Clinical education provides the opportunity to apply knowledge learned in the classroom and lab setting, as well as development of the necessary skills to be successful as a radiographer. Students will be assigned at two or more radiology facilities where the radiographer student will develop flexibility and adaptability with exam protocols, equipment, variable patients and different radiologists.
The majority of patient contact hours occur during weekday hours. Scheduled hours per semester will vary from 16 to 32 weekly. During fall and spring semesters, classes and clinical meet on alternate days. During the summer, students are in clinical and classes five days a week. Minimal clinical education hours are also required on evenings (12 shifts of 2:30pm – 10:30pm, Sunday through Saturday). During University intersession (between semesters), clinical education is also required in order to allow an individual to develop entry-level skills and maintain proficiency.
Faculty assign each student to a primary clinical education setting for the initial year of the program and then rotate out during the second year for an extended period. Secondary clinical assignments may be located up to 85 miles from the primary assignment. These assignments may only be changed upon written request by the individual and review by University faculty and the clinical sites involved.
Individuals indicate their preference for clinical placement on the Radiographer Program Application. Accepted students are ranked according to their resulting score from the process of application review and evaluation. Program faculty then make clinical placement assignments, seeking as close a match as possible with the students' preferences.
Example: Lawrence Memorial Hospital receives 4 radiology students; however, 6 accepted students listed them as choice number one. The four students with the highest application scores will be assigned to Lawrence.
Please see the XR Program & Clinical Manual for complete information regarding clinical education.