Clinical III

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2013
Bridwell Hall
Classroom Number
Clinical Practicum
Days & Times

32 hours a week scheduled days and weekends and/or evenings. 7 days of Seminar on campus.


Sheree Phifer (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

     Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Assume a more autonomous role in the examination of patients. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  2. Satisfactorily complete Competency Evaluations from the List of Examinations to complete all remaining competencies by the end of the semester.(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  3. Evaluate each requisition.(1,2,6)
  4. Demonstrate proper physical facilities readiness.(1,3,8)
  5. Demonstrate proper patient care.(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  6. Operate equipment effectively.(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  7. Demonstrate correct positioning skills. (1,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  8. Apply the principles of radiation protection.(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  9. Evaluate the radiographic image for: correct anatomy, proper alignment, radiographic technique, and film identification, appropriate radiation protection. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  10. Complete all aspects of clinical competency evaluation.(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  11. Perform according to prescribed standards.(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  12. Observe the qualified radiographer while in the assigned rotation.(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  13. Assist the qualified radiographer which in the assigned rotation. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  14. Perform various aspects of the selected procedure under direct supervision while in the assigned rotation.(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  15. Demonstrate good communication and patient care. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  16. Always be respectful of patient and staff with excellent appearance. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  17. Be very punctual, never late or absent. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  18. Accept critique in adult and professional manner. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  19. Adapt to department routine and be flexible in work assignments. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  20. Keep a clean and stocked room and be careful with equipment. Set example. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  21. Demonstrate positioning and/or technique skills that are what they should be at this in the program. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  22. Have room prepared for exam, be very organized and perform very quickly. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  23. Develop consistent results very quickly with very few errors. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  24. Follow good patient safety practices history and read the request(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  25. Exceed the basic radiation protection practices. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  26. Consistently obtain patient history and reads the request. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  27. Demonstrate good communication and patient care of the trauma patient. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  28. Always be respectful of patient and staff with excellent appearance. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  29. Be very punctual, never late or absent. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  30. Accept critique in adult and professional manner. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  31. Adapt to department trauma routines and be flexible in work assignments. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  32. Keep a clean and stocked room and be careful with equipment. Set example. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  33. Demonstrate trauma positioning and/or technique skills that are what they should be at this in the program. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  34. Have room prepared for trauma exam and be very organized. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  35. Develop consistent results very quickly with very few errors. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  36. Follow good patient safety practices history and read the request. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  37. Exceed the basic radiation protection practices. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  38. Consistently obtain patient history and reads the request. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  39. Demonstrate affective behaviors, as appropriate, for level of professional development.(1,2,3,4,5)
  40. Take St. Catherine’s Tests registry review tests monthly and document incorrect answers on assigned tests.(1,2,3,4,5) 

Students assigned to evenings and weekends will replace objectives 15-26 with 27-38.  

Competencies: (to be completed this semester)*

  1. Upper Extremity - minimum of four (4) listed examinations
  2. Lower Extremity - minimum of three (3) listed examinations
  3. Trunk and Spine - minimum of six (6) listed examinations
  4. Head and Neck - minimum of six (6) listed examinations
  5. Contrast Studies - minimum of three (3) listed examinations
  6. Surgery - minimum of three (3) listed examinations
  7. Observations - minimum of two (2) listed examinations
  8. General Trauma - minimum of three (3) listed examinations 

*There is a minimum of 31 examinations required during the third clinical semester.  These examinations may be in any combination.  Any student who does not achieve at least 31 examinations this semester will receive a letter grade reduction.  By the end of this semester, the student must have a minimum total of 71 examinations for the first, second, and third clinical semesters. Failure to complete all competencies by the end of the third clinical semester will result in an Incomplete being assigned as the grade and the student will have thirty (30) days from the first day of the next semester to complete the competencies.

Course Expectations


CLINICAL COMPETENCIES................25%



-2 Points for not turning in each St. Catherine’s Test on Time 


There are 31 examinations required during the THIRD clinical semester. Students must have a total of 71 competencies to complete this course.


Grading Standards


A = 90 - 100

B = 80 - 89

C = 75 - 79

D = 65 - 74

F =  0 – 64


Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

ATTENDANCE: Two (2) days of clinical absences are allowed each semester. For each absence after the two allowable absences, the returning student must bring a doctor’s excuse and a receipt of service from the care provider. For each clinical day missed after the 2-day allowance, 5 points per absence will be subtracted from the final clinical grade and you are required to make-up the time missed starting within in two weeks. You must contact the Clinical Instructor and Clinical Coordinator (Mrs. Phifer) if you going to be absent. Excessive absences (more than 3) will result in a referral to the Dean of the College, and may result in a dismissal from the program. Unexcused absences cannot be tolerated. If extenuating circumstances occur, (for example: surgery, car accidents, death in family) the Clinical Coordinator will make arrangements on an individual basis.

 Tardiness: Time missed being tardy should be made up at the end of the assigned shift the same day. This will be recorded as a tardy. Three (3) tardies within one semester will result in the deduction of 5 points from your final clinical grade.


Other Policies

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY POLICY: Academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, etc.) will not be tolerated in this class and may result in suspension or dismissal from this course and from the program. Cases will be referred to the Dean of Students for possible dismissal from the university.

 Special Needs: In accordance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Midwestern State University endeavors to make reasonable adjustments in its policies, practices, services, and facilities to ensure equal opportunity for qualified persons with disabilities to participate in all educational programs and activities.

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) provides information and assistance, arranges accommodations, and serves as a liaison for students, instructors, and staff. The ODS has assistive devices such as books on tape, recorders, and adaptive software which can be loaned to qualified individuals. A student/employee who seeks accommodations on the basis of disability must register with the Office of Disability Services in the Counseling Center, Clark Student Center Room 108. Documentation of disability from a competent professional is required.

Individuals with grievances related to discrimination or lack of accommodation on the basis of a disability are encouraged to resolve the problem directly with the area involved. If the matter remains unresolved, advice and/or assistance will be provided by the Office of Disability Services for resolution.  The grievance procedure may be found in the Student Handbook and Activities. 

The director of the Counseling Center services as the ADA Coordinator may be contacted at (940) 397-4618, TDD (940) 397-4515, or 3410 Taft Blvd., Clark Student Center Room 108. 

Conduct / Honesty / Honor System: RADS 2315 adheres to the MSU code of Conduct.  In particular, academic dishonesty, however small, creates a breach in academic integrity.  A student's participation in this course comes with the expectation that his/her work will be completed in full observance of the MSU code of Student Conduct.  A student should consult the Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.


Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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