RA Procedures V

Course Details

Course Number: RADS 5553  Fall 2010

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: 204

Days & Times:

Hybrid education course- Internet and on campus requirements

On campus requirements TBA



Course Attachments

RADS 5553 RA Procedures VFall 2010   5553SyllabF10.pdf

Textbooks

MSU Faculty Member
Vicki Sanders MSRS, RRA, RT(R)(CV)   
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Course Objectives

Course Overview:

This course prepares the radiologist assistant for clinical procedures involving selected imaging modalities.

 


Course Objectives:    Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

 

  • Describe appropriate clinical pathways using medical imaging modalities.
  • Complete class project.
  • Generate online "image observations."
  • Radiographically identify common pathologies demonstrated on various images.
  • Complete independent study modules such as:  pharmacology & MRI. 
  • Review for ARRT RRA Certification Exam.

Methodology / Teaching Strategies:

Independent reading assignments, written assignments, Internet searches, online quizzes, classroom discussion, clinical laboratory skills, online discussions, and presentations are used in this course.

 


Course Expectations

Textbooks:  


All Previous Textbooks and Other Class Resources

Required:

            Nursing Pharmacology Made Incredibly Easy!   Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; (CD-ROM)(1st Ed)  Already obtained

 

 

Recommended:

            Nursing Pharmacology Made Incredibly Easy!   Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2nd Ed

ISBN: 9780781792899

 

 

The student must return the CD-ROM back to the university on the last weekend of classes December 3-6.

CLASS ACTIVITIES AND ASSIGNMENTS

 

Students can proceed through the course content at their own pace within the boundaries set by the Course Schedule and the MSU Academic Calendar.  Quizzes may not be posted until the due dates.  See the Course Schedule for specific information about activities and due dates.

 

 

Participation – 10%

 

Students must participate in class activities, projects, and discussions.  Students complete most course requirements by working independently from the instructor and classmates.  Evidence of class participation includes:  responding to emails, taking quizzes and the final exam on or before the scheduled deadlines, and submitting the assignments in a timely manner. 

 

 

 

 

Projects – 15%

 

Students will generate one (1) self-contained content modules.  The modules can be PowerPoint Presentations or Word Documents and include text, content, and graphics with references to sources and Internet links where appropriate.  The modules should also include 10 multiple choice questions related to the module with a key.  The modules should be submitted as Word document or PowerPoint Presentation email attachments by the due date on the chart at the end of the syllabus.

 

The Modules Topics can be Ultrasound, PET, Nuclear Medicine, CT, or Fluoroscopy.

 

The modules must include

 

  • Basic Principles of the Modality (How images are generated and recorded)
  • Advantages of the Modality
  • Disadvantages of the Modality
  • Contraindications and Safety Concerns of the Modality
  • Most Common Musculoskeletal Pathologies Observed
  • Most Common Neurological Pathologies Observed
  • Most Common Torso or Body Pathologies Observed
  • Special Considerations of the Modality (Regulatory, Equipment QC, Radiopharmaceutical Handling, etc.)

 

 

 

Modules – 25%

 

Pharmacology Module - Students will review the Pharmacology CD and submit evidence of four (4) CD-based quizzes of twenty five (25) items, each with a score of 80% or higher.  Students may select any of the games (Endless Lecture, Tedious Textbook Torture, or Problem Patient) to deliver the questions.  The quizzes should be generated from the following content sections on the CD, one quiz for each section:

 

  • Fundamentals of Pharmacology
  • Cardiopulmonary Drugs
  • Gastrointestinal Drugs
  • Anti-infective / Anti-inflammatory Drugs

 

The four (4) quiz summary reports may be screen-captured and sent as email attachments or printed, signed, and faxed to the instructor by the due date on the chart at the end of the syllabus. 

 

Students will also review the pharmacology module posted on the Blackboard course site and take the Blackboard Pharmacology Exam by the due date. 

 

 

MRI Module – Students will review the PPT on Blackboard, and any other pertinent available materials such as chapters 48, 49, and 50 in Brant and Helms (3rd edition) in preparation for taking an online open book Blackboard MRI Exam by the due date on the chart at the end of the syllabus.

 

 

Online Case Evaluation – Students will review the online case on Blackboard.  Students will respond to procedure and patient management questions as well as submit their "initial observations" of the images. The assignments will be submitted as email attachments to the instructor using forms available as a Microsoft Word link on Blackboard. 

 

 

In-Class Image Review – 25%

 

Students will participate in a "hot seat" for image observation during seminar classes.  Various faculty members will display randomly selected images and the students will describe what they observe on those images.  Radiographs may cover any procedures as a review for the certification exam.

 

By this time in the RA curriculum, students MUST demonstrate competence during in-class image reviews.  Students who perform at lower than a grade level of B on the image review will have to repeat the image review.  The online repeat image review will be proctored and timed.  Students who do not achieve a minimum of grade level B on the repeated review, will not successfully complete this course, and consequently, can not continue in the RA program.

 

 

Practice RA Certification Exam - 25%

 

One two hour proctored closed-book practice certification exam will be administered using Blackboard.  The exam will consist of:

 

Multiple Choice Questions

            Patient Communication, Assessment, & Management                                         15

            Radiologic Procedures (Fluoro, Radiology, CT, MR)                                             7

            Radiation Safety, Radiation Biology, & Fluoro                                                      5

            Drugs & Contrast                                                                                                5

            Medico Legal, Professional, Gov't Standards                                                       3

            Anatomy, Physiology, & Pathophysiology                                                          15

Discussion Questions

            Case Study                                                                                                         1

            Ethics                                                                                                                 1

           

 

Each student must have a proctor and test site approved by the course instructor.  Typically acceptable proctor sites and candidates include: 

 

C                    College or University Testing Centers

C                    Texas Computer-based Testing Collaborative (In Texas Only)

(www.tcbtc.org/locations.html )

C                    Officials at military base education offices

 

The exam site must have reliable Internet connections and should have at least two Internet browsers available (Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Explorer).  Sites with extensive firewalls and high security mechanisms may not work for testing.  Please test to be sure you can connect to Blackboard before committing to a proctor site.  High speed connections are more desirable than traditional phone line connections.  The site must support an independent phone line in addition to the computer connection so that calls can be made while the student is connected online.  The proctor must have moderate computer expertise including the ability and authorization to reboot the remote computer.  The student is responsible for any fees proctors charge for their services. 

 

Even if someone has served as a proctor in previous courses, he or she will not be accepted as a proctor for this course if he or she does not meet these criteria.  Proctor emails will only be sent to commercial or educational email addresses.  Proctor approval is at the discretion of the course instructor.

 

The proctor form is available in .pdf format from Blackboard.  The proctor forms for this course have been redesigned so please use the appropriate proctor forms.   Students should review the form and get the proctor information ahead of time.  Students should then open the Adobe PDF file and type the required information in the boxes on the forms.  Students should print the forms and have the proctor sign the forms.  The students should then fax the forms to the course instructor (Fax Number 940-397-4845). 

 

Each student can set his/her exam appointment anytime between 9am and 9pm.  It is better to take the exam during normal working hours to be sure that MSU Technical Support will be available.  The course instructor will provide the examination password to the proctor by email. 

 

The instructor may be available by phone and email during the exam time in case there are technical difficulties with the electronic version of the exam.  If there are any problems during the exam, the proctor should call the course instructor (Toll Free 866-575-4305, Direct 940-397-4083, Cell 940-249-0100) If the instructor is not available, contact MSU Technical Support through MSU Blackboard, and send an email to the instructor explaining what happened.  The exam may have to be rescheduled.

 

 

 

 

                          TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE 2010

 

 

Date

 

Activity

August 21

MSU Fall Semester Classes Start

Sept 12 and 13

On-Campus Seminar Classes

In-Class Image Review

September 22

Pharmacology CD Quizzes (4) Complete

Pharmacology Blackboard Exam Complete

October 13

Online Case Evaluation

November 3

Projects Due to V. Sanders

November 23

MRI Module Complete

MRI Blackboard Exam Complete

Nov 29-Dec 1

Practice RA Certification Exam

 

Dec 5, 6, and 7

On-Campus Seminar Classes

Clinical Portfolio Check Out

(Bring Nursing CD's)

 

 

Last Date to File for December Graduation – October 4, 2010

Last day to File for May Graduation- October 11, 2010

MSU Commencement December 11

 


Grading Standards

Grading / Evaluation:


Class Participation                                                                    10%

Project                                                                                      15%

Modules                                                                                   25%

In-Class Image Review                                                               25%

Practice Certification Exam                                                        25%     

 

A = 90 = 100

B = 80 89

C = 70 79

D = 60 69

F = Below 60


Final Exam12/6/2010  TBA

Submission Format Policy

Projects – 15%

 

Students will generate one (1) self-contained content modules.  The modules can be PowerPoint Presentations or Word Documents and include text, content, and graphics with references to sources and Internet links where appropriate.  The modules should also include 10 multiple choice questions related to the module with a key.  The modules should be submitted as Word document or PowerPoint Presentation email attachments by the due date on the chart at the end of the syllabus.

 

The Modules Topics can be Ultrasound, PET, Nuclear Medicine, CT, or Fluoroscopy.

 

The modules must include

 

  • Basic Principles of the Modality (How images are generated and recorded)
  • Advantages of the Modality
  • Disadvantages of the Modality
  • Contraindications and Safety Concerns of the Modality
  • Most Common Musculoskeletal Pathologies Observed
  • Most Common Neurological Pathologies Observed
  • Most Common Torso or Body Pathologies Observed
  • Special Considerations of the Modality (Regulatory, Equipment QC, Radiopharmaceutical Handling, etc.)


Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

n/a


Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

This is a hybrid distance education course. Because of the unique distance learning format for this program, students must be present for both on-campus seminars to receive a passing grade. There are no exceptions to this policy. Students must also be vigilant in checking email and logging onto Blackboard to insure that messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner.


Other Policies

Special Needs:

In accordance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Midwestern State University endeavors to make reasonable adjustments in its policies, practices, services, and facilities to ensure equal opportunity for

qualified persons with disabilities to participate in all educational programs and activities.

 

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) provides information and assistance, arranges accommodations, and serves as a liaison for students, instructors, and staff.  The ODS has assistive devices such as books on tape, recorders, and adaptive software which can be

loaned to qualified individuals.  A student/employee who seeks accommodations on the basis of disability must register with the Office of Disability Services in the Counseling Center, Clark Student Center Room 108.  Documentation of disability from a competent professional is required.

 

Individuals with grievances related to discrimination or lack of accommodation on the basis of a disability are encouraged to resolve the problem directly with the area involved.  If the matter remains unresolved, advice and/or assistance will be provided by the Office of Disability Services for resolution.  The grievance procedure may be found in the Student Handbook and Activities Calendar.

 

The Director of the Counseling Center serves as the ADA Coordinator and may be contacted at (940)397-4618, TDD (940)397-4515, or 3410 Taft Blvd., Clark Student Center Room 108.

Honor System:

 

This course adheres to the MSU Code of Conduct. In particular, academic dishonesty, however small, creates a breach in academic integrity.  A student's participation in this course comes with the expectation that his or her work will be completed in full observance of the MSU Code of Student Conduct.  A student should consult the Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.

 

Many components of this course are designed to be highly interactive with students helping each other learn.  Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many resources available including Internet sites, handouts and module notebooks, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive for life-long learning.

 

When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting that they have abided by this rule.

 

Plagiarism:

 

By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a "limited right" in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The "limited right" shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student's work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.

 


Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.