Patient Care

Course Details

Course Number: RADS 1223  Section Number: 201

Spring 2014

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: 108

Course Attachments

Syllabus  Syllabus for students (updated 7-24-14)-20140819-095852.docx


Patient Care in Radiography with an Introduction t  ISBN: 978-0-323-08065-1

MSU Faculty Member
Robert Comello   
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Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Recognize and describe members of the health care team.
2. Demonstrate and describe patient care techniques in a safe manner for the patient, self, and co-workers.
3. Interpret and record information in patient charts.
4. Apply safe body mechanics for the patient, self, and co-workers.
5. Safely and legally utilize immobilization devices.
6. Demonstrate and describe vital signs.
7. Discuss and practice safety in patient care delivery when oxygen is utilized.
8. Discuss and practice infection control for the patient, self, and co-workers.
9. Discuss and practice aseptic techniques.
10. Demonstrate safe administration of contrast media.
11. Recognize and respond to patient medical emergencies and demonstrate knowledge of emergency medications.
12 Discuss ethical and legal issues in health care in general and radiologic sciences in particular.

Course Expectations

The student will correctly assess patient conditions; demonstrate accepted infection control and general safety practices; respond appropriately to emergency situations; practice effective communication skills; and identify pertinent pharmaceuticals and their applications.

Grading Standards

Grades will be recorded based upon the student's performance in a variety of assessment strategies as follows:




Unit Tests (5)


Vital Signs


Patient Transfer


Venipuncture Skill Assessment


Sterile Technique


Final Exam
















Below 60 or dishonesty


NOTE: You must make a "C" average or above to pass the class. The instructor Does Not round up the final grade average.

Submission Format Policy


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


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

The student has a responsibility to attend all classes / labs at the designated time of that class or lab. If a student does not, they will be classified as absent. The following criteria of those classifications are solely those of the instructor of this class. 

Defined Tardiness (Lecture/Lab) 

Any student that arrives to lecture/lab 5 minutes after the starting time designated in the university catalogue of lecture/lab will be considered tardy. If the student arrives tardy a total of two (2) times, the student will be penalized in the form of one (1) unexcused absence. There will be no exceptions to this policy.

Defined Absence (Lecture/Lab)

A student will have ten (10) minutes after the designated starting time to be present in lecture/lab. If the student is not present at that time, he/she will be considered absent. The student will be marked as having an unexcused absence from lecture/lab. Three (3) unexcused absences will result in failure of the course and possible dismissal from the program.

A student will be considered as having an excused absence from class / lab if the following criteria have been established:

  1. Death of an immediate family member. An immediate family member is considered to be a grandparent, parent, sibling, spouse, in-law, aunt, uncle,or child.
  2. Summons to appear in court or jury duty.  A copy of the summons is required.
  3. Call to military service. A copy of your orders to report is required.
  4. University sponsored event.  Members of athletic teams, college bowl participants, etc. will be excused with proper notification.
  5. Debilitating Illness or Disability.  Will be addressed on an individual basis.

If a student if affected by an illness that is not debilitating, (i.e. flu, virus infection) which may result in the student missing one or more consecutive  class / lab sessions, that student will be marked as unexcused for the amount of days missed unless a doctor’s note is provided.   A doctor’s note must have a statement to the affect that you were seen in the office, or you are cleared to return to classes. It does not have to state what you were seen for. There will be no exception to this policy.   

Personal Appointments

Students must refrain from making appointments that will take them out of class / lab. Routine doctor or dentist visits are an example of this.  If you leave class / lab early because of an appointment, or for any other reason, the occurrence will be treated with the same regard as an unexcused absence. However, unexpected events do occur and will be addressed on an individual basis.

Other Policies

Instructor communication with the student

Communication will be through the student's Midwestern State University e-mail account. If you have not established this account, do so as soon as possible by going to:

Lecture/Lab Participation:

Students are assigned to one class lecture each week, consisting of a 2-hour time slot.  Students are expected to come to class on time, stay awake, and participate in the lecture.  If it is deemed that students are not engaged in the lecture session, they will be asked to leave and will be penalized an unexcused absence for that session.

Students are assigned to four (4) hours of lab each week.  Students are expected to work while in the lab – this means manipulating equipment, positioning classmates, and discussing the material to ensure understanding.  If students are deemed to not be putting in the effort to learn the material, they will be asked to leave the lab and will be penalized an unexcused absence for that session.    


MSU Student Honor Creed: “ As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to do so.”

Honesty is a necessary trait in all health-care professionals.  It is assumed that all students practice honest and ethical behavior.  Academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, etc.) will not be tolerated in this lecture and may result in failure and suspension or dismissal from this course and from the program. Cases will be referred to the Dean of Students for possible dismissal from the university. 

PLEASE NOTE:  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 not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.


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.


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, or call 397-4131.