Clinical education assignments allow integration of classroom and lab knowledge with actual patient care experience. Each semester, students will be assigned to one of the clinical education settings by the Program faculty. All assignments, however, are subject to revision at the discretion of the Program Director and Clinical Coordinator, due to unforeseen program changes. All clinical education settings reserve the right to refuse admission to any student who is involved in any activity not considered professional or conducive to proper patient care.
Students must have their own reliable form of transportation that will enable them to travel to and from all clinical education settings utilized by the Program. Additionally, students are expected to report on time to the assigned clinical setting. Students should also become familiar with travel directions and designated parking prior to each new clinical assignment. Students should be prepared to travel to any of the current program clinical facilities and/or new facilities that become affiliated with the program. Preferential assignment is not given to students based on child care issues, distance, transportation or other personal dilemmas. Catastrophic events will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
All students are required to purchase professional liability insurance prior to participation in clinical education setting. The insurance protects the student, college, and clinical education setting in case of any medical situations that result in litigation. Generally, the insurance is purchased on an annual basis by both first and second year students as a part of clinical course registration fees.
Please note that some of the affiliated clinical sites may require students rotating in their facility to carry health insurance. It is the studentís responsibility to obtain health insurance coverage from his/her preferred provider.
The specifics for grade determination in each course are contained within the appropriate course syllabus. Examinations (written, computer based, or skills based) are used to determine the degree to which the individual learner has achieved the course objectives/outcomes. In order to help assure success on the ARRT credentialing examination, the Lone Star College radiography programs utilize an elevated grading scale. The minimum grade required to pass the programís professional courses is 75%.
Academic Progression Policy
Progression from one Radiography course to the next within each level of the program is dependent upon the student obtaining a course grade of "C" or better in each prerequisite course. Failure to do so will result in removal from the program until the course is offered again. Former students may be allowed readmission on a "space available" basis as referenced in the programís readmission policy contained in the handbook. A student who is required to exit the Program due to academic reasons will only be granted one (1) readmission. Students gaining readmission to the Program must retake academically deficient course(s) and may be required to audit course(s) that are offered in the same semester. Any student who deviates from the published curriculum plan may not be able to progress and may be unable to complete the program in the designated time period.
Graduation eligibility requires the student to have satisfactorily completed the prescribed curriculum and competency requirements with an overall "C" (2.0 GPA) in all Radiography and general academic courses. Additionally, students must meet all systemís graduation requirements as stated in the LSC Catalog. Although, Radiologic Technology graduates are awarded their Associate of Applied Science degree in December, students are encouraged to participate in the LSC commencement ceremony held each May.