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

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Clinical Make-Up Time

Students may not be required to do make-ups for lost clinical days on the college's official days off, holidays, or during the exam period. Students will be allowed to attend clinical for make-up hours on the college’s unofficial days off, holidays, or during the exam period if they chose to do so. Faculty may "schedule in" an extra clinical as a make-up during each semester or may require students to complete make-ups after the exam period each semester. Clinical proficiency is based on clinical experience and clinical hours. All unexcused and excused clinical time will need to be made up prior to the end of the semester. Revised 8/10

Snow Policy

In the event of school closing due to inclement weather, the student will not be required to attend clinical. The student may use this day as an opportunity to make up clinical hours. Students are required to make up missed clinical days. Clinical proficiency is based on clinical experience and clinical hours. All unexcused and excused clinical time will need to be made up prior to the end of the semester. Revised 8/10

Continuing Education Requirements

All students are required to obtain 10 Category A or B continuing education credits in the three final semesters of the second year of the clinical rotations. Please ask the clinical supervisor in your clinical setting when the continuing education conferences are held, and if you may attend.

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists offer CEU credits in its publications and on line. The Massachusetts Society of Radiologic Technologists & the New England Society of Radiation Therapists offer several conferences per year. The student must keep documentation and certificates of attendance to be presented upon completion of the clinical internship program.

8/07, Revised 8/10

Clinical Travel & Transportation

In order to provide students with exposure to a broad range of patients in a wide variety of practice settings, travel beyond the metropolitan Boston/Massachusetts area may be required. As the program continues to grow and recruit even more clinical sites in both hospital-based and free standing settings, this perimeter could easily expand.

The student will be held responsible for transportation to and from all assigned clinical sites and any costs incurred, regardless of their location. In addition, as a general rule, the student is also responsible for any expenses incurred while rotating at the clinical site including food, parking, and any other incidentals.
New affiliated clinical sites are added based on program growth and list of clinical affiliates are subject to change at the discretion of program faculty.

Revised 8/10, Reviewed 8/11


In the event of the death of an immediate family member, an appropriate duration of absence will be determined in consultation with the Program Director. (Usually 3 days). Students are required to make up missed clinical days. Revised 8/09, Reviewed 8/10

"Immediate family" includes a spouse, child, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, son in law, daughter in-law, spouse's parent, and/or a person living within the student's household. Days missed due to an extended absence, or absence for a non immediate family member, must be made up.

Outside Employment

This is not to affect attendance or achievement of educational objectives. Students who are employed in a radiation therapy department that is affiliated with the college may be excluded from that site as a clinical rotation at the discretion of the Clinical Coordinator & the Program Director. Students must report to the Clinical Coordinator & the Program Director when they are hired by a designated Clinical Affiliate. Revised 3/04, 8/07, Reviewed 8/10

Dress Code

All students must be professionally dressed while in the clinical area. Overall appearance and attire should not be distracting to others (co workers, patients, visitors, etc.). The following is considered proper dress:
 Slacks: Clean, neat and pressed. Jeans (or any other color of denim), scrubs or knit pants are not permitted.
¨ White Lab Coat: Student issued MCPHS lab coat must be worn at all times, along with MCPHS nametag and film badge. The MCPHS embossed lab is the standard lab coat and will be required of all students, all other lab coats will not be allowed.
¨ Shoes: Polished dark-solid colored leather shoes or clogs with heel straps which are neat and clean in appearance are permitted. (Sneakers, sandals, open-toed shoes, strapless clogs, and high heels are not permitted.)
¨ Hair: All styles must be kept neat and clean; hair longer than shoulder length must be tied back.

  • Earrings: Small styles only, since large hoops or dangling earrings can get caught on the equipment or pulled on by unsteady patients. Ear stretchers are not allowed and the opening should be covered.

  • No visible tattoos: Visible tattoos must be covered while in clinical, in clinical labs and on clinical site property while attending clinical.

  • No visible body piercing: (nose, lip, belly etc.)

Revised 1/04,6/05, 4/10, 8/10, 8/11

  • Body Piercing: "No other visible piercings are permitted in the clinical setting"

  • Shirts: Should be clean & pressed. No logo shirts, sports shirts or low cut shirts are permitted.

  • Jewelry: Watches and rings are permissible. Costume jewelry is not permitted because

it can fall on patients or get caught on equipment.

Female Students
 Skirts must be of reasonable length (not distracting). Slacks should be full-length (no cropped/ capri pants). Colored tops may be paired with slacks or a skirt as long as a lab coat is worn. (No sweatshirts or printed T-shirts). No V-neck shirts or low cut blouses allowed.

  • Stockings/hose should be worn in the clinic at all times.

 Nail polish permitted in subdued shades only, no chipped nail polish permitted. Nail length should be kept to 1/4", and no acrylic nails allowed for infection control purposes.

Male Students
 Button-down Shirts are required and should be neat, clean and pressed. Ties must be worn at all times. T-shirts are not permitted.
 Polished dark-solid colored leather shoes may be worn. (Sneakers, sandals, open-toed shoes, strapless clogs are not permitted.)
 Facial Hair must be kept clean and neatly trimmed. A student, who chooses to grow a beard /moustache/sideburns, etc., should initiate this over a vacation to avoid appearing unkempt in the clinic.
"It is mandatory that a professional appearance be maintained! If a student is found to be non compliant with the dress code, the student will be immediately suspended from clinical assignment. Time lost will need to be made up after conferring with Program Director and Clinical Supervisor."

Revised 8/07, 6/08, 8/10,11/10, 8/11

Students should refrain from chewing gum or eating, unless they are in the lounge or cafeteria areas. Eating or drinking in the clinical area is not permitted.
Newspapers, magazines and non-textbooks are not to be taken in to the clinical area. Students are expected to utilize any “down-time” by reviewing patient records, reviewing films, or assisting other radiation therapy teams. Students are not allowed to study for their didactic courses while at clinical unless on a designated break or approved by the radiation therapy team.
All cell phones are to be turned off while in clinical and not carried in your clothing or lab coat. You may keep your cell phone in your bag and check it during the lunch break. Revised 8/11

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