Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Health Science 2018–2019 157 Clinical Externships • Clinical externships time frame: The second year of study in the Bachelor of Science in Medical Sonography program consists of clinical externships, i.e., courses designated as BMS 4500, 4600, and 4700. Clinical Externships consist of 3 terms for a total of 48 weeks, with a minimum of 37 hours per week. • Clinical externships placement: The student’s initial clinical externship placement is assigned during the third term (summer) of the first year of study. The final clinical externship weekly schedule will be left at the discretion of the clinical site and the student, but must follow the guidelines outlined above. • Clinical assignments during the second year will be determined by the clinical coordinators and students are requested to honor those assignments. Clinical sites may be local in-state, non-local in-state, and/ or out-of-state. • Students who have not taken the Sonography Principles and Instrumentations (SPI) Exam with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) will not be able to start their clinical externships. • Duties and expectations in clinical externships: Students in clinical externships must follow all the rules and regulations of the university and the clinical site, including but not restricted to, rules and regulations on confidentiality. Written work submitted as part of class assignments should not include any identifying information on the patient. To facilitate communication between the student and the program during the clinical externships, the student must provide a cellular phone number to the clinical coordinator. The expense of the cellular phone and its function will be the student’s responsibility. Absences or tardiness from the clinical externship site should be communicated to the clinical coordinator AND the clinical instructor in the clinical site, preferably before the start of the shift assigned, but no later than 24 hours. • Time keeping: Time keeping during clinical externship is completed through the clinical reporting system, Trajecsys. The student will be given instructions on the use of the system during the Clinical Introduction course prior to the first day in the clinical externship site. Any student believed to be tampering with or manipulating the cloAbck-in, clock-out, or documentation process will be sent to the Committee on Student Progress and may be subject to disciplinary action for unethical and unprofessional behavior including, but not limited to, receiving a failing grade for the clinical rotation. • Clinical extension of program: If, for any reason, the student does not fulfill the requirements for clinical externships (BMS 4500, 4600, and 4700), the program has the authority to extend the student’s clinical externships, which may result in additional cost to the student. Please also refer to the section on Academic Promotions and Progression. Electronic Communication Electronic communication, including faxes and electronic mail, must adhere to the university policy. The use of cellular phones and other unauthorized electronic devices are not permitted during the lectures or lab sessions. Students may be requested to step out of the auditorium or the laboratory if the student uses a cellular phone or any other unauthorized electronic device without authorization from the instructor. Recurrent behavior will be referred to the Committee on Student Progress for unprofessional behavior.