PCHCS Handbook 2023-2024

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences (PCHCS)—Department of Health Science 2023–2024 185 • 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/M.H.Sc. 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- in any core didactic course will not be allowed to progress to the next semester and will be referred to the CSP and may be dismissed from the program. The following are considered core courses: Ultrasound Physics I and II; Ultrasound Cross-Sectional Anatomy; Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Sonography; Cerebrovascular Testing; Venous Testing; Peripheral Arterial Testing; Abdominal Sonography I and II; Obstetrics and Gynecology Ultrasound I and II; Clinical Preparation; Clinical Externship I, II, and III. • 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 procedures and types of procedures as established by the program, will not be able to graduate from the program. • Academic Progress in Program: Students enrolled in the B.S.—MS/M.H.Sc. who withdraw, or are dismissed, from the medical sonography program will automatically be withdrawn from all M.H.Sc. courses. Students who meet the M.H.Sc. admissions requirements will need to apply directly to the M.H.Sc. program if they wish to continue to earn the M.H.Sc. degree. Retake/Repeat/Remediation • If a student fails a core sonography course, a cumulative remediation of written and/or practical examination will be administered. Grades on the transcript will be qualified to indicate a repeated course or a remediation examination. • A final course grade of less than C in any given core sonography course will constitute a course failure (this includes a grade achieved through a remediation examination). The grade from a remediation examination can be no lower than a C. Students who fail a core sonography course and the remediation examination will be sent to the CSP with recommendation and may be dismissed.