Massachusetts college of pharmacy & health sciences radiation therapy program school of Medical Imaging & Therapeutics Contact Information



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Professional Relationships

It is essential that students behave professionally when in the clinical setting. Equally important is the maintenance of professional relationships with patients, physicians, co-workers and other medical staff. Students should observe the following guidelines when in a clinic:



Grading

Clinical grades will be given at the end of each semester and will be part of the students Quality Point Average and their Professional Quality Point Average. Clinical grades will be based on the student meeting specific radiation therapy internship goals and objectives, successfully completing specific clinical competency evaluations for each internship rotation, and on the evaluation of the student’s overall professional standards by the Clinical Supervisor, the Clinical Coordinator, & the Program Director in the areas of: attendance, communication, professionalism, technical skills, cognitive ability, knowledge assessments, oral competencies, industry, attitude, interpersonal interactions, professional judgment & rules and regulations. See the Supervisor Evaluation of Clinical Skills Form.


Assessment of Student Competency
To pass this course, students are required to achieve a final minimum grade of C (2.0). Obtaining a score of less than a 75% will result in a student’s having to repeat the course, and not being allowed to progress to the next clinical internship. Students should be aware, however, that receiving a grade of less than B (3.0), may jeopardize their professional GPA of a required 2.5, which could also jeopardize progression in the program.
The numerical distribution and corresponding letter grade is listed below:
93-100 A 4.0

92-90 A- 3.7

89-87 B+ 3.3

86-83 B 3.0

82-80 B- 2.7

79-77 C+ 2.3



76-75 C 2.0

74-70 C- 1.7

69-64 D 1.0

63-60 F 0.0



Revised 8/10

Retention & Dismissal Policy for the RTT Internship




Clinical Probation

Removal from a clinical assignment can occur anytime during the rotational period for any of the following reasons but not limited to:


1. Failure to perform clinical tasks with direct supervision

2. Lack of professional ethics and/or conduct

3. Lack of cooperation

4. Inability to accept his/her role as a student

5. Negative attitude toward patients and/or staff

6. Refusal to comply with the professional appearance codes

7. Creating disruptions in the clinical area

8. Failure to satisfactorily complete performance, including competency, evaluations

9. Failure to comply with Program or Affiliate rules and regulations

10. Approaching a clinical staff member with the purpose of debating a grade or evaluation, or in any confrontational manner

11. Falsifying actions, findings, or documentation in clinical settings

12. Presenting fictional patient cases as real or falsely presenting pieces of real patient cases in a single composite case

13. Failure to maintain visual contact with patient and physical contact with console while running the beam

14. Failure to complete clinical objectives in the designated clinical rotation timeline


A student removed from a clinical assignment for any of the above will be provided written notification of the cause for removal along with a recommendation to the Academic Standing Committee (ASC) of the College that he or she be placed on Academic Probation. The recommended conditions of the probation will also be transmitted to the Academic Standing Committee in writing with a copy to the student. This notification will be co signed by the student and the Program Director and placed on file. If the terms of the probation are not met in the specified time, a recommendation for dismissal will be made to the ACS.
Revised 8/09, 6/11, 8/11

Re-Entry Policy

Policy for Content Validation after Non-Progression or Leave of Absence


Students who have not been continuously attending courses for a period of one semester or more from an undergraduate SON/SMIT professional course, or who withdraw from a SON/ SMIT program via leave of absence, must validate previous knowledge and skills held prior to program exit before they may reenroll in SON/ SMIT clinical professional courses. Reenrollment is subject to clinical placement availability (Note: there is no guarantee that space will be available at the desired time of return of the student; it may take up to two years for reentry due to lack of clinical placement availability). This policy applies to all undergraduate SON/ SMIT programs.
The validation will occur via students’ demonstration of knowledge and skills, i.e., meeting established program clinical competencies, in a selected clinical facility or simulation laboratory. This requires that students notify the program director of desired date of return a minimum of 30 days prior to anticipated return to make arrangements for preparing and performing validation testing. Program faculty will provide guidance as to what content and skills (competencies) need to be reviewed by students prior to the testing, but it is the students’ responsibility to prepare for the validation testing.

Students attempting to return from a leave of absence must also have been cleared to return to classes by designated staff in the Academic Resource Center and the Dean of Students (if a medical leave of absence) prior to performing validation testing. The Academic Resource Center will notify the Dean of Nursing/Dean of Radiologic Sciences when the student is eligible to take the validation test. Validation of knowledge will consist of a competency examination. A minimum grade of C on the competency examination is required. Program faculty will determine the content and skills to be included in the validation test.


If a student fails the validation test, he/she must enroll in a one-semester Directed Study to remediate prior to reentering the program. This will delay the student’s reentry for at least one semester but likely for one year (or more if there is no clinical space available). The number of semester credits assigned to the Directed Study course will vary (1-3 semester credits) depending upon the number of semesters successfully completed in the program. If the student completed 2 or fewer semesters, one credit will be assigned; if 3-4 semesters, 2 credits; and if more than 4 semesters, 3 credits). Students may take general education courses concurrently with the Directed Study, but may not take any program professional courses until the directed study has been successfully completed.
If a student does not pass the Directed Study with a minimum of C on the first attempt, he/she will be dismissed from their respective program. Reviewed 8/10, Revised 8/11



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