Skip to Content

Course : Advanced Clinical Practice Skills

Course Number
RADS 3213
Section Number
Spring 2023
Centennial Hall, Internet Course
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Monday, May 08, 2023 7:00 am
This course focuses on the current healthcare delivery environment including patient assessment, monitoring, and management.  It includes working with multicultural patients, managing problem patients, infection control, and patient education.  Additional topics include an overview of considerations when working in an increasingly digital imaging environment.

Course Objectives:    Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:
  • Obtain and evaluate vital signs and EKG strips
  • Identify normal and abnormal diagnostic laboratory values
  • Properly chart actions and observations pertaining to a patient.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with Pharmacology to include drugs, contrast media and applicable regulations.
  • Apply learned communication skills and techniques.
  • Identify factors influencing communication.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with concepts and methods of infection control



Unit objectives are located at the beginning of each chapter of the text. Please utilize these to assist you in your study of the unit materials.  






Independent Reading Assignments

Students should complete the reading assignments, answer the chapter objectives, review the internet resources, and review the questions at the chapter end before attempting the open book unit quizzes. The course content is divided into units by chapters. Additional resource material is available through the Internet. Each unit has a quiz. See the Course Schedule at the end of this syllabus for quiz deadlines.



Unit reading



Unit 1:

Nursing Interventions and Clinical Skills- Chapters 6, 7


Unit 2:

Nursing Interventions and Clinical Skills- Chapter 9


Unit 3:

Pharmacology and Drug Administration for Imaging Technologists- Chapters 1,2,6,7,11


Nursing Interventions and Clinical Skills- Chapter 3


Unit 4:

Nursing Interventions and Clinical Skills- Chapters 2


Unit 5:

Pharmacology and Drug Administration for Imaging Technologists Chapter 9


Nursing Interventions and Clinical Skills- Chapter 5


Desire2Learn Open Book Unit Quizzes - 15%

Students should complete the reading assignments, answer the chapter objectives, and review the questions at the end of the chapter before attempting the unit quizzes.


When a student has reviewed a unit and is ready for the quiz, he or she will log on to Desire2Learn and receive a customized timed unit quiz consisting of randomized multiple choice questions.


It is important to know the unit content before attempting the unit quizzes because the quizzes are timed. Quizzes contain random questions and students will have 60 minutes to complete. Quiz scores will be available immediately after a student submits his or her quiz for grading.


Students are encouraged take the quizzes at regular intervals throughout the semester to provide a better educational experience, but all unit quizzes are available starting the day classes begin to provide maximum flexibility with student schedules. Quizzes must be completed by the due dates or a “0” will be recorded. Students who know they will miss a due date because of extenuating circumstances should contact the instructor so their situations can be dealt with on an individual basis. Acceptance of an extenuating circumstance is the discretion of the instructor.


If students have technical difficulties during a quiz, they should use the “Report a problem” link in the “Help” area located at the right side of the Desire2Learn RADS 3213 Advanced Clinical Practice Skills course, contact the MSU Information Systems Support Staff, and send an email right away to the course instructor explaining what happened.


If a student finds a faulty quiz test item or believes a quiz question has been scored incorrectly, he or she should send an email to the course instructor which includes the following:


  • Unit Quiz Number (1 - 6)
  • Question Stem
  • Answer Scored as Correct by the Computer
  • Answer the Student Thinks Should be Correct
  • Rationale Supporting Why the Student’s Answer is Correct
  • Page numbers must be included when referencing the textbook in a rationale


After reviewing the case, if the course instructor thinks a revision is justified, the student’s quiz score will be revised to reflect the additional points and the test bank will be updated.



Assignments must be received prior to the deadline. Assignments MUST be sent as one file. If one assignment is sent as multiple files, I will NOT accept the assignment and a grade of zero (0) will be given. Note: All assignments submitted to this course are considered complete and will be graded as such. Double check to make sure you are sending the correct file before you hit the submit button. Any assignment not meeting the posted due date will not be accepted and a grade of zero (0) will be assigned.

Assignments that require the student to research information must correctly acknowledge the source of information. The paper should follow guidelines of the American Psychological Association. You will need to refer to the sixth edition of the APA manual. For quick references I suggest you use The Owl at Purdue at:  or take time to view the APA tutorial at:

Important: Before choosing a culture for the unit for assignment, it would be beneficial for you to read the criteria of that assignment. This will help you decide which cultures can best be used for this assignment.

All assignments must contain a properly formatted APA title/cover page.

 APA Title/Cover pages for this course must have the following:

§   Properly placed running head and page number in the margin of the page header.

§   Title of the assignment

§   Your name

§   University affiliation

§   Course number and name

§   Date

§   Instructor’s name


Patient Assessment - 15%

HIPAA requirement: Do not place ANY patient name on your assignments. Any proper name that appears on an assignment, other than yours will be considered a HIPAA violation and the assignment will automatically drop one letter grade.


On a volunteer or patient, using information found in Chapters 6 and 7 of Nursing Interventions and Clinical Skills and any other sources needed, perform the portions of a patient assessment. The requirements and instructions are found in the unit notes.  You are to address every item listed in the list of required items, recording your observations and the clinical implications/significance of each. 


Please note that "normal" is an impression (the examiner's diagnosis or assessment of a problem, disease or condition) and NOT an implication (what may be causing what it is you are observing).  DO NOT use “Normal” or “Within Normal Limits”. Within acceptable limits is more appropriate. Normal is an impression, not an observation or an implication. Be sure to look at the example in your unit notes.  DESCRIBE the implications/significance of what you observe for the "implications/significance" section.  Be thorough and complete. 


Submitting the assignment:

The assignment is to be typed as a single WORD document only with a cover page. Submit the assignment to the area in the Unit 1 module as one attachment. The assignment is due by the deadline listed in the syllabus.


ECG and Lab Values Learning Activity - 15%

The student will watch the Basic of ECGs and Lab Values videos found in the Unit 2 learning module and review the course notes on ECG and lab values. The students will perform the ECG and Lab values learning activity also found in the Unit 2 learning module. The student should put their full name and email in the opening page. After completion of the ECG and Lab values learning activity the score should automatically be sent to the instructor’s email address. Please print the score for your records. If the instructor does not receive the score the student will have the printed score for verification and might be asked to fax or scan the score to your instructor.


The activity will be complete before the date in the course syllabus or a score of "0" will be recorded. The EKG assignment is due at 11:59 pm on the date listed in the syllabus and calendar. You will have two (2) attempts to achieve a high grade. Any attempt after two will not be considered or graded.


Charting & Pharmacology Assignment - 15%

There are two parts to the assignment for this unit.


HIPAA requirement: Do not place ANY patient name or other identifying information on your assignment. Any information that appears on an assignment, other than yours will be considered a HIPAA violation and the assignment will receive a grade reduction equivalent to one letter grade. (You may put Patient A or Patient X to differentiate between patients).

Part 1: (Patient Charting): Using one of the formats found in Box 3.1, page 39-41 (6th ed.) use the SBAR, APIE, PIE, SOAP, SOAPE, DAR, basic narrative, or CBE to chart ANY FOUR PATIENT procedures YOU perform at your workplace (EX: CT chest w/contrast, ankle x-ray, IVU, US abdomen, radiation therapy brain, etc.). Do not forget to add a date, time, signature and credentials to each of the four patient procedures you chart. To “sign” your chart entry change the font to a cursive or script for the signature. Suggested fonts are Lucida Calligraphy or Freestyle Script. See following examples

      Lucida Calligraphy Ex. Jane Doe, R.T.(R).

        Freestyle Script Ex.  Jane Doe, R.T.(R).

Part 2 (Medication Information): Find one medication listed in any patient chart, you may even use the package insert from a medication. Locate a Physician's Desk Reference (PDR), or any suitable reference and provide the following information in the clearly labeled sections seen below.

  • Trade/Brand Name (If more than one type, injection liquid, tablet, specify which one you are using).
  • Drug Manufacturer
  • Generic Name
  • Designated Chemical Name (chemically known as) or Empirical Formula
  • Drug Classification
  • Indications (what is it used for)
  • Contraindications (when should the drug absolutely not be used)
  • Adverse reactions (summarize if needed)
  • Dosages
  • Methods of drug administration


NOTE: If you are using a source other than the PDR for the medication portion of this assignment, please state the package insert or the URL of the website where you got your information.


Submitting the assignment:

The student can upload the work and submit it as ONE file to the assignment dropbox in Unit 3.


Note: Assignments turned in are considered completed assignments and will be graded accordingly. Review your work to that of the assignment criteria prior to submitting the assignment.


Cultural Communication Assignment - 15%

The goal of this assignment is to research a culture that is unfamiliar to you. You are to describe how you would communicate to someone of that culture when performing a diagnostic examination.


Although the Hispanic culture is an interesting culture to research, this culture constitutes the majority minority of this area and region of Texas and perhaps other areas of the country. To avoid replication of this assignment, I am limiting research of the Hispanic culture, or any other culture, to five (5) reports. If the culture you choose speaks predominately English, use the culture’s secondary language as the language in which the patient communicates. Approach this assignment as if the patient and you as the technologist are speaking different languages and you have to communicate.


Please note: Do not choose a culture that you may be a part of or know a great deal about. This defeats the purpose of the assignment.


All cultural topics must be approved before you begin to start your research.  Students must get the topic of their cultural report approved by the instructor prior to beginning this assignment. E-mail the instructor with your topic. When your topic is approved, it will appear in the course content. Check the listing often. Once a culture has 5 names associated, that culture will be closed. Instructor will respond with approval or disapproval. Please check the calendar and the course schedule for the due dates for posting of the culture and assignment.


With the information you find and information from your textbook, supplemental notes, and internet websites (not Wikipedia), address the following: All bullet points must be addressed in clearly labeled sections.

  • Give a brief introduction of your culture and demonstrate awareness of cultural taboos and norms, health beliefs and practices, and nature of relationships within the family.
  • Describe verbal, non-verbal, and culturally competent communication skills that will aid you in developing trust between you and your patient. Discuss signs of demonstrating respect or disrespect? Include the use of speech, body language, touch, and space that could be used to communicate with your patient.
  • Describe how you would obtain an allergic history (or other type of history). Include obstacles you may encounter if the patient was of the opposite sex. With the information you researched, especially the cultural taboos, what methods would you use if you did not have the luxury of using any form of translator?
  • Select a diagnostic procedure of your choosing and explain the procedure to a patient of this culture using the information you have just researched. With the information you researched, especially the cultural taboos, what methods would you use if you did not have the luxury of using any form of a translator?  


The paper should follow guidelines of the American Psychological Association. It is recommended that you obtain a copy of the APA publication manual. You can also find helpful tips in the APA Help folder on the course homepage.


The paper:

  • must have an APA formatted  MSU cover page
  • is to be a single Word document only
  • 2-4 pages,NOT including the title and reference page
  • double spaced,
  • 1" margins
  • Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri 12 point font
  • References appropriately cited in the text of the paper according to APA guidelines see APA 6th ed chapter 6.
  • A minimum of two references submitted on a separate references page.
  • The paper MUST have clearly labeled sections.



Grading Scale


           A         90-100

           B         80-89

           C         70-79

           D         60-69

           F         59 or below


**Please note this course requires a grade of “C” (70) or better in order to be considered passing.** This instructor does NOT round up the final grade average.


The last opportunity to drop this course with a grade of “W” is 4:00 pm on October 30, 2017. Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin for details about receiving a grade of “Incomplete” in a course. In an emergency or extenuating circumstance, a student may request a grade of “Incomplete” in a course before grades are submitted. If the instructor grants the “Incomplete,” the student has until thirty (30) days after the beginning of the next long semester to complete the course requirements. If the student does not complete the course requirements within the deadline, the grade of “Incomplete” will automatically convert into a grade of “F.”

Unless you have 12 hours from MSU prior to August 31, 2006, you MUST make a grade of “C” or higher in all of your professional courses for them to count toward graduation. A professional course grade of “D” or lower MUST be repeated.

Campus Carry

Effective August 1, 2016, the Campus Carry law (Senate Bill 11) allows those licensed individuals to carry a concealed handgun in buildings on public university campuses, except in locations the University establishes as prohibited. The new Constitutional Carry law does not change this process. Concealed carry still requires a License to Carry permit, and openly carrying handguns is not allowed on college campuses. For more information, visit Campus Carry


Active Shooter

The safety and security of our campus is the responsibility of everyone in our community. Each of us has an obligation to be prepared to appropriately respond to threats to our campus, such as an active aggressor. Please review the information provided by MSU Police Department regarding the options and strategies we can all use to stay safe during difficult situations. For more information, visit Safety / Emergency Procedures. Students are encouraged to watch the video “Run. Hide. Fight.” which may be electronically accessed via the University police department’s webpage: "Run. Hide. Fight."  


Not Applicable. This is an online course and as such there are no mandatory sessions. However, the student should be vigilant in checking email and logging onto WebCT.  Regular checks will insure that messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner.

Late assignments will not be accepted and a grade of zero will be recorded.

RADS 3213 Spring 2023 Course Schedule



* Note: These are Central Times*

January 17

Classes Begin

January 17

   Unit One through Unit Five quizzes are available on January 17 @ 8 am. All quizzes expire May 4 at 5:00 pm     

January 31

Cultural Communication Topic (found in  module 4) Due on or before 1-31-23 at 8 am

      E-mail the instructor with the topic for approval.       February 20

Pt Assessment assignment Due on or before February 20 at 8:00 am


ECG Learning Exercise (found in module 2)

                Due on or before 2-27-23 at 8 am  March 27


Last day to withdraw from courses with a "W",

4 pm

 April 3

   Charting Exercise Part 1 and 2 (found in   module 3) Due on or before 4-03-23 at 8:00 am

 May 1

Cultural Communication Exercise                Due on or before 5-01-23 at 8:00 am



Final Exam available on May 8 at 8 am through a lockdown browser with a webcam.

Please note: The exam expires at 5 pm Central on May 9. You should start the exam at 3 pm to allow for enough time to complete the exam by 5 pm. Expires on May 9 at 5 pm Central. Make sure you have made proper arrangements with whomever you need to in order to complete the final. After business hours test takers, please note that there will be no technical help in case of computer problems. Make sure you have a strong WiFi or internet connection.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MSUTexas e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and 2) earned 60 hours. Students may meet this requirement in one of three ways: by passing the Writing Proficiency Exam, passing two Writing Intensive Courses (only one can be in the core), or passing English 2113. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at