The application of knowledge and skill gained from classroom presentations and observations during computed tomography procedures constitute clinical training. The clinical areas that students will be introduced to at UF Health Jacksonville include computed tomography imaging departments in the Clinical Center, Emerson Medical Plaza, and at the Annex.
The purpose of clinical training is to provide the student with the necessary practical skills that will ensure the student masters competency in those procedures required by the ARRT. Procedure competency is continually evaluated by the instructors and qualified technical staff.
The Clinical Experience Requirements for CT consist of 59 procedures within the following categories:
- Head and neck
- Spine and musculoskeletal
- Abdomen and pelvis
- Special procedures
- Image display and post processing
- Quality assurance
Candidates must document complete diagnostic quality procedures according to the following rules:
- Choose a minimum of 25 different procedures out of the 59 procedures
- Complete and document a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 repetitions of the chosen procedures (Less than 3 will not be counted)
- A minimum total of 125 repetitions across all procedures must be documented
- No more than one procedure may documented on one patient.
Clinical supervision is provided by the supervisors, and qualified technologists in their respective areas. All students should be aware that the supervisors and the technologists are continually evaluating each student for potential employability in the future.
Students are expected to initiate and investigate new and more advanced learning opportunities, as those opportunities present themselves. Common, yet unplanned, opportunities for learning such as cardiac arrests, major trauma and rare conditions and diseases cannot by their nature be a planned part of clinical education. Therefore, the student should take the initiative to become engaged in those activities as they present themselves.