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. Daniel Terrian is the Dean of Career and Technical Education and Lori Kielkopf is the 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
- SUCCESS Center
|Concerns about clinical rotations
- Clinical Coordinator
- Program Director
- Associate Dean
|Problems/concerns at clinical site
- Clinical Preceptor
- Clinical Coordinator
- Program Director
- Associate Dean
|Information concerning policies and procedures
- Program Director
- Associate Dean
- Program Director
- Associate Dean
|Concerns about the program
- Program Director
- Associate 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, ASRT, ARRT , 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.
All students entering Indian Hills Community College (IHCC) Health Sciences programs are required to submit the following documents:
- Official High school transcripts (required for all health sciences programs) may be sent to:
- Indian Hills Community College
ATTN: Office of the Admissions
525 Grandview Ave
Ottumwa, IA 52501
- Approved placement exams for Health Science programs include ACT, SAT or Accuplacer.
- Accuplacer results must be completed within two years prior to the program start term.
- Students are only allowed to complete the Accuplacer exam three (3) times within a calendar year with a minimum of two (2) weeks between exams.
- ACT/SAT results must be completed within five (5) years prior to the program start term.
- Official College transcripts (if applicable) must be mailed to IHCC using the following address.
- Indian Hills Community College
ATTN: Office of the Registrar
525 Grandview Ave
Ottumwa, IA 52501
- If using an electronic transcript service please send to [email protected]
- Grade Point Average (GPA) transferred in from an accredited higher education institution requires at least eight (8) cumulative college credit hours from one institution in order to be used for the screening process.
To be considered for admission to the Radiologic Technology program, prospective students must have achieved a 3.0 GPA on their most recent transcript. 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.
Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the Radiologic Technology program.
Registration typically begins four (4) weeks before the end of the term. Registration dates are published yearly and are specified on the Instructional Timelines Calendar. Students are encouraged to register online using the course schedule provided by the Health Sciences Division. General education courses are specified on the program schedule. The Arts and Sciences division makes the general education courses available to all students (despite the program major) two weeks after registration begins. Therefore, students must register for the general education courses as soon as possible. Course numbers and section numbers are identified on the course schedules to assist student.
High School Evaluation Policy
Students wishing to enroll in a Health Sciences program at Indian Hills Community College must submit a copy of their high school transcripts. If a student has completed high school outside of the United States, they must have their documents evaluated by a Foreign Credential Evaluation company. An official evaluation report must be submitted directly from the evaluation company to Indian Hills Community College. High School evaluation reports must state the student has the equivalency of a U.S. high school diploma. Also students be aware that we must have a grade point average (G.P.A.) to use for the screening process. This G.P.A. must come either on the completed evaluation report or an accredited education institution within the United States.
Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screens
Criminal and Abuse Background Checks
National and State criminal and dependent adult/child abuse checks are required of every student preparing to enroll in an Indian Hills Community College Health Sciences program. The cost of the required checks is the responsibility of the student/applicant.
The Criminal and Dependent Adult/Child abuse background check procedure is established to meet the requirements for the partnerships between the College and the clinical facilities and/or sites. Students who have a criminal history, and are cleared to participate in an IHCC Health Sciences academic program, are still responsible to work with their professional licensing or certification board for determination if they are eligible to sit for that profession’s licensure or certification.
Timeline for completion of background check policy: (Non- CNA students)
- The background check must be completed prior to starting the program or as directed by the program director for special circumstances. Students who fail to complete the required checks may not be able to attend laboratory or clinical.
- Students who change from one IHCC Health Sciences program to another without a term between may use the first program’s check ONLY if it is no more than 12 months since the initial check was run.
- *Students entering the ECE program must undergo that specific process to enter, regardless of previous checks.
- Students who complete a Health Sciences program and have more than one term before the next program start will need to have the check repeated, no matter how long ago the first check was completed.
Criteria used to determine whether a student is ineligible to participate in an Indian Hills Community College Health Sciences program:
At Any Time
- Refusal to participate in the background check or evaluation process.
- Iowa DHS record check evaluation determines the student is not eligible to participate in the clinical portion of the course and/or to work in a health care facility.
- A felony conviction.
- A felony, serious misdemeanor or aggravated misdemeanor charge with an outstanding disposition or warrant.
- A serious misdemeanor or aggravated misdemeanor conviction in which the probationary period has not been completed.
- A criminal conviction, of any kind, related to past employment, and/or a healthcare system or organization.
- Inclusion on the child, dependent adult and/or sexual abuse registry.
The Past 5 Years
- A criminal conviction of any kind related to illegal distribution or theft of drugs.
The Past 2 Years
- A serious or aggravated misdemeanor conviction of theft or a pattern of theft convictions.
The Past 1 Year
- A criminal conviction related to the possession of drugs, paraphernalia, and/or illegal substances.
Any of the criteria listed below may disqualify you from enrollment in IHCC’s Health Sciences programs based on factors such as job/program relatedness, patterns, timeframes and/or completion of sentence.
- Recent criminal conviction(s) or charges of any type.
- A misdemeanor conviction involving domestic abuse with injury, violence, or sexual misconduct.
- A pattern of criminal convictions or charges.
- 2 or more OWI convictions.
*While enrolled in any Health Sciences program at IHCC, it is expected that students report all child abuse, dependent adult abuse, and/or criminal activity, in which they are involved, to IHCC within forty-eight (48) hours of the incident. Failure to do so could result in criminal charges per Iowa Code and removal from the program.
Process for Criminal and Abuse Background Checks
National/State Background Check
Students who enroll in a non-nursing Health Sciences program are required to purchase a package from CastleBranch that includes a National Background Check and the Iowa Adult and Child Protective Services check:
- https://portal.castlebranch.com/IG54 Follow instructions for creating an account and submitting info for background check. Complete student health information (physical, immunizations, etc.) is uploaded by the student.
The background check must be completed prior to starting the program or as directed by the program director for special circumstances. Students who fail to complete the required checks may not be able to attend laboratory or clinical. All radiology students are required to pay for another background check and drug screen through CastleBranch during Term IV, prior to attending clinicals in Term V.
Indian Hills Community College Drug Screening
All Health Science students will be required to have a drug screen prior to the clinical experience. The Student Portfolio (on the CastleBranch website) will contain the drug screen results. Those results will be available to both the student and program administrator.
The process will be as follows:
- The student will be provided with information on setting up their account for the Castle Branch portal during the mandatory program orientation
- The student will place an order and pay for the drug screen on the portal.
- The student is responsible for the drug testing fee.
- Castle Branch accepts visa, MasterCard, Discover, debit, electronic check or money order.
- The confirmation of payment will be issued to the student.
- The confirmation form will be printed as proof to the program administrator.
- The program administrator will then issue the Forensic Drug Testing Custody and Control Form.
How should students schedule their drug test?
- Call the Ottumwa Regional Health Center Occupational Health (Open T-Th 6am-6pm and Friday 10am-2pm) 641-684-2466 to set up a drug testing appointment.
- Take the Forensic Drug Testing Custody and Control Form to the appointment at Ottumwa Regional Health Center Laboratory.
- Results will be submitted to the Castle Branch Certified Background database from the lab testing site.
- The student will receive an email to check their account for further information.
Who gets the results?
- The test result will first be reported to the Medical Review Officer (MRO) associated with Castle Branch for review and interpretation.
- The MRO will then report a confirmed positive test result to the student.
- The MRO will attempt to call the student two times from this phone number 800-526-9341. The hours of the follow up phone call will be between 8-5 EST.
- Any questions regarding the results of any drug or alcohol test may be directed to the MRO.
- Negative Test Result: notice will be posted on the Castle Branch student account of passing the initial drug or alcohol test.
- Positive Test Result/Failed Test: The MRO will confirm any proof of the student prescriptions, and make any necessary updates to the positive test result.
- Right to Secondary Confirmatory Test: A student with a confirmed positive test result may ask for a second confirmatory test using ONLY the results from the first test sample from another approved laboratory within seven days of the IHCC mailing of the positive test results to the student.
- The confirmatory test will be conducted on a portion of the sample collected at the same time as the sample that produced the positive test result.
- The student is responsible for the cost of second confirmatory test.
- The sample of collection test will be split in the presence of the individual student to allow for the confirmatory testing of any initial positive test result.
- During the confirmatory process, students may be suspended from the clinical and/or classroom experience.
Confirmed Positive Results:
- Students with any confirmed positive results will be withdrawn from the program.
Legal Medication/Drugs Notification
- A student must notify the program director whenever he/she is using a prescription or over-the-counter drug, which may affect safety or work-performance.
- In making this determination, the student is responsible for consulting with their licensed healthcare professional and reviewing any warning on the label to determine if any medication or drug would adversely affect the student’s ability to safely perform essential functions of the clinical or classroom experience.
- If the student is deemed by a Medical Doctor, Doctor of Osteopathy, Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner to be safe during the clinical or classroom experience, a “release to attend clinical/classroom document” is required to be signed and kept in the student’s file at IHCC.
- The student who does not fully disclose this information will be subject to possible disciplinary action which may lead to dismissal from the program.
Prescription medications that do not impair performance may be brought to the clinical site and should be taken as prescribed. All prescription drugs must be kept in the pharmacy dispensed container.
Testing due to reasonable suspicion:
- Once a student is enrolled in the program, if there is a reasonable suspicion of drug or alcohol use, the program director will have the right to approve an additional drug or alcohol test at the student’s expense. The clinical site also has the right to request a drug/alcohol test at the student’s expense.
Reasonable suspicion may include, but is not limited to:
- student behavior or conduct including physical manifestations
- evidence that the involved student has caused or contributed to a clinical or classroom related accident
- objective signs that the involved student may have used drugs or alcohol (i.e., slurred speech, staggering gait, odor of alcohol), or reports from others of a clinical “accident”, slurred speech, etc.
When a program director, faculty member or clinical instructor has suspicion of alcohol or drug use during the clinical experience, the following steps will be taken:
- Remove student from the patient care area or assigned work area and notify the clinical instructor and the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE).
- Consult with another faculty, clinical instructor, or employee for verification of suspicions in a confidential manner.
- Upon verification by a second person, inform the student that he/she is relieved from duty and that there is a need “for cause” drug/alcohol screening.
- If the student admits to alcohol and/or drug use, the student must undergo urine drug testing
- Pending the resolution of any testing, the student will be suspended from clinical and/or classroom sites
- A student subsequently found to have positive test results will be removed from the program.
- All incidents involving “reasonable suspicion” drug testing in the clinical setting will be handled with strict confidentiality
- Costs for “reasonable suspicion” drug testing are the student’s responsibility.
Transportation of student after reasonable suspicion:
- An unimpaired person (such as a family member or friend) or taxi cab must transport the student to nearing testing facility. A release form must be signed by the person transporting the student. If a taxi is transporting the student, the person observing the student enter the taxi may sign the release form.
- If the nearest testing facility is at the clinical site, student should be sent for testing and then an unimpaired individual or taxi cab should take the student home. If a taxi is transporting the student, the person observing the student enter the taxi may sign the release form.
- While awaiting transport, do not allow the student to leave your presence or ingest any substances.
- If the student insists on driving, either clinic staff or Program Director will notify law enforcement.
- Pending the resolution of any testing, the student will be suspended from clinical and field sites.
- A student subsequently found to have positive test results will be removed from the program.
If the student refuses “reasonable suspicion” testing:
- Have an unimpaired individual or taxi take the student home
- Document the following in writing:
- Student behavior
- Actions taken
- Written statement of person verifying behaviors
- Student’s response
- Contact the Program Director as soon as possible and deliver written documentation to the Program Director within 3 days of the incident.
- Students who refuse reasonable suspicion testing will be removed from the program.
If a facility other than Ottumwa Regional Health Center performs drug/alcohol testing:
- The student is obligated to notify Program Director of any request by a clinical site for additional testing due to reasonable suspicion.
- If tested by a clinical site, the student shall provide the Program Director with a copy of any test results.
- Failure to promptly notify the Program Director shall be ground for dismissal from the program.
- The student is responsible for any expense incurred with testing.
If a student voluntarily discloses a drug or alcohol problem:
- If a student voluntarily discloses that he/she has an alcohol/drug problem and requests assistance, they are then referred to IHCC Student Health.
- Students may be temporarily suspended from the program and/or clinical experience until such time as they have completed drug/alcohol treatment and are considered safe to return to both the classroom and clinical site by a Medical Doctor, Doctor of Osteopathy, Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner.
- Any minor student under the age of 18 is covered under the drug and alcohol testing policy.
- A parent or legal guardian of a student under the age of 18 must sign an acknowledgment of receipt of a copy of this policy.
- However, those students who are minors under the age of 18 must obtain notarized parental/legal guardian consent on Section II of the Drug/Alcohol Test Release & Consent for Minors.
- Lack of consent for testing will disqualify the minor from continued clinical participation and participation in the program.
Providing False Information:
- Any student who provides false information when completing paperwork required for a drug test or when responding to required questions for an alcohol or drug screen test will be removed from the program.
- Any student who dilutes, contaminates, tampers with, alters or interferes in any way with the collection of a specimen for testing purposes will removed from the program.
- The costs of alcohol or drug rehabilitation, treatment and counseling will be the responsibility of the student.
Dependent Adult Abuse/Child Abuse Checks
Faculty and students in the Health Sciences Division are required to complete state approved dependent adult and child abuse mandatory reporter training.
Students in the Health Sciences Division are required to become certified as dependent adult and child abuse reporters. This requirement is met by completing the program for dependent adult and child abuse with information on the following content areas: Iowa law, probable reasons, recognition, and reporting process.
Students who are assigned to learning experiences in a clinical setting are required to have a Dependent Adult/Child Abuse background check. The findings of that report may make a student ineligible for a clinical rotation. Students will assume responsibility for the cost of the background check in conjunction with their CastleBranch account.
Dependent Adult Abuse/Child Abuse Mandatory Reporters
All Health Sciences faculty are mandatory reporters for both dependent adult and child abuse. As such they must complete state approved mandatory reporter training for both dependent adult and child abuse every 5 years, as required by Iowa law. All Health Sciences instructional faculty that do not go to clinical sites are mandatory reporters for child abuse and as such must complete a state approved child abuse mandatory training program every 5 years as required by state law.
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. There are times students may be scheduled for a ten hour shift. 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 2020. 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 Image Critique Lab I
- RAD 127 - RT Positioning II
- RAD 128 - Positioning and Image Critique Lab II
- RAD 129 - RT Positioning III
- RAD 130 - Positioning and Image Critique Lab III
- RAD 131 - RT Positioning IV
- RAD 132 - Positioning and Image 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
|Blessing Health - Keokuk
|Broadlawns Medical Center
||Des Moines, IA
|Davis County Hospital
|DMOS - Ankeny
|DMOS - Downtown
||Des Moines, IA
|DMOS - Main
||West Des Moines, IA
|Greater Regional Medical Center
|Henry County Health Center
||Mt. Pleasant, IA
||West Des Moines, IA
||Pleasant Hill, IA
|ISU - Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center
|Jefferson County Hospital
|Knoxville Hospital & Clinics
|Lucas County Health Center
|Mahaska Health Partnership
|McFarland Clinic PC
||Iowa City, IA
|Mercy Medical Center
|MercyOne Newton Medical Center
|Moberly Regional Medical Center
|Mobile Medical Diagnostic Services
|Northeast Regional Medical Center
|Ottumwa Regional Health Center
|Pella Regional Health Center
|Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center
||West Burlington, IA
|Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center
||Ft. Madison, IA
|State of Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office
|UnityPoint Health - Grinnell Regional Medical Center
|UnityPoint - Marshalltown
|UnityPoint - Marshalltown Medical Park
|University of Missouri Health Care
|VA Central Iowa Health Care System
||Des Moines, IA
|VA Medical Center - Iowa City
||Iowa City, IA
|Washington County Hospital and Clinics
|Washington County Hospitals and Clinics Family Medicine
|Wayne 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 at least 12 weeks prior to the re-entry term.
- 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 Preceptor/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 Preceptor will be responsible for assignments and learning experiences of the students in each clinical area. Some facilities may have more than one Clinical Preceptor.
- 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 Preceptor 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 through CastleBranch. 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 OF A REGISTERED TECHNOLOGIST. 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.
Health and Professional Liability Insurance
Selected clinical sites require that students have health insurance. If a student is assigned to a clinical location with a health insurance requirement, proof of health insurance coverage must be documented. Students will be assigned to another available clinical site if they do not have documentation of health insurance coverage.
As stated on the IHCC clinical site agreement, “Indian Hills agrees to hold and maintain professional liability insurance coverage on all Indian Hills Health Sciences students”. Clinical sites are provided a copy of the “Certificate of Liability Insurance” form annually at the time of the clinical site agreement review.
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. Students occasionally may be scheduled for a 10 hour shift to ensure a 1:1 technologist to student ratio. 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 Preceptor 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 and in Trajecsys.
- 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 Dean, Career and Technical 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, MRI, and Interventional/Cardiac Cath Lab. All Radiologic Technology Students complete the MRI Screening Form prior to entering their first Clinical Rotation and participating/observing in MRI. Special Rotations require a Registered Technologist to be present at all times.
- Additional Optional Rotations: Additional opportunities include the State Medical Examiners Office, ISU Lloyd Veterinary Hospital, Iowa Ortho, DMOS, Mobile Medical, McCreery Cancer Center, etc. If you sign up to attend one of these rotations and then decide you do not want to go, you will have one day deducted from your time.
- 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 ISRT (Iowa Society of Radiologic Technologists). 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 and required for all students who received a Skeleton Crew Scholarship.
- 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 submit a Clinical Absence Form on MyHills that includes the reason for absence.
- On clinical days the student will notify the Clinical Preceptor, along with submitting a Clinical Absence Form on MyHills 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.
- On class days the student will submit a Classroom/Lab Absence Form on MyHills at least one hour prior to class/lab starting. 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 Preceptor. 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. Any medical absence of more than three days will require a doctor’s release, with no restrictions, to return to clinicals. A doctor’s release ensures that a student is able to meet all of the programs clinical technical standards requirements.
- 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 Preceptor/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 and in Trajecsys. 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 Preceptor. 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 Preceptors 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 Preceptor or Clinical Coordinator will notify the Program Director.
- A review will be made of the student records.
- Typically no makeup time will be allowed prior to completion of Term VIII. Special circumstances may apply.
- 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 Preceptor 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 fill out the Classroom/Lab Absence Form at least one hour prior to class/lab starting 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 Preceptor 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.
- Students who schedule an optional rotation with Iowa Ortho, Radiation Therapy, the State Medical Examiner’s Office, a Cardiac Cath Lab, Lloyd Veterinary Hospital, Mobile Medical Diagnostic Services, etc. and then choose not to go, will have a day of clinical deducted from their time.
- Clocking in and out of Trajecsys is mandatory for each clinical day. If you are unable to clock in or out, you must email the clinical coordinators with the reason. Two exceptions for failing to clock in or out are allowed per term. More than two exceptions may results in a clinical day being deducted from your time. Each case will be evaluated individually.
- Clinical Logs (skill summaries) need to be updated each week in TRAJECSYS. Logs are to be updated and current by 7:00am on Monday morning prior to returning to clinical. Failure to maintain logs per policy will result in a clinical day being deducted from your time.
- One file exception is allowed per clinical term. This excludes if you filed a time exception for a clinical absence. Time exceptions include, but are not limited to, forgetting, internet issues, off-site location, etc.
- It is not allowed to clock out early from clinical. If you are scheduled until 4:30pm, you cannot clock out until 4:30pm. Remember: if you are more than 10 minutes late for clinical, you are considered absent for the day.
- Winter Weather:
- IHCC will not cancel on Fridays. Use your own discretion regarding travel. If you are unable to attend clinical, or will be more than 10 minute late, a day will be deducted from your time. If inclement weather approaches in the afternoon, you will again use your own discretion whether to leave early or not. If you leave early, a day will be deducted from your time.
- If IHCC cancels and you have arrived at clinical, you are not allowed to perform clinical duties. This does not mean you have to travel back home with unsafe road conditions, this simply means you cannot conduct clinical duties when school is cancelled. Use your own discretion regarding traveling.
- If IHCC has a 10 am start, you arrive at 10 am. If you are scheduled for clinical at 10 am, you arrive at 10 am and leave at your normallly scheduled time.
- If IHCC has a late start and you arrive at clinical, you are not allowed to start your clinical day until the specified start time. For example: You arrive to clinical at 8:00am and there is a 10:00am late start, you cannot clock in and perform clinical duties until 10:00am.
- If IHCC closes early, you are not allowed to conduct clinical duties past the time that IHCC closes. Again, use your own discretion regarding traveling.
- These policies are regardless of what the current weather is in your area at the time. If IHCC issues a late start, cancellation or early out, you are not allowed to conduct clinical duties.
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 Image 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:
All programs in the Health Sciences Division are required to adhere to this standard. Specific evaluation/grading criteria for individual courses are outlined on the course syllabi and provided to students in a written format on the first day of class. The specified grading criteria may not be changed during the course.
Class attendance may not be used as evaluation criteria. Points may not be awarded for classroom/clinical attendance; however, points may be awarded for participation in classroom activities (i.e. participation in case study presentations, review activities, pop quizzes).
At midterm and at the end of the term, faculty members submit grades through Web Advisor.
Clinical Component Grading
In the clinical component, each student will be evaluated every 6 weeks. These evaluations include a Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Preceptor 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 Preceptor 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 the Classroom/Lab Absence Form if they are going to be absent. Failure to do so 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 practical athletic/walking shoes that are closed-toe, have closed backs, and have a non-slip sole with socks must be worn.
- 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 and visible 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 Preceptor 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 Preceptor 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 Preceptor. 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 Preceptor.
- 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, finger printing, OIG 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 effective dose equivalent of 50 mSv/year (5,000 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 5 mSv/year (500 mrem/year). The action levels established are 2 mSv/quarter and 4 mSv/quarter which are below the state regulated limit of 12.5 mSv/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 2 mSv (200 mrem) in one calendar quarter, they receive a letter and are counseled.
- If a student’s exposure exceeds 4 mSv (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 image 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. Violations of this policy may result in a student being sent home and a clinical day deducted.
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 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 students are required to attend the annual Student Educator Seminar in Des Moines. All 2nd year students may choose to attend the West Coast Student Educator Seminar in Atlanta or Florida at the program’s 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, SIM lab, 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.
Conference Report/Clinical Progress Alert Form
A Conference Report/Progress Alert Form is completed any time that an instructor meets with a student regarding a concern (i.e. grades, study habits, attendance, clinical/practicum or classroom behaviors, communication problems). The Conference Report is completed indicating the reason for the conference, documentation to support the concern and recommendations to resolve the concern. If appropriate, the final date to withdraw is included on the conference report.
The student must sign the Conference Report/Clinical Progress Alert Form to indicate that it was read. If the student refuses to sign the report, the person completing the forms should indicate the reason for the student’s failure to sign and sign his/her name and date by the reason. Signing the Conference Report does not imply agreement with what is written. The student should always be offered the opportunity to respond to the conference with a written statement on the form. If the student requests, a copy of the Conference Report/Clinical Progress Alert Form should be provided. The completed report is then placed in the student’s file.
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; Varicella; Mantoux Skin Test for Tuberculosis (1 if test has been performed within one year or 2 if no test has been performed); Tetanus (Tdap); Influenza; 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. Falsification of medical records will result in disciplinary action which may include dismissal from the program.
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.
Covid Exemption Policy
Students assigned to a clinical facility that has a COVID vaccination requirement for staff and students, and also allows medical and/or religious exemption requests, may request an exemption if they choose not to receive vaccination.
If the facility has their own internal form that students are allowed to use, students assigned to the facility may submit an exemption request, following the approval process outlined by the facility. For facilities that do not have an exemption request form available to students, but do allow requests, the Iowa Department of Public Health exemption request form will be used.
Requests are submitted to the program director of the student’s program. Program directors will ensure that forms are properly completed, and notarized for religious exemption requests. Forms will be kept on file in the program director’s office, unless requested by the clinical facility.
Properly completed forms will follow these steps:
- Student has used correct form provided by relevant clinical site or is using the IDPH medical form
- COVID vaccination is specifically noted as exempt
- Form is properly filled out
- Form is signed by an MD, DO, PA or NP
- Form/certificate has an expiration date (not to exceed 60 days)
- Form has been submitted to the Program Director in a timely manner
- Student has used the correct form provided by relevant clinical site or is using the IDPH religious exemption form
- Form is appropriately filled out
- Form is notarized
- Form has been submitted to the Program Director in a timely manner
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 due date, 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.
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, 2021
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology - April 2020
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 © 2020 by the JRCERT
Standard One - Accountability, Fair Practices, and Public Information
The sponsoring institution and program promote accountability and fair practices in relation to students, faculty, and the public. Policies and procedures of the sponsoring institution and program must support the rights of students and faculty, be well-defined, written, and readily available.
- 1.1 The sponsoring institution and program provide students, faculty, and the public with policies, procedures, and relevant information. Policies and procedures must be fair, equitably applied, and readily available.
- 1.2 The sponsoring institution and program have faculty recruitment and employment practices that are nondiscriminatory.
- 1.3 The sponsoring institution and program have student recruitment and admission practices that are nondiscriminatory and consistent with published policies.
- 1.4 The program assures the confidentiality of student educational records.
- 1.5 The program assures that students and faculty are made aware of the JRCERT Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiography and the avenue to pursue allegations of noncompliance with the Standards.
- 1.6 The program publishes program effectiveness data (credentialing examination pass rate, job placement rate, and program completion rate) on an annual basis.
- 1.7 The sponsoring institution and program comply with the requirements to achieve and maintain JRCERT accreditation.
Standard Two - Institutional Commitment and Resources
The sponsoring institution demonstrates a sound financial commitment to the program by assuring sufficient academic, fiscal, personnel, and physical resources to achieve the program’s mission.
- 2.1 The sponsoring institution provides appropriate administrative support and demonstrates a sound financial commitment to the program.
- 2.2 The sponsoring institution provides the program with the physical resources needed to support the achievement of the program’s mission.
- 2.3 The sponsoring institution provides student resources.
- 2.4 The sponsoring institution and program maintain compliance with United States Department of Education (USDE) Title IV financial aid policies and procedures, if the JRCERT serves as gatekeeper.
Standard Three - Faculty and Staff
The sponsoring institution provides the program adequate and qualified faculty that enable the program to meet its mission and promote student learning.
- 3.1 The sponsoring institution provides an adequate number of faculty to meet all educational, accreditation, and administrative requirements.
- 3.2 The sponsoring institution and program assure that all faculty and staff possess the academic and professional qualifications appropriate for their assignments.
- 3.3 The sponsoring institution and program assure the responsibilities of faculty and clinical staff are delineated and performed.
- 3.4 The sponsoring institution and program assure program faculty performance is evaluated and results are shared regularly to assure responsibilities are performed.
- 3.5 The sponsoring institution and/or program provide faculty with opportunities for continued professional development.
Standard Four - Curriculum and Academic Practices
The program’s curriculum and academic practices prepare students for professional practice.
- 4.1 The program has a mission statement that defines its purpose.
- 4.2 The program provides a well-structured curriculum that prepares students to practice in the professional discipline.
- 4.3 All clinical settings must be recognized by the JRCERT.
- 4.4 The program provides timely, equitable, and educationally valid clinical experiences for all students.
- 4.5 The program provides learning opportunities in advanced imaging and/or therapeutic technologies.
- 4.6 The program assures an appropriate relationship between program length and the subject matter taught for the terminal award offered.
- 4.7 The program measures didactic, laboratory, and clinical courses in clock hours and/or credit hours through the use of a consistent formula.
- 4.8 The program provides timely and supportive academic and clinical advisement to students enrolled in the program.
- 4.9 The program has procedures for maintaining the integrity of distance education courses.
Standard Five - Health and Safety
The sponsoring institution and program have policies and procedures that promote the health, safety, and optimal use of radiation for students, patients, and the public.
- 5.1 The program assures the radiation safety of students through the implementation of published policies and procedures.
- 5.2 The program assures each energized laboratory is in compliance with applicable state and/or federal radiation safety laws.
- 5.3 The program assures that students employ proper safety practices.
- 5.4 The program assures that medical imaging procedures are performed under the appropriate supervision of a qualified radiographer.
- 5.5 The sponsoring institution and/or program have policies and procedures that safeguard the health and safety of students.
Standard Six - Programmatic Effectiveness and Assessment: Using Data for Sustained Improvement
The extent of a program’s effectiveness is linked to the ability to meet its mission, goals, and student learning outcomes. A systematic, ongoing assessment process provides credible evidence that enables analysis and critical discussions to foster ongoing program improvement.
- 6.1 The program maintains 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, and
- annual program completion rate.
- 6.2 The program analyzes and shares its program effectiveness data to facilitate ongoing program improvement.
- 6.3 The program has a systematic assessment plan that facilitates ongoing program improvement.
- 6.4 The program analyzes and shares student learning outcome data to facilitate ongoing program improvement.
- 6.5 The program periodically reevaluates its assessment process to assure continuous program improvement.
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