Clinical Internship

General Information

In the latter portion of each Program, students will begin the combined didactic and clinical phase, and will be placed in a facility to continue learning under the supervision of clinical professionals. During this time, the student is expected to perform in a competent, ethical, professional manner, and to assist the clinical professionals in all matters requested within the scope of the student’s training.

All clinical sites are carefully selected, based on evaluation of clinical personnel, case load, facilities, and geographic location. All X-ray clinical sites affiliated with the School are approved by the Radiological Health Branch. The School will place the student within a 25 mile radius of the campus for MA/X-ray clinical sites and a 35-mile radius for Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound/Clinical Sites

Criteria such as student suitability for a specific site, availability of a site at the time of placement, and department reorganization are considered for Internship placement. Sometimes unforeseen circumstances will cause a delay in scheduling. Clinical assignments for students meeting the requirements for Internship placement will be made according to the clinical policies.

The School maintains Affiliation Agreements with multiple clinical facilities. In order to maintain formal and structured relationships with these clinical affiliates, a student, or his/her representative (parents, rehabilitation counselor, etc.), is NOT PERMITTED TO APPROACH A SCHOOL AFFILIATED CLINICAL FACILITY ON HIS OR HER OWN. If a student has a particular interest in a clinical facility with which the School is not affiliated, the student must bring this to the attention of the Clinical Coordinator, who will evaluate the clinical setting.
DAY OR TIMES OF CLINICAL PRACTICE MAY NOT BE ARRANGED BY THE STUDENT WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION BY THE SCHOOL. IF A STUDENT IS ABSENT, THE CLINIC AND SCHOOL MUST BE INFORMED.

Clinical Placement
A professional attitude during a clinical Internship is required by the clinical facilities and the School. The clinical student is expected to follow all clinical protocols and rules and take pride in their clinical participation. The clinical student is expected to be in attendance during all scheduled hours. For X-ray students, the Department of Public Health, Radiological Health Branch regulation states that student’s wear their school I.D. and dosimeter at all times. Keeping with HIPAA standards, students must never reveal any confidential medical information. Personal hygiene is mandatory and attire must meet Clinical Department requirements.

The X-ray/MA-back office clinical Internship, combined with classroom training, is a full time assignment of 40 hours per week with classroom and clinical combined). Clinical hours range starting from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. All students must notify the clinical site and the School if they are to be absent. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action.

The Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound/Vascular Technology program clinical Internship requires a combined classroom and clinical commitment of 40 hours per week. All clinical Internship requires a daytime commitment with an additional evening commitment for the Vascular component.

The School maintains professional liability insurance on all students in clinical Internship.

Criteria for Beginning Clinical Internship

The eligibility criteria for placement in a clinical site are as follows:

1. Student must be cleared from each department prior to placement.
2. Student must have an average of 70% (2.0) GPA, and 80% attendance rate in
each course and/or module of the Program to qualify for clinical placement.
3. Tuition payments & Financial Aid status must be current.
4. Student must have a valid BLS/CPR certificate
5. Students must have completed a health screening with current forms available.
6. Student must be able to provide adequate and reliable transportation to and
from the clinical site.
7. If applicable, student must be in strict compliance with any probation plan in
place at that time of eligibility for placement.

The selection criteria for eligible student clinical assignment are:

1. Attendance and punctuality status
2. Level of clinical competency in Medical Assisting Duties, X-ray procedures & Ultrasound/Vascular procedures.
3. Overall grade point average (GPA)
4. Conduct in the classroom & labs—with specific emphasis on interaction with peers and instructional staff.
5. Number of probation’s accrued.
6. Recommendation of instructors.

Please Note: The foregoing “selection criteria for eligible student assignment to a clinical site” does not apply to the Ultrasound/Vascular program. This department has a written policy that will be presented to you by the Ultrasound/Vascular Clinical Coordinator. Please refer to that written policy if you have questions.