate forms to the ARRT ethics committee (arrt.org). A copy of the letter from ARRT apprising the student of their status concerning board eligibility is then submitted to the Program Director to keep on record. No clinical assignment will be made without proof of eligibility from the ARRT ethics committee. The program is not responsible for submitting the ARRT ethics requirements.
- See Drug Screen Policy – Addendum T
- While enrolled in the Radiologic Technology program at IHCC, students must report all child abuse, dependent adult abuse, and/or criminal activity, in which they are involved, to their program director within 48 hours of the incident. Failure to do so could result in dismissal from the program.
- The student shall perform all procedures with direct supervision until competency is proven and with indirect supervision thereafter. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES ARE STUDENTS TO PERFORM BEDSIDE OR SURGICAL PROCEDURES WITHOUT SUPERVISION. THE STUDENT SHALL NOT BE SUBSTITUTED FOR PAID STAFF.
- According to the JRCERT the parameters of direct supervision are:
- A qualified radiographer reviews the request for examination in relation to the student’s achievement;
- A qualified radiographer evaluates the condition of the patient in relation to the student’s knowledge;
- A qualified radiographer is present during the conduct of the examination; and
- A qualified radiographer reviews and approves the radiographs.
- In support of professional responsibility for provision of quality patient care and radiation protection, UNSATISFACTORY RADIOGRAPHS SHALL BE REPEATED ONLY IN THE PRESENCE OF A QUALIFIED RADIOGRAPHER, REGARDLESS OF THE STUDENT’S LEVEL OF COMPETENCY. Students are to complete the “Repeat Log” after repeating radiographs and the supervising technologist must sign the form also. Student individual repeat log is to be turned in to the Program Director at the end of each term.
- The JRCERT interprets “indirect supervision of students” as that supervision provided by a qualified radiographer immediately available to assist a student regardless of the level of student competency achievement. “Immediately available” is interpreted as the presence of a qualified radiographer adjacent to the room or location where a radiographic procedure is being performed. This applies to all areas when ionizing radiation equipment is in use. This does not include communication by any electronic device.
- The radiography program has revised its policy in regards to placement of students in clinical mammography rotations to observe and/or perform breast imaging. (Additionally, the policy may be applied to any imaging procedures performed by professionals who are of the opposite gender of the patient.) This also would include hysterosalpingograms.
- Under the revised policy, all students, male and female, will be offered the opportunity to participate in clinical mammography. The program will make every effort to place a male student in a clinical mammography exam if requested; however, the program is not in a position to override clinical setting policies that restrict clinical experiences in mammography to female students. Male students are advised that placement in a mammography rotation is not guaranteed and is subject to the availability of a clinical setting that allows males to participate in mammographic imaging procedures. The program will not deny female students the opportunity to participate in mammography exams if clinical settings are not available to provide the same opportunity to male students.
- The change in the program’s policy regarding student clinical rotations in mammography is based on the sound rationale presented in a position statement on student clinical mammography rotations adopted by the Board of Directors of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) at its April 2016 meeting. The JRCERT position statement is included as Addendum A to the program’s policy and is also available on the JRCERT Web site, www.jrcert.org, Programs & Faculty, Program Resources.
- For mammography, all patients will sign an observation authorization to allow a student to be present during the exam. These forms are kept at the facility where the exams are performed.
- During the students 2nd clinical rotation, the MANDATORY ORTHOPEDIC C-ARM COMPETENCY must be completed. If a student happens to be attending clinical at a facility where there is no surgery performed, the student and Clinical Coordinator will make arrangements to obtain the surgical competency at another clinical facility.
Units of Time
- Length of Program: 24 consecutive months.
- Class Days:
- Term I: Didactic and Lab Component Monday-Thursday. No clinical component. Terms II: Didactic and Lab Component scheduled for Tuesdays and Wednesday. Clinical Component scheduled for 16 hours per week on Monday/Wednesday or Thursday/ Friday.
- Term III: Didactic and Lab Component scheduled for Tuesday. Clinical Component scheduled for 16 hours per week Monday/Wednesday or Thursday/Friday
- Term IV: Didactic and Lab Component scheduled for Tuesday. Clinical Component scheduled for 24 hours per week Wednesday-Friday.
- Term V-VIII: The students will be enrolled in Hybrid on-line courses that will meet four or more times throughout the term. The clinical component is Monday-Wednesday for a total of 24 hours.
- Hours of Instruction:
- Didactic Component will be scheduled during normal college instructional hours. Clinical Coordinators/Instructors will schedule clinical hours during shifts normally staffed by registered technologists. There are no evening or weekend rotations.
- Clinical will be scheduled 8 ½ hour days with 2 – 15 minute breaks and 30 minutes for lunch. The JRCERT defines the operational hours of traditional programs as Monday-Friday, 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Holidays: No classes are held and no clinical education assignments are made on holidays. IHCC observes the following holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving Day. Students are not allowed to make up clinical time during holiday breaks.
- Some clinical facilities such as the Veterans Hospitals in Des Moines and Iowa City have additional holidays such as Martin Luther King Day that are not part of IHCC’s holidays. If a holiday occurs on a scheduled clinical day only one student will be allowed to attend clinicals that day, since only one registered technologist will be available. All other students must arrange with the facilities clinical instructor a day to make up the missed day. Additionally the students must inform the clinical coordinators and program director, by email, of the day that they will be attending clinicals to make up the day missed. If the department is closed students must use a personal day. All personal days including these must be documented on the student’s time card.
- Vacations: All students will receive a Christmas Break, Spring Break and Summer Breaks as shown on the college calendar. The college calendars are available on the Indian Hills Website. Personal days (clinical) should not be used for vacation. Please plan your vacations around those scheduled by the college.
- Emergency Call Duty: No call assignments are made for any student.
- Class Schedules: The Associate Dean of Health Sciences and the Executive Dean, Career and Workforce Education plan all didactic class schedules and each student will receive a copy of each term’s schedule prior to registering for classes.
- Rotations: Student radiographers will rotate through 3 clinical facilities at intervals of 6 months for first rotation, 9 months for second rotation, and 6 months for the third rotation. Program faculty decide all rotations. All efforts are made to keep student travel time to a minimum. Any changes in clinical site assignments will not be made unless educational benefits are obtained and all parties are consulted prior to final changes.
- Special Rotations: There will be a required CT rotation during RT Clinical VI. RT Clinical VII provides the opportunity to rotate through Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, and MRI. Students who rotate through MRI are required to complete the MRI Screening Form (Appendix Q). Special Rotations require a Registered Technologist to be present at all times.
- Educational Meetings: Students will be expected to attend and participate in all educational meetings, seminars, review sessions and/or events deemed necessary by the Program Director. Mandatory meetings will be considered part of the clinical hours for that week. Non-mandatory meetings may be attended with permission of Program Director. Orientation or visits to a university will count towards a personal clinical day.
- Professional Organizations: All student radiographers are encouraged to belong to the I.S.R.T. ASRT student membership will be paid for by the program. Application forms can be obtained from the Program Director. Participation in the Skeleton Crew Radiology Club for IHCC is highly recommended.
- Graduation: Students must maintain a 2.0 G.P.A (to graduate from Indian Hills Community College) and obtain a passing grade in all required classes. All clinical time missed due to leave of absences, etc., must be completed before the student may graduate and sit for the national ARRT exam.
- ARRT examinations are computerized and are offered through designated testing centers in Des Moines and Iowa City. The exam may be taken only after all requirements of the program have been successfully completed. Graduates are encouraged to complete the exam as soon as possible upon program completion. Application process details are provided to students by the Program Director.
Prospective employers consider attendance records a good indicator of future employee behavior. We consider attendance important for that reason and because learning rarely takes place if you are absent, regardless of the reason. Therefore, to satisfactorily complete the objectives of the Radiologic Technology program, the following policies must be adhered to:
- Students are expected to be present for all clinical experiences to attain the objectives of the program. If a student is unable to attend, they are to report their absence each day– stating name and reason.
- On clinical days the student will notify the Clinical Instructor, along with text messaging both Alice Shepard at 641-777-8574 and Amanda Beane at 641-426-6948 between 6-7AM. Failure to comply will result in a conference report and possible loss of one personal day per offense. If a student fails to contact the facility and/or clinical coordinator and the clinical coordinator arrives for a clinical visit and the student is not present, two clinical days will be subtracted from the students 10 days.
- Class days – students email the instructor of each course that they will be absent from. Failure to do so may result in a zero on any assignment/quiz/test given that day.
- All absences and failure to be on time for classes or clinical experiences will be documented in the student’s record. Any student being more than 10 minutes late for clinical will be considered absent for that day.
- The faculty will review attendance frequently to determine if each student is meeting the objectives of the program. Documentation of missed clinical days will be made on the students time card. Each student is responsible for making sure the time card is signed by the Clinical Instructor. The student will include a copy of the time card at the end of each term for the faculty to review. Failure to meet these objectives will result in the student meeting with the faculty and possible termination from the program.
- Students needing to take a Leave of Absence (maternity, surgery, death in immediate family, hospitalized child) may submit a written request to the Program Director for review by the Attendance Review Committee.
- Approval is based on the following:
- If the student’s previous performance indicates they are able to achieve the objectives of the program, and
- If it is possible for the faculty to plan the student’s progress so all learning experiences can be satisfactorily completed.
- If the leave is granted, the student will be scheduled to make up the clinical days missed following graduation (Fall Term). The student may apply for board registry; however testing may not be completed until requirements for graduation are met.
- A maximum maternity leave of four (4) weeks will be granted for an uncomplicated pregnancy. Any further extension of maternity leave will require a written excuse from the attending physician.
- Before leaving the clinical site, the student must report to the Clinical Instructor/Technologist.
- In case of snow days called by the college, the student who reports to his/her clinical site, if local weather permits, will be credited with the time. If the college is not closed due to adverse weather, students are expected to attend clinical. If the student feels the conditions are too extreme for travel, the clinical time will be deducted from his/her personal time. THESE DAYS MUST BE DOCUMENTED ON THE TIME CARD. A school alert system has been established to keep you aware of any school cancellations. This system has been proven to be an excellent way of communicating school closings, so be sure to register for this free service.
- Each student will be allowed ten (10) clinical days (80 hr.) for the entire length of the program. These are not intended to be additional vacation days. When the student decides to use these days they must call in to the clinical site and state the reason for absenteeism. Absences will be documented on the time card and signed by the Clinical Instructor. A record of this document will be kept in the student’s file. The original time card must remain in the student’s Competency and Evaluation Manual. Clinical Coordinators and Instructors will review hours on a regular basis. Failure to make available your time card at any clinical visit will result in a conference with the Program Director and may result in a clinical day being deducted from the student’s time. Clinical Instructors will notify the faculty if the student has been absent 8 or more days and is in danger of exceeding their (10) days. If a student misses more than six (6) clinical days the first year, the student must withdraw from the Radiologic Technology Program. Second year students who miss more than 10 days and do not meet the criteria stated in the Leave of Absence Policy must withdraw from the Radiologic Technology Program.
- ATTENTION: The process for students who use over the allowed ten (10) days due to Leave of Absence is as follows:
- Clinical Instructor or Clinical Coordinator will notify the Program Director.
- A review will be made of the student records.
- No makeup time will be allowed prior to completion of Term VIII clinical schedule.
- Students will not be allowed to makeup time on weekends, evening, holidays or any day in which the school is closed.
- The student will be able to participate in the graduation ceremony with the class.
- The student will return to clinicals the first day of the fall term and complete the clinical component. Clinical site will be determined based on facility availability.
- Upon completion of the required make-up days, the Clinical Instructor will notify the Program Director. The student will present their OSL badge and Competency Evaluation Handbook to the Program Director for review. The Program Director will then sign off on the ARRT completion data.
- If a student fails to email/call in absent before the class period ends on a scheduled exam day, the student will receive a “0” for that exam. This applies to all Radiologic Technology classes.
- Pop quizzes offered on the day a student is absent may not be made up at a later date.
- OVERTIME: No overtime is awarded.
- BANKING: No banked days are allowed without prior approval from the Program Director.
- Students will be allowed the opportunity to makeup exams missed due to absences. However, the student that misses an exam must initiate the makeup process by contacting the instructor. The time for makeup exams will be scheduled by the instructor. All make-up exams will be taken at the testing center in Trustee Hall.
- On clinical days, the student will report absences or late arrivals directly to the clinical instructor before the assigned duty time. Failure to report absences or late arrivals before assigned duty time will result in a conference between the student and instructor, and may interfere with the student’s ability to successfully complete the clinical course. The student who is late, leaves clinical early, or is sent home due to a violation of a program or hospital policy will be considered absent for the entire clinical day. The student then has the option of writing a letter to the Attendance Committee within one week of the occurrence. The committee will decide if the day will be counted as a clinical day or remain an absence. The letter should include date and time of the occurrence and a concise explanation.
- Students returning to the radiology program within a two-year period will be required to count previously missed clinical absences.
Tests will be given throughout each course. Each instructor will determine the time of the tests and a schedule will be provided to the student. All schedules are tentative based on the needs of the class.
Conferences will be scheduled periodically to discuss grades, progress, and concerns. Students may schedule conferences with the instructor or program director at any time. Students are expected to take the initiative in scheduling conferences when grades are below average.
In order to graduate, a student must receive a passing grade in all courses listed for that major and achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or above. This is equivalent to a “C” average.
Any student whose current term GPA falls below 2.00 will be placed on academic probation for the next term. Academic probation may affect your financial aid. See the Financial Aid Counselor for clarification of your individual situation.
Two terms of academic probation in succession will result in dismissal from school unless the student receives special permission to continue.
To graduate, a student must obtain a “C” in all radiology courses in the curriculum. The following courses are considered radiology courses:
- RT Positioning I, II, III, IV
- RT Clinical II, III, IV, V, VI, VII
- Introduction to Radiology and Medical Imaging
- RT Imaging I & II
- Diagnostic Imaging Protection
- RT Biology
- Radiographic Legal and Ethical Aspects
- Advanced Radiographic Procedures
- RT Physics I and II
- RT Pathophysiology
- Digital Imaging
- Positioning and Film Critique Lab I, II, III, IV
- RT Seminar
A passing grade must be achieved in the support courses. The following courses are considered support courses:
- Medical Terminology
- Anatomy & Anatomy Lab
- Physiology & Physiology Lab
- General Psychology
- College Writing I
- Computer Essentials
- College Algebra or Math for Liberal Arts
- Humanities Elective
- Fine Arts Elective
Grades are based upon individual achievement. Should a student be unable to complete some portion of assigned course work during the regular term, a mark of “I” (incomplete) may be assigned. In such cases, the student must then complete the course work by midterm of the following term. “Incomplete” grades automatically convert to the letter grade “F” unless the work is satisfactorily completed within the time period specified.
Students who wish to terminate or withdraw from the program are required to obtain appropriate papers and meet with the Program Director. Withdrawal forms completed and processed two weeks prior the final date of the term insures that the student does not receive grades of “F” for all of the courses they were enrolled in at the time of withdrawal.
Technical Education grading is based upon the following percentage scale:
You may compute your GPA at any time by following this example:
|Radiologic Patient Care
|Radiographic Positioning I
|Clinical Education I
|College Writing I
|Credit Hours Attempted = 15
||Total Grade Points = 37
Total Grade Points divided by Credit Hours Attempted = Grade Point Average (GPA)
(37 divided by 15 = 2.46 GPA)
Should a student detect any errors concerning his/her grades, they should notify the school within two weeks after grades have been posted. The student should check any individual grade questions immediately with the instructor who issued the grade. If you have questions regarding your GPA, contact your instructor.
Clinical Component Grading
In the clinical component, each student will be evaluated every 6 weeks. These evaluations include a Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Instructor and Technologist evaluations. Evaluation assessments are consistent with Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) suggestions. Each clinical has a competency portion, which includes competency examinations for radiographic procedures being presented in the didactic portion. Students must complete all competencies in the radiology lab and demonstrate competency prior to achieving a check-off in the clinical setting. See “Lecture, Lab & Clinical Correlation”. It is the responsibility of the student to submit midterm and end of term paperwork. Failure to submit paperwork will result in an incomplete. Refer to your Clinical Competency and Evaluation manual for the forms listed below.
Requirements for midterm
- Midterm evaluation
- Cover evaluation sheet (copy only)
Requirements for end of term
- Cover evaluation sheet (copy only)
- 3 Technologist evaluations
- 1 Clinical Instructor evaluation
- Clinical Coordinator Evaluation
- Repeat Rate Analysis
- Time Card (copy only)
- Fluoro Log
- Clinical Quizzes – minimum 78% required on all quizzes
- Portfolio as required
- OSL Report
*Additional requirements for each term are listed on the Clinical Cover Sheets*
- Tests will be given throughout each course. Each instructor will determine the time and content of the tests.
- Each student must notify the course instructor prior to test time or before the scheduled class time ends if they are going to be absent. Failure to notify the Instructor on a testing day will result in a “0” for that test.
- Make-up exams must be completed within one week. The student that misses exams must initiate the make-up process with the instructor. The instructor will schedule make-up exams.
- Quizzes may be made up per the discretion of the instructor.
- Make-up tests may not be taken during scheduled class, lab or clinical time.
- All make-up tests will be completed at the testing center.
- Final examinations are scheduled for each course at the end of each term.
- Pop quizzes offered on a day a student is absent may not be made up at a later date.
- The use of cell phones are NOT allowed for testing when working math problems.
- Students who are tardy for a test will not be allowed entrance during the testing and must make up the test outside class time.
- Students requiring accommodations for testing should contact the Success Center to obtain the necessary assistance. Classroom instructors may not make accommodations without proper notification from the Success Center.
- All books, book bags, notebooks must be closed and placed along the side of the classroom. Cell phones must be off and left in the closed bag. No hats may be worn. Calculators will be allowed as determined by the instructor.
- No smart watches will be allowed during test time.
- Students having questions regarding previous tests should contact the instructor AFTER class.
- To minimize distractions for students who are testing, you are asked to sit quietly after submitting the completed test. If you choose to leave the room at the completion of the test, do not re-enter the classroom until all students have completed testing.
- Tests will be graded as soon as possible and grades will be posted on MyHills. Tests will not be reviewed in class or answers provided until the instructor has had time to thoroughly review the test results and grades have been posted. Review in class is determined by each instructor.
- Test that are required to be taken at a testing center and are not, will result in a “zero” for that exam.
Academic Misconduct Policy
To view the full Academic Misconduct Policy, please visit the College Catalog & Student Handbook.
The ability of a student to get a job in his/her career field upon graduation is a very important part of the educational process. The department, working cooperatively with each student, will do everything possible to see that this objective is met.
- Students, by law, are not allowed to take a radiographic exposure outside of the clinical setting. This means that students may not be employed to take x-rays until they have successfully completed the ARRT examination and obtained any state requirements in which they are employed. (Iowa Permit to Practice)
- The student is responsible to actively seek employment.
- The radiology program will make students aware of job opportunities by written and/or verbal communication, as well as posting the information on the programs Facebook page.
- The student will be responsible for providing the program with graduate follow-up survey information in regards to employment.
- Students are responsible for obtaining 24 hours of continuing education every biennium as mandated by the ARRT.
Student radiographers represent the college and the profession of Radiologic Technology. It is imperative that certain standards be met and a dress code followed. All students in Health Sciences should be neat and clean at all times. During class period, students may use their own judgment in attire, but it must conform to the codes of decency. Shoes must be worn at all times.
While at the clinical site, students are to follow the dress code for Indian Hills Community College Radiologic Technology students:
Uniform Dress Code
- All students will be required to wear IHCC Radiologic Technology scrubs purchased from the IHCC Bookstore. Lab coats, purchased from the bookstore may also be worn. No pullover sweaters/sweatshirts are allowed to include zip-up hoodies. Long sleeved shirts/turtlenecks may be worn under the uniform polo if they are white, gray or navy. Hospital owned scrub pants may be worn ONLY when the student is assigned to surgery, or, depending on the clinical site, when the student is assigned to portables. If a student’s clothes become soiled at clinical, they may change into scrubs for the remainder of the day.
- Uniforms must be clean and neatly pressed. Clothing that is skin tight is considered unprofessional.
- Students must be clean and free of body odor. Strong odors or the smell of smoke is not acceptable.
- Makeup must be conservative in nature.
- Hair must be neat. Beards and mustaches should be neatly trimmed and not excessive in length. Hair shoulder length and longer including bangs must be pulled back or pinned up. Shaggy, unkempt hair is not permissible regardless of length.
- Fashion or sports hats are not allowed during clinical, as well as distracting hair adornment.
- Jewelry must be kept to a minimum. Wearing of rings must be such that they do not impair the ability of the person to adequately wash their hands, perform procedures or provide direct patient care activities. No more than 2 earrings per ear should be worn while at clinical.
- Clean tennis shoes must be worn. No tennis shoes with excessive color or writing are allowed. Shoes must be worn with socks. Open toed shoes are not allowed including soft sided shoes or Crocs.
- Appropriate undergarments must be worn. Full-coverage briefs/boxers are recommended.
- OSL badges must be worn at all times at the clinical site on the collar. If lost, the program director must be notified immediately and a replacement badge will be ordered at a cost of $35 to the student.
- Picture identification badges obtained at the IHCC Library denoting Student RT status will be worn when in attendance at the clinical site.
- Only white or soft basic fingernail polish may be worn. No bright, dark or glitter colors are permissible, including any chipped nail polished. Nails must be short and well-manicured. Acrylic nails are not allowed.
- Body piercing including a tongue ring is not considered to be professional attire and is not permitted when such piercing is visible to others.
- Hair dye or sprays consisting of bright colors such as orange, pink, yellow etc. are not allowed.
- All tattoos must be covered completely while attending clinical.
Failure to follow IHCC Radiology Program Dress Code Policy will result in the student being asked to leave the clinical facility and a personal day deducted from the assigned ten days.
When caring for sick and injured patients, employees and students must conduct themselves in a professional manner. Any serious violation or several minor violations could lead to dismissal from the program.
- The student is responsible for being available for instruction in his/her assigned area.
- The student will be ready for work at the assigned time and will report to the clinical instructor or the supervisor of the department.
- Students are to be directly supervised by a registered technologist until they have proven competence.
- Students are to be under indirect supervision in areas of demonstrated clinical competence. If a radiograph is to be repeated, a registered technologist is required to be present in the radiographic room.
- The student is responsible to the Clinical Instructor and in his/her absence the supervisor of the department.
- The student will develop a sense of protection for the health and well-being of the patient, themselves and the general public.
The following examples are considered misconduct:
- Falsifying records or dishonest behavior.
- Leaving a clinical area during clinical hours without permission, loafing or sleeping on the premises or conducting personal business during clinical hours.
- Failing to follow instructions or neglecting duties assigned.
- Any immoral conduct such as using alcohol or illegal drugs while on duty or reporting for clinical or class under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Fighting, horseplay, disorderly conduct, loud talking or the possession of weapons on health care facility property.
- Threatening any person while in the clinical or classroom setting.
- Discourtesy toward patients, visitors, physicians or fellow workers. This includes the use of vile or abusive language.
- Abusing time spent on breaks or lunch.
- Disregard for health care facility safety rules.
- Smoking in unauthorized areas.
- Chewing gum while with patients.
- Disclosing information about patients, students, technologists or physicians and their practices.
- Absenteeism and tardiness.
- Violating dress code.
- Refusing to provide service to a patient because of patient’s race, color, sex, religion, age, socioeconomic status, beliefs or disabilities.
- Destroying, stealing or misusing hospital, patient or college property.
All patient information that students have access to is personal and private; therefore, confidentiality in radiology is crucial. Any violation of the “patient’s rights” would be possible cause for dismissal. Violation would include, but not be limited to:
- Discussing information about a patient in an inappropriate setting, or with someone not related to the care of the patient.
- Taking pictures of patients.
- Handling inappropriately the personal possessions of the patient, such as going through a patient’s purse/wallet without authorization by the patient.
- Contacting a patient by e-mail, text message or FaceBook for personal reasons.
All students will adhere to the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) regulations.
Social Media Policy
Social Media is a dynamic platform for interaction through words, images, audio and video. Examples of these sites include, but are not limited to: Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and many more. The Radiologic Technology Program at Indian Hills Community College respects the rights of its faculty and students to use social media outlets as a means of self -expression. However, posts made on social media sites may become viral at any time or may be available on public platforms potentially permanently; even when they have been deleted from the website to which they were originally posted. Social media sites have the potential to reflect both negatively and positively on any user’s future and their future employment. Students and faculty at IHCC have both ethical and legal obligations with any social media communications. Thus, IHCC has adopted this social media policy for its faculty and students. It is the expectation of the college that its content will be adhered to.
The intent of the policy is not to restrict the flow of communication, but to provide guidance for professional, ethical and legal interactions for all of the participants. The following, are examples of students conduct that in any form of social media are considered unprofessional and may result in disciplinary action and or dismissal from the program.
- Posting or discussing confidential patient/family information or photographs. IHCC considers confidentiality of our patients and families to be of the utmost importance. Any direct or indirect disclosure of patient or family information is subject to disciplinary action/termination.
- Posting or discussing information about IHCC, IHCC Services, clients, employees, or anyone associated with the college.
- Posting or discussing defamatory or false information about IHCC, college services, clients, vendors, employees or anyone associated with the college that is disparaging in nature.
- Harassing of discriminatory postings of any discussions concerning anyone associated with IHCC. Students are expressly prohibited from using any social media platform to harass, bully or intimidate other students, faculty or anyone associated with the college. This would include the following: Derogatory comments with regard to race, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, political beliefs, Veteran status, etc. This includes any and all other protected class or status information recognized by federal, state and local laws.
- Sexually suggestive, humiliating or demeaning comments.
- Threats to intimidate of physically harm an employee, student, of anyone associated or affiliated with the college.
- Speaking or posting in any way on behalf of the college without explicit permission of the President of the College.
- Posting work related pictures of college employees, students of anyone associated with the college without that persons’ permission.
- Students are not allowed to access social media sites during any class or clinical without the express permission of the classroom or clinical instructor. Students doing this for any non-school related purposes will be subject to disciplinary action/termination.
- Additionally, students who identify themselves in any social media platform as an IHCC student must recognize and adhere to the following additional guidelines. Others may view you as a representative of the college. Because of this distinct possibility, students who choose to identify themselves in this manner are required, as a condition of their enrollment, to observe some additional guidelines when referring to the college, college employees, faculty, its’ programs and activities. Students who identify themselves as an IHCC student must be respectful of all social media platforms and communications that make reference to IHCC, its employees, faculty or anyone associated with IHCC. Any obscenities, profanity, vulgar language or images are prohibited.
- Any discussions referencing conduct that is prohibited by the college or college policies is prohibited.
Any failure on the part of the student to comply with these guidelines for social media conduct will result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the college.
Sexual Misconduct Policy
To view the full Sexual Misconduct Policy, please visit the College Catalog & Student Handbook or the college website.
The responsibility of a student radiographer is to maximize the benefit from each x-ray exposure and to minimize the radiation received by the patient.
- Take time to position the patient properly.
- Sets techniques utilizing manual, anatomic programming and digital equipment.
- Use the highest kVp and the lowest mAs that is consistent with acceptable image quality.
- Limit the size of the beam to include only the area of interest.
- There is never justification for a beam larger than the image receptor. Collimation improves image quality.
- Collimation may be the single most vital thing the technologist can do to protect the patient.
- Use gonadal shielding whenever it will not interfere with the diagnosis.
- Gonadal shielding should be used on every patient, along with shielding eyes, breasts, and thyroid, as appropriate.
- Process radiographic images based on departmental equipment and criteria.
- You can be protected by the same techniques used to protect the patient.
- Always wear lead aprons when applicable.
- Always wear dosimeter to monitor exposure. Wear this at collar level, outside the lead apron.
- Remember the Cardinal Rules: TIME, DISTANCE, and SHIELDING.
NEVER HOLD A PATIENT OR IMAGE RECEPTOR DURING ANY RADIOGRAPHIC PROCEDURE.
A “Radiation Protection” policy will be signed by each student and kept in his/her file.
A major portion of a student’s time in the Radiologic Technology program is spent at the clinical site (health care affiliation). Therefore, in addition to the Indian Hills Community College Catalog and the Radiologic Technology Program Policy Manual, the Radiologic Technology student will be responsible for the following:
- Liability for both students and occupants of themselves and their vehicles to and from the health care affiliation.
- Personal conduct at the college, the health care affiliation, in transportation between the two institutions, and any time you are publicly wearing the approved uniform.
- Academic achievement and skill achievement in all education situations whether in the classroom or in the health care affiliation. (A student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 during each term they are in the program.) All core classes require a “C” or above for continuing in the program
- Radiation monitoring device, student identification badge and dress code as specified in the program policies and procedures manual are required for all clinical experiences.
- Abide by work standards set forth by the health care affiliation and the Clinical Instructor.
- Required attendance at clinical experiences, classes, seminars, and individual conferences with the instructors.
- Attendance at clinical rotations as scheduled by Radiologic Technology Program Clinical Coordinators and/or Program Director. Changes in clinical rotations will not be made without prior notice to the student.
- Additional clinical facility requirements as needed (flu shot, health insurance, driving record, background check, drug screens, etc.)
OSL badges shall be worn as follows:
- During routine radiographic procedures, when a protective apron is not being used, the dosimeter should be attached to the clothing on the front of the body at collar level to approximate the location of maximal radiation dose to the thyroid, head and neck.
- When a protective lead apron is used during fluoroscopy or special radiographic procedures the dosimeter should be worn outside the apron at collar level on the anterior surface of the body because the unprotected head, neck, and lenses of the eye receive 10-20 times more exposure than the protected body/trunk.
Loss of the dosimeter or accidental exposure must be reported to the Clinical Coordinator and Program Director. Students are given a minimum of 2 weeks notice for badge return date. Failure to exchange or loss of a badge will result in a $35.00 charge. Pregnant students will be provided an additional fetal badge and will be charged $55.00.
Radiation Safety Policy
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) requires that an employee is considered a radiation worker if their dose exceeds 10% of the MPD of 5000 mrem/year. In accordance with state guidelines for maintaining radiation exposure “As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA)”, Indian Hills Community College strives to assure student exposure during clinical rotations stays under 500 mrem/year. The action levels established are 200 mrem/quarter and 400 mrem/quarter which are below the state regulated limit of 1250 mrem/quarter. The radiology instructors provide students with information about protecting themselves, patients, patient’s families, and the health care team. Information is provided prior to assignments to clinical rotations.
Students in the Radiologic Technology Program receive and are required to wear a radiation monitoring badge(s) at all times when at clinical rotations. The badge is to be worn as instructed.
To assure student safety:
- The Radiation Safety Officer will review radiation monitoring badge reports quarterly.
- If a student’s exposure exceeds 200 mrem in one calendar quarter, they receive a letter and are counseled.
- If a student’s exposure exceeds 400 mrem in one calendar quarter, they receive a letter, are counseled, and exposure is recorded by the RSO. The RSO will determine if an additional measures need to be taken.
- Individual quarterly radiation monitoring badge reports are printed by the students, signed and dated, and placed in their file that is maintained in the Program Director’s office.
- Coursework covers information on radiation monitoring devices and radiation protection in greater detail.
Students are not allowed to assist or perform fluoroscopic exams without the direct supervision of a radiologist/physician.
Students are not allowed to use fluoroscopic equipment to take a preliminary/scout film for any exam, including arthrograms or spotting of the terminal ileum for a small bowel follow through.
All incidents, which are inconsistent with routine hospital care or treatment, must be reported to the Clinical Coordinator immediately and a written report describing the incident completed.
Iowa Law has mandated that smoking is not allowed on campus or at clinical facilities; this includes the use of tobacco in your vehicle.
Cell Phones/Laptops/Tablet use in Clinical Area
Personal cell phones/laptops/tablets (smart devices)/smart watches (i.e. Apple watches, fit bits, etc.) are to be kept with personal belongings and not used during clinical hours except for designated breaks.
Clinical Facility Computer Use
The use of computers at clinical facilities for personal use is prohibited. Some clinical facilities may require students to sign forms in recognition of this policy.
Professional Development Policy
During the 2nd year of the radiologic technology program, students will be required to participate in a minimum of ten hours of professional development. These hours can be obtained by either, district, state or national meetings.
All 2nd year students are required to attend either the Student Educator Seminar in Iowa City, West Coast Student Educator Seminar in Atlanta or Florida or the Kettering Review, at the programs discretion. Students may also choose to attend the Indian Hills Community College Diversity Conference when offered. Students may choose alternative activities that must be pre-approved by the Radiology Program Director.
There may be additional required days on campus for career fairs or other educational activities.
For a full listing of Faculty members please visit the faculty directory in the College Catalog & Student Handbook or search the Online Faculty/Staff Directory.
Student Health Statement
Each student is required to sign a student health statement which includes a list of physical abilities requirements at the beginning of a program and upon return to clinical following absence due to health status that have the potential to influence patient/student safety and affect the quality of care provided by the student.
Clinical Protective Health Policy
The Radiologic Technology faculty at Indian Hills Community College believes that physical and mental health is essential components of well-being and is imperative for successful performance in the RT program. An alteration or limitation in physical or mental functioning has the potential to influence patient/RT safety and affect the quality of care provided by the student.
To assure that patient safety is not compromised and to avoid the increased risk of student injury, the RT faculty, using professional knowledge and judgment, may request the student to leave the clinical setting if the student’s physical or mental status is impaired. Physical and mental impairment that potentially may affect student performance in the clinical setting may include, but is not limited to:
- contagious conditions (ex. chicken pox, influenza, herpes simplex)
- immune-suppressed conditions (ex. chemotherapy)
- physical limitations (ex. back/neck injury, fracture, sprain, surgery)
- impairment of judgment/mental function (ex. prescription drug, drug or alcohol use/abuse)
- cognitive impairment (ex. anxiety disorder, panic disorder, depression)
- uncorrected visual/hearing impairment
When the faculty member becomes aware of any of the identified or similar conditions, the following procedure will be followed:
- After gathering sufficient information concerning the physical and/or mental status of the student, the instructor will determine the feasibility of the student remaining in the clinical setting. If it is determined that the student is not able to perform at the expected level due to physical illness or limitations and/or mental impairment, the student will be dismissed from the clinical setting.
- The student will be notified that dismissal from the clinical setting will result in a clinical absence or absences that will be addressed as specified in the student handbook.
- The instructor will notify the Program Director of the student’s health status and the action taken within 24 hours.
- Documentation of the student’s status and instructor’s action will be completed on a Conference Report within 24 hours and a copy will be submitted to the Health Sciences Department Office within 48 hours.
- A signed note by a physician (MD or DO) will be required at the discretion of the instructor and in consultation with the Associate Dean before the student can return to the clinical setting. Information provided by the physician must include a statement confirming that the student’s condition has resolved and no longer present a patient/student safety concern. The student must be able to resume functioning at a level compatible with meeting clinical requirements and achieving clinical competence.
- The student will be required to sign a student health statement before returning to clinical. Physical Ability Forms will be available with the Radiologic Technology instructors or in the Health Sciences office.
Student Radiologic Technologists will be in direct contact with patients at the clinical affiliations. It is extremely important that each student have a physical examination prior to starting the clinical component to assure both the student and the affiliate that the student is physically able to participate in the activities required of a Radiologic Technologist. Each student will have a physical performed by a licensed physician or Advanced Nurse Practitioner. In addition, documentation and/or results of the following immunizations and tests is required: Poliomyelitis; MMR or Rubella; Mantoux Skin Test for Tuberculosis (1 if test has been performed within one year or 2 if no test has been performed); Tetanus/Diphtheria Booster; and Hepatitis B (optional). The completed form will be kept in the student’s permanent file. TB skin tests will be expected to be kept current during the length of the radiology program, if the skin test expires during the program year it will need to be renewed.
Bloodborne Pathogens and HIV Policy
Students may be participating in activities within the Health Sciences Programs, which have potential for exposure to infectious diseases including but not limited to Hepatitis B and HIV. All measures must be exercised to minimize the risk. Students who fail to comply, jeopardizing the safety of others or themselves, may be asked to withdraw from these programs.
In the event of a significant exposure (e.g. an occupational incident involving eye, mouth, other mucous membrane, non-intact skin, or parenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious material, including saliva), the student must report the incident immediately to the instructor or clinical supervisor and file an incident report for the college.
Follow-up evaluation will be required consistent with Federal regulations. This may involve going to their personal physician or the emergency room. Students are responsible for the cost of their own medical care.
It is highly recommended that all students providing direct patient or childcare in the Health Sciences Department receive immunization against Hepatitis B. Although this is not required, it is highly recommended and is considered to be an extremely good investment. Students are particularly vulnerable to contamination, as their hand skills generally are not yet well developed. Although the incidence of the infection is relatively low, the outcome can be fatal. Since there is a vaccine available, all health care providers who are at risk are encouraged to become immunized.
Health care professionals are at increased risk of contracting Hepatitis B infection. Hepatitis B is usually spread by contact with infected blood or blood products and risk of acquiring Hepatitis B increases with the frequency of blood contact. Hepatitis B virus may also be found in other body fluids, such as urine, tears, semen, vaginal secretions and breast milk. Hepatitis B infection can have severe consequences, including progressive liver damage and the possibility of developing hepatocellular carcinoma. Six to ten percent of the people who contract the virus become chronic carriers.
Vaccination is the only available means of protection against Hepatitis B. No currently available therapy has proven effective in eliminating the infection. This vaccine, prepared from recombinant yeast cultures, is free of association with human blood or blood products. Full immunization requires three doses of the vaccine over a six-month period. Because of the long incubation period for Hepatitis B, it is possible for unrecognized infection to be present at the time the vaccine is given, and in that case, the vaccine would not prevent development of clinical hepatitis.
You will need your physician’s approval or order prior to being immunized. He or she will provide you with information regarding the contraindications and side effects of the vaccine. Contact your physician for additional information.
As part of the curriculum all students in Health Sciences programs will receive instruction regarding Hepatitis B and HIV prior to providing patient care. This shall include but not be limited to:
- method of transmission
- universal blood and body fluid precautions
- types of protective clothing and equipment
- work practices appropriate to the skills they will perform
- location of appropriate clothing and equipment
- how to properly use, handle, and dispose of contaminated articles
- action to be taken in the event of spills or personal exposure
- appropriate confidentiality and reporting requirements
- review of program policy related to refusal to care for specific patients.
Post Exposure Procedure for Health Science Students
- If a student has been exposed to a contaminant parenterally (needle stick or cut) or superficially through a mucous membrane (eye or mouth) they are to follow the following procedure:
- immediately wash the affected area with the appropriate solution (soap and water, alcohol, water),
- seek appropriate medical attention through their personal physician (students are responsible for their own medical care). This may include baseline testing for HIV antibody at this time, followed by recommended series of testing. (Physicians may also inquire about the students status in regard to tetanus and hepatitis immunization at this time.)
- follow institutional (agency) policy regarding determining HIV and hepatitis status of patient, (students are responsible for the cost of any testing)
- maintain confidentiality of patient,
- seek appropriate counseling regarding risk of infection.
Guidelines for HIV Positive Health Care Providers
- The Center for Disease Control has specific guidelines for health care workers, which are revised periodically. They have been incorporated into these policies and are reviewed annually.
- There shall be no routine serological testing or monitoring of students for Hepatitis B or HIV infection.
- Barrier or universal blood and body fluid precautions are to be used routinely for all patients. These include:
- The use of glove(s) when:
- cleaning rectal and genital areas;
- carrying soiled linen;
- bathing patients, if the student has a cut on the hand;
- suctioning or irrigating even if the orifice does not require sterile technique;
- there is, at any time, a possibility of spillage of blood or body fluid onto the student’s hands, (i.e. accucheck, discontinuing an I.V., I.M.s) regardless of the presence of open lesions;
- emptying urine drainage bags, suction catheters, colostomy and ileostomy pouches; and
- providing mouth care.
- The use of masks, goggles or glasses and/or aprons when there is a possibility of fluids splashing onto the face or body and clothing.
Specific Guidelines for Known HIV - Infected Health Science Students
- HIV positive health sciences students who do not perform invasive procedures need not be restricted from work/clinical experience unless they have other illnesses or signs and symptoms for which such restrictions would be warranted.
- HIV positive health sciences students should wear gloves for direct contact with mucous membrane or non-intact skin of patients.
- HIV positive health sciences students who have exudative lesions or weeping dermatitis should refrain from direct patient care and from handling patient care equipment and utensils.
- Reasonable accommodations will be made within the curriculum to assist the HIV positive student to meet course/program objectives.
- The policy of agencies utilized for clinical experience will supersede college policy if they are more stringent.
- Confidentiality will be maintained whenever possible, with only the appropriate individual(s) being informed of the HIV status of health sciences students.
According to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Regulatory Guide 8.13 a student enrolled in the Radiologic Technology Program who becomes pregnant will be provided the following options related to the pregnancy.
The regulations allow a pregnant student to decide whether to formally declare the pregnancy to the advantage of lower dose limits for the embryo/fetus. The choice whether to declare a pregnancy is completely voluntary, and at any time can the student, in writing, withdraw the declaration of previously declared pregnancy.
The Radiologic Technology Program provides the following options:
- A student may voluntarily declare the pregnancy by notifying the Program Director in writing and providing a physician’s statement that includes name, a declaration of pregnancy, the estimated date of conception (only the month and year need be provided), and the date that the Program Director was provided the letter. If this option is chosen the student will conference with the Program Director regarding NRC Regulations and potential risk. Students that declare a pregnancy may continue in the program without any modification to didactic and clinical education course requirements.
- If the student chooses to voluntarily declare the pregnancy, the following options will be provided. The student may:
- Sign a Release of Liability Statement releasing Indian Hills Community College and the Clinical Education Setting from liability and to continue in the program. The signed “Release of Responsibility” will be included in the student’s permanent IHCC record. The student will review a copy of the Radiation Protection Regulations and Current Reports from the National Council for Radiation Protection and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission regarding the effects of radiation on the unborn fetus. The student will be provided an additional fetal monitoring dosimeter and will be directed in the use of this dosimeter.
- Withdraw from the program and re-enter when an opening is available. Typically, this would be the following year.
- A student must have a medical release from her doctor to return to clinicals.
- If the student chooses not to declare the pregnancy no further action by the Program Director or other officials will result.
Indian Hills Community College programs in Health Sciences have adopted the following policy: Students enrolled in the clinical education portion of all Health Sciences Programs will not knowingly be assigned to provide care to individuals who have active tuberculosis.
IHCC does and will continue to require an annual TB Skin test on all students at their own expense. Initially students will be required to complete a two-step TB Skin Test if they have not had a previous one within the past year. See Student Physical Form.
If a student is exposed to an individual who tests positive for tuberculosis the protocol for medical follow- up of the institution where the student is assigned will be implemented.
Hazardous Materials/Waste Policy
The proper handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials and waste products is everyone’s responsibility.
Contact your instructor immediately if you suspect exposure to or contact with any hazardous materials.
Your instructor will acquaint you with the following for any areas in which hazardous materials are in use:
- Location of the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
- Protective clothing, etc. required for handling materials
- Proper disposal of used or unwanted materials and waste
Grievance and Appeals Procedures
To view the full Grievance Policy, please visit the College Catalog & Student Handbook.
||City, State, Zip
|Broadlawans Medical Center
||1801 Hickman Rd
||Des Moines, IA 50315
||Katelin Reiner/Allison Sindlinger
|Davis County Hospital
||509 N Madison
||Bloomfield, IA 52537
|Fort Madison Community Hospital
||Hwy 6 West Box 74
||Fort Madison, IA 52627
||Lisa Lamb/Brooke Akers
|Greater Community Hospital
||1700 W Townline Suite #3
||Creston, IA 50861
||JR Rockhold/Samantha Krantz
|Great River Medical Center
||1221 S Gear Ave
||West Burlington, IA
||Jen Parrott/Jake Stewart
|UnityPoint Health - Grinnell Regional Medical Center
||210 4th Avenue
||Grinnell, IA 50112
||Chelsie Fisher/Alexis Wilson
|Henry County Health Center
||407 S White
||Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641
||710 1st St
||Ankeny, IA 50219
|Iowa Ortho - Jordan Creek
||1121 Jordan Creek Pkwy Suite 180
||West Des Moines, IA 50266
||Pella, IA 50219
|Iowa Ortho-Pleasant Hill
||5900 E University
||Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
|Jefferson County Hospital
||2000 S Main St
||Fairfield, IA 52556
|Knoxville Area Hospital
||1002 S Lincoln
||Knoxville, IA 50138
||Josh Ten Napel/Angela Lund
|Lucas County Health Center
||1200 N 7th St
||Chariton, IA 50049
|Mahaska Health Partnership
||1229 C Ave E
||Oskaloosa, IA 52577
||Jill Huddleston/Nicole Keller
||312 E Main
||Marshalltown, IA 50158
||1 St Joseph Dr
||Centerville, IA 52544
||500 E Market
||Iowa City, IA 52245
|Moberly Regional Medical Center
||1515 Union Ave
||Moberly, MO 65270
||Joel Norman/Breanna Tuggle
|Mobile Medical Diagnostic Services
||6223 Hwy 63 S
||Ottumwa, IA 52501
|Northeast Regional Medical Center
||800 W Jefferson St
||Kirksville, MO 63501
||Heather Kincanon/Scott Shively
|Ottumwa Regional Health Center
||1001 E Pennsylvania Ave
||Ottumwa, IA 52501
||Lisa Garrison/Lisa Maize/Dennis Papavasillio
|Pella Regional Health Center
||Pella, IA 50219
||Theresa Cummings/Susan Veenstra
|Skiff Medical Hospital
||204 N 4th Ave E
||Newton, IA 50208
||Annette Sheets/Harlee VandeVoort
|State of IA Medical Examiner’s Office
||1002 S Ankeny Blvd
||Ankeny, IA 50023
||Keokuk, IA 52632
||3 S 4th Ave
||Marshalltown, IA 50158
|University of Missouri Health Care
||1 Hospital Dr
||Columbia, MO 65212
|VA Medical Center
||3600 30th St
||Des Moines, IA 50310
||Scott Yates/Kelly Goben
|VA Medical Center
||Hwy 6 West
||Iowa City, IA 52240
||Drew Hellige/Shannon Forrest
|Washington County Hospital
||400 E Polk
||Washington, IA 52353
||Jeff Burroughs/Addi Greiner
ARRT Standards of Ethics
Please be sure to read the details of the Standards of Ethics included in this handbook. Included is the statement that if you have had:
- Any conviction of a crime, including a felony, a gross misdemeanor or a misdemeanor with the sole exception of speeding and parking violations.
- Any alcohol and/or drug related violations
- Criminal proceeding where a finding or verdict of guilt is made or returned but the adjudication of guilt is either withheld or not entered, or a criminal proceeding where the individual enters a plea of guilty or nolo contendere.
- Military court-martials that involve substance abuse, any sex-related infractions, or patient related infractions.
MUST be reported which includes reporting these prior to taking your registry boards. Determination as to if you can take the National Registry Boards is presented to you following contact with the ARRT. If you fall under any of these clauses it is your responsibility to contact the ARRT immediately to make sure you will be able to take the registry.
The following is pertinent information to you for making contact with the ARRT:
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists®
1255 Northland Drive
St. Paul, MN 55120-1155
Phone: (651) 687-0048
Web Address: www.arrt.org
Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiography
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2014
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology - October 2013
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
312.704.5300 ● (Fax) 312.704.5304
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) promotes excellence in education and elevates the quality and safety of patient care through the accreditation of educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry.
The JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry. The JRCERT is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CHEA is a national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation. CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. The JRCERT awards accreditation to programs demonstrating substantial compliance with these STANDARDS.
Copyright © 2019 by the JRCERT
Standard One - Integrity
The program demonstrates integrity in the following:
- Representations to communities of interest and the public,
- Pursuit of fair and equitable academic practices, and
- Treatment of, and respect for, students, faculty, and staff.
In support of Standard One, the program:
- Adheres to high ethical standards in relation to students, faculty, and staff.
- Provides equitable learning opportunities for all students.
- Provides timely, appropriate, and educationally valid clinical experiences for each admitted student.
- Limits required clinical assignments for students to not more than 10 hours per day and the total didactic and clinical involvement to not more than 40 hours per week.
- Assures the security and confidentiality of student records, instructional materials, and other appropriate program materials.
- Has a grievance procedure that is readily accessible, fair, and equitably applied.
- Assures that students are made aware of the JRCERT Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiography and the avenue to pursue allegations of non- compliance with the STANDARDS.
- Has publications that accurately reflect the program’s policies, procedures, and offerings.
- Makes available to students, faculty, and the general public accurate information about admission policies, tuition and fees, refund policies, academic calendars, clinical obligations, grading system, graduation requirements, and the criteria for transfer credit.
- Makes the program’s mission statement, goals, and student learning outcomes readily available to students, faculty, administrators, and the general public.
- Documents that the program engages the communities of interest for the purpose of continuous program improvement.
- Has student recruitment and admission practices that are non-discriminatory with respect to any legally protected status such as race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, national origin, and any other protected class.
- Has student recruitment and admission practices that are consistent with published policies of the sponsoring institution and the program.
- Has program faculty recruitment and employment practices that are non-discriminatory with respect to any legally protected status such as race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, national origin, and any other protected class.
- Has procedures for maintaining the integrity of distance education courses.
Standard Two - Resources
The program has sufficient resources to support the quality and effectiveness of the education process.
In support of Standard Two, the program:
- Has an appropriate organizational structure and sufficient administrative support to achieve the program’s mission.
- Provides an adequate number of faculty to meet all educational, program, administrative, and accreditation requirements.
- Provides faculty with opportunities for continued professional development.
- Provides clerical support services, as needed, to meet all educational, program, and administrative requirements.
- Assures JRCERT recognition of all clinical education settings.
- Provides classrooms, laboratories, and administrative and faculty offices to facilitate the achievement of the program’s mission.
- Reviews and maintains program learning resources to assure the achievement of student learning.
- Provides access to student services in support of student learning.
- Has sufficient ongoing financial resources to support the program’s mission.
- For those institutions and programs for which the JRCERT serves as a gatekeeper for Title IV financial aid, maintains compliance with United States Department of Education (USDE) policies and procedures.
Standard Three - Curriculum and Academic Practices
The program’s curriculum and academic practices prepare students for professional practice.
In support of Standard Three, the program:
- Has a program mission statement that defines its purpose and scope and is periodically reevaluated.
- Provides a well-structured, competency-based curriculum that prepares students to practice in the professional discipline.
- Provides learning opportunities in current and developing imaging and/or therapeutic technologies.
- Assures an appropriate relationship between program length and the subject matter taught for the terminal award offered.
- Measures the length of all didactic and clinical courses in clock hours or credit hours.
- Maintains a master plan of education.
- Provides timely and supportive academic, behavioral, and clinical advisement to students enrolled in the program.
- Documents that the responsibilities of faculty and clinical staff are delineated and performed.
- Evaluates program faculty and clinical instructor performance and shares evaluation results regularly to assure instructional responsibilities are performed.
Standard Four - Health and Safety
The program’s policies and procedures promote the health, safety, and optimal use of radiation for students, patients, and the general public.
In support of Standard Four, the program:
- Assures the radiation safety of students through the implementation of published policies and procedures that are in compliance with Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations and state laws as applicable.
- Has a published pregnancy policy that is consistent with applicable federal regulations and state laws, made known to accepted and enrolled female students, and contains the following elements:
- Written notice of voluntary declaration,
- Option for student continuance in the program without modification, and
- Option for written withdrawal of declaration.
- Assures that students employ proper radiation safety practices.
- Assures that medical imaging procedures are performed under the direct supervision of a qualified radiographer until a student achieves competency.
- Assures that medical imaging procedures are performed under the indirect supervision of a qualified radiographer after a student achieves competency.
- Assures that students are directly supervised by a qualified radiographer when repeating unsatisfactory images.
- Assures sponsoring institution’s policies safeguard the health and safety of students.
- Assures that students are oriented to clinical education setting policies and procedures in regard to health and safety.
Standard Five - Assessment
The program develops and implements a system of planning and evaluation of student learning and program effectiveness outcomes in support of its mission.
In support of Standard Five, the program:
- Develops an assessment plan that, at a minimum, measures the program’s student learning outcomes in relation to the following goals: clinical competence, critical thinking, professionalism, and communication skills.
- 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.
- Makes available to the general public program effectiveness data (credentialing examination pass rate, job placement rate, and program completion rate) on an annual basis.
Analysis and Actions
- Analyzes and shares student learning outcome data and program effectiveness data to foster continuous program improvement.
- Periodically evaluates its assessment plan to assure continuous program improvement.
Standard Six - Institutional/Programmatic Data
The program complies with JRCERT policies, procedures, and STANDARDS to achieve and maintain specialized accreditation.
In support of Standard Six, the program:
- Documents the continuing institutional accreditation of the sponsoring institution.
- Documents that the program’s energized laboratories are in compliance with applicable state and/or federal radiation safety laws.
- Documents that all faculty and staff possess academic and professional qualifications appropriate for their assignments.
- Establishes and maintains affiliation agreements with clinical settings.
- Documents that clinical settings are in compliance with applicable state and/or federal radiation safety laws.
Program Sponsorship, Substantive Changes, and Notification of Program Officials
- Complies with requirements to achieve and maintain JRCERT accreditation.
Lecture, Lab and Clinical Correlation