Radiography students participate in a clinical externship each semester beginning in the fall semester with RAD 147-Clinical Procedures I. The program has nine clinical affiliates as follows:
- RWJBH – New Brunswick
- RWJBH – Somerset
- RWJBH – Rahway
- HMH – Raritan Bay Medical Center – Perth Amboy
- HMH – Raritan Bay Medical Center – Old Bridge
- HMH – Jersey Shore University Medical Center
- HMH – Ocean Medical Center
- Saint Peter’s Healthcare System
- Staten Island University Hospital – Northwell Health
Students are assigned to clinical sites based on educational need and cannot choose where they would like to go. Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the clinical sites as well as associated toll and parking fees.
Students will rotate through three (3) different clinical sites over the 24-month radiograph program. The rotation assignments will be scheduled as follows:
|1st Clinical Rotation Assignment:||
RAD 147 – Clinical Procedures I (fall) &
RAD 157 – Clinical Procedures II (spring)
|2nd Clinical Rotation Assignment:||
RAD 167 – Clinical Procedures III (summer) &
RAD 277 – Clinical Procedures IV (fall)
|3rd Clinical Rotation Assignment:||RAD 287 – Clinical Capstone I (spring) &
RAD 297 – Clinical Capstone II (summer)
Students are required to complete a Criminal Background Check and 10-Panel Drug Test. A positive report of a crime and/or drugs may prevent required clinical course attendance. It may also prevent future certification by the ARRT and licensure by the New Jersey Board of X-ray Compliance. There is a pre-application review of eligibility for certification that can be submitted to the ARRT. Refer to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist at www.ARRT.org to review the Ethics Pre-Application process.
Proof of health insurance, proof of a recent physical evaluation, specific immunizations (influenza, MMR, Varicella, Tdap, PPD, Hepatitis B/C, PPD) and CPR (BLS) for the Healthcare Providers from the American Heart Association are also required by all of our clinical affiliates.
Competency Based Clinical Education (CBCE) Standard
Middlesex College Radiography Education Department complies with competency requirements set forth by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and The Radiologic Technologist Board of Examiners (Board)-Bureau of X-ray Compliance of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. CBCE is a progressive approach to the clinical development of a student. After didactic and laboratory instruction and documented laboratory proficiency, the student proceeds to the participation stage of the CBCE system. During the participation stage the student performs procedures under direct supervision at the clinical site. Once competency is documented on a specific procedure, the student can then perform that procedure under indirect supervision. There are three types of clinical competency evaluations (CCEs): (1) Initial Clinical Competency Evaluations (ICEs); (2) Continual Clinical Competency Evaluations (CCEs); and (3) Terminal Clinical Competency Evaluations (TCEs). All evaluations must be performed on patients. ICE’s are usually performed on ambulatory, non-traumatic patients. As the student progresses to CCE’s and TCE’s, procedures and patient variations become more progressively difficult.
During Clinical Externship the Student Will:
- Successfully complete a given number of off-campus clinical assignments.
- Observe and assist staff technologists with daily activities and functions of the Radiology Department.
- Demonstrate satisfactory professional conduct appropriate with her/his level of training.
- Comply with all program policies and regulations set forth by Middlesex College, the Radiography Education Department of MCC, and the clinical site(s).
- Identify the radiology department protocols as they relate to radiographic procedures.
- Efficiently perform radiographic examinations under direct supervision utilizing radiographic equipment and accessories as needed.
- Successfully complete a minimum number competency evaluation as listed in the course abstract. These examinations must only be performed after successful laboratory competence.
Appearance and Demeanor
A student’s appearance and demeanor reflect on the overall image of the College and clinical facilities attended. Students are therefore required to dress in appropriate attire and behave in a professional and business-like manner. Students are expected to follow the clinical dress code. Neatness, cleanliness, and good taste must be exhibited in clothing and grooming habits. The student will exhibit appropriate professional conduct. During this clinical experience, the student’s conduct will be measured using the Affective Domain Evaluation Form. The expected outcomes are in the following areas: Academic Expectations (Cognitive and Psychomotor), Communication Skills Professional and Affective Behaviors.