PCHCS Handbook 2023-2024

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences (PCHCS)—Department of Health Science 2023–2024 176 Academic Promotions and Progression • Honors: The students may receive academic honors per term based on the completed work for the term. The policy for dean’s or president’s lists follows that in place for the PCHCS. A notice will be sent to the student and notification will be entered on the student’s transcript. • Academic Progress: For each course offered within the program, contact information for the designated contact person for that course will be available in the syllabus of the course. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their professors or lab instructors regarding any issues impeding academic progress. Students are also strongly encouraged to contact the program director, if necessary. • Academic Progress in Clinical Externships: Clinical externships are assessed on different criteria outlined in the syllabi for these courses. Failure to meet the requirements for any of these criteria may result in failure for the externship, with similar consequences as for failure of any didactic courses including, but not limited to, possible dismissal from the program. Students in clinical externships must maintain records of evaluations in sufficient detail to document learning progress and achievements of clinical competencies, as well as of the minimum number of procedures and types of procedures established by the program as requirements for graduation. • Academic Progression: The B.S.—MS is a lockstep program. The sequence of the courses has been thoughtfully determined. Progression from one term to the next is, for sonography courses, based on the successful completion of the courses offered in prior terms. The progress of each student through the curriculum requires continuous satisfactory academic performance. To fully complete the sonography program, students must successfully complete the core sonography courses in the time and sequence that they are offered. Students who receive a final course grade of C- or less in any core didactic course will be referred to the CSP and may be dismissed from the program. The following are considered core courses: Ultrasound Physics I/Lab, Ultrasound Physics II/SPI Exam, Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Ultrasound Cross-Sectional Anatomy, Abdominal Sonography I, Abdominal Sonography II, Obstetrics and Gynecology UltraSound I, Obstetrics and Gynecology Ultrasound II, Small Parts Sonography, Venous Testing/Lab, Peripheral Arterial Testing/Lab, Cerebrovascular Testing/ Lab, and Clinical Preparation and Review. The following are also core courses; however, remediation is not available: Clinical Externship I, Clinical Externship II, and Clinical Externship III. Students must complete all general (abdominal—extended and OB-GYN) and vascular competencies and clinical hours within three semesters, including a minimum of one full semester at a dedicated vascular site to fulfill graduation requirements. Academic progression during clinical externships is based upon records indicating the number and type of procedures performed by the student, the examination findings, the extent of student supervision, and the level of student involvement in scanning/performance. Records must be maintained and must document that the student meets the minimum number of procedures and types of procedures established by the program. Students and clinical coordinators ensure that all required clinical competencies are assessed by vetted clinical instructors holding the appropriate credentials to the assessed clinical competencies. Students who do not achieve the required clinical competencies or the minimum number of hours, procedures, and types of procedures as established by the program, will not be able to graduate from the program.