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RA Procedures V

Course Details

Course Number
RADS 5553
Section Number
RADS 5553
Semester
Fall 2014
Location
Bridwell Hall
Classroom Number
204
Days & Times

Hybrid education course- Internet and on campus requirements

On campus requirements TBA

Professor
Vicki Sanders MSRS, RRA, RT(R)(CV)(CT) (view Profile)

Course Attachments

Textbooks

Course Objectives

 

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:

  • Describe appropriate clinical pathways using medical imaging modalities.
  • Review pharmacology
  • Review radiologic physics
  • Review for ARRT RRA Certification Exam.

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 Expectations

 

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. 

 

Module Quizzes-35%

 

Modules

  • Module I -Pharmacology
  • Module II -Radiology Physics

Each module has a quiz.  Students should complete the reading assignments, complete chapter review quizzes, and view module videos before attempting the open book module quizzes. Students should be able to apply of the information in the modules not just memorize the information.

See the Modules link on Desire2Learn (D2L) for the reading assignments.  See the Course Schedule at the end of this syllabus for specific information about module quiz due dates. 

 

Desire2Learn (D2L) Open Book Module Quizzes

 

When a student has reviewed a module and is ready for the quiz, he or she will log on to Desire2Learn (D2L) and receive a customized timed module quiz consisting of randomized multiple choice questions.  Students may take quizzes ahead of schedule but MUST complete them by the scheduled deadlines on the Course Schedule at the end of this syllabus.

It is important to know the module content before attempting the module quizzes because they are timedStudents who do not complete module quizzes before the deadlines listed on the Course Schedule at the end of this syllabus will have points deducted from their Class Participation grade.  Quiz scores will be available immediately after a student submits his or her quiz for grading.

If students have technical difficulties during a quiz, they should use the “Help” link at the top toolbar in Desire2Learn (D2L), contact the MSU Information Systems Support Staff, and send an email to the course instructor explaining what happened.

If a student finds a faulty quiz test item or believes that a quiz question has been scored incorrectly, he or she should send an email to the course instructor (Vicki.sanders@mwsu.edu) that includes the following:

  • Module Quiz Number (I –III)
  • Question Stem
  • Answer Scored as Correct by the Computer
  • Answer the Student Thinks Should be Correct
  • Rationale Supporting Why the Student’s Answer is Correct
  • Page numbers must be included when referencing the textbook in a rationale

 

After reviewing the case, if the course instructor thinks a revision is justified, the student’s quiz score will be revised to reflect the additional points and the test bank will be updated.  It may take several weeks for the student to receive a response because the instructor works on batches of questions for a particular quiz at a time.

 

Case Study Questions - 25%

To prepare students for the ARRT RRA exam case study questions, students will be given a total of four (4) cases in which to formulate essay and non-essay answers, Students will log into Desire2Learn (D2L) course and select Case study area. Students will receive a random case study, in which they will have to answer 3 to 4 questions about the given case. Students will answer the question in the space provided in the course module. The students will be timed and point values for the questions will be assigned to simulate testing conditions.

Students will be graded on thoroughness and completeness of answer, correct information (knowledge of information), correct grammar and spelling, and organization. The instructor will offer feedback to students and students may resubmit the essay after revision to receive additional points to their score.

Students must complete case study questions by the dates listed at the end of the syllabus.

 

Practice RA Certification Exam - 30%

One two hour proctored closed-book practice certification exam will be administered using Desire2Learn (D2L). Students will have 90 minutes to complete the exam. The exam will consist of approximately:

 

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

Discussion Questions

            Case Study                                                                                                                     1

            (may have several questions relating to 1 case study scenario)

           

 

Each student must have a proctor and test site approved by the course instructor.  Typically acceptable proctor sites and candidates include:

  • College or University Testing Centers
  • Texas Computer-based Testing Collaborative (In Texas Only)      (www.tcbtc.org/locations.html )
  • Officials at military base education offices
  • ProctorU (www.proctoru.com)

The exam site must have reliable Internet connections and should have at least two Internet browsers available (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and/or Microsoft Explorer).  Sites with extensive firewalls and high security mechanisms may not work for testing.  Please test to be sure you can connect to Desire2Learn (D2L) 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.

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 Desire2Learn (D2L).  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 Desire2Learn (D2L), and send an email to the instructor explaining what happened.  The exam may have to be rescheduled.

 

Scores will not be released until all students have completed the Practice RA certification examination.

 

Grading Standards

 

Grading / Evaluation:


Class Participation                                                                    10%

Module Quizzes                                                                           35%

Case Study Exercises                                                               25%

Practice Certification Exam                                                       30%     

 

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 27, 2014. 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.”



 


 

Submission Format Policy

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. 

 

Module Quizzes-35%

 

Modules

  • Module I -Pharmacology
  • Module II -Radiology Physics

Each module has a quiz.  Students should complete the reading assignments, complete chapter review quizzes, and view module videos before attempting the open book module quizzes. Students should be able to apply of the information in the modules not just memorize the information.   

 

See the Modules link on Desire2Learn (D2L) for the reading assignments.  See the Course Schedule at the end of this syllabus for specific information about module quiz due dates.

Desire2Learn (D2L) Open Book Module Quizzes

 

When a student has reviewed a module and is ready for the quiz, he or she will log on to Desire2Learn (D2L) and receive a customized timed module quiz consisting of randomized multiple choice questions.  Students may take quizzes ahead of schedule but MUST complete them by the scheduled deadlines on the Course Schedule at the end of this syllabus. 

It is important to know the module content before attempting the module quizzes because they are timedStudents who do not complete module quizzes before the deadlines listed on the Course Schedule at the end of this syllabus will have points deducted from their Class Participation grade.  Quiz scores will be available immediately after a student submits his or her quiz for grading.

If students have technical difficulties during a quiz, they should use the “Help” link at the top toolbar in Desire2Learn (D2L), contact the MSU Information Systems Support Staff, and send an email to the course instructor explaining what happened.

 

If a student finds a faulty quiz test item or believes that a quiz question has been scored incorrectly, he or she should send an email to the course instructor (Vicki.sanders@mwsu.edu) that includes the following:

  • Module Quiz Number (I –III)
  • Question Stem
  • Answer Scored as Correct by the Computer
  • Answer the Student Thinks Should be Correct
  • Rationale Supporting Why the Student’s Answer is Correct
  • Page numbers must be included when referencing the textbook in a rationale

 

After reviewing the case, if the course instructor thinks a revision is justified, the student’s quiz score will be revised to reflect the additional points and the test bank will be updated.  It may take several weeks for the student to receive a response because the instructor works on batches of questions for a particular quiz at a time.

 

Case Study Questions - 25%

 

To prepare students for the ARRT RRA exam case study questions, students will be given a total of four (4) cases in which to formulate essay and non-essay answers, Students will log into Desire2Learn (D2L) course and select Case study area. Students will receive a random case study, in which they will have to answer 3 to 4 questions about the given case. Students will answer the question in the space provided in the course module. The students will be timed and point values for the questions will be assigned to simulate testing conditions.

 

Students will be graded on thoroughness and completeness of answer, correct information (knowledge of information), correct grammar and spelling, and organization. The instructor will offer feedback to students and students may resubmit the essay after revision to receive additional points to their score.

 

Students must complete case study questions by the dates listed at the end of the syllabus.

 

 

Practice RA Certification Exam - 30%

 

One two hour proctored closed-book practice certification exam will be administered using Desire2Learn (D2L). Students will have 90 minutes to complete the exam. The exam will consist of approximately:

 

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

Discussion Questions

            Case Study                                                                                                         1

            (may have several questions relating to 1 case study scenario)         

 

Each student must have a proctor and test site approved by the course instructor.  Typically acceptable proctor sites and candidates include: 

 

  • College or University Testing Centers
  • Texas Computer-based Testing Collaborative (In Texas Only)    (www.tcbtc.org/locations.html )
  • Officials at military base education offices
  • ProctorU (www.proctoru.com)

 

The exam site must have reliable Internet connections and should have at least two Internet browsers available (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and/or Microsoft Explorer).  Sites with extensive firewalls and high security mechanisms may not work for testing.  Please test to be sure you can connect to Desire2Learn (D2L) 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. 

 

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 Desire2Learn (D2L).  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 Desire2Learn (D2L), and send an email to the instructor explaining what happened.  The exam may have to be rescheduled.

 

Scores will not be released until all students have completed the Practice RA certification examination.

 

 

 


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

N/A

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, (940) 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

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 Desire2Learn (D2L) to insure that messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner.

Other Policies

COURSE SCHEDULE FALL 2014

 

Date

 

Activity

August 23

MSU Fall Semester Classes Start

 

September 5-7

On-Campus Seminar Classes

 

September 19

Case study I due

October 10

Case study II due

October 15

Module I-Pharmacology Quiz due

October 31

Case study III due

November 13

ARRT APPLICATION MUST BE POSTMARKED FOR JANUARY 8th  EXAM.

November 17

Proctor applications due

November 19

Module II-Radiology Physics Quiz due

November 21

Case study IV due

November 24-December 3

Practice RA Certification Exam

 

December 5-7

On-Campus Seminar Classes

Clinical Portfolio Check Out

 

 

Last Date to File for December Graduation – September 29, 2014

Last day to File for May Graduation- October 6, 2014

MSU Commencement December 13

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)

Administrative Process: 

Unresolved issues related to this course should be first addressed between the student and the course instructor.  If there is no resolution, students must follow this sequence: 

Department Chair – Dr. Jeff Killion (940-397-4679)

College Dean – Dr. James Johnston (940-397-4594)

Dean of Students – Matthew Park (940-397-7500)


Conduct / Honesty / Honor System:

Specific components of RADS 5553 are designed to represent the efforts of each student individually and are NOT to be shared.  These components include the written assignments submitted for a grade.  When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they abided by this rule.  Quizzes and exams are not to be copied in any form or shared in any form.  Students caught engaging in such activity will receive an F for the course and be referred to University administration for dismissal.
 

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 the 6 hours of Communication Core and 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 https://mwsu.edu/academics/wpr, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at patrick.coggins@mwsu.edu.