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Our Program Faculty and Staff

Program Director
Susan M Fitzsimons, MAED, R.T. (R)
434-832-7683

Clinical Coordinator
Priscilla Liggon, BS, R.T. (R)
434-832-7694

Science Faculty
N. Tim Wilhelm M.Ed., R.T. (R)
 434-832-7688

 

Clinical education refers to educational program components that provide developing professionals with practical and skills-oriented instruction under the supervision of  skilled practitioners and clinical instructors. 

Beginning with the first semester of the program, students are actively involved in the clinical setting, working directly with patients and learning from staff technologists as well as program faculty and staff. Lynchburg General Hospital, Virginia Baptist Hospital, Radiology Consultants Inc. /Central Va. Imaging, Southside Community Hospital, and Bedford Memorial Hospital serve as clinical affiliates. The staff and administration of these institutions provide enormous support and assistance in maintaining the quality of the educational program. Most of them are graduates of this program. 

During clinical education, our students can expect to develope age and gender appropriate communication skills, mechanical skills necessary to operate equipment, positioning skills necessary to obtain diagnostic quality images, and critical thinking skills necessary to perform more advanced imaging procedures. 

In order to sit for the ARRT Certification Examination, students must demonstrate clinical competency by performing clinical procedures specified by the ARRT. Clinical competencies are examinations and duties performed at the clinical facilities. 
 
From the ARRT website:
“Statement of Purpose: The purpose of the clinical competency requirements is to verify that individuals certified by the ARRT have demonstrated competence performing the clinical activities fundamental to a particular discipline. Competent performance of these fundamental activities, in conjunction with mastery of the cognitive knowledge and skills covered by the certification examination, provides the basis for the acquisition of the full range of clinical skills typically required in a variety of settings. Demonstration of clinical competence means that the candidate has performed the procedure independently, consistently, and effectively during the course of his or her formal education.”

Please refer to the Program Student Handbook for more on clinical competencies and clinical education Student Handbook (PDF)