RA Procedures V

Course Details

Course Number: RADS 5553  Section Number: 101

Fall 2011

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: 204

Days & Times:

Hybrid Distance Education Course- Internet and On campus components



Course Attachments

Textbooks

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Richard Redd   
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Course Objectives

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 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.

Course Expectations

Textbooks:  


All Previous Textbooks and Other Class Resources

Required:

            No materials required

 

Recommended:

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

ISBN: 9780781792899


Grading Standards

Grading / Evaluation:


Class Participation                                                                    10%

Modality 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


The last opportunity to drop this course with a grade of “W” is 4:00 pm October 17, 2011. Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin for details about receiving a grade of “Incomplete” in a course.  In an emergency or extenuating circumstance, a student may request a grade of “Incomplete” in a course before grades are submitted.  If the instructor grants the “Incomplete,” the student has until thirty (30) days after the beginning of the next long semester to complete the course requirements.  If the student does not complete the course requirements within the deadline, the grade of “Incomplete” will automatically convert into a grade of “F.”


Submission Format Policy

Communication with Instructor:

 

Contact information for the instructor is listed at the beginning of this syllabus.  Email is the preferred mode of communication.  It is critical that students report all email changes immediately to the instructor.  The instructor will respond or at least acknowledge email messages from students within a maximum of five (5) business days when MSU is in session.  Beyond standard university holidays and breaks, the instructor will notify students of any extended periods of time when email contact is not practical (professional meetings, etc)

 

 

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. 

 

Modality Project – 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 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

COURSE SCHEDULE FALL 2011

 

Date

 

Activity

August 20

MSU Fall Semester Classes Start

 

August 20-21

On-Campus Seminar Classes

In-Class Image Review

September 21

Pharmacology Module Complete

Pharmacology Blackboard Exam Complete

October 19

Modality Projects Due

November 16

MRI Module Complete

MRI Blackboard Exam Complete

November 21

Proctor Applications Due

November 28-Dec 1

Practice RA Certification Exam

 

December 3-4

On-Campus Seminar Classes

Clinical Portfolio Check Out

 

 

Last Date to File for December Graduation – October 3, 2011

Last day to File for May Graduation- October 10, 2011

MSU Commencement December 10



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

Attendance:

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

COURSE SCHEDULE FALL 2011

 

Date

 

Activity

August 20

MSU Fall Semester Classes Start

 

August 20-21

On-Campus Seminar Classes

In-Class Image Review

September 21

Pharmacology Module Complete

Pharmacology Blackboard Exam Complete

October 19

Modality Projects Due

November 16

MRI Module Complete

MRI Blackboard Exam Complete

November 21

Proctor Applications Due

November 28-Dec 1

Practice RA Certification Exam

 

December 3-4

On-Campus Seminar Classes

Clinical Portfolio Check Out

 


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.