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BCTC Radiography Handbook

Revised August 2021

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This Radiography Handbook is designed to inform students of the policies of the Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Radiography Program. The content outlines the responsibilities of the student for participation in the program. This document, along with the course syllabi, are the contract for the Radiography Program.

BCTC does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact BCTC-TitleIXOfficer@kctcs.edu.

Welcome

The faculty and staff of Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Allied Health Department, and Radiography Program welcome the new student as a student radiographer. We hope you will find this to be a warm, friendly environment in which to learn and grow into a competent radiographer.

Welcome to the field of Radiologic Technology (Radiography). This will be an entirely new world for many. As a student radiographer, you will be part of a large medical team working in a branch of medicine known as Diagnostic Radiology. Radiographers (also called radiologic technologist) assist physicians known as radiologists, who specialize in interpretation and the use of x-rays, other forms of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation to diagnose and treat various diseases and injuries. We are the eyes to create images for those diagnoses. Radiographers play a vital role in the science dedicated to saving lives and alleviating human suffering.

The education of radiographers is somewhat different from other academic settings; part will be didactic (classroom) as well as practical hands on which will take part in the clinic. Students will be working with staff, physicians and other radiographers. At the completion of a student's education, he or she will be qualified to work in a hospital, clinic, physician's office, public health institution or an industrial medical clinic as a radiographer

As a student, there will be a number of things expected. Many responsibilities you have not had before, and it will be necessary for you to maintain the highest of professional standards. While the faculty and staff at BCTC, as well as technologists at clinical sites, are here to assist and guide you, your own drive, determination and motivation will determine how successful you are in this program. We are happy you are here in this journey. Congratulations on taking the first step towards your career!

Lesley Klosterman, MSRS, R.T., (R) (T)
Program Coordinator
Bluegrass Community and Technical College

The program is accredited by:
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606
312-704-5300
mail@jrcert.org

Disclaimer: These program regulations are subject to change at the discretion of the program coordinator and faculty. Should changes be required, they will not be made capriciously, but for valid and necessary reason. Students will be notified of said changes. Students will be notified of any changes in writing.

Mission

Consistent with the vision and mission statements of BCTC, the Radiography Program will be a leader in workforce development by providing a quality education in the field of Radiologic Technology. The program will utilize a competency-based evaluation system to prepare graduates with the necessary skills to administer the production of high-quality medical imaging. Faculty emphasizes critical thinking, effective communication and encourages students to continue their professional development after graduation. A variety of clinical environments along with instruction in the classroom and laboratory, will provide program participants with a well-rounded educational experience.

Radiography Values

  • Intellectual, professional and personal growth of students’ faculty and staff
  • Excellence in teaching, advising, and supporting students
  • Student success through individualized attention
  • Climate of mutual respect and collaboration
  • Interactive and adaptive relationship with the radiography community
  • Lifelong learning
  • Cultural diversity and human dignity
  • Continuous improvement of the program 

Radiography Goals and Student Outcomes

  1. Students/Graduates will demonstrate clinical competence.
    • Students will utilize proper radiation protection practices.
    • Students will provide appropriate speed when performing radiographic images.
    • Students will properly position for radiographic procedures.
    • Students will utilize and demonstrate appropriate technical factors for procedures.
  2. Students/Graduates will demonstrate effective communication skills with patients and health care workers.
    • Students can demonstrate effective communication skills to patients (bedside manner).
    • Students can work alongside other healthcare professionals efficiently and effectively.
  3. Students/Graduates will demonstrate the critical thinking skills needed in the Radiology profession.
    • Students will demonstrate appropriate measures to correct inadequate images.
    • Students will critique images for positioning precision.
    • Student will identify different pathologies and recognize what technical adjustments need to be made.
    • Students will display appropriate critical thinking and problem-solving skills during trauma procedures.
  4. Students/Graduates will grow and develop professionalism.
    • Students will be involved with and understand professional growth.
    • Students will exhibit a professionalism in the clinical setting.

Admission Policy

Admission to the Radiography Program is open to all qualified students regardless of economic or social status, and without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, beliefs, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability.

Selection of students for the program will be made by the president of the college or the president's designee after considering the recommendation of the Radiography Admissions Committee.

Membership of Radiography Admissions Committee:

  • Radiography Program Coordinator
  • Radiography Faculty Member
  • Division Chairperson/Dean
  • Admissions Offer or Dean of Student Affairs
  • Counselor and/or Faculty

Each applicant must submit the following by the college's deadline in order to be considered by the committee:

  1. Completed application for admissions to the college prior to the published date.
  2. Transcripts of all postsecondary education or training which occurred outside the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).
  3. Applicant's ACT scores are not required for admissions.

Additional Requirements Prior to Program Admission:

  1. CPR certification must be obtained prior to enrolling in any clinical course/practicum and certification must be kept current throughout the program.
  2. An individual must earn a grade of "C" or better in all program pre-requisite courses

Possible Additional Requirements:

  1. An individual college may require at least a four-hour observation/work experience in a Radiology Department with documentation returned to the college
  2. An individual college may require an interview or pre-admission conference prior to consideration for admission to the radiography program.

Preference May be Given to:

  1. Applicants who have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (4-point scale) in 10 hours or more of college credit applicable to the radiography program
  2. Applicants who have completed the science and mathematics courses listed in the Radiography Curriculum with a grade of "C" or better
  3. Applicants who are registered and/or licensed in an allied health or nursing profession
  4. Applicants who have active status on a state nurse aide registry

Program Pre-Requites:

  1. BIO 137 - Anatomy & Physiology I
  2. BIO 139 - Anatomy & Physiology II
  3. MAT 150 - College Algebra
  4. Digital Literacy

Retention and Progress in the Program:

  1. Student who withdraws from or earns less than a grade of "C" in any course within the Radiography Program will be dropped from the Radiography Program.
  2. An individual must earn a grade of ‘C' or better in the program curriculum courses to remain in the radiography program.

Readmission:

  1. Readmission to the Radiography Program will be dependent upon available resources.
  2. In order to be considered for readmission by the Radiography Admissions Committee, the applicant must submit a written request to the Radiography Program Coordinator and meet current admission guidelines.
  3. Students who wish to apply for readmission to the program must do so three (3) months prior to the expected date of enrollment.

Further Considerations:

  1. If more than one year has elapsed since the end of enrollment in the Radiography Program, an applicant must repeat all radiography courses unless the student has demonstrated current competency by passing exams equivalent to comprehensive course final examinations (both written and clinical skills) if available at the college to which the student is applying for admission.
  2. A student may be readmitted to the Radiography Program one time. The Radiography Admissions Committee may recommend readmission a second time, if a student furnishes sufficient evidence of remedial study, additional preparation, or resolution of factors contributing to unsuccessful course completion.
  3. Application is not a guarantee of readmission to the program.
  4. If an individual student fails the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam three (3) times, he or she must repeat all of the Radiography courses of the curriculum.

Transfer:

  1. Applicants who wish to transfer from one radiography program to another must:
    1. meet all admission requirements of BCTC
    2. apply at least three months prior to the expected date of enrollment
    3. notify the program coordinator of BCTC in writing, stating anticipated entry date and reason for transfer
    4. submit a letter of recommendation to BCTC from the program director of the previous institution
    5. submit an official transcript for evaluation by the Radiography Admissions Committee
  2. If more than one year has elapsed since enrollment in a radiography program, the entire sequence of radiography courses must be repeated.
  3. Acceptance of any transfer student will be dependent upon available resources
  4. The Radiography Admissions Committee of BCTC will review all documentation and make recommendations as to admission as a transfer student.

*Only core course material will be accepted toward the above acceptance process. The student should contact the Department Chair for further information.

**Department reserves the right to conduct an interview with each candidate.

Program Faculty

Position/Title Faculty Information
Program Coordinator

Lesley Klosterman, MSRS, R.T., (R) (T); Assistant Professor

  • Phone: 859-246-6238
  • Office: Leestown Campus M Building Office 132K
Clinical Coordinator

Morgan Cavallo, BSRS, R.T., (R); Instructor

  • Phone: 859-246-6679
  • Office: Leestown Campus M Building Office 108
Radiography Faculty

Ashby Jakober, R.T., (R); Instructor

  • Phone: 859-246-6354
  • Office: Leestown Campus M Building Office 108
Program Clinical Instructors
  • Laura Coleman R.T., (R)
  • Kathy Holbrook R.T., (R)
  • Lisa Marcum R.T., (R)
  • Pat Miller R.T., (R)

Clinical Affiliates and Clinical Instructors

Name Contact Clinical Instructor(s) Address Phone Number
University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital Veronica Scott, Manager Taylor Houchens

800 Rose Street, Pavilion H

Lexington, KY 40536

859-323-5075
Baptist Health - Central Heather Hawthorne, Director Radiology
  • Megan Taylor (1st Years)
  • Ryan Newsome (2nd Years)

1740 Nicholasville Rd.

Lexington, KY 40503

859-260-6155
Good Samaritan Hospital Olivia Blanton, Manager
  • Megan Young
  • Georgette Lauersdorf

310 S. Limestone St.

Lexington, KY 40508

859-226-7028
Veteran's Administration Medical Center Tiffany Evans, Adm. Technologist Denise Burnett

1101 Veterans Dr.

Lexington, KY 40502

859-233-4511 ext. 4267
Baptist Health - Hamburg Kathy Earlywine  

1775 Alysheba Way

Lexington, Kentucky 40509

859-260-4510
Baptist Health - Southland Samantha Richardson  

100 Southland Dr.

Lexington, KY 40503

859-260-6676
Frankfort Regional Hospital Stephanie Frye, Manager Monica Peavler

299 Kings Daughters Dr.

Frankfort, KY 40601

502-226-7695
Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center Doug Ruggles, Manager Sarah Jenkins

217 South Third Street

Danville, KY 40422

1-800-686-4121 ext. 1247
Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital Sharon Whitaker, Director Sharon Whitaker

60 Mercy East

Irvin, KY 40336

606-726-2106
Saint Joseph - Main Cassie Overby, Director Roselyn Graves

1 Saint Joseph Drive

Lexington, KY 40504

859-313-2295
St. Joseph - East Josh Reedy, Manager Jessica Dawes

150 N. Eagle Creek

Lexington, KY 40509

  • 859-967-5200
  • 859-967-5213
Georgetown Community Hospital Larry Pierce, Director
  • Connie Mowery
  • Kelly Browning

1140 Lexington Road

Georgetown, KY 40324

502-868-1270
Lexington Clinic Latosha Levingston, Director Angie Christensen

1221 S. Broadway

Lexington, KY 40504

859-258-4115
Lexington Clinic - Beaumont Johnette Hagermann Angie Christensen

3085 Lakecrest Circle

Lexington, KY 40513

859-258-8600
Lexington Clinic - East Jill Burton Angie Christensen

100 N. Eagle Creek Drive

Lexington, KY 40509

859-258-4000
Lexington Clinic Picadome- South Broadway Karen Cobb Angie Christensen

1221 S. Broadway

Lexington, KY 40504

859-258-4000
Saint Joseph Hospital Outpatient - Fountain Court Matt  

211 Fountain Court Suit 130

Lexington, KY 40509

859-629-7300

Program Competencies

Performing clinical competencies prepares the individual to become a radiographer. The radiographer is prepared to administer ionizing radiation for medical diagnostic imaging purposes. Emphasis is placed on radiation protection and quality patient care. The curriculum is comprised of specialized courses in radiography with concentrated study in the basic science, mathematics and general education. Students enrolled in the Radiography Program must achieve a minimum grade of "C" in each radiography course. Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to apply to take the examination for registration as a radiographer by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Radiographers may find positions in hospitals, health clinics, and physicians' offices. research laboratories and some industrial firms.

Note: CPR certificate must be obtained prior to enrolling in IMG 100 and certification must be kept current throughout the program.

Upon completion of this program, the graduate will be prepared for a successful career in the radiology technology profession by gaining:

General Education

  1. Knowledge of human cultures, the physical and natural worlds
    1. Through study in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages and arts
  2. Intellectual and practical skills
    1. Inquiry and analysis
    2. Critical and creative thinking
    3. Written and oral communication
    4. Quantitative literacy
    5. Information literacy
    6. Teamwork and problem solving
  3. Personal and social responsibility
    1. Civic knowledge and engagement (local and global)
    2. Intercultural knowledge and competence
    3. Ethical reasoning and action
    4. Foundations and skills for lifelong learning
  4. Integrative learning
    1. Synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized skills

Technical Objectives

  1. Accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on imaging receptors.
  2. Determine exposure factors to achieve optimum radiographic results (or images) with minimum radiation exposure to the patient.
  3. Evaluate radiographic images for appropriate positioning and image quality.
  4. Practice radiation protection for the patient, self, and others.
  5. Provide patient care and comfort.
  6. Recognize emergency patient conditions and initiate life-saving first-aid and basic life support procedures.
  7. Evaluate the performance of radiologic systems, know the safe limits of equipment operation, and report malfunctions to the proper authority.
  8. Exercise independent judgment and discretion in the technical performance of medical imaging procedures.
  9. Participate in radiologic quality assurance programs.
  10. Collaborate with members of the health team.

Radiography Program Curriculum

General Education

If multiple courses are given in a bulleted list, any one of the courses in that list will fulfill that requirement.
Course Credit Hours
BIO 137 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO 139 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
ENG 101 Writing I 3
  • MAT 150 College Algebra
  • MA 109 Higher-Level Quantitative Reasoning Course
  • 3
  • 3
  • PHY 172 Physics for Health Science (preferred)
  • PHY 171 Applied Physics
  • 2
  • 4

Heritage/Humanities

3

Social/Behavioral Science

3

Digital Literacy

0-4
  • CLA 131 Medical Terminology from Greek & Latin
  • AHS 115 Medical Terminology
  • AHS 120 Medical Terminology
  • 3
  • 3
  • 1
Total General Credit Hours: 23-27

Radiography Courses

If multiple courses are given in a bulleted list, any one of the courses in that list will fulfill that requirement.
Course Credit Hours
IMG 100 Radiography I 7
IMG 101 Clinical I 4
IMG 110 Radiography II 7
IMG 111 Clinical II 4
IMG 201 Clinical III 3
IMG 210 Radiography IV 4
IMG 211 Clinical IV 6
IMG 220 Radiography V 4
IMG 221 Clinical V 6
Total Radiography Credit Hours: 45

Total Credit Hours for the Program: 68-72

Course Descriptions

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Description
Didactic Courses
IMG 100 Radiography I 7

Emphasizes the historical perspective, professional ethics, introductory imaging/ equipment, patient care, and the role of the radiographer as the member of the healthcare team. Applies the principles of human anatomy to the study of fundamental radiographic procedures (exposure factors and patient positioning) used for diverse populations. Covers procedures of the chest, abdomen, extremities, shoulder girdle, bony thorax, and pelvic girdle.

Pre-requisite: Admission to the Radiography program and BIO 139 with a minimum grade of "C". Co-requisite: IMG 101

IMG 110 Radiography II 7

Emphasizes radiographic imaging, related technical factors, and accessories. Includes procedures for the basic and complex skulls, vertebral column, abdomen/GI studies and Urological studies. Considers special radiographic examinations and equipment. Concludes with a detailed discussion of digital imaging and associated topics.

Prerequisite: IMG 100 with a minimum grade of "C". Co-requisite: IMG 111

IMG 210 Radiography III 4

Covers radiographic imaging methods examining the imaging process as a sequence of events of x-ray production through hard copy processing. Discussion of the image equipment in terms of function, influences on the image, and the impact of alterations on image characteristics. Empathizes on fluoroscopic equipment and QC/QA. Enhances and complements the concurrent clinical experiences of the student.

Prerequisite: IMG 201 with a grade of "C. Co-requisite: IMG 211

IMG 220 Radiography IV 4

Re-introduces advanced modalities used to complement diagnosis images. Covers the principles of radiation biology, radiation protection, pathology, pharmacology principles and systemic classification of diseases. Continues the discussion of professional and legal standards needed to practice by reviewing radiographic topics in preparation for a career as an imaging professional.

Prerequisite: IMG 210 with a grade of "C". Co-requisite: IMG 221

Clinical Courses
IMG 101 Clinical I 4

Focus on the application and evaluation of radiography in the clinical setting. Integrates concepts and knowledge of anatomy, pathology, procedures, patient care, and imaging principles. Develops technical and procedural knowledge through observation and participation in radiographic studies.

Prerequisite: Admissions into the radiography program and BIO 139 with a minimum grade of "C". Co-requisite: IMG 100

IMG 111 Clinical II 4

Continues IMG 101 by focusing on the application and evaluation of radiography in the clinical setting. Integrates concepts and the knowledge of anatomy, pathology, procedures, patient care, and imaging principles. Develops technical skills and procedural knowledge through observation and participation in radiographic studies with opportunities for more responsibility and independence with previously learned procedures.

Prerequisite: IMG 101 with a minimum grade of "C". Co-requisite: IMG 110

IMG 201 Clinical III 3

Continues IMG 111 by focusing on the application and evaluation of radiography in the clinical setting. Integrates concepts and the knowledge of anatomy, pathology, procedures, patient care, and imaging principles. Emphasizes on radiographic mobile studies and image analysis. Develops technical skills and procedural knowledge through observation and participation in radiographic studies with opportunities for more responsibility and independence with previously learned procedures.

Prerequisite: IMG 111 with a minimum grade of "C".

IMG 211 Clinical IV 6

Continues IMG 201 by focusing on the application and evaluation of radiography in the clinical setting. Integrates concepts and the knowledge of anatomy, pathology, procedures, patient care, and imaging principles. Develops technical skills and procedural knowledge through observation and participation in radiographic studies with opportunities for more responsibility and independence with previously learned procedures.

Pre-requisite: IMG 201 with a minimum grade of "C". Co-requisite IMG 210

IMG 221 Clinical V 6

Continues IMG 211 by focusing on the application and evaluation of radiography in the clinical setting. Integrates concepts and the knowledge of anatomy, pathology, procedures, patient care, and imaging principles. Develops technical skills and procedural knowledge through observation and participation in radiographic studies with opportunities for more responsibility and independence with previously learned procedures.

Pre-requisite IMG 211 with a minimum grade of "C". Co-requisite IMG 220

Program Commitment

Fall semester, 1st Year

In a bulleted list, each bullet represents a separate available option
Class Days Times Hours per Week
Fall Semester 1st year
Class
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00 - 11:50 a.m. 6 hours
Laboratory
  • Wednesday
  • Friday
8:00-9:50 a.m. or 1:00-2:50 p.m. 2 hours
Clinic
  • Tuesday, Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 16 hours
Spring semester, 1st Year
Class
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00 - 11:50 a.m. 6 hours
Laboratory
  • Monday, Wednesday
8:00 - 9:50 a.m. or 1:00 - 2:50 p.m. 2 hours
Clinic
  • Tuesday, Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 16 hours
Weekend
  • Friday, Saturday
  • Saturday, Sunday
Variable 16 hours
Summer Session I
Clinic
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 30 hours a week for 6 weeks
Class
  • Tuesday
8:00 - 11:30 a.m. Part of clinic hours
Fall semester, 2nd Year
Class
  • Tuesday, Thursday
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. 3 hours
Laboratory
  • Tuesday
  • Thursday
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 1 hour
Clinic
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m. (Monday, Wednesday); 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Friday) 16 hours (Monday, Wednesday), 4 hours (Friday)
Weekend
  • Friday, Saturday
  • Saturday, Sunday
Variable 16 hours
Evening
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday
3:00 - 11:00 p.m. 48 hours (2 weeks)
Spring semester, 2nd Year
Class
  • Tuesday, Thursday
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. 3 hours
Laboratory
  • Tuesday
  • Thursday
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 1 hour
Clinic
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Monday, Wednesday); 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Friday) 16 hours (Monday, Wednesday), 4 hours (Friday)
Weekend
  • Friday, Saturday
  • Saturday, Sunday
Variable 16 hours
Evening
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday
3:00 - 11:00 p.m. 24 hours (1 week)

*Clinic weekend or evening times are based on the clinical setting staffing availability. Weekend shifts must be completed consecutively, and any missed days will incur a make-up day.

**Scheduled times may be changed due to staffing/educational requirements. Program will inform student in advance of any scheduled changes.

Program Grading Scale

Grade Didactic Course Score Range Clinic Course Score Range
A 92-100 96-100
B 83-91 90-95
C 75-82 85-89
E 0-74 0-84
  • Each written skill must average 85% to pass a didactic course.
  • Each laboratory skill must average 85% to pass a didactic course.

*Students are encouraged to contact instructor early for remedial help.

**Students should utilize open laboratory sessions to strengthen their hand-on abilities for Laboratory skills competency.

ARRT Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics forms the first part of the Standards of Ethics. The Code of Ethics shall serve as a guide by which Certificate Holders and Candidates may evaluate their professional conduct as it relates to patients, healthcare consumers, employers, colleagues, and other members of the healthcare team. The Code of Ethics is intended to assist Certificate Holders and Candidates in maintaining a high level of ethical conduct and in providing for the protection, safety, and comfort of patients. The Code of Ethics is aspirational.

  1. The radiologic technologist acts in a professional manner, responds to patient needs, and supports colleagues and associates in providing quality patient care.
  2. The radiologic technologist acts to advance the principal objective of the profession to provide services to humanity with full respect for the dignity of mankind.
  3. The radiologic technologist delivers patient care and service unrestricted by the concerns of personal attributes or the nature of the disease or illness, and without discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected basis.
  4. The radiologic technologist practices technology founded upon theoretical knowledge and concepts, uses equipment and accessories consistent with the purposes for which they were designed, and employs procedures and techniques appropriately.
  5. The radiologic technologist assesses situations; exercises care, discretion, and judgment; assumes responsibility for professional decisions; and acts in the best interest of the patient.
  6. The radiologic technologist acts as an agent through observation and communication to obtain pertinent information for the physician to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of the patient and recognizes that interpretation and diagnosis are outside the scope of practice for the profession.
  7. The radiologic technologist uses equipment and accessories, employs techniques and procedures, performs services in accordance with an accepted standard of practice, and demonstrates expertise in minimizing radiation exposure to the patient, self, and other members of the healthcare team.
  8. The radiologic technologist practices ethical conduct appropriate to the profession and protects the patient's right to quality radiologic technology care.
  9. The radiologic technologist respects confidences entrusted in the course of professional practice, respects the patient's right to privacy, and reveals confidential information only as required by law or to protect the welfare of the individual or the community.
  10. The radiologic technologist continually strives to improve knowledge and skills by participating in continuing education and professional activities, sharing knowledge with colleagues, and investigating new aspects of professional practice.
  11. The radiologic technologist refrains from the use of illegal drugs and/or any legally controlled substances which result in impairment of professional judgment and/or ability to practice radiologic technology with reasonable skill and safety to patients.

Technical Standards

In keeping with the goals of the Radiography Program, the highest priority is placed upon developing graduates who are competent, caring technologists, possessing the skills of life-long learning needed to incorporate new knowledge, and methods into their practices adapting to a changing medical environment. The faculty has determined that certain technical standards are prerequisites for admissions, progression, and graduation of the Radiography Program.

An individual must be able to independently, with or without reasonable accommodation, meet the following technical standards of general abilities and specifically those of observation, communication, motor, intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities; as well as essential behavioral and social attributes. Individuals unable to resolve deficiencies in these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, are counseled to pursue alternate careers.

In addition to academic standards, the following technical standards are required for admission to the radiography curricula. Radiography involves the provision of direct care for individuals and is characterized by the application of verified knowledge in the skillful performance of radiological technical functions. Therefore, all applicants should possess sufficient:

  1. Visual acuity such as is needed in the accurate preparation and administration of contrast media and for the observation necessary for patient assessment and nursing care.
  2. Auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the health care team and to assess health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices such as cardiac monitors, stethoscopes, intravenous infusion pumps, fire alarms, etc.
  3. Gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement the skills, including the manipulation of equipment, positioning and lifting patients required in meeting health needs related to radiography.
  4. Communication skills (verbal, nonverbal and written) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively.
  5. Intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement care for patients.

General Abilities (visual and auditory)

The student is expected to possess functional use of the senses of vision, touch, hearing, and smell so that data received by the senses may be integrated, analyzed, and synthesized in a consistent and accurate manner. A student must also possess the ability to perceive pain, pressure, temperature, position, vibration, and movement that are important to the student's ability to gather significant information needed to effectively evaluate patients. A student must be able to respond promptly to urgent situations that may occur during clinical training activities and must not hinder the ability of other members of the health care team to provide prompt treatment and care to patients.

Motor Ability (Gross and fine motor coordination)

A student must develop the psychomotor skills reasonably needed to perform or assist with procedures, treatments, management and operation of diagnostic equipment utilized in the general and emergent care of patients required in practice as a radiologic technologist.

The prospective radiologic technology student must possess sufficient strength, motor coordination and manual dexterity to be able to:

  • Grasp securely with two functional upper limbs
  • Stand and walk up to 85% of work time
  • Reach above shoulder level intermittently for 90% of work time
  • Lift up to 25 pounds unassisted
  • Transport, move, lift or transfer patients from a wheelchair or gurney to an x-ray table or to a patient bed and physically place patients in the proper position for the examination according to established standards necessary to diagnostic procedures
  • Walk without assistance of canes, crutches, walkers and /or humans
  • Twist, bend, stoop/squat, and move quickly

Communication Ability/Language capabilities

The student must communicate effectively both verbally and non-verbally to elicit information and to translate information to others. Each student must have the ability to read, write, comprehend and speak the English language to facilitate communication with patients, their family members, and other professionals in health care settings. In addition, the student must be able to maintain accurate patient records and present information in a professional and logical manner. The student must communicate effectively verbally and in writing with instructors and other students in the classroom setting as well.

Observational Ability

The student must have sufficient capacity to make accurate visual observations and interpret them in the context of laboratory studies, medication administration, and patient care activities. In addition, the student must be able to document these observations and maintain accurate records.

Ability to Manage Stressful Situations

The student must be able to adapt to and function effectively in stressful situations in both the classroom and clinical settings, including emergency situations. Students will encounter multiple stressors while in the Radiologic Technology Program. These stressors may be, but are not limited to personal, emotional, patient care/family care, faculty, peer, and/or program related.

Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities

The student must be able to develop and refine problem-solving skills that are crucial to practice as a radiologic technologist. Problem solving involves the ability to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of body structures; to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, synthesize objective and subjective data; to make decisions that reflect consistent, thoughtful deliberation and sound clinical judgment. A student must have the capacity to read and comprehend medical literature. Each student must demonstrate mastery of the above skills and the ability to incorporate new information from peers, teachers, and the medical literature to formulate sound judgment in patient assessment and diagnostic planning.

Behavioral and Social Attributes

Integrity, compassion, flexibility, motivation, effective interpersonal skills, and concern for others are personal attributes required of those in the radiologic technology practice. Personal comfort and acceptance of the role of an independent practitioner functioning under supervision is essential for education and practice as a radiologic technologist. The student must possess the emotional health required for full use of his or her intellectual abilities, exercise of sound judgment and prompt completion of all responsibilities in the classroom setting. In the clinical setting and care of patients, a student will need to develop mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients and other members of the health care team. Each student must have the emotional stability required to exercise thoughtful, sound judgment and to complete assessment and interventional activities. The ability to establish rapport and maintain sensitive, interpersonal relationships with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds is critical for practice as radiologic technologists. The student must be able to tolerate physically taxing loads and still function effectively under stress, adapt to changing environments, display flexibility, graciously accept constructive criticism, manage difficult interpersonal relationships during their education, learn to function cooperatively and efficiently in the face of uncertainties inherent in clinical practice.

Goals of Clinical Education

  • gain clinical experience
  • apply theory from class and laboratory
  • think critically
  • gain confidence in areas of:
    • positioning
    • patient interaction
    • evaluation of images
    • equipment components and manipulation
    • professional interaction
  • preform competency evaluation

Clinical Objectives

The student will be instructed to properly:

  1. Demonstrate patient care skills of:
    1. blood pressure measurement, accurate within  5 points
    2. pulse measurement, noting rate, rhythm, and volume
    3. respiration measurement, noting rate and quality
    4. body temperature measurement using the oral method
    5. hand washing techniques
    6. opening sterile packages and placing items on a sterile tray avoiding contamination of any items
    7. sterile gloving techniques avoiding contamination
    8. use of body mechanics in relationship to patient, wheelchair, radiographic table, portable radiography and gantry
    9. entering and retrieving of patient records
    10. certification in CPR
  2. Evaluate a requisition by:
    1. identifying procedures to be performed
    2. recalling the patient's age and name
    3. identifying mode of transportation to the clinical area
    4. pronouncing (within reasonable limits) the patient's name
    5. correlating patient history and exam with physician's order
  3. Stock and ready physical facilities by:
    1. providing a clean room and appropriate linens
    2. exhibiting orderly cabinets and storage space
    3. having appropriate size image receptors available for use
    4. furnishing emesis basins and drugs for use as needed
    5. providing appropriate syringes and needles
    6. turning on and warming up radiographic equipment
    7. rotating tube and table into position necessary for exam
    8. restocking linens, equipment and supplies
    9. observing and reporting quality assurance maintenance
  4. Demonstrate patient/technologist relationship by:
    1. selecting and verifying the correct patient
    2. assisting patient to the radiographic room and on to the table
    3. having patient clothed for exam and draped for modesty
    4. talking with patient in a concerned professional manner, maintaining confidentiality
    5. never leaving patient unattended
    6. giving correct positioning and breathing instructions
    7. practicing correct isolation procedures when appropriate
  5. Perform positioning by:
    1. placing the patient accurately on the table or at the upright unit for each examination
    2. aligning center of part to be demonstrated to the center of image receptor.
    3. placing the central ray of the beam to the center of the image receptor
    4. positioning patient/anatomical part correctly
    5. collimating to the area of interest
    6. removing artifacts from the area of interest
    7. assisting the radiologist with the procedure and administration of any contrast media as necessary
    8. preparing for and producing appropriate routine and portable radiographic images
  6. Equipment:
    1. manipulating the tube in various directions (vertical, horizontal, longitudinal, rotational)
    2. moving and locking the bucky tray
    3. identify and operate all tube and table locks
    4. maneuvering the table in various directions
    5. inserting and removing image receptor from bucky tray
    6. limit the field size to area of interest
    7. select correct technical factors on control panel
    8. manipulating the C-arm and mobile radiography units
    9. marking the image receptors with appropriate markers and identification.
    10. select the appropriate size image receptor and/or field size for each examination.
    11. adjust technical factors for changes in pathology, SID, grid ratio, orthopedic devices, collimation, etc.
    12. using aseptic technique, fill syringe
    13. post processing of digital images
    14. loading and unloading image receptors (film and/or digital)
    15. processing image receptors (film and/or digital)
    16. storage and handling of image receptors
  7. Show evidence of radiation protection by:
    1. coning or collimating to part(s)
    2. using selective shielding where appropriate
    3. using lead aprons and gloves where appropriate
    4. wearing dosimeters
    5. selecting correct exposure factors
    6. close door when x-raying patients to protect controlled area
  8. Evaluate a radiograph by determining if:
    1. anatomical parts are correctly demonstrated
    2. appropriate detail is present
    3. distortion is minimized
    4. proper contrast and density are visualized
    5. appropriate exposure index is achieved
    6. correct compensation for pathology is made
    7. markers and identification are present and in correct locations
    8. evidence of radiation protection
    9. optimal, diagnostic, or repeat needed
    10. gonadal shields in proper placement
  9. Handle a patient with trauma/injury by:
    1. taking preliminary images to assess extent of injury prior to moving patient
    2. making sure immobilization devices are secure
    3. checking vital signs as appropriate
    4. observing patient for changes in breathing, consciousness, color, and/or bleeding
    5. modifying radiographic positioning to accommodate injury
  10. Assist with exams and complete forms in special imaging areas:
    1. observe radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, MRI, angiography and cardiac catheterization
    2. complete required documentation

Student Responsibilities in the Clinical Facility

General

  1. Be assigned to specific clinical areas by the BCTC Clinical Coordinator.
    1. Room evaluation must be filled out by the assigned radiographer at the end of each rotation. This is due the first clinical day following a rotation. Students must also complete the self-evaluation portion of the form.
  2. Be responsible to designated personnel while in the clinical facility.
  3. Be responsible for all clinical assignments given by supervising radiographer or BCTC faculty.
  4. Assist with all work assigned to their clinical area, and not leave the clinical area without the knowledge of a radiographer or assigned BCTC faculty member.
  5. Perform all related duties as instructed by the radiographer in the area or BCTC faculty member
    1. Maintain clean equipment
    2. Keep the radiographic room in order and supplied at all times
    3. Assist with ordering of supplies
  6. Be responsible for recording their radiographic procedures as outlined in Trajecsys. Trajecsys MUST be kept up to date.
  7. Wear proper uniforms at all times in the clinical setting.

Patient Care

  1. Correctly identify patients.
  2. Respect the patient's rights to modesty. All patients must be properly robed and draped based on exam.
  3. Assist in transporting patients to and from the department.
  4. Be responsible for the patient's safety. Patients are to be assisted on and off the radiographic table and aided as needed to prevent physical harm.
  5. Be familiar with first-aid supplies within the radiographic room as well as the departmental emergency cart. It must be remembered that in an acute emergency, solicit help as best you can, and stay with the patient to aid him/her until help arrives. Know the code calling procedure for assistance.

Radiation Protection

  1. Do not operate equipment without direct or indirect supervision.
  2. Close doors to radiographic rooms during the x-ray exposure.
  3. Practice radiation protection at all times for patient, self and others.
  4. Repeats must be preformed with the supervision of a licensed technologist.

Weekend and Evening Shift Assignments in the Clinical Setting

In keeping with the educational philosophy of the program, which is "to prepare the student to be able to assume the duties and responsibilities of a staff radiographer at entry level competency", the student is scheduled for weekend and evening shift assignments. The weekend and evening shifts allow the student to gain additional radiographic confidence while also allowing the student to have valuable emergency and operating room experiences. The variety of "non-routine" radiographic cases demands the student adjust to different positioning methods, radiographic techniques, patient care considerations, and interpersonal interactions. Two students per class per week may be assigned to weekend hours or evening shift at each clinical affiliate that have evening and weekend rotations. All weekend and evening shift absences must be made up.

The goals of weekend and evening shift hours are to:

  1. provide experience not obtained during day clinical education.
  2. function with a reduced staff.
  3. assume responsibility for completing necessary patient exam documentation.
  4. learn to work more independently.
  5. learn to improvise and use non-traditional positioning methods to obtain quality radiographs when working with emergency and trauma patients.

Rules and Regulations for Weekend and Evening Shifts

Weekend and evening shift assignments are located on student clinical schedules.

  1. Students MUST receive (1) thirty-minute dinner break between the 3rd and 5th hour of assigned clinical time. The senior staff radiographer will designate the student dinner break time.
  2. Students are not to receive continuous assignments as patient transporters or clerical help.
  3. Competency evaluations may be completed during weekend or evening shift hours by the ARRT or state certified registered radiographer.
  4. All radiographic examinations observed or participated in should be documented in Trajecsys.
  5. All stated policies are in effect during weekend and evening shift assignments.
  6. Students receive one weekend assignment during IMG 111, 211 and 221. Students are assigned 2 weeks of evening rotations in IMG 211 and 1 week of evening rotations in IMG 221.
  7. All weekend and evening shifts must be made up and will count as an absence for their assigned weekend.
  8. The senior radiographer assumes responsibility for student supervision, guidance, and direction.
  9. All repeat radiographic examinations are to be performed in the presence of a radiographer.
  10. It is every student's responsibility to notify the Clinical Coordinator via voice mail and the clinical facility if late or absent.
  11. The weekend and evening shift radiographers will complete clinical evaluations for the rotation.

Clinical Site Assignments

Bluegrass Community and Technical College Radiography Program have affiliation agreements with various major clinical sites and several additional outpatient clinics. Students will be assigned to multiple clinic site rotations throughout the program. Student placement within a clinic site is determined by the program faculty and related to the student's clinical needs and clinical abilities for each semester.

Important: If a student is requested to leave a clinic site assignment by the clinical facility for any reason and not return, that student may be asked to withdraw from the program. No additional clinic assignments will be made.

Transportation

There is no guarantee of clinic site assignments location; students are responsible for their own transportation to and from assigned clinical sites for the duration of the program.

Didactic Requirements

Candidates must successfully complete coursework addressing the topics listed in the ARRT Content Specifications for the Examination in Radiography. These topics are presented in a format suitable for instructional planning in the ARRT Radiography Curriculum (2017). The faculty of BCTC develop the curriculum using these resources as a guide.

Reasonable Accommodation

Students with disabilities who require accommodations (academic adjustments, auxiliary aids or services) for this program must contact a staff member in BCTC's Disability Support Services (DSS) office, 116 - C Building, Leestown Campus. The DSS phone number is 859-246-6753 or 866-774-4872 extension 6728. Please do not request accommodations directly from the faculty.

Radiography Attendance

Attendance is an important and integral part of the student's employment preparation process; therefore, faculty expect students to attend all class/laboratory/clinic sessions. When absent from a class/laboratory/clinic session, students miss pertinent information and instruction that assists meeting class objectives. Absences result in lack of academic progress and subsequently, a failure to succeed. Attendance is taken in every class, laboratory and clinical assignment and recorded in the student's file. If there is an unavoidable absence, the student must inform the instructor in advance, as soon as possible, and be fully responsible for obtaining lecture notes and/or assignments given during class/laboratory/clinic time missed. Please see syllabi for complete attendance policy.

Classroom, Laboratory, Clinic Assignments

Only those persons officially registered for classroom, laboratory, or clinic may attend during officially scheduled sessions.

Clinical Expectations

Clinical Instructors (CI) of Students

  • Preparation - to be on time, prepared and ready to learn on each and every clinical day.
  • Motivation – Be eager to learn, observe and participate in exams and patient care activities. Illustrate this motivation verbally, asking "Can I do this exam?" and non-verbally, jumping up to get an exam as it comes off the printer and the like.
  • Rooms - be aware of what procedures are performed in the assigned area or room and what supplies are needed in the room. Prepare exam rooms for procedure—anticipate needs of patient, technologist, colleagues and physician.
  • Maintain paperwork - Part of the clinical experience is maintaining proper documentation.
    • Students are expected to keep track of performed competency evaluations and are required to keep a current list with them on all times while in clinic.
    • It is the student's responsibility to obtain evaluations each week in clinic; this includes both the technologist assessment and student weekly self-assessment form. The forms must be generated within three days of completion of the rotation.
      • These evaluations are used for:
        • Formative evaluation of performance
        • Formative evaluation of clinical site
  • Be curious - There are many resources in the clinical setting that can be utilized by the student. If there is a question, ask or research. Sources include:
    • Textbooks
    • Radiography reports
    • Radiographers
    • Clinical instructors
    • Support staff
    • Radiologist
  • Seek out learning opportunities—don't wait to be told what to do.
  • Assertive - Assertive is defined as to declare positively. In order to learn radiography, procedures must be performed and a positive declaration to do exams increases the learning opportunity. Work on assertiveness, not aggressiveness.

Duties of Clinical Instructors

Support - The student can expect the CI to be supportive. Support is identified as:

  • Technical
  • Learning
  • Clinical problems
  • Morale
  • Quizzer - To continue the learning experience beyond the classroom, laboratory and competency evaluation, quizzing students on all aspects of the radiographic exam should be expected.

Expectations for Students

First Year Students

  • Clinical Instructor may and can choose competency evaluation exams
  • Students will critique films for clinical instructor - CI will choose and give students an exam to critique (not group critique)
  • CI will assist with a clinic plan
  • CI will perform the necessary clinical documentation and assist students with appropriate documentation
  • Lunch-not always as a group - check with CI or supervising radiographer

Second Year Students

  • Clinical Instructor will be pulling random exams from competency evaluations or Clinical Documentation Log to review clinical procedures
  • Students can choose studies to review with CI during department down time
  • Students will pull radiologist report on interesting cases or cases you want to follow-up
  • Lunch-not always as a group - check with CI or supervising radiographer

Clinical Instructors from BCTC are scheduled a certain amount of time per week which provides the CI with a flexible schedule. Department Clinical Instructors are available when the students have questions or concerns. Students should seek-out the Clinical Instructor when needed.

Attitude is Everything

Having a Positive Attitude

  1. Remember your attitude is everything. It determines how other people perceive you.
  2. You are the only one who can decide to be cheerful or miserable.
  3. The attitude you choose can make all the difference in your happiness and success.
  4. Before you leave the house, choose to have a great day.
  5. Treat everyone you meet with respect and kindness.
  6. When things are not going well, remember, it's not forever. There will be a new hour, a new situation.
  7. Try to stay optimistic and share your optimism with those around you. Go out of your way to see the good in everyone.
  8. Remember above all: You are in charge of you own attitude, no one else is in charge of your attitude and you are not in charge of anyone else's. Don't let the actions of others control your outlook.

Having a Positive Attitude with Co-workers

  1. Don't criticize or complain about people.
    1. Criticism and complaining about what someone does wrong will bring instant resentment. Pick up on what people do right and complement.
  2. Appreciate your co-workers.
    1. People are quick to pick-up on the bad in people. Pick-up on the good and concentrate on it.
    2. Follow the old saying: "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all"
  3. Smile, spread good feelings.
  4. Be a good listener.
    1. Listen more than you speak
    2. Encourage people to voice their opinions
    3. Follow the old saying: "think twice before you speak once"
  5. Admit when you're wrong.
    1. Everyone is human and prone to mistakes. (Admit it, don't lie about it, learn from it, and move on)
      Note: Do not point fingers at others; just try to fix the problem.

Having a Positive Attitude Toward Patients

  1. Always have a smile: a smile makes everyone feel better.
  2. Treat them the way you would want to be treated, the way you would want your parents or children to be treated.
  3. Always have a kind word, for this could be uplifting to even the sickest patients.
  4. Explain what you are going to do even when you think the patient can't hear you.
  5. Be sensitive to what they are going through. (Even if they are giving you a hard time). They are probably having a rough day.

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Radiography Examination

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, the student will be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination. The following is the content category taken from the ARRT content specification:

The purpose of The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® (ARRT®) Radiography Examination is to assess the knowledge and cognitive skills underlying the intelligent performance of the tasks typically required of radiographers. Using a nationwide survey, the ARRT periodically conducts a practice analysis to develop a task inventory which delineates or lists the job responsibilities typically required of radiographers1. An advisory committee then determines the knowledge and cognitive skills needed to perform the tasks on the task inventory and these are organized into the content categories within this document. The document is used to develop the category can be linked to one or more activities on the task inventory. The complete task inventory is available at www.arrt.org.

The following table presents the four major content categories covered on the examination and indicates the number of test questions in each category. The remaining pages list the specific topics addressed within each category, with the approximate number of test questions allocated to each topic appearing in parentheses.

This document is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide. Although ARRT programs for certification and registration and educational programs may have related purposes, their functions are clearly different. Educational programs are generally broader in scope and address the subject matter that is included in these content specifications, but do not limit themselves to only this content.

Content Category Number of Scored Questions

(A) Patient Care

  • Patient Interactions and Management
33

(B) Safety

  • Radiation Physics and Radiobiology
  • Radiation Protection
53

(C) Image Reduction

  • Image Acquisition and Technical Evaluation
50

(D) Procedures

  • Head, Spine and Pelvis Procedures
  • Thorax and Abdomen Procedures
  • Extremity Procedures
64

Total Questions Scored: 200

  • 1 A special debt of gratitude is due to the hundreds of professionals participating in this project as committee members, survey respondents and reviewers.
  • 2 Each exam includes an additional 20 unscored (pilot) questions.
  • 3 SI units will become the primary (principle) units of radiation measurement used on the radiography examination in 2017.

Pre-Application Review

Students concerned a prior conviction record could compromise their career may have the option of an ARRT application pre-reviewed. The form is downloadable from the " Pre-application" section at www.arrt.org web site or may be requested by phoning the ARRT office at 651-687-0048.

Kentucky State Certification

The student will need to apply for a temporary certificate from the Cabinet for Human Resources Radiation Operator Certification Division prior to being employed in the state of Kentucky as a graduate technologist.

JRCERT Standards

The Standards can be found in the radiography laboratory located in 148 Building C, Leestown campus on the shelves in the control room. The standards are criteria by which the program operates and is evaluated. Please feel free to access this document, just make sure it is returned to the shelf.

If you have a concern or complaint about the program meeting the standards, you may contact any of the following:

  • Program Coordinator - Lesley Klosterman 859-246-6238 or
  • Assistant Dean – Vicki Partin 859-246-6414 or
  • JRCERT
    20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
    Chicago, IL 60606-3182
    312-704-5300

Clinical Documentation

The program utilizes a Clinic Tracking System (Trajecsys) to track records using a web-based program, which students will purchase prior to the first clinical assignment. In this system, attendance, daily experience logs, clinical competencies, student evaluations, preceptor evaluations, and other items can be recorded for grading and program accreditation purposes. Students will be instructed in the use of Trajecsys before clinical assignments begin and will continue to use it throughout the program.

The student is responsible for the proper use of Trajecsys and the recording of information in a timely manner.

  • All repeated examinations and competencies must be documented. Student should follow program policy and Trajecsys guidelines.
  • The completed log is due to the clinic instructor within the last week of the semester.
  • Student should complete logs as they complete their competency examination.
  • Student can be asked for the patient accession number that corresponds to their completed competency examination at any time throughout the semester. Failure to provide this information will result is subtraction of the completed competency (grade) and require a repeat of that competency

Competency Evaluation

Competency evaluations are designed to evaluate a student's progress throughout the radiography program. Evaluations of radiological procedures, general patient care and didactic competency requirements will be performed. The following outlines competency evaluations. In the course of the two-year clinical experience, students will complete 64 competency requirements from the radiological procedures list.

As part of the educational program, candidates must demonstrate competence in the clinical activates identified below:

  • 10 mandatory general patient care activities
  • 37 mandatory imaging procedures
  • 15 electives imaging procedures from a list of 34 procedures
  • Two of the 15 elective imaging procedures must be selected from the fluoroscopy studies section, one of which must be either upper GI or contrast enema.
  • In addition to the 52 competency requirements, 12 final competency evaluations will be required during the final semester of the program.

It is the student's responsibility to complete the clinical competencies. The student is responsible to seek out those needed examinations and have a faculty member, clinical instructor or a registered radiographer observe and evaluate his or her performance. Department protocols must be followed for each competency procedure (i.e. trauma exam completed to the full department protocol). Competency evaluations can ONLY be performed following successful completion of laboratory skills evaluation and practice procedures must be documented in Trajecsys. A minimum number of evaluations must be performed each semester, failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program. Students should create a clinical plan that evaluates the clinical schedule and a time plan to complete the necessary competencies. Your CI can assist you in developing a plan. There is no reminder of this time frame.

The following is the list of courses and number of competency evaluations to be completed:

  • IMG 101 Clinic I 5 competency evaluations
  • IMG 111 Clinic II 10 competency evaluations
  • IMG 201 Clinic III 17 competency evaluations
  • IMG 211 Clinic IV 20 competency evaluations
  • IMG 221 Clinic V 12 Final competency evaluations

Competency Evaluation Procedure

Once laboratory skills are completed in the classroom and evidence that the exams have been practiced in the clinical setting in Trajecsys, then the competency evaluation can be performed. The following guidelines must be followed:

  1. The student may select the exam and patient for the competency evaluation.
  2. The clinical instructor may select the exam and patient for the competency evaluation.
  3. The evaluating radiographer may select the exam and patient for the competency evaluation.
  4. The radiographer who is performing the competency evaluation must be in the room at all times during the evaluation - if not, the competency evaluation is invalid.
  5. The student will complete the pertinent information on the competency evaluation form and have the form for the evaluating radiographer.
  6. The competency evaluation form must be completed at the time of the evaluation - if not, the competency evaluation is invalid.
  7. Only radiographers certified by ARRT and or licensed by the Kentucky Board of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy and have completed the institutions probationary status can perform competency evaluations.

Competency Evaluation List

The following tables identify the list of competency evaluations required by the program:

* Trauma is considered a serious injury or shock to the body and requires modifications in positioning and monitoring of the patient's condition.
Radiographic Imaging Procedure Mandatory Elective
Chest and Thorax
Chest Routine X  
Chest AP (Wheelchair or Stretcher) X  
Ribs X  
Chest Lateral Decubitus   X
Sternum   X
Upper Airway (Soft-Tissue Neck)   X
Upper Extremity
Thumb or Finger X  
Hand X  
Wrist X  
Forearm X  
Elbow X  
Humerus X  
Shoulder X  
Trauma: Shoulder (Scapular Y, Transthoracic or Axillary)* X  
Clavicle X  
Scapula   X
AC Joints   X
Trauma Upper Extremity (Non-Shoulder)* X  
Lower Extremity
Toes   X
Foot X  
Ankle X  
Knee X  
Tibia-fibula X  
Femur X  
Trauma: Lower Extremity* X  
Patella   X
Calcaneus (Os Calcis)   X
Head - Candidates must select at least one elective procedure from this section
Skull   X
Paranasal Sinuses   X
Facial Bones   X
Orbits   X
Zygomatic Arches   X
Nasal Bones   X
Mandible   X
Temporomandibular Joints   X
Spine and Pelvis
Cervical Spine X  
Thoracic Spine X  
Lumbar Spine X  
Cross-Table (Horizontal Beam) Lateral Spine X  
Pelvis X  
Hip X  
Cross-Table (Horizontal Beam) Lateral Hip X  
Sacrum and/or Coccyx   X
Scoliosis Series   X
Sacroiliac joints   X
Abdomen
Abdomen Supine (KUB) X  
Abdomen Upright X  
Abdomen Decubitus   X
Intravenous Urography   X
Fluoroscopy Studies - Candidates must select either upper GI or barium enema plus one other elective procedure from this section
UGI GI Series (Single or Double Contrast)   X
Barium Enema (Single or Double Contrast)   X
Small Bowel Series   X
Esophagus   X
Cystography/Cystourethrography   X
ERCP   X
Myelography   X
Arthrography   X
Hysterosalpingography   X
Mobile C-Arm Studies
C-Arm Procedures (Requiring Manipulation to Obtain More Than One Projection) X  
Surgical C-Arm Procedures (Requiring Manipulation Around a Sterile Field) X  
Mobile Studies
Chest X  
Abdomen X  
Orthopedic X  
Pediatrics (Age 6 or Younger)
Chest Routine X  
Upper Extremity   X
Lower Extremity   X
Abdomen   X
Mobile Study   X
Geriatric Patient (At Least 65 Years Old and Physically or Cognitively Impaired as a Result of Aging)
Chest Routine X  
Upper Extremity X  
Lower Extremity X  

Final Competency Evaluations

  • Thorax
  • Extremity Upper
  • Extremity Lower
  • Cranium
  • Spine
  • Pelvis
  • Abdomen
  • Fluoroscopic Exam
  • Trauma Exam
  • Portable Exam
  • C-Arm Procedure
  • Geriatric Exam

Patient Care Competency

Requirement: Candidates must be CPR certified and demonstrate competence in the remaining nine patient care activities listed below. The activities should be performed on patients whenever possible, but simulation is acceptable.

General Patient Care Date Completed Verified By
CPR    
Vital Signs - Blood Pressure    
Vital Signs - Temperature    
Vital Signs - Pulse    
Vital Signs - Respiration    
Vital Signs - Pulse Oximetry    
Sterile and Medical Aseptic Technique    
Venipuncture    
Transfer of Patient    
Care of Patient Medical Equipment (i.e. O2, IV tubing, Oxygen Tank, etc.)    

Simulated Performance

The ARRT requirements specify that certain clinical procedures may be simulated as designated in the specific requirements below. Simulations must meet the following criteria:

  • The candidate must simulate the procedure on another person with the same level of cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills required for performing the procedure on a patient. Examples of acceptable simulation include positioning another person for a projection without actually activating the x-ray beam and performing venipuncture by demonstrating aseptic technique on another person, but then inserting the needle into an artificial forearm or suitable device;
  • The program director must be confident that the skills required to competently perform the simulated procedure will transfer to the clinical setting, and, if applicable, the candidate must evaluate related images.
* Trauma is considered a serious injury or shock to the body and requires modifications in positioning and monitoring of the patient's condition.
Radiographic Imaging Procedure Can be Simulated?
Chest and Thorax
Chest Routine X
Chest AP (Wheelchair or Stretcher)  
Ribs X
Chest Lateral Decubitus X
Sternum X
Upper Airway (Soft-Tissue Neck) X
Upper Extremity
Thumb or Finger X
Hand X
Wrist X
Forearm X
Elbow X
Humerus X
Shoulder X
Trauma: Shoulder (Scapular Y, Transthoracic or Axillary)*  
Clavicle X
Scapula X
AC Joints X
Trauma Upper Extremity (Non-Shoulder)*  
Lower Extremity
Toes X
Foot X
Ankle X
Knee X
Tibia-fibula X
Femur X
Trauma: Lower Extremity*  
Patella X
Calcaneus (Os Calcis) X
Head - Candidates must select at least one elective procedure from this section
Skull X
Paranasal Sinuses X
Facial Bones X
Orbits X
Zygomatic Arches X
Nasal Bones X
Mandible X
Temporomandibular Joints X
Spine and Pelvis
Cervical Spine X
Thoracic Spine X
Lumbar Spine X
Cross-Table (Horizontal Beam) Lateral Spine  
Pelvis X
Hip X
Cross-Table (Horizontal Beam) Lateral Hip X
Sacrum and/or Coccyx X
Scoliosis Series X
Sacroiliac joints X
Abdomen
Abdomen Supine (KUB) X
Abdomen Upright X
Abdomen Decubitus X
Intravenous Urography  
Fluoroscopy Studies - Candidates must select either upper GI or barium enema plus one other elective procedure from this section
UGI GI Series (Single or Double Contrast)  
Barium Enema (Single or Double Contrast)  
Small Bowel Series  
Esophagus  
Cystography/Cystourethrography  
ERCP  
Myelography  
Arthrography  
Hysterosalpingography  
Mobile C-Arm Studies
C-Arm Procedures (Non-orthopedic)  
C-Arm Procedures (Orthopedic)  
Surgical C-Arm Procedures (Requiring Manipulation Around a Sterile Field)  
Surgical Cholangiogram  
Mobile Studies
Chest  
Abdomen  
Orthopedic  
Pediatrics (Age 6 or Younger)
Chest Routine  
Upper Extremity  
Lower Extremity  
Abdomen  
Mobile Study  
Geriatric Patient (At Least 65 Years Old and Physically or Cognitively Impaired as a Result of Aging)
Chest Routine  
Upper Extremity  
Lower Extremity  
Other
CT Exam  

No final competency examination will be simulated. All final competencies must be completed by the end of the final spring semester.

Professional Development

As an integral part of the radiography profession, continuing education and professional development are critical components of the curriculum. Our faculty feels it is important for students to become involved with the professional community.

First year students will be required to read and complete three readings which pertain to the profession and will be assigned by the program coordinator their first year within the program (fall and spring semester). An abstract will also need to be submitted with each reading when turned in. A rubric will be distributed to students to follow. All three readings and abstracts will be due by the last day of the semester and will be submitted for a grade.

Second year, students will be required to join, as a student member, the BGSRT and/or the KSRT and attend the Fall seminar. Topics and times will be announced. You will be required to complete a professional development assignment. Attendance will be taken at all meetings, and the student must attend the entire meeting to gain credits for professional development. Each professional development activity is a 4-hour requirement. Following the meeting, you will complete the professional development form and post to blackboard. This will be due the Wednesday following the meeting. The assignment must be 12-point font in Times New Roman. Both the verification form and professional development form must be submitted for a grade to be assigned.

College Policies and Resources

View BCTC College Polices and Resources (PDF)

Web document includes more information about BCTC's policies and resources, including college contact info, email, campus closings due to inclement weather, withdrawal policies, student code of conduct, financial aid, emergency closings, tutoring info, and more.

BCTC Withdrawal Policy

A student may officially withdraw from any class up to and including the date of midterm with a "W" grade assigned to the student's record. A student may withdraw at any time after midterm and prior to final exam week and receive a grade of W, if the student has made a legitimate effort to complete the required assignments. This policy will not apply to any student guilty of any form of academic dishonesty or excessive absenteeism.

Accommodation

Students with disabilities who require accommodations (academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids or services) for a course, must contact BCTC's Disability Support Services (DSS) Office. Students should not request accommodations directly from the instructor.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

If you receive grants and/or loans to pay for classes, you should be aware that withdrawing from or failing this class may affect your future financial aid eligibility. You should review the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy for additional information. Contact the Financial Aid Office for a copy of the SAP policy. You are expected to attend class and have the required textbook(s) even though you have not received your financial aid or you may have an appeal in process.

Radiography Program Grievance Policy

If a grievance should arise between a student and program faculty member concerning an academic issue, the student should bring this to the attention of the involved instructor. If the student is not satisfied with the outcome of this meeting, she/he may bring the matter to the attention of the next higher "level of command" in the following order:

  • Clinical Coordinator (If the problem involves a clinical issue)
  • Program Coordinator
  • Assistant Dean – Vicki Partin, 859-246-6414.
  • BCTC Academic Ombud-Gerry Adair, gerry.adair@kctcs.edu, 859-246-6366 (the academic Omsbud may
    be contacted at any point in the grievance process)

Complaints

If the disagreement remains unresolved, the student can follow the student appeals process outlined in the student code of conduct. If any student has a complaint concerning any environmental conditions in their educational setting, the student should contact the instructor who is teaching that class or lab with your concerns.

JRCERT

If a student has addressed their formal complaint internally and wishes to make a formal complaint with JRCERT, they may complete an allegation report with JRCERT. Per JRCERT's policy, the allegations must reference the specific accreditation standards/objectives with which you believe the program to be in non-compliance.

Report an Allegation to JRCERT online.

Radiation Safety Rules

Kentucky Administrative Radiation Regulations 902 KAR 100

The following rules have been established for your protection against ionizing radiation during hospital and clinical observation and procedures. These rules are established in conjunction with Kentucky Radiation Protection rules.
stand as far from the patient and tube as the student radiographer must place his/her body completely within the control booth and observe through the leaded window when the x-ray tube is activated (when x-rays are being generated).

  1. A student radiographer must not hold or support a patient or an image receptor during exposure.
  2. Under no circumstances will the student radiographer or any other human being serve as a model for test exposures or experimentation.
  3. During fluoroscopic procedures and mobile exams when a student radiographer must remain in the patient's room:
    1. A lead apron will be worn at all times, or one must remain behind a lead protective screen and not in visible line with either tube or patient.
    2. possible, consistent with the performance for the examination.
    3. personal dosimeters must be worn outside of lead apron between waist and shoulders at all times.
  4. Personal dosimeters will be worn at the proper location at all times during clinical and energized laboratory sessions.
  5. Student radiographers must wear nametags when in the clinical facility.
  6. Personal dosimeter readings will be posted monthly in the radiography laboratory.

Dose Limits

BCTC students will be classified as occupationally exposed for dose limits purposes according to NCRP Report No. 105. The annual dose limits are:

Dose Equivalent Category Limit
Monthly dose equivalent limit 0.3 mSv 0.03 rem
Effective dose equivalent limit 50 mSV 5 rem
Dose of equivalent limit for lens of eye, skin, and extremities 50 mSV 5 rem

The Clinical Coordinator will monitor the dosimeter report and post in the laboratory for the student monitoring as well. If the dosimeter readings are above the dose limits, the student will meet with the Program Coordinator and/or Clinical Coordinator. If the reading consistently exceeds the limit, the student may be required to perform remedial work in radiation protection. If the reading continues to exceed the limits after remediation, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Dosimeter Procedure

The Program Coordinator will monitor the dosimeter process.

  1. Distribute dosimeters each month
    1. Dosimeters will be distributed via the student mailbox
  2. Collect dosimeters each month and return to Landauer
    1. Dosimeters will be collected on a designated date in class (see syllabus)
    2. A returned dosimeter will constitute class attendance
    3. Dosimeter not returned on designated date will constitute a class absence
    4. The Clinical Coordinator may delegate dosimeter collection to the teaching faculty
      member
    5. Clinical Coordinator will collect dosimeters from teaching faculty
  3. Receive the dosimeter report from Landauer and evaluate each individuals report
    1. If dose limit was exceeded:
    2. Inform Program Coordinator
    3. Contact individual with exceeded dose limit to identify reason for excessive dose
    4. If necessary, contact the RSO
  4. Post current dosimeter report in the laboratory
    1. Ensure that no SS# or Landauer # are included
  5. Electronically file old dosimeter reports
    1. Scan and file for easy retrieval

ALARA Notifications

The Radiation Safety Committee may adopt different, higher ALARA levels for some specific job functions.

Part of Body Notification Level I (millirem per month) Notification Level II (millirem per month)
Whole body (head, trunk), gonads, upper arms or legs 125 375
Lens of the eye 375 1125
Skin of whole body; extremities (hand, elbow, lower arms or legs, foot, knee) 1250 3750
Embyro-fetus 20 30

Clinical Supervision

As a student in this Program, you are required to adhere to the JRCERT policies involving supervision in the clinical education
centers. These policies are strictly enforced in this Program, and the student is held responsible for enforcement of them.

Direct Supervision

A registered radiographer reviews the patients requisition, observes the student during the procedure by being directly in the room
with the student, and reviews all images for quality prior to the patient being discharged. (all procedures prior to clinical
competency, repeats, portables and surgical procedures)

Until a student achieves and documents competency in any given procedure, all clinical assignments shall be carried out
under the direct supervision of qualified radiographers. The parameters of direct supervision are:

  1. A qualified radiographer reviews the request for examination in relation to the student's achievement,
  2. A qualified radiographer evaluates the condition of the patient in relation to the student's knowledge,
  3. A qualified radiographer is present during the conduct of the examination (including mobile and surgery), and
  4. A qualified radiographer reviews and approves the radiographic images

Indirect Supervision

A registered radiographer reviews the patient's requisition, assesses the patient, and remains in the immediate area (within shouting distance) while the student is performing the procedure. The radiographer reviews all images for quality prior to the patient being discharged. (only after clinical competency is achieved)

After demonstrating competency, students may perform procedures with indirect supervision. The following provisos must be followed:

  1. Qualified radiographer adjacent to exam area (including mobile and surgery)
  2. Qualified radiographer reviews and approves the radiographic images

In support of professional responsibility for provision of quality patient care and radiation protection, unsatisfactory radiographs shall be repeated only in the presence of a qualified radiographer, regardless of the student's level of competency.

Injuries/Incident

Clinic

Students MUST notify an instructor immediately of any injury/incident regarding self or patient in the clinical setting. Students are responsible for their own medical care in the event of any clinical related injury. Hospital worker's compensation does not cover students during their learning experiences. Clinical instructors will assist with the appropriate paper work.

Campus

Injuries sustained on college campus must be reported and appropriate forms completed. Faculty will assist with the appropriate paperwork.

Infection Control Policies

A student who is diagnosed with an infectious disease must immediately notify the Radiography Program Coordinator. Pursuant to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), infected students will be counseled to determine whether work restrictions or precautions should be taken to protect the health of the student, patients, and others. The college will consider the student's medical condition, the nature of his/her duties, the nature and duration of the risk he/she may present to themselves or others, the severity of the potential harm to third parties and the likelihood of transmission on the job. Each decision will be made on an individual basis.

Students are required to cooperate with the college by providing and authorizing the disclosure of information needed to assess their medical status and to determine whether restrictions or precautions are advisable. Confidentiality concerns will be respected and only those individuals with a reasonable need to know will be consulted and advised of the situation. All efforts will be made not to compromise the learning process of the student, but program withdrawal may be the only option.

Medical and surgical aseptic techniques are to be used while in the clinical site for the well-being of both the patient and the student. Proper aseptic techniques will reduce the spread of infection, but it will not eliminate it. The following conditions are symptoms of possible infectious diseases; therefore, they are labeled reportable diseases. You should not go to the clinic facility without written permission if you have a reportable disease.

For example, but not limited to:

  1. Diarrhea
  2. Vomiting
  3. Upper respiratory infection
  4. Fever
  5. Rash (any part of the body)
  6. Open sores (any part of the body)
  7. Boils
  8. Herpes - this includes cold sores on the mouth (Cold sores on the mouth must be heavily scabbed over before the infection reaches the non-contagious state.)
  9. Parasite infestation
  10. Strep or staph infections
  11. Infectious mononucleosis

Seasonal Influenza Vaccinations Policy

In the United States, annual epidemics of influenza occur typically during late fall through early spring. Influenza viruses can cause disease among persons of any age group. Rates of serious illness, even death, are high among persons who have a medical condition that places them at increased risk for complications from influenza—the majority of those under treatment in health care facilities. Annual influenza vaccination is the most effective method for preventing influenza virus infection and its complications. Influenza vaccine is recommended for all persons 6 months of age or older who do not have contraindications to the vaccination. Furthermore, routine vaccination of certain persons, including health care personnel, who serve as a source of influenza virus transmission might provide additional protection to persons at risk for influenza complications and reduce overall influenza burden. Consequently, annual vaccination is recommended for health care personnel, including persons in educational programs for health-care professions, and is a high priority for reducing morbidity associated with influenza in health care settings and for expanding influenza vaccine use. The health care personnel influenza coverage goal is set at 100% of employees who do not have medical contraindications; therefore, health care facilities will most likely mandate influenza vaccination during the influenza season.

Bluegrass students entering a health care facility during this influenza season must have had the seasonal influenza vaccination and provide verifying documentation to the Clinical Compliance Website of the student's academic program and the health care facilities in which they enter. If the vaccination is not documented, students will not be permitted to participate in the clinical experience. This could affect the student's degree course plan, program requirements, and time to degree completion. Supply of the influenza vaccine should be readily available. When vaccine is in short supply health care personnel are considered priority populations to receive the vaccine.

Students should avail themselves of the many sources of seasonal flu vaccine including their health care provider, retail pharmacy outlets, public health departments, community-based flu clinics.

Uniforms

Radiography students will always present a neat and tidy appearance. The following attire is required for both men and women:

  • Blue top and blue pants (jogger pants are approved)
  • Neutral tennis shoes (No bright colors)
  • Name Badge/Hospital I.D.
  • Personal Dosimeter
  • Neutral shirt worn under scrub top-no bright colors or strips
  • Approved white or blue lab coats (optional)-Short, long sleeve, buttons or snaps up front
  • Tattoos covered (band-aids not allowed)
  • No facial piercing are permitted in clinic
  • Two stud earrings per ear are only allowed. Any more than the two on each ear are not permitted in clinic
  • Hair color must be a natural color (no purple, pink, green, etc.)
  • Nails must be cut short and a neutral color

Grooming

Area Concern Standard
Uniforms
  • Personal Appearance
  • Shoes
  • Hospital Scrubs
  • Clean/wrinkle free uniforms that fit properly
  • All White or Black Leather (washable materials). No open toe shoes
  • Clean/polished
  • Permitted only when assigned to OR - actively working on OR case
Personal Grooming
  • Hair
  • Hands
  • Make-up
  • Odors
  • Clean, never to fall in face when bending forward
  • Hair color must be natural color (only natural color showing during clinic hours)
  • Beards, mustaches, and sideburns neatly trimmed
  • Nail should not be seen above the finger tip
  • Clean-free from dirt and oil
  • No false finger nails
  • Color should be clear or natural
  • Nail Length - Kept to a minimum
  • Not excessive make-up
  • No bright or dark lip sticks (Natural colors, lip gloss)
  • No perfumes and aftershaves—scents are offensive to patients and colleagues
  • Breath must be free of offensive odor
  • Deodorants applied daily
Jewelry
  • Personal Safety
  • Watch and no more than one ring per hand is permitted
  • Earrings (Nothing Dangling)-posts only
  • No more than one earring in ears (no multiple ear rings)
  • No necklaces, facial piercing (including tongue)
Miscellaneous
  • Safety/Appearance
  • Tattoos
  • No gum chewing in exam/patient rooms
  • No Visible tattoos - All tattoos must be covered with appropriate tattoos body covers
  • * All tattoos will be addressed on an individual basis

These uniform and grooming policies represent safety issues. If uniforms and grooming are not appropriate, students will be sent home to correct the issue.

Cell Phone Policy

Class and Laboratory

Cell phones and pagers are prohibited in the classroom and laboratory sessions.

Ringing/beeping of cell phones is disruptive to class members, faculty and therefore, audible sounds are not permitted during class/laboratory time.

Cell phones should never be on the desk or visible to anyone in the classroom. A student answering a cell phone during class will be required to leave class and meet with the instructor prior to attending class again.

This policy includes iPhone watches, and any other device that has the ability to text, email, and accept phone calls.

Testing

Cell phone calculator use are not permitted during testing. iPhone watches or any device that stores written or verbal information may not be worn during testing.

Clinic

Cell phones are acceptable for medical communication. Student are approved to utilize cell phones for clinical competency documentation and completion of clinical related program tasks. At no time is a student allowed to send emails, check Facebook and other media during clinic hours on their cell phone.

The program will enforce the cell phone policy aggressively. Violations to the policy can be dismissed from the program.

iPhone watches may be worn within the clinic site but ONLY utilized as watch.

Students utilizing their cell phone during the clinical rotation must have the phone on the silent mode at all times.

  1. Students may not call or text on their cell phone during their clinical education hours
  2. If an EMERGENCY call needs to be made, exit the clinical area after notifying the CI or during scheduled breaks.
  3. Cell phone policy violations may result in program dismissal

Radiologic Technologist Standards

Upon graduation, the radiographer will be expected to adhere to accepted standards of professional practice.
Character, moral or ethical, is an important component of professional behavior and of the overall assessment of the performance of each student radiographer. A student's continued enrollment depends in part on the student's ability to adhere to recognized standards of professional practice and conduct. The standards are drawn from the duly legislated practice acts of the profession.

Violation of one or more of the standards shall be sufficient grounds for the Program Coordinator of a Radiography program to initiate a review of the appropriateness of the student's continuing enrollment in courses or programs of the College.

Unprofessional conduct of a student includes conduct leading to, or associated with, one or more of the following in a context or manner which is relevant to professional practice when such conduct occurs at any site which is the subject of a clinical affiliation agreement, or at any site where the student is engaged in a course or other learning experience for credit toward graduation, or upon college or University property as that term is defined in the Student Code of Conduct.

  1. Conviction of a felony;
  2. Abuse of a controlled substance or drug;
  3. Misappropriation or illegal use of drugs or other pharmacologically active agents;
  4. Persistent abuse of alcohol;
  5. Attending the clinical facility under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
  6. Any condition or behavior which may endanger clients, patients, or the public, including failure to carry out the appropriate or assigned duties where lack of doing so may endanger the health or well-being of a patient or client;
  7. Behavior or action intended to deceive, defraud, or harm the public and/or profession;
  8. Falsifying or, through negligence, making incorrect entries or failing to make essential entries in health or clinical records;
  9. Deliberate deception of a patient or client through failure of the student to identify student status;
  10. Failure to maintain client or patient confidentiality;
  11. Obtaining any fee by fraud or misrepresentation; or
  12. Removal or suspension from any clinical setting by appropriate administrative authority for unprofessional conduct.

Compliance Process

Background Check/Drug Testing

The clinical setting is an essential part of the education you receive in the radiography program. In order to comply with the affixation contracts that the Program has with each of its clinical partners, students enrolled in the Program must provide documentation to ensure that s/he has met the conditions set forth in the agreement in order to protect patients. The following outline the requirements necessary to attend education after enrollment or in some cases annually.

  • A criminal background check and drug screening are mandatory after enrollment. This must be conducted by a facility contracted with BCTC to perform these procedures.
  • A updated background and drug test is also required prior to fall semester of the 2nd year.
    • Background Package:
      • 7 year County Criminal Search
      • Nationwide Healthcare Fraud and Abuse
      • Social Security Alert
      • Residence History Search
    • Drug Screen:
      • 10 Panel Urine Drug test through LabCorp
  • Students must meet all technical Standards required by the program.
  • Student must meet all vaccination requirements:
    Vaccination Requirement
    Hepatitis B 3 doses
    Influenza Annual, due October 1
    MMR(Measles-Mumps-Rubella) 2 doses
    Tdap 1 dose
    Tuberculosis Two-step
    Varicella (Chickenpox) 2 doses

    CastleBranch is the contracted facility associated with BCTC.

Early Release Policy

The radiography faculty of Bluegrass Community and Technical College feel early release is contrary to the goals and mission of this program. Therefore, there will be no early release from the radiography program's clinical rotation.

Complaints

If any student has a complaint concerning any environmental conditions in their educational setting, the student should contact the Clinical Instructor at your clinic site or the Clinical Coordinator or Clinical Specialist about your concerns.

Radiography Program Grievance Policy

If a grievance should arise between a student and program faculty member concerning an academic issue, the student should bring this to the attention of the involved instructor. If the student is not satisfied with the outcome of this meeting, she/he may bring the matter to the attention of the next higher "level of command" in the following order:

  1. Clinical Coordinator and/or Clinical Specialist (If the problem involves a clinical issue)
  2. Program Coordinator
  3. Assistant Dean
  4. BCTC Academic Ombud-(the Academic Ombud may be contacted at any point in the grievance process)

If the disagreement remains unresolved, the student can follow the student appeals process outlined in the student code of conduct.

Social Media Policy

Purpose

How we communicate to our students and in the community is changing. Social media is a growing phenomenon embraced by all generations. There are great benefits as well as some risks and liabilities. Inappropriate or unauthorized post can diminish BCTC's name, cost the college its reputation in the public and could hurt our employees and students. The following guidelines were created by the Bluegrass Community & Technical College Strategic Communications (Strat Comm) department for the purpose of (1) identifying the College's social networking philosophy and goals; (2) documenting the College's current presence on the social networking sites Facebook and Twitter and the process for maintaining these sites; and (3) providing guidance for College employees who have a presence on social networking sites and/or are interested in helping to expand the College's presence.

The Strategic Communication department will continue to research and monitor social networking trends and will modify these guidelines when necessary. This will allow BCTC to maintain an active and up-to-date presence on relevant social networks.

Social Networking Goals

The College's presence on social networking sites will augment official channels of communications. These networking accounts will drive traffic to other communication mechanisms including the College's web site, other social networking accounts, and email. The College's presence on these sites is intended to serve as:

  • a tool for marketing to prospective students.
  • a venue to communicate with current students, alumni and friends of the College.
  • a means to improve retention as students identify with the College and interact with other students.

Responsible Parties

The Strategic Communications department is the administrator and will maintain the College's official BCTC Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr pages. Those who wish to contribute information or make suggestion for the pages should email BL_ChitChat@kctcs.edu

BCTC's Presence on Facebook

Facebook is a free-access social networking website where users can join networks organized by city, workplace, school, and region to connect and interact with other people. The Facebook site serves as a virtual community for users.
In order to ensure a cohesive and unified message throughout the community, departments and organizations within the college are asked to refrain from setting up alternate Facebook pages, which may conflict and segment the BCTC Facebook audience. However, under Facebook's new program, Groups for Schools, anyone with a KCTCS email can set up interest groups under "Groups at BCTC" which will allow faculty, staff, and students to interact with your organization without redirecting audience engagement from the official page.

See BCTC groups on Facebook for more info. 

Individuals are encouraged to post/interact with the college's Official Facebook page.

BCTC's Presence on Twitter

Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to the author's subscribers who are known as followers via the profile page.

BCTC's twitter account will allow the College to provide quick status updates, links and other appropriate information useful to prospective students, current students, and alumni. BCTC's official Twitter page will follow all "twitters" who follow BCTC. If it is found that a follower is tweeting inappropriately through the page, the ability to block or discontinue following can be utilized. Twitter terms of service is available online. As with Facebook, any questionable conduct should be reported to Strategic Communications.
Departments or employees may set up their own Twitter to represent their department or communicate with students. Please inform Strat Comm about the channel and the type of information that will be posted. Content posted on department or employee Twitter accounts do not need prior approval by Strat Comm. The Twitter account must contain a disclaimer stating the purpose of the account (such as communicating with students from class ….) and that the account does not represent the official views of the college.

Establishing an Official BCTC social media site for a department or class

Social media sites: All employees who wish to publish and administer an official BCTC social media page (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, blogs) must complete an Official BCTC Social Media Request Form. The form is to establish the purpose, maintenance, administrators, etc. of the page. The signature of the employee's direct supervisor is needed on the form. The form will stay on file with Strategic Communications.

Page Administrators Responsibilities:

Becoming an administrator of an official BCTC social media site constitutes your agreement with the BCTC Social Media User Agreement. Failure to follow the guidelines will result in a recommendation to your supervisor to eliminate the social media page.

A current list of official BCTC social media pages

Content Development

Content Policy

All content must relate directly to College business, programs, and/or services. All content should be referenced to the department who originated the source of information; i.e. such as direct questions about financial aid to the BCTC Financial Aid web site, official contact information, or to a Financial Aid Department staff member or the director. Content placed by administrators cannot promote individual opinions or causes that are not directly related to College purposes.

External links

Links that lead to personal web sites, outside businesses, apparent spam, or unofficial BCTC web pages will be removed.

Creating a Community Policy

Each official BCTC social media page must contain a Community Policy. The Policy sets the purpose of the page, establishes the guidelines participants to follow, and references the College Social Media Policy. Example: see the Community Policy placed on the official BCTC Facebook Page: "The BCTC Facebook page is a forum to connect and interact with the BCTC community. We encourage discussion and sharing of information; however, BCTC reserves the right to remove posts and photos that contain profanity, defamatory language, encourage illegal activity, solicitations, advertisements, or is otherwise deemed inappropriate."

Recommendation

Content should be short and written in active voice. Remember to consider the audience; the style and tone of content should be direct and student-oriented.

Maintenance of Pages and Groups

Administrators for campus Facebook pages should include at least one representative from Strategic Communications. Strat Comm does not assume responsibility for Facebook pages or groups associated with the College; employees who desire to create a group are responsible for its creation, content and maintenance. The primary administrator for a Facebook page should be a faculty member or a staff employee. Primary administrators should be willing to monitor pages on a daily basis and respond promptly to inquiries posted on the Facebook page. The following guidelines for maintenance of the College's Facebook presence pertain to both page and group administrators:

  • Frequency: Pages and groups should be maintained and remain as up-to-date as possible. "Best practices" recommend updating pages 1-3 times a day. In general, the more frequently the content is updated, the more users will access the page. Dated material should be removed as soon as it is outdated.
  • Tone: All content should be short and written in active voice. The style and tone should be informal direct and student-oriented.
  • Post: Try and post information and commentary that will get your audience involved.
  • Censorship: Because Facebook pages and groups are interactive tools, administrators should monitor the page closely in order to respond to user concerns and conduct. While it is possible for administrators to delete postings, the general guideline will be to avoid censoring in order to encourage unfettered and honest communication. Use this as an opportunity to make things right for the student when possible. Users should be censored by Facebook terms and conditions. All administrators should review these terms. Any questionable conduct should be report to PIM. The College takes no responsibility for content developed by non-employees. Existing policies governing student and employee behavior apply to the college's Facebook pages.
  • Photos and Videos: Uploaded photos and videos must relate directly to the College and/or student life and should be not be used as a promotional tool for programs, products, or services outside the College.
    PIM has established an official college channel on YouTube. Departments may set up their own YouTube channel to represent their department or post student work. Please inform Strat Comm about the channel and the types of videos that will be posted. Content posted on department YouTube channels do not need prior approval by Strat Comm. The department YouTube channel must contain a disclaimer stating the purpose of the channel (such as posting student work) and that the channel does not officially represent the official views of the college. All photos and videos must have a photo release signed and filed in the Strategic Communication office prior to posting.

Policies

Drug Testing

Effective Date: June 1, 2014

Objective

To assist students in meeting requirements for placement in clinical health care facilities through documentation of a satisfactory drug test.

Policy

Effective June 1, 2014 students in the Radiography Program must submit to and demonstrate a satisfactory drug test as a prerequisite for clinical practice. Students who fail to submit to a drug test or to allow the College access to the results will be ineligible for clinical placement. Those who do not pass the drug test are afforded the opportunity to explain the circumstances surrounding the situation, but if the student is ineligible for clinical placement, he/she will be given the opportunity to withdraw from the Program.

The drug test must include: 9 panel standard urinalysis (marijuana, cocaine, PCP, amphetamines, opiate metabolites, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, methadone, and propoxyphene). Drug testing will be conducted in the fall of each year for all students.

Situations in which a person does not have a satisfactory drug test will be reviewed by the division Assistant Dean and Program Coordinator on a case-by-case basis

Students will follow the directions outlined by Castlebranch Credentials. The cost of the drug test will be borne by the student.

Criminal Background Checks

Effective Date: June 1, 2009

Objective

To assist students in meeting requirements for placement in clinical health care facilities through documentation of a satisfactory criminal background check.

Policy

Effective June 1, 2009 students in the Radiography Program must submit to and demonstrate a satisfactory criminal background check as a prerequisite for clinical practice. Students who fail to submit to a background check or to allow the College access to the report will be ineligible for clinical placement. Those who do not pass the background check are afforded the opportunity to explain the circumstances surrounding the situation, but if the student is ineligible for clinical placement, he/she will be given the opportunity to withdraw from the Program.

The criminal background check will include but is not limited to: Social Security Fraud; Criminal Background; Sex Offender Search; Abuse Registry; OIG Medicare Sanctioned List; Licensure, Certification and Designation. The Criminal background check will be conducted in the fall of each year for all students.

Situations in which a person does not have a satisfactory background check will be reviewed by the division Assistant Dean and Program Coordinator on a case-by-case basis. Convictions involving the following crimes, but not limited to these crimes may serve to disqualify a person from participating in required clinical learning experiences.

  • Any felony, whether listed below or not
  • Crimes involving drugs, including but not limited to unlawful possession or distribution
  • Crimes of physical violence to include any type of abuse (child, spousal, or of the elderly), abduction such as kidnapping, manslaughter, murder, robbery, sexual crimes, possession of a restricted fire arm or any related weapons offenses, assault and battery
  • Conviction of a misdemeanor related to abuse, neglect or exploitation

A private company approved to perform Criminal Background Checks will conduct the background check. The cost of the background check will be borne by the student.

Energized Laboratory Policy

Bluegrass Community and Technical College Radiography Program has energized laboratory equipped with computerized radiography, and digital radiography. This laboratory is designed for the sole use of the students and faculty of the program. It is a supplement to didactic work throughout the Radiography curriculum. Use of the laboratory is a privilege and may be limited at any time as deemed necessary by a program official. Proper use of ALL equipment and accessories is necessary in order to assure safe utilization of ionizing radiation.

All students will be oriented to radiation protection and the x-ray equipment.

Rules and Regulations

  1. A radiation film badge will be worn at all times during the laboratory sessions when x-rays are taken. Students found to be without their assigned badge will not participate in the laboratory session and will make up this work at the discretion of the instructor.
  2. Under NO circumstances will students radiate each other or any other animate object. ONLY Pixie and accessories that the instructor introduces shall be irradiated. Students found to have irradiated anything (not approved) will be dismissed from the program. Each student is responsible for practicing safe radiation protection at all times. These steps include:
    1. Making radiographic exposures under the DIRECT SUPERVISION of a program faculty.
    2. Using proper collimation techniques as demonstrated by the instructor.
    3. Alerting classmates and others that an exposure is about to be made.
    4. Assuring that all room occupants are fully shielded behind the lead lined wall/window prior to making an exposure.
    5. Using sensible exposure techniques to reduce the need for repeats.
    6. Adhering to the ALARA concept of safe medical exposure factors.
    7. Students MUST NOT ever hold an image receptor during exposure.
  3. Students will be in the laboratory at all times under Direct Supervision when performing laboratory experiments.
  4. Student may be permitted within the laboratory under indirect supervision, only after completing orientation for laboratory safety, and acknowledgement of laboratory policy rules. The following rules apply to indirect supervision situations:
    1. Only radiography students are permitted within the lab without faulty presence's.
    2. All radiography equipment must be turn off - to include all circuit breakers and should not be manipulated by the student.
    3. Non- radiographic students are not permitted within the radiography laboratory unless accompanied by a faculty member. This can ONLY be approved by radiography faculty.
  5. Eating and drinking are permitted ONLY in designated areas. All students and faculty must follow this policy. All food items must be removed, cleaned by the end of the session.
  6. All supplies and accessories are to be returned to their proper storage area at the completion of each laboratory session.
  7. Quality control devices (densitometers, kVp meters, etc.) are to be replaced in their proper storage area when finished using. Please report any malfunctioning equipment to the Program Director or faculty immediately for repairs to be made in a timely fashion.

Mammography Policy

Effective Date: August 1, 2018

Objective

To assist students in meeting requirements for placement within the mammography department of a clinical health care facilities.

Policy

Effective August 1, 2017

The radiography program policy regarding the placement of students in clinical mammography rotations to observe and/or perform breast imaging. The policy may be applied to any imaging procedures performed by professionals who are of the opposite gender of the patient, to include the following stipulations.

Under this policy, all students, male and female, will be offered the opportunity to participate in clinical mammography rotations. The program will make every effort to place a male student in a clinical mammography rotation if requested; however, the program is not in a position to override clinical setting policies that restrict clinical experiences in mammography to female students. Male students are advised that placement in a mammography rotation is not guaranteed and is subject to the availability of a clinical setting that allows males to participate in mammographic imaging procedures. The program will not deny female students the opportunity to participate in mammography rotations if clinical settings are not available to provide the same opportunity to male students.

The change in the program's policy regarding student clinical rotations in mammography is based on the sound rationale presented in a position statement on student clinical mammography rotations adopted by the Board of Directors of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) at its April 2016 meeting. The JRCERT position statement is included as Addendum A to the program's policy and is also available on the JRCERT Web site, www.jrcert.org, Programs & Faculty, Program Resources.

Forms and Evaluations

There are a number of forms that need to be filled out to acknowledge they have reviewed information and policies or to be used for evaluations. These forms are can be downloaded and printed out separately from the informational part of the handbook.

Radiography Forms packet (PDF, 38 pages)