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Disability Services facilitates access to all programs and services according to the ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as well as other federal and state laws.
Amarillo College is committed to providing equal access to all programs and services, including all working, learning, and service environments that affect equal access for persons with disabilities. This commitment to provide equal access and opportunity for persons with disabilities is in compliance with federal and state law. Amarillo College also strives to provide Electronic and Information Resources (EIR) that are accessible to all authorized users.
If you find you are unable to access material in an accessible format please contact the Disability Services Office at (806) 345-5639 . This office will work in conjunction with other campus resources to address and accommodate your issue in a timely manner.
As a student you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce a student's ability to participate in daily activities. Amarillo College offers services to assist you with addressing these and other concerns you may be experiencing. If you or someone you know are suffering from any of the aforementioned conditions, you can learn more about the broad range of confidential mental health services available on campus by calling the AC Counseling Center at 806-371-5900. The AC Counseling Center website is https://www.actx.edu/counseling/ . Also, if you are in need of social services (affordable housing, utilities, transportation, food, clothing, childcare, medical/dental/vision, legal), please call the AC Advocacy & Resource Center at 806-371-5439. The AC Advocacy & Resource Center website is https://www.actx.edu/arc
The Tutoring for Success policy applies to any student whose grade or performance in the course falls below a departmentally determined minimum threshold. In either of those cases, the instructor will direct the student to the appropriate tutoring service, which may be faculty-led, discipline-specific, and/or general. Under this policy, the instructor will follow specific departmental guidelines governing the use, duration, and grade component of the tutoring need.
Students who do not attend class on or prior to the census date will be administratively dropped. Effective Fall, 2016
Students who wish to withdraw from a course must complete all steps indicated on the Academic Withdrawal Request form by the course withdrawal deadline.
NOTE: Students who are attending Texas institutions of higher education, for the first time fall 2007 and later, may not withdraw from more than six courses during their academic career. This withdrawal limitation does not include dual credit or developmental classes (Senate Bill 1231 Rule 4.10.) For more information on Drop and Withdrawal Policies, please visit the Registrar's Office Web site.
RADT-1246-002 Technical Procedures II
Continued skill development in therapeutic practices relating to the field of radiation therapy, with emphasis on intermediate patient set-up treatment techniques and an introduction to simulation procedures.
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Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:
Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:
You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.
(2 sem hrs; 1 lec, 3 lab)
None. Students need the Student Handbook and Student Clinical Handbook and clinical documents/forms (purchased as a single large handout from West Campus Bookstore)
Black pens, dark Sharpie markers, a centimeter ruler, pocket calculator, scrubs (solid Navy Blue or as per described by your clinical facility), white tennis shoes, Amarillo College cloth patch, Amarillo College Student nametag, and Dosimeter badge--consult faculty for instructions regarding procurement of dosimeter badge
Specifics of dress code etc. are described in the Student Clinical Handbook
Specified hours of clinical practice: Mondays adn Fridays all work day unless otheerwise described/negotiated and approved by clinical staff and college faculty
These courses will emphasize treatment procedures and equipment orientation, enhancement of clinical skills as outlined by ARRT. Included in Practicums I, II, III will be rotations to non radiation therapy areas (e.g. nursing, reception, etc.)
Each rotation, generally 4 weeks long, the student will be evaluated on and will be able to do the following with a minimum 80% accuracy as evaluated by the supervising clinical faculty:
Evaluated objectives include:
Appropriate and positive interactions with Patients/staff
observe dress code/hygiene standards
ethical use of sick leave, break time, arriving at clinic on time, etc.
identify machine components
familiarize with treatment and immobilization devices
locate emergency off switches
familiarity with pendant switches
pendant control-- relative to experience
locate patient information in treatment chart
performance or identification of setup sheet parameters
displays self-motivation and initiative
assist patients to and from room and couch
displayed eagerness to learn and perfect skills
accepts supervision in a positive manner
demonstrates effective and professional communication with staff and patients
observe clinical dress standards and personal hygiene
ethical use of sick leave, break time, arrives at clinic on time, etc.
familiarity with machine parameters
location of emergency off switches
setting treatment parameters on console
interpretation of treatment parameters in chart
familiarity with other information available throughout chart
familiar with treatment and immobilization devices
demonstrates a basic understanding of patient positioning
demonstrate self-motivation and eagerness
receive suggestions/corrections in a positive manner
respond to difficult verbal situations with self-control and patience
assist with or observe other treatments when appropriate
complete assignments on a timely basis
stay in or near assigned clinical area
ethical use of sick leave, vacation, brakes, etc.
demonstrate effective and professional communication skills/rapport with staff and patients
perform patient education procedures
Team Participation/Professional and Ethical Judgment
provide appropriate patient care, to include universal precautions
recognize when to obtain help for clarification
maintains patient confidentiality
follow all department and hospital policies (including dress code, safe radiation protection practices, professional conduct) and safely apply principles of body mechanics
Psychomotor/Critical Thinking/Problem Solving Applications
position patient to accurately deliver therapeutic dose, relative to experience
demonstrate ability to use equipment and accessory devices during conditions of operation
demonstrate familiarity with all equipment and its proper usage, including computer technology
establish routines and develop consistent techniques
demonstrate fluid and efficient movements with pendant, console, patient positioning
understand the theory behind technical setups
demonstrate knowledge of human structure, function, and pathology
demonstrate appropriate understanding and skill, with respect to experience, using therapeutic computer technology
demonstrate ability to evaluate the performance of therapy equipment (morning QA, etc.) and report malfunctions
demonstrate adequate critical thinking/problem solving skills
Observational rotations to non-radiation therapy areas (Practicum I & II, III)
Objectives for these observational rotations:
Initiative Attitude Dependability
demonstrate self-motivation and eagerness toward clinical experiences
ethical use of sick leave, brakes, etc.
REQUIRED COMPETENCIES FOR CLINIC:
as listed in "CLINICAL COMPETENCIES GUIDELINE" document.
In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at https://acconnect.actx.edu .
If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".
Detailed student clinical behavior policies are described in the Student Clinical handbook document (found in the Orientations folder of the online course)
GRADES ARE DETERMINED ON A POINT BASIS.
Regular evaluations will be conducted by staff and clinical supervisor in accordance with the specific rotational assignments—typically 3 graded rotations per semester..
Technical skill competencies. Some non-direct competencies begin during teh first semester. Most technical skill competencies start in teh 2nd semester and are described in detail in the Student Clinical Handbook
The student is allowed to repeat each technical skill competency twice, after which a 2% per repeat overall semester grade reduction will occur. If a student fails a competency three times or more, he/she will be required to set up remediation with the clinical supervisor. When remediation Is deemed complete, the student may then, and only then, attempt the same type of set-up once again for a competency.
The student must pass all of these laboratory/clinical competencies in order to successfully complete the clinical curriculum. An incomplete "I" will be given until all required competencies are passed for a given semester. (evaluations from rotations other than therapy will vary in points)
During all semesters, the students will be performing competencies on live patients in the clinic for which they will be graded and charted using an online student tracking system A guideline for performing competencies will be given to the student at the beginning of teh program (during clinical orientations) and at each appropriate semester. Failure to complete the appropriate number of blue sheet competencies in a given semester will result in a letter grade reduction for that student for each occurrence.
Total points will be added up at the end of the semester and divided by the number of points available to determine semester grade.
A= average of 2.7-3.0
C=average of 2.3-2.6 (Fall), 2.5-2.6 (during final Practicum only)
F=average below 2.3 (2.5 during final Practicum only)
*there is no "B" or "D" in this course (unless a mandatory letter grade penalty reduction occurs e.g. and "A" would be reduced to a "B").
GRADING POLICY ADDENDUM FOR 2nd YEAR END OF ROTATION EVALUATION FORM:
During the final three semesters of practicum the grading part of the end of the rotation form is more distinctly seen as consisting of two parts, an affective part which deals with subjective matter such as initiative, attitude, rapport with patients, etc. and a technical part, which deals with the student’s technical expertise in the clinic. The affective part (part I) is worth approximately 25% of the evaluation form grade. The technical part is worth approximately 75% of the evaluation grade. This is all stated on the form itself.
In addition to the weighting of grades according to each section, the following policies apply to second year students regarding grading of the technical portion of the evaluation form (part II):
Grades for a rotation will be averaged between the therapists (all graded evaluations) for an overall rotation score rotation.
If the overall score for the rotation is failing from at least 2 of the evaluators on the rotation then the student will have failed the rotation. In order for a student to fail a rotation, the student must receive a failing grade average from at least two evaluators.
Failing 2 or more regular rotations during any semester will result in an “F” for the course. Failing 2 rotations during a semester and/or 3 rotations over the course of the program will result in expulsion from the program. Details are found in the program Student Clinical Handbook
REMEDIATION: Any clinical rotation that does not receive a passing grade will result in the student reporting the grade first to the affilate’s Clinical Supervisor and also the the Clinical Coordinator of the program. The Clinical Supervisor and Clinical Coordinator will discuss, with the student, a remediation strategy appropriate to the circumsntaces.
If a failing grade occurs for an overall rotation, The Clinical Coordinator will also have the option of restructuring the clinic rotation schedule so that the student might immediately return to (or avoid) the rotation of concern, if that is logistically feasible. Re-scheduling would likely not be feasible for sim and Dosimetry rotations or for students located at a single distance site.
All scheduling of extra assigned time and make-up time must be scheduled through the affiliate’s Clinical Supervisor.
More details regarding grading and overall clinical expectations can be found in the Syllabus addendum document as well as in the Student Clinical Handbook posted in the online course
Practicum attendance rules are stated in detail in the Student Clinical Handbook (found in the Orientations folder of the online course)
Week 1-5 Rotation 1 See online course rotation folders for details (forms, timetables, requirements, tutorials, etc.
Week 6-10 Rotation 2 See online course rotation folders for details (forms, timetables, requirements, tutorials, etc.
Weeks 11-15 Rotation 3 See online course rotation folders for details (forms, timetables, requirements, tutorials, etc.
Week 16 Make-ups and Final Exam week
All rules and regulations/policies and procedures for the clinical environment can be found in the STUDENT HANDBOOK and Student Clinical Handbook document and reviewed with students at the beginning of the program (with overview each semester)
*Students should know that each affiliate reserves the right, in its absolute discretion, to refuse its facilities and services to any student who does not meet professional or other requirements of the facility or any appropriate authority controlling and directing said facility. The clinical facilities can refuse student admission to their institutions for any number of reasons—including behavioral, attitudinal, technical competency, attendance, suspected substance abuse, etc. and at any time.
Amarillo College has no authority whatsoever over the actions of the staff and administration who work in these affiliates with respect to their decisions about student access to their clinics.
If a student is refused admission to ANY clinical affiliate for any reasons related to or attributable to real or perceived student conduct or clinical performance, the student will NOT be able to continue in the program! In such case, the student will receive a Practicum grade of “F” and will be dropped from the program with NO option to re-enroll.
Since there are very limited clinical resources, students cannot repeat an entire clinical semester (or even a rotation) if they receive a failing grade. Therefore, a student receiving a failing grade for any Practicum course (semester) will automatically (and immediately) be dismissed from the program.
Additionally, a student will receive a failing grade for their Practicum course AND be dismissed from the program if they:
Note: any time a student receives a failing grade for a rotation, the Clinical Supervisor and the Clinical Coordinator (as well as involving the Program Director) will discuss the situation. The Program Director will also meet with the student to discuss the situation. A meeting with all affected parties (student, clinic, faculty) may be necessary.
Unless extraordinary and unforeseen circumstances arise, students may not make requests regarding clinical rotation schedule preferences. Students must recognize that personality conflicts can occasionally occur at various sites, and that such conflicts occur when students graduate and enter into the workplace as well. Clinical rotation schedules are usually such that changes (especially once a semester has started) are not workable.
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