Radiologic Technology Program Academic Grading System

The student must achieve a minimum of eighty (80%) percent (C) average in all didactic and practicum courses in order to remain in good standing in the program.

The following is the academic grading scale used for all didactic and practicum courses:

 Percentage

 Letter Grade

 Quality Points

 95-100%

 A

 4.0 points

 93-94%

 A-

 3.75 points

 91-92%

 B+

 3.25 points

 87-90%

 B

 3.0 points

 85-86%

 B-

 2.75 points

 83-84%

 C+

 2.25 points

 80-82%

 C

 2.0 points

 78-79%

 C-

 1.75 points

 76-77%

 D+

 1.25 points

 74-75%

 D

 1.0 points

 72-73%

 D-

 0.75 points

 71% or Below

 F

 0.0 points

Radiographic Procedures and Image Analysis courses

Each of the Radiographic Procedures & Image Analysis courses contains specific Anatomy & Physiology (A&P) Units and Clinical Procedure Units within the course.  Patient safety is the number one concern.  In order to protect patients from unnecessary exposure to ionizing radiation, the student must attain a eighty (80%) percent or greater at the conclusion of each A&P and Clinical Procedure unit in each Radiographic Procedures and Image Analysis course in order to begin the performance of radiographic examinations on patients. If the student should fail to obtain the required eighty (80%) percent, they will be required to complete a remediation test as determined by the instructor. If the student successfully passes the remediation test with a score of eighty (80%) or greater, he/she will remain in the program on academic probation. The grade for the unit will be an eighty (80%). If he/she fails the remediation test, they will be immediately dismissed from the program. If the student should fail to obtain a minimum score of eighty (80%) or greater on any future unit in any Radiographic Procedures and Image Analysis course, he/she will be immediately dismissed from the program. Refer to the Clinical Handbook for further explanation of grading in the Radiographic Procedures and Image Analysis courses.  

The A&P units will each be graded as follows:    

  • Directed Readings/Out of class assignments:             10%
     
  • Written Quiz Average:                                                  40%
  • Written A&P Unit Final Exam:                                  50%

Grades for each clinical procedure unit will consist of the following:

  • Written quizzes (2-3 per unit) given throughout the unit which include radiograph evaluation.

Each quiz is worth 50 points with each quiz consisting of multiple choice questions, short answer questions and radiographs. The radiograph portion of the quiz consists of radiographic critique, various questions about positioning of the patient for the respective radiograph, etc.

  • Written Final Exam that is given at the completion of each clinical unit which includes radiograph evaluation.

The Final Exam is worth 100 points consisting of multiple choice questions, short answer questions and multiple radiographs. Similar to the quizzes, the radiograph portion of the Final Exam consists of radiographic critique, various questions about positioning of the patient for the respective radiograph, etc.

  • Simulated Positioning Final Exam that is given at the completion of each clinical procedures unit which is performed on another student.

The student that is to be evaluated performs an entire exam on a “patient” (another classmate) without making an exposure.  The exam (2-3 exams per unit) performed by the student is selected at random based on the clinical positioning unit that is currently being taught.  The student will select 1-2 routine exams (dependent on the unit) and 1 non-routine/trauma exam.   

The Simulated Positioning Final Exam is designed to ensure that a student has a competent understanding of the examinations and the procedure of performing the examinations in the unit they have most recently completed. Due to the necessity of competency, if a student scores below an 80% for any one of the exams during the Simulated Positioning Lab Final, they will be required to perform remedial testing of the failed examination on the next class day. If the student passes the remedial testing of the examination with an 80% or better, the highest score allowed will be an 80%. A repeated failure of the remedial examination will be immediate dismissal from the program. 

Each one of these previously explained evaluation tools are an important step in learning and practicing positioning skills and patient care.  To arrive at a percentage grade for each clinical procedure unit, the following items will be averaged:

  • Scores from the written quizzes will be averaged - equaling 1/3 of the unit grade.
  • Grade from the written final exam will equal 1/3 of the unit grade.
  • Scores from the Simulated Positioning Final Exams will be averaged together equaling 1/3 of the unit grade.

The final course grades for each the following; RAD 313, RAD 333, RAD 441, and RAD 452, will be determined by averaging the final A&P units scores and clinical procedures unit scores instructed during the course.  If the student fails to obtain the minimum 80%, refer to the Program Progression Policy stated in the Radiologic Technology Program Handbook.

Radiographic Practicum courses

Each Radiographic Practicum will be recorded as a pass/fail grade.

Didactic courses

The method of evaluating the student’s knowledge of the material will be determined by the instructor and explained to the students on the first day of the course.

Miscellaneous Grading Information

NOTE: Exams, regardless of the format, will not be curved or dropped from the student’s overall grade. 

NOTE: cumulative course averages will not be rounded either up or down to the nearest percentage point.

NOTE: As stated in the Program Progression Policy, failure to obtain the required minimum eighty (80) percent at the conclusion of a course will necessitate the student to complete remedial testing as determined by the instructor.  Obtaining a minimum of eighty (80) percent on the remedial testing will result in the student receiving an eighty (80) percent for the course.  If the student should fail to obtain the minimum eighty (80) percent on the remedial testing, he/she will be immediately dismissed from the program without the possibility to reapply.  The successful completion of the remedial testing will result in the student continuing in the program but under probationary status for the remainder of their time in the program.  If the student fails to obtain the minimum eighty percent at the conclusion of a second course, the student will be immediately dismissed from the program without the possibility to reapply.

Increase

Did You Know?

Job growth for sonography graduates is expected to increase by 39% by the year 2022 (Source: U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, June 2014).

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