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Mary Washington Hospital
1001 Sam Perry Blvd.
Fredericksburg, Va.22401

Medical Imaging at Lee’s Hill
10401 Spotsylvania Ave., Suite 100-1
Fredericksburg, Va.22408

Medical Imaging of Fredericksburg
1201 Sam Perry Blvd, Suite 102
Fredericksburg, Va.22401

Cancer Center of Virginia
6105 Health Center Lane
Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Stafford Hospital
101 Hospital Center Boulevard
Stafford, VA 22555

Mary Washington Orthopedics
3310 Fall Hill Ave
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Mary Washington Orthopedics
4710 Spotsylvania Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22407

General Plan for Clinical Education

Each clinical site affiliated for the education of radiography students has a clinical instructor responsible for supervision. The clinical instructor, or a designated technologist, supervises the student in the clinical education center. Supervision must be direct or indirect, depending on the progress of the student in the program.

Students are assigned to different clinical education sites. Clinical assignments will begin with the fall semester of the program and may include evening and weekend rotations. Students will rotate through the different diagnostic areas to facilitate the transfer of knowledge from theory to application of skills by performing diagnostic radiographic procedures.

During the clinical orientation course, students are oriented to fire safety, infection control, back safety, and CPR. Following orientation, students begin attending clinical.

At each site, students are oriented to the department which includes the film library, emergency room, portable equipment, individual radiography rooms, the area supervisors and the department directors. At the end of each clinical rotation, students are evaluated using a clinical progress evaluation form. The length of clinical rotations will vary in length from daily rotations during the first month of the first semester to 3 to 5 weeks in length during the remainder of the program.

During initial rotations, students will be primarily engaged in observation. Students will become proficient and gain competence through practice and experience. The clinical competencies that follow are designed to prepare the student for job entry-level competence upon graduation. Specific category competency requirements are listed in the respective clinical education course syllabus provided by the instructor as required by ARRT.

Opportunities for attaining competence in pediatric radiographic procedures, tomography, trauma, surgical, and bedside procedures are provided. Simulation is utilized for infrequent or limited volume examinations and will comprise a minor component of clinical education. Opportunities are provided for observation in computed tomography, cardiovascular interventional, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, and ultrasonography.

Clinical Supervision

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) requires that, prior to a student attaining competency, the student must function in a clinical setting under DIRECT supervision of a qualified radiographer. The JRCERT defines a qualified radiographer as a technologist certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). All radiologic procedures/examinations will be performed under the DIRECT supervision of a qualified radiographer until the student has obtained the required competency on a given procedure/examination. The level of supervision the student receives is determined by the student’s level of competency. Students may only be tested for competency by an ARRT qualified radiographer.

Direct Supervision

Until a student achieves and documents competency, clinical assignments shall be carried out under the direct supervision of qualified radiographers. This means that a qualified radiographer:

  • Reviews the request for the examination and evaluates the readiness of the student to perform the examination
  • Evaluates the condition of the patient in relation to the student’s knowledge
  • Is present during the examination
  • Reviews and approves the images

Indirect Supervision

After demonstrating competency, students may perform procedures under indirect supervision.

For indirect supervision, a qualified radiographer is immediately available to assist students regardless of the level of student achievement. This means that the qualified radiographer is present in an area adjacent to the room or location where the radiographic procedure is being performed and is within calling distance without obstacles in the way. This applies to all areas where ionizing radiation equipment is in use.

** Students are never allowed to perform portables or operating room cases alone.

*** Students are never allowed to repeat a film alone. A registered technologist must always be present when a student is repeating an image and must sign and date a MWH SORT film repeat document.

**Students found in violation of the direct/indirect supervision policy will automatically drop one Clinical letter grade per occurrence. **

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