RAD-195: Basic Clinical Education

Health & Human Services
Radiography Technician
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Basic Clinical Education
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
400.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
168.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
BIO-234, RAD-158, RAD-161, RAD-171, RAD-181, RAD-190
Catalog Course Description

A third course in a sequence of structured, competency based, clinical courses offering experiences in chart recognition, patient assessment, patient communication, equipment manipulation, and chest, abdomen, lower extremity, upper extremity, shoulder, and pelvis radiographic positioning.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. In concert with American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Curriculum and American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) competencies: Continued development of radiographic and mobile equipment skills
  2. Continued performance of mastered clinical competencies
  3. Introductory trauma radiography
  4. Shoulder girdle and pelvic girdle positioning
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Assess and apply radiation protection principles, practices, and procedures.
  2. Properly prepare the x-ray room and patient for a radiographic exam.
  3. Collect and record the proper medical history as mandated by the clinical site.
  4. Assure the patient’s safety during the exam.
  5. Demonstrate the use of proper body mechanics when transferring patients.
  6. Demonstrate the use of universal precautions in the clinical setting.
  7. Demonstrate accurate alignment of the x-ray tube and the image receptor to capture the radiographic image.
  8. Differentiate anatomy in the radiographs submitted for demonstration of competency.
  9. Recite all pertinent rules regarding professionalism as mandated by the clinical site.
  10. Adapt patient confidentiality standards.
  11. Demonstrate the maintenance of competency in previously mastered examinations.
  12. Complete Competency Tests in at least ten (10) examinations which may include the following: chest, abdomen, upper extremities, lower extremities, shoulder girdle, portable hip, and trauma hip.
  13. Complete the following Procedure Tests under the supervision of a Clinical Instructor: femur and hip; anteroposterior (AP) portable, and trauma axiolateral cross table.
  14. During two weeks of afternoon clinical rotations: modify radiographic examinations for trauma patients and conduct trauma radiographic examinations under direct supervision.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment is based on student performance during Competency and Procedure Examinations, weekly clinical staff evaluations, and student attendance.

General Course Requirements and Recommendations

Must obtain a grade of “C” or better to remain in the Radiography program.


Textbook(s) to be determined through program faculty approval.


Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2019
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date