Clinical Education Assignments

The clinical education received in this program provides the student with necessary clinical background in the manipulation of equipment, the handling of all types of patients, the setting of proper radiographic techniques, image processing and office procedures.  All areas of these basic skills must be mastered before the student can successfully complete the program and be eligible to be certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.  All clinical and didactic activities assigned to students to meet program and student outcomes are strictly educational.

Clinical Assignments

The program is comprised of five (5) continuous semesters of classroom/lab and clinical education.  The combination of each of these never exceeds 40 hours per week.  Clinical education centers may be geographically dispersed and students are responsible for transportation to/from their assignments.  Each student rotates through all clinical education centers sequentially.

Students in the program spend 60 hours (5 hours/1 day per week for 8-9 weeks) in the 1st semester in clinical practice.  Clinical hours are scheduled to begin as early as 7am and end by 7pm (1st shift or 2nd shift) on Thursday or Friday.  The starting and ending time depends on the clinical education center and shift assigned.  The remaining days during the week are spent in class or lab.

Students in the 2nd semester spend 180 hours (12 hours/2 days per week) in clinical practice.  The starting time may be as early as 6:00am and end as late as 11:00pm.  Less than 25% of total clinical practice will be scheduled after 7:00pm.  These hours include a 30 minute lunch and 15 minute break each day.  The remaining days during the week are spent in class or lab.

The summer semester is comprised of 180 hours (30 hours / 4 days per week) in clinical practice.  The starting time may be as early as 6:30am and end as late as 11:00pm.  Less than 25% of total clinical practice will be scheduled after 7:00pm.  These hours include a 30 minute lunch and 15 minute break each day.  

During the last two semesters in the program, students will spend 360 hours per semester (22.5 hours/3 days per week) in clinical practice.  The starting time may be as early as 6:00am and end as late as 11:00pm.  Less than 25% of total clinical practice will be scheduled after 7:00pm.  These hours include a 30 minute lunch and 15 minute break each day. The remaining days during the week are spent in class or lab.

Vacation/Holiday Time

All students have time off between the end of fall semester and the beginning of the spring semester (approximately 2 weeks), one week off between the end of spring semester and the start of summer clinical practice, and approximately seven (7) weeks off between the end of summer semester and the start of the 2nd fall semester.  Fall and Spring breaks are one week in length and occur during week nine of the semester. 

Radiography Dress / Uniform Requirements

The student is required to abide by the program uniform dress code. The student will purchase a school approved uniform top, pant and lab coat as well as uniform shoes. Additional items included in the uniform dress code are: the purchase of a lead thyroid collar (used on rotations where needed), school name badges and pocket procedures book. Student radiographers will present a neat and tidy appearance at all times, meticulous hygiene is required. Uniforms must be kept neat, clean, and fit properly. Shoes and shoelaces must be clean and polished. Students are responsible for furnishing and laundering their own uniforms.