PROSPECTIVE STUDENT AGREEMENT
I have read the Cleveland Community College Radiography Student Handbook. If I am accepted
into the program, I will abide by the regulations and policies therein. I also understand that if a policy change occurs, I will receive a revised copy of the Cleveland Community College Radiography Student Handbook. Changes will be discussed with me in a timely and appropriate manner by program faculty. I further understand that all program requirements must be met as prescribed if I am to continue to the next semester or to graduate, if I am in the last semester. I understand that failure to meet program requirements as prescribed will result in disciplinary action. I also understand that the Radiography Program seeks to instill discipline, integrity, and professionalism in addition to knowledge and skills.
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CONFIDENTIALITY OF MEDICAL INFORMATION
Prospective students and students enrolled in the Radiography Program are exposed to and/or have access to both sensitive and confidential patient information. Prospective and program students have both a legal, ethical and moral obligation to maintain all patient information, written and oral, in complete confidence.
I, ____________________________________, understand that I have both a legal, ethical and moral obligation to maintain all patient information, written and oral, in the strictest confidence. I will not discuss any patient information other than what is needed for approved educational purposes and only with appropriate persons who have direct interest in the educational process and who are also aware of the confidentiality of the information. I further understand that violation of the patients’ right to privacy may result in action being taken by the appropriate authorities.
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Student Supervisor (need signature for exposure day only)
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The Radiography Student Handbook has been designed specifically for students in the
Radiography Program and is to be used in conjunction with the Cleveland Community College Academic Bulletin and Student Handbook. The information contained in these publications
provides specific information concerning the College, its programs, and clinical affiliate policies of which the student must be aware, in addition to general material related to the radiographic profession. The information in these handbooks may be subject to change. If a change occurs, the student will be notified in a timely and efficient manner. Students will be given a revised copy of the Cleveland Community College Radiography Student Handbook. All prior copies
must be discarded. It is the responsibility of each student to read both the College’s
Academic Bulletin Radiography Student Handbook very closely and adhere to all policies. It is also the responsibility of the student to request clarification of any policies and policy changes.
These policies are established in conjunction with the clinical affiliates and serve as a guide for the student in understanding program policies, procedures, and requirements; all of which must be met as prescribed to remain in the program or graduate from the program.
Non-discrimination policies are adhered to as outlined in the Cleveland Community
College Academic Bulletin and Student Handbook.
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CLEVELAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE MISSION STATEMENT
Cleveland Community College – established in 1965 by and for the people of Cleveland County
– is a comprehensive, public two-year college and member institution of the North Carolina Community College System. The College’s mission is threefold: (1) to help students achieve professional and personal goals by providing quality, accessible educational programs and services, (2) to serve as an agent for economic development by responding to the educational and training needs of business and industry, and (3) to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life in Cleveland County by actively participating in collaborative community initiatives. Reviewed/Revised –Apr, 2007 3
Cleveland Community College Radiography Program Mission Statement
In keeping with the overall mission of Cleveland Community College to provide quality, accessible educational programs and services, the mission of the Radiography Program is to prepare graduates for employment as registered, skilled health care professionals who employ the proper use of radiation to produce radiographic images of the human body. Graduates of the Radiography Program will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for successful articulation into the Allied Health Field of Radiologic Technology.
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Cleveland Community College Program of Radiography Goal
To produce qualified, competent entry level radiographers with the skills and knowledge necessary for successful articulation into the Allied Health Field of Radiologic Technology Program Assessment Method
Assessment of program effectiveness in meeting the program mission and the program goal will be determined from the following didactic, clinical, and program effectiveness goals and criteria. Didactic Goal
To assure quality didactic instruction to enable graduates to comprehend and apply the principles and theories of Radiologic Technology as competent, entry level radiographers. Didactic Criteria
A. Provide students with radiologic instruction as outlined in the ASRT Curriculum
Guide, the ARRT Task Inventory, the Radiography Practice Standards, and the
North Carolina Community College Curriculum Standard.
B. Provide competent and qualified teaching faculty as prescribed by the JRCERT
and the State of North Carolina.
C. Provide students with current academic support services including course relevant
textbooks, reference materials, audiovisuals, computer-based instruction materials,
and professional publications.
D. Ensure ability of students, prior to graduation, to function effectively as an
integral member of the health care team through effective and appropriate
communication with patients, staff, administration and patients’ families through
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Guide, the ARRT Task Inventory, the Radiography Practice Standards and the
North Carolina Community College Curriculum Standard.
E. Accept students who are adequately prepared to meet the academic challenges of
a program in Radiologic Technology.
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Clinical Education Goal
To assure quality of clinical instruction and learning opportunities to enable the student to integrate didactic principles and theories into clinical practice to enhance students’ ability to gain the clinical skills to perform radiographic positions and procedures as entry level radiographers upon graduation
Clinical Education Criteria
A. Provide students with clinical instruction as prescribed by the ASRT Curriculum
Guide, the ASRT Practice Standards, the ARRT Task Inventory, and the North
Carolina Community College System Standard.
B. Provide students with a variety of clinical education opportunities and activities in
various clinical education centers approved by the JRCERT.
C. Assure that competent and qualified, site-designated clinical instructors and clinical
staff provide appropriate instruction and levels and supervision of students during
D. Provide students with limited exposure through investigation of advanced, new, and
emerging imaging modalities. Emphasis is placed on basic principles of operation,
radiation protection, and patient care.
E. Ensure that students demonstrate clinical examination and procedure competencies as
prescribed by the ARRT Task Inventory and as required by the program with 90
percent or higher accuracy.
F. Ensure that students demonstrate successful, competent integration of didactic theory
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performance is at the ninety (90) percent proficiency level for identified clinical
assignments and activities.
G. Ensure that students demonstrate professional mannerisms, attitudes, behaviors, and
appropriate attire at all times.
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Program Effectiveness Goal
To assure program effectiveness in meeting program mission and goal as prescribed by the JRCERT Standards and the North Carolina Community College System Curriculum Standard Program Effectiveness Criteria
100% of students will achieve 90% or higher on terminal student learning outcomes prior to
being allowed to graduate
100% of students will achieve a 5 semester average of 90% or higher on clinical performance
evaluations, prior to being allowed to graduate
100% of students will achieve a 5 semester average of 90% or higher on examination and
procedure competencies, prior to being allowed to graduate
100% of students will achieve 77% or higher on end of program comprehensive testing tools
prior to being allowed to graduate
100% of program graduates will earn degrees within 150% of published program length from
date of matriculation
75% 5 - year ARRT examination pass rate
75% 5 - year program completion rate
75% of graduates seeking employment will be employed within 6 months of graduation
*85% of program completer and noncompleter respondents will report being satisfied with the
quality of the College and its programs and services
*85% of program graduate employer respondents will report being satisfied with the
educational training of graduates
*60% of the defined cohort will return or graduate from fall to fall
* a 3 - year minimum enrollment average of 10 students will be maintained
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Program Terminal Student Learning Outcomes/Objectives
Terminal Student Learning Outcomes/Objectives must be demonstrated with ninety (90) percent
or higher accuracy prior to graduation. Terminal Student Learning Outcomes/Objectives are to thbe completed by the student during the latter third of the 5 semester and must be completed and
turned in at least one (1) week prior to graduation.
Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be able to:
1. Apply radiation protection methods and procedures for the safety of patients,
self, and others
A. Evaluate the need for and use of protective shielding
B. Take the appropriate precautions to minimize exposure to patients
C. Set kVp, mA and time or AEC to achieve optimum image quality, safe operating
conditions, and minimum radiation dose
D. Prevent persons not involved in clinical activities from remaining in area during
E. Take appropriate precautions to minimize occupational radiation exposure
F. Wear a personnel monitoring device while on duty
G. Review and evaluate individual occupational exposure records
2. Evaluate radiation primary and secondary (accessory) equipment to ensure the
proper application of radiation and film processing to limit exposure to patients
A. Warm-up x-ray tube according to manufacturer’s recommendations
B. Prepare and operate radiographic unit and accessories
C. Prepare and operate fluoroscopic unit and accessories
D. Recognize and report malfunctions in the radiographic or fluoroscopic unit and
E. Perform basic evaluations of radiographic equipment and accessories (e.g., lead
aprons, collimator accuracy)
F. Inspect and clean screens and cassettes
G. Perform start-up and shut down procedures in the automatic processor
H. Recognize and report malfunctions in the automatic processor
I. Process exposed film
J. Process digital/electronic images
K. Reload cassettes and magazines by selecting film of proper size and type
L. Store and handle film/cassette to reduce the possibility of artifact and production
3. Exercise independent judgment and discretion in the technical performance of
radiographic positions and procedures
A. Select appropriate film-screen combination
B. Determine appropriate exposure factors using calipers and technique charts
C. Modify exposure factors and circumstances such as involuntary motion, casts, and
splints, pathological conditions, or patient’s inability to cooperate
D. Use radiopaque markers to indicate anatomical side, position or other relevant
information (e.g., time, upright, decubitus, post-void)
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