Introduction to professional practice

Course Details

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Spring 2015
Bridwell Hall
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Dr. Beth Leigh Veal (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives


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


1.    Practice effective communication skills for dealing with patients, hospital personnel, and supervisors.

2.    Recognize the importance of ethical behavior, including professional practice and student responsibilities.

3.    Safely operate radiographic equipment.

4.    Use radiation safety equipment effectively while following radiation safety rules.

5.    Discuss and perform difficult patient safety skills during radiographic procedures while protecting themselves.Provide an overview of medical law as it applies to radiologic technology professionals

Course Expectations


This course is designed to introduce students to subjects related to radiologic technology practice and will serve to connect students with professors and clinical students.  Subjects such as radiation and equipment safety, communication, ethics, difficult patients (pediatric, trauma, alcohol and drug users, and geriatrics) will be discussed.  Students will learn to handle radiologic science equipment and participate in patient/imaging scenarios.


The student will exhibit qualities of ethical and legal standards; demonstrate basic radiation protection practices; and relate the role of radiography to health care. The major outcome of this course is for the student to understand his/her place in radiography and the more global medical world.

Grading Standards


This course is based on participation and creative activities. While there may be some periodic quizzes/tests, there is no final exam.  The grade will consist of a personal portfolio, participation both in and out of class, professional behavior, and the exhibition of qualities that represent a true desire to become a part of the Radiologic Sciences profession.





























64% or less


**Please note this course requires a passing grade of 75 for a grade of ‘C’ or better.  This is consistent with the grading policy in the BSRT Program.  This course is a prerequisite for admittance into the BSRT Program and a grade of ‘C’ or higher is required.

Submission Format Policy

Students must use baccalaureate level writing skills including complete sentences, correct grammar, and proper punctuation.  All assignments will be graded for accuracy, completeness, quality, spelling, grammar, and integrity.

All assignments must adhere to the following requirements:

·        IBM compatible format (not MAC)

·        Word 97 or newer version (not Microsoft Works or WordPerfect)

·        Times New Roman or Arial font, 12 point ONLY

·        1” margins on all sides

·        Double-spaced

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.

Late Paper Policy

Late submissions receive a grade of zero.

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

Attendace of class is mandatory.  Each absence will result in a 10 point deduction from the final grade.  Late appearance in class will result in 5 points deducted from the final grad.

Other Policies


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 Support Services (DSS) provides information and assistance, arranges accommodations, and serves as a liaison for students, instructors, and staff.  The DSS has assistance 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 Support Services in the Clark Student Center Room 168 or call 940-397-4140 for more information.  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 Calendar.

The Director of the Counseling Center as the ADA Coordinator may be contacted at (940) 397-4618, TDD (940) 397-4515, or 3410 Taft Blvd., Clark Student Center Room 168.



RADS 2022adheres 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.

Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many resources available including Internet sites, handouts, other textbooks & journals, faculty, and peers.  This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive to life-long learning.

Specific components of RADS 2022 are designed to represent the efforts of each student individually and are NOT to be shared.  These components include the written assignment submitted for a grade.  Submitting someone else’s work as your own or improperly cited work constitutes plagiarism.  Please see the Midwestern State University Catalog for further discussion of plagiarism.  Plagiarism will constitute in an F for the course and the student will be referred to administration for further action.  When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they abided by this rule.  Quizzes and exams are not to be copied in any form or shared in any form.  Students caught engaging in such activity will receive an F for the course and be referred to University administration for dismissal.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to: (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or completing other assignments; or (3) the acquisition of tests or other academic materials belonging to the university faculty or staff without permission.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to: the use of, by paraphrase or direct quotation without correct citation in the text and on the reference list, the published or unpublished works of another person.  Students may not submit papers and assignments that they have previously submitted for this or other courses.  The use of materials generated by agencies engaged in “selling” term papers is also plagiarism.  Students are encouraged to review the tutorials and suggested websites for more information about plagiarism. 

By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a limited right in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The limited right shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the students work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.


Unresolved issues related to this course should be first addressed between the student and the course instructor.  If there is no resolution, students must follow this sequence:

            1. Department Chair:  Dr. Jeff Killion (940) 397.4679

            2. College Dean:  Dr. James Johnston (940) 397.4594

            3. Dean of Students:  Matthew Park (940) 397.7500

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

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at