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Sanford Radiography Program:

Curriculum

The curriculum is structured to include courses for a professional radiography curriculum currently recognized and accepted by the JRCERT.

Clinical course descriptions

Clinical Education I
This involves all of the student’s clinical experiences during the first semester. It begins with hospital orientation, Radiology orientation, and program orientation. Following orientation, the student has a week of “Float” which allows them to spend limited time in all of the major rotations, and also includes an introduction into the Radiology office, and transportation. This float time provides students with an insight into what is involved in each of these areas on a daily basis. The student is able to observe what goes on in the different areas in which they will be rotating. In the weeks following, through the end of the semester, the student will assist with many different examinations within the clinical setting. The student progresses through a series of clinical assignments, including rotations in General Radiography, Fluoroscopy, Surgery/Mobile, Evenings/Late Days, and in Orthopedics. In addition, each student will have a one week rotation to Pain clinic during this semester. Students are required to complete objectives and performance evaluations (beginning in October) for each rotation. During this semester, the student will begin performing competencies. After a student has passed the didactic and laboratory phases of an exam, the student will be able to perform the exam under direct supervision. After the student has demonstrated competency, they will be able to perform the exam under indirect supervision.
Prerequisites: None

Clinical Education II
This correlates to the second semester for the student, during their junior year. The student becomes more confident and has passed competencies for some of the basic exams, so they will now be performing more of them under indirect supervision. The student rotations during this semester will include 2-day rotations to the following specialty imaging areas: Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Radiation Therapy. Each student will have a 1-week rotation in CT during this time. The student is continually learning more radiographic examinations and performing them under direct supervision. The student must continue to complete objective checklists for each rotation and clinical performance evaluations weekly
Prerequisite: Clinical Education I

Clinical Education III
Clinical Education III begins at the start of the second year for the student. It involves the third semester of education. Students continue to assist/perform radiographic examinations under direct and indirect supervision. Each student will have the opportunity to select one specialty area to return for a two-week rotation. Also, each student will have a 1 week rotation in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab. The student is progressing clinically and must continue to complete objective checklists for each rotation and clinical performance evaluations weekly.
Prerequisite: Clinical Education II

Clinical Education IV
This encompasses the fourth semester of the senior year. During this time, emphasis is placed on proficiency in performing examinations. Students are now capable of performing many examinations under indirect supervision. During this time, each student will have a two-week rotation in CT. Students are able to work more independently during this time. During this semester, students are required to complete all the mandatory and elective competencies. Focus is placed on critiquing images while in the clinical setting, and also importance is placed on understanding techniques. Students must complete all objectives and clinical assignments required for graduation.
Prerequisite: Clinical Education III

Grading scale

94—100%
86—93%
78—85%
72—77%
Less than 72%
A
B
C
D
F

Academic policy

The student must pass all written tests with a 72 percent, except for Radiographic Procedures, which requires an 80 percent to pass. Failed tests must be successfully repeated to meet requirements for course completion.

Academic and clinical requirements

Students must maintain an 80 percent average in all didactic courses, and must achieve at least an 85 percent for all clinical grades in order to progress and remain in the program.

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