Hybrid Distance Education Course- Internet and On campus components
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:
All Previous Textbooks and Other Class Resources
No materials required
Nursing Pharmacology Made Incredibly Easy! Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2nd Ed
Grading / Evaluation:
Class Participation 10%
Modality Project 15%
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.”
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
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
Case Study 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)
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
MSU Fall Semester Classes Start
On-Campus Seminar Classes
In-Class Image Review
Pharmacology Module Complete
Pharmacology Blackboard Exam Complete
Modality Projects Due
MRI Module Complete
MRI Blackboard Exam Complete
Proctor Applications Due
November 28-Dec 1
Practice RA Certification Exam
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
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.