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RAD 210 - Clinical Education I

Last Date of Approval: Spring 2021

4 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 0
Total Lab Hours: 0
Total Clinical Hours: 240
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
This course is one semester which enables the student to become oriented to the health facility and the department of radiology. This course is designed for students who are pursuing a radiologic technology degree. Time is allotted the student to observe procedures, under direct supervision and gain beginning skills in radiography. This course will help students gain the basic knowledge of radiology and will help provide entry-level skills related specifically to radiologic technologist job duties while enhancing their overall knowledge when making important life decisions.

Corequisites: RAD 122, RAD 320 
Prerequisites: BIO 168 , HSC 113  and a college-level math course with a C or higher
Prerequisites/Corequisites: BIO 173 , HSC 104  

Mode(s) of Instruction: Traditional/Face-to-face

Credit for Prior Learning: There are no Credit for Prior Learning opportunities for this course.

Course Fees: Course Materials: $150.00

Common Course Assessment(s): None

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identification of essential anatomy on all exams learned, and appropriately position patients, in all procedures learned in RAD-122 (Radiographic Procedures I).
  2. Maintain ongoing improvements in professionalism
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in the operation and manipulation of radiographic equipment through clinical experience, practice, and daily use.
  4. Recognize appropriate exposure factors for specific body parts learned in RAD-122 (Radiographic Procedures I), and evidence of applying radiation safety.
  5. Display empathy and develop ability to provide a safe environment, while appropriately caring for patient’s needs.
  6. Demonstrate ability to communicate with clinical instructor and all health care personnel, and the beginning stages of patient communication.
  7. Participate in all general radiology exams in RAD-122 (Radiographic Procedures I) and strive to observe and assist in all exams and procedures in the department.

Course Objectives:

  • Perform chest, abdominal, upper & lower extremities, pelvis & hip procedures independently under direct supervision
  • Demonstrate positioning, technique, equipment manipulation, patient preparation, patient communication, and paperwork procedures under direct supervision of a registered technologist for clinical competency testing.
  • Complete ARRT competency procedures to be able to work under indirect supervision in the clinical setting.
  • Transfer patients safely to and from wheelchairs, carts, and x-ray tables using proper body mechanics
  • Obtain a history from the patient and/or chart and record all pertinent information on the requisition, including two patient identifiers and possibility of pregnancy, if applicable.
  • Maintain appropriate professional appearance according to the Iowa Central Community College dress code and Clinical site policy.
  • Show professionalism by following written and verbal instruction, responding positively to suggestions, working well with peers, radiology staff, Clinical Instructors, and all facility personnel.
  • Demonstrate the beginning stages of evaluating a patient to develop critical thinking skills with patient questions and patient care.
  • Participate and practice working with x-ray equipment, portable driving, and C-arm machines.


Iowa Central Radiology Technology Program Clinical Competency Requirements The ten General Patient Care Procedure competencies are mandatory. These competencies may be simulated according to the ARRT requirements.

Students are required to have all 36 mandatory imaging procedures completed, 15 elective imaging procedures completed (one from the head section and two from the fluoroscopy studies section (one either myelography or arthrography & one from the following: Upper GI Series, Contrast Enema, Small Bowel Series, Esophagus, cystography/cystourethrography, ERCP, or hysterosalpingography)). Students must complete all mandatory exams and all elective exams that can be simulated (59 total), with a maximum of 18 simulated exams). Both C-arm procedures need to be done on a patient and cannot be simulated.

Clinical Rotation-Minimum Required Competencies

  • Clinical I-5 Competencies
  • Clinical II-10 Competencies
  • Clinical III-12 Competencies
  • Clinical IV-15 Competencies
  • Clinical V-17 Competencies
  • Clinical VI-Any incomplete competency must be obtained during this semester for completion of the program.

Students are encouraged to surpass the minimum competency requirements. It is advisable to perform these competencies, when the situation allows. This reduces the possibility of receiving an incomplete (prohibiting a student from continuing in the program) for a particular clinical rotation.

The grading for competencies will be the following: # of completed competencies/# of required competencies. **The highest percentage a student is allowed is 100%

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