Education Radiologic Practicum

Course Details

Course Number: RADS 5245   Section Number: 01

Fall 2010

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: BH 204

Days & Times:

Arranged between student, practicum site, and faculty member within each semester. Requires 70-80 hours onsite.

Course Attachments


no textbook required
MSU Faculty Member
Dr. James Johnston   
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Course Objectives


The student will:

  • In cooperation with the MSU faculty member and the site preceptor, develop a list of goals and objectives to be accomplished during participation in the practicum experience;
  • Develop and maintain a portfolio documenting activities and accomplishment of goals and objectives;
  • Commit sufficient time to accomplish the stated goals and objectives, on the average of 70-80 contact hours.


Course Expectations


Students must identify a suitable practicum site approved by the faculty. The faculty member will then facilitate the establishment of an affiliation agreement. Sufficient time must be allowed for the signing of this agreement and it must be on file before the student is allowed to continue in the course.  If a signed affiliation agreement is not on file by the official MSU drop date for the current semester, the student WILL be administratively withdrawn from the course and will have to sign up and pay for the course again the next time it is offered.

Incompletes are ONLY given for emergencies and at the discretion of the faculty.

Portfolios MUST be submitted to the MSU faculty 2 weeks prior to the end of the semester. ALL late submissions will be automatically dropped one letter grade. Failure to submit a portfolio by the last week of the semester WILL result in an F for the course. An F in the course will result in automatic dismissal from the graduate program.

 To meet semester deadlines, practicum hours should be scheduled early in the semester and changes should be avoided.  

Students are required to include in the portfolio a journal for all time spent on this practicum, including experiences and observations at both the Practicum site, and the off-site development of materials, applicable observations, and course work. The student must contact the MSU instructor while onsite to obtain the needed evaluations.


The value to the student of the practicum goals and objectives have to be explained in the portfolio.  Any changes to the originally approved goals and objectives have to be approved by the faculty before they are incorporated in the practicum experience.  Documentation of approval of this revision must be included in the portfolio

Site contracts, immunization clearances by Vinson Health Center, and liability insurances all must be handled before students are eligible to participate in the practicum experience.

Submission Format Policy

A portfolio is to be developed reflecting the learning experience and received by the faculty member at least 2 weeks before the end of the semester to allow sufficient time for grading. The portfolio must include the following elements and will be graded accordingly.


Practicum Portfolio Development Instructions

Criteria met

Criteria not met: explanation

The practicum experience is designed to allow students to successfully complete pre-established objectives.  Following completion of the practicum, each student is expected to submit a “portfolio” that reflects the outcomes of the experience.  The portfolio should demonstrate completion of established objectives along with evidence of other activities in which the students were involved.  All materials should be typed and incorporated in a sturdy, large “three ringed” notebook.  The portfolio due date will be agreed upon by the Practicum Course Coordinator and the student. The portfolio should include:



  • Title Page
    • Students’ name, practicum type, site/location, Practicum Site Preceptor’s name, on-site dates, Practicum Course Coordinator’s name, and date of submission



  • Table of Contents



  • Introduction Statement 



  • Discussion about the value of the practicum goals and objectives



  • Practicum Goals & Objectives



  • Changes in Goals & Objectives
    • Explanation of any changes in the established goals and objectives with documentation of the MSU Practicum Course Coordinator’s approval of the changes



  • Evidence of Achievement 



  • Reflection on the learning experience.  Discussion and documentation of the achievement or failure to achieve the established goals and objectives.   Additional supportive documentation will enhance the portfolio.  Examples include audiovisual materials such as computer-based materials, videotapes, data from projects, or products developed during the experience.



  • Other
    • Discussion of other activities and/or experiences with the Site Preceptor or during the practicum.



  • Journal
    • Documentation of daily log or journal notes. 



  • Appendices / Exhibits / Tables - Included as needed



  • Conclusion
    • Summary of experiences and adjustments



Practicum Course Evaluation 





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


Portfolios MUST be submitted to the MSU faculty 2 weeks prior to the end of the semester. ALL late submissions will be automatically dropped one letter grade. Failure to submit a portfolio by the last week of the semester WILL result in an F for the course. An F in the course will result in automatic dismissal from the graduate program.

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 consists of 70-80 hours onsite with the agreed upon facility and preceptor. Failure to meet this time will result in grade reduction or failure of the course.

Other Policies


Special Needs:

Any student with special needs because of learning disabilities or other kinds of disabilities should

discuss these with the faculty at the beginning of the semester.  Campus resources are available for all students.



Portfolio                                        85%

Preceptor Evaluation                     15%

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