• Radiography - Grading, Retest, & Remediation Policies

    DIDACTIC & CLINICAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

    1. DIDACTIC & CLINICAL GRADES

      a) The passing grade for all didactic courses is 80% at the end of each semester.

      b) The passing grade for clinical competencies is 90% or above for all clinical competency evaluations and 85% in laboratory evaluations. A PASS grade is documented on the report card.

      c) The grade point average for successful completion of the program is 80% (B) and must be maintained during the entire 24 months.

      d) No student will graduate without fulfilling the didactic and clinical requirements.

      e) Only one retest will be allowed in Radiography courses (I; II; III; IV; V) and in Radiographic Imaging (I; II; III; IV) A maximum of two retests for the two years is allowed. There is no retest option for Radiography VI. (See B2)

      f) All grades are final record at the end of each semester and cannot be changed or altered during the two-year program. Student must notify office of grade discrepancy within one week of receipt.

      g) CEPE Grade: Clinical Education Performance Evaluation is a semester course grade of 80%. This advisory evaluation grades attendance/lateness/clinical performance including status of completed semester competency evaluations; monthly return of daily logs, or student forfeits of ½ day of personal time if delay is longer than a week; loss of Radiation Badge.

    Grades are interpreted as follows: Program requires a B grade of 80% in all RAD courses to remain in program.

    A =   4.0   90-100
    A- =   3.7   87-89
    B+ =   3.3   83-86
    B =   3.0   80-82
    F =       79 below

    1. GRADING, RETEST, AND REMEDIATION POLICIES

      1. Didactic Grades

        A. Course Name: Radiography I, II, III, IV, V, VI (VI has a different grading policy)

        Semester Grade: 1-Cumulative Final exam= 30 %; 4- Comprehensive test grades= 60 %; weekly quizzes = 10 %

        All Subject tests, quizzes, and exams will be averaged into one combined grade for each segment.

          1. Passing grade for each course is 80% per semester.

          2. Only one retest is allowed any Radiography I, II, III, IV, V, course (e.g. if Retested in RAD II, you cannot be retested again).

          3. Radiography VI grading policy: this final course is a comprehensive review of the ASRT curriculum in order to prepare the student to sit for the ARRT certification exam after graduating the program. The student will be graded on mock registry exams and Corectec online course as part of the final grade. Passing grade is 80 % in order to graduate and be eligible to sit for ARRT examination. There is no retest option for this course.

        B. Course Name: Radiographic Imaging I, II, III, IV

        Semester Grade: 1- Cumulative Final Exam=30%; 2- Unit (Category) Test averages= 70%

          1. Unit (Category) Tests must equal 80% or above in order to begin lab demonstration and evaluation prior to beginning clinical competency evaluations

          2. Cumulative Exam will incorporate all category information to give a student who failed a category test the opportunity to pass and begin corresponding clinical competency evaluations

          3. Only one retest is allowed for Radiographic Imaging I, II, III, IV course (e.g., if Retested in Radiographic Imaging II, you cannot be Retested again.)

      2. Remediation Plan for Failing Didactic Courses

        a) Students who are in danger of failing will be counseled, tutored, and monitored by the instructor teaching the failing subject. The student will be given an Anecdotal Conference Request Form to schedule tutorial. The results after tutorial will be documented on an Anecdotal Result Form.

        b) Students may also request tutorials with individual instructors in areas of weakness.

        c) Tutorials may be individual or group discussion

        d) RETEST: If a student fails a semester didactic course with a below 80% grade, they will be given a retest. Passing grade is 80% minimum and course grade for the semester will be documented as 80%.

        * A student must pass the retest by 80% in order to remain in the program.

      3. Clinical Grading for Competency-Based Clinical Education Standards

        a) Semester Grade is Pass/Fail; Lab Evaluation grade – pass 85%; Clinical Comp Evaluations – pass 90%

        b) Student must perform and document one patient study under direct supervision on their Individual CCE record prior to performing Initial Clinical Competency in order to gain clinical experience.

        c) Lab Demonstration will be documented by instructor prior to beginning lab evaluations

        d)

          i. Junior Year: Students are allowed to fail a maximum of 4 in total of laboratory or clinical competency evaluations each semester

          ii. Senior Year: students are allowed to fail a maximum of 2 in total of laboratory or clinical competency evaluations each semester

          iii. Clinical Probation occurs when a student fails greater than the allowable number of failures per semester

          iv. A student cannot be placed on clinical probation for more than 3 semesters consecutively. If the student fails the next semester, they will receive a failing grade for that next clinical semester and cannot remain in the program.

    1. REMEDIATION POLICY FOR LABORATORY OR CLINICAL COMPETENCY FAILURES

      1. Any student failing will begin a remediation plan of action: see Remediation Plan Form based on NJBOE requirements for clinical educational failures

      *Examples of remediation plan before Reevaluation begins are:

        a) Review of areas of weakness that caused the failure with instructor that teaches the subject material for didactic, psychomotor, or affective domains of learning

        b) Do computer/ theory tutorial relating to area of weakness- time to be scheduled outside regular class or clinical time to help reinforce skills for clinical application

        c) after participating in strengthening areas of weakness, student will document the process in their own words to verify they comprehend their learning review

      2. Clinical Probation: Students who demonstrate a weakness in clinical educational progress will be scheduled to participate in additional clinical learning (outside their regular clinical/class time) in order to strengthen their skills which is the foundation of clinical competency-based learning. The time will not exceed 40 hours per week and will be under the guidance of clinical faculty.

  • Contact Information

    Suzanne Novy
    Program Director, Radiography Program
    (201) 360-4781
    snovy@hccc.edu

    Catherine Sirangelo-Elbadawy, Associate Dean
    Nursing and Health Sciences Division
    870 Bergen Ave.
    F Building
    Jersey City, NJ 07306

    (201) 360-4267