Advanced Clinical Practice Skills

Course Details

Course Number: RADS 3213  Section Number: x11

Fall 2014

Location: Online

Classroom Number: Internet Course

Days & Times:

Not Applicable.

Course Attachments

Syllabus  RADS 3213 Syllabus (word)-20140819-101342.docx


MSU Faculty Member
Robert Comello   
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Course Objectives

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

 Obtain and evaluate vital signs and EKG strips.                                                                                                                                                                              Identify normal and abnormal diagnostic laboratory values.                                                                                                                                                      Properly chart actions and observations pertaining to a patient.                                                                                                                                      Demonstrate familiarity with Pharmacology to include drugs, contrast media and applicable regulations.                                                                         Apply learned communication skills and techniques.                                                                                                                                                                    Identify factors influencing communication.                                                                                                                                                                          Demonstrate familiarity with concepts and methods of infection control.

Course Expectations

Perry, A. G., Potter, P. A., & Elkin, M. K.  (2012).  Nursing interventions & clinical skills (5h ed.).  St Louis: Mosby.  ISBN 978-0-323-06968-7.

Jensen, & Peppers (2006).  Pharmacology & drug administration for imaging technologists (2nd. Ed.).  St. Louis: Mosby. ISBN 978-0-323-03075-0



American Psychological Association (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. ISBN: 1-4338-0561-8.





When reading entries on the calendar, or viewing the calendar week when you sign into WeCT/Blackboard, you may come across the term “ALL DAY” or 12 am – 11:59 pm. All this refers to is how long the item can be viewed on the calendar. Simply put, if there is an item placed in the date box and it says all day in front of the entry, you will be able to see it all day. This does not refer to how long you have to turn in assignments and meet deadlines or expiration date for quizzes. Posted expiration dates along with assignment due dates and deadlines found at the end of the syllabus will be strictly enforced.



Grading Standards

Grading / Evaluation:

Completion of this course is based on satisfactory performance on the following:

  •    Unit Quizzes                                                                                         = 15%
  •    Shift Assessment                                                                               = 15%
  •    EKG assignment                                                                                = 15%
  •    Charting Exercise and Pharmaceutical  Assessment                = 15%    
  •    Cultural Communication Exercise                                                 =  15%
  •    Comprehensive Final Exam                                                            =  25%

A letter grade will then be assigned according to the following scale:

    90% and above     = A
    80% - 89%             = B
    70% - 79%             = C
    60% - 69%             = D
    59% and below      = F

Note: The instructor does not round up the final grade.

Unless you have 12 hours from MSU prior to August 31, 2006, you MUST make a grade of “C” or higher in all of your professional courses for them to count toward graduation. A professional course grade of “D” or lower MUST be repeated.


Final Exam12/1/2014  7am

Submission Format Policy

Please note: All assignments will be submitted through the assignment dropboxes found in the assignments link of the course. There is one exception and that is with the EKG/ECG assignment. Follow the directions for properly submitting this assignment.


Assignments must be received prior to the deadline.


Assignments that require the student to research information must correctly acknowledge the source of information. The paper should follow guidelines of the American Psychological Association. You will need to refer to the sixth edition of the APA manual. For quick references I suggest you use The Owl at Purdue at:  or take time to view the APA tutorial at:


APA Cover Pages for this course must have the following:

§   Properly placed running head and page number

§   Title of the assignment

§   Your name

§   University affiliation

§   Course number and name

§   Date

§   Instructor’s name


Confidentiality and HIPPA: Please be aware that some assignments will be done on patients and/or volunteers. It is your duty as a medical professional to maintain and preserve patient confidentiality. ANY ASSIGNMENT that contains proper names or identification that can be misidentified as patient information will automatically receive a point deduction equivalent to 1 letter grade. This is especially true for volunteer patients since the instructor cannot make that determination.

All assignments are considered completed when received by the instructor of this course.

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

Late assignments will not be accepted and a grade of zero will be recorded.

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

Not Applicable. This is an online course and as such there are no mandatory sessions. However, the student should be vigilant in checking email and logging onto WebCT.  Regular checks will 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 Support Services (DSS) provides information and assistance, arranges accommodations, and serves as a liaison for students, instructors, and staff. The DSS has assistance 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 Support Services in the Clark Student Center Room 168 or call 940-397-4140 for further information. 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 services as the ADA Coordinator may be contacted at (940) 397-4618, TDD (940) 397-4515, or 3410 Taft Blvd., Clark Student Center Room 108.


Honor Code:

RADS 3213 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 current Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.

Many components of RADS 3213 are designed to be highly interactive with students helping each other learn.  Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many resources available including online Blackboard course resources, Internet sites, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers when answering objectives. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive for life-long learning. 

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.

Specific components of RADS 3213 are designed to represent the efforts of each student INDIVIDUALLY and are NOT to be shared.  These components include the Blackboard Open Book Module Quizzes and the Blackboard Comprehensive Final Exam.  When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they abided by this rule.

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.