MSRS Practicum
Prerequisite Courses

RADS 5235 Administrative Radiology Practicum (5 credits)
Prerequisites: RADS 5003, 5013, 5023, 5033, 5103, 5124
RADS 5245 Radiologic Education Practicum (5 credits)
Prerequisites: RADS 5003, 5013, 5023, 5033, 5204, 5223

Practicum Overview

Students preparing for careers in radiology administration and education will complete a minimum of two weeks practicum experience that uniquely focuses on the students’ special interests and career goals.  Practicums can be completed in a variety of health care and educational settings outside the students’ work environments.  Administration track MSRS majors typically visit sites such as hospitals and outpatient clinics.  Education track MSRS majors typically visit sites including hospital-based programs, community colleges and four-year college and universities.

Students arrange their own housing, transportation, and personal expenses during the practicum experience.  Sites selected cannot be within or affiliated with a student’s employing institution and cannot be the site of employment for any currently enrolled MSU MSRS student.  An MSU faculty member will facilitate the practicum experience and will serve as liaison between the student and the practicum preceptor site throughout the process.

Students should begin selection of sites near the completion of course prerequisites. Students should be aware that development of a new practicum site requires significant evaluation and administrative preparation.  Students requesting a non-established site should seek early advisement from the MSU Practicum Course Coordinator.  

MSU has established practicum relations with a variety of administrative and educational practicum sites  that may be willing to accommodate the student's practicum objectives. 
The MSU Practicum Course Coordinator grants final approval for site selection and may assign a student to a particular site to ensure achievement of goals and objectives. 

Click here for the Practicum Site Selection Form.

Student Responsibilities During Practicum 

In addition to arranging housing, transportation, and other related expenses during the practicum, the student will be required to: 

  • generate and gain approval by the MSU faculty and the site preceptor of a list of behaviorally stated objectives for completion during the practicum experience; 
  • fulfill all course responsibilities and objectives as outlined in the course syllabus; 
  • provide support to the site preceptor during the actual practicum visit; 
  • provide evidence of successful completion of practicum objectives in the form of a portfolio that provides evidence of objective achievement.

Practicum Site Preceptor Responsibilities 

The resident Practicum Site Preceptor will oversee and facilitate the student’s practicum experiences and may offer assistance with local logistics. The Site Preceptor plays a vital role in the development of practicum objectives and must be in agreement to the prescribed objectives.  The preceptor may assign additional activities prior to or during the student’s rotation.  The site preceptor will provide the MSU Practicum Course Coordinator with a post-practicum evaluation of the student’s performance that will be incorporated in the student’s final practicum grade.

Practicum Preparation Checklist 

  • All immunization records must be on file with the MSU Vinson Student Health Center. Contact the Vinson Student Heatlh Center at (940) 397-4231 to start the paperwork. 
  • Liability insurance premium must be paid. Click on Graduate Program Fees. Select your degree track and pay by credit card.
  • The MSU Practicum Course Coordinator must approve and obtain the appropriate administrative documentation for the rotation site.
  • The MSU Practicum Course Coordinator must approve the practicum objectives (stated in behavioral format) prior to the start of the practicum.
  • The MSU Practicum Course Coordinator must receive copies of any supplemental correspondence between the student and the Practicum Site Preceptor.
  • The student must read the practicum course syllabus and understand the course requirements.
  • The student must be aware of the evaluation and grading process for the practicum course.
  • The student and MSU Practicum Course Coordinator must agree on a deadline for submitting the Practicum Portfolio materials for evaluation.
  • The student must be prepared to respond to any special initiatives requested by the site Practicum Site Preceptor prior to or during the rotation.
  • The student must understand that the Practicum Site Preceptor will provide feedback to the MSU Practicum Course Coordinator on the performance and attitude of the student during the rotation.
  • The student must complete all evaluation materials related to the practicum experience (including but not limited to the Practicum Portfolio) to complete the practicum course.

Practicum Portfolio Development Instructions

The practicum experience is designed to allow students to successfully complete pre-established objectives.  Following completion of the practicum, each student is expected to submit a “portfolio” that reflects the outcomes of the experience.  The portfolio should demonstrate completion of established objectives along with evidence of other activities in which the students were involved.  All materials should be typed and incorporated in a sturdy, large “three ringed” notebook.  The portfolio due date will be agreed upon by the Practicum Course Coordinator and the student. The portfolio should include:

  • Title Page
    • Students’ name, practicum type, site/location, Practicum Site Preceptor’s name, on-site dates, Practicum Course Coordinator’s name, and date of submission
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction Statement 
  • Discussion about the value of the practicum goals and objectives
  • Practicum Goals & Objectives
  • Changes in Goals & Objectives
    • Explanation of any changes in the established goals and objectives with documentation of the MSU Practicum Course Coordinator’s approval of the changes
  • Evidence of Achievement 
  • Reflection on the learning experience.  Discussion and documentation of the achievement or failure to achieve the established goals and objectives.   Additional supportive documentation will enhance the portfolio.  Examples include audiovisual materials such as computer-based materials, videotapes, data from projects, or products developed during the experience.
  • Other 
    • Discussion of other activities and/or experiences with the Site Preceptor or during the practicum.
  • Journal 
    • Documentation of daily log or journal notes. 
  • Appendices / Exhibits / Tables - Included as needed
  • Conclusion 
  • Summary of experiences and adjustments

    Student Evaluation of Practicum Site