Clinical Practicum

Clinical practicum is a program requirement. Students are assigned to approximately seventeen hundred hours of practicum in several clinical education centers and rotate through a variety of shifts. The goal is to provide students with a broad base of experience to prepare them for entry level employment as a radiographer. Clinical education centers currently associated with the Radiologic Sciences Program at Yakima Valley College include:

  • Sunnyside Community Hospital - Sunnyside, WA
  • Toppenish Medical Center - Toppenish, WA
  • Yakima Regional Medical Center - Yakima, WA
  • Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital - Yakima, WA

Students will be enrolled for clinical experience during six quarters. Students may expect to spend a majority of that time at two of the hospitals with approximately one month rotation through computed tomography and orthopedic clinic.

Clinical rotations are scheduled on a monthly basis. Students should expect to be assigned to a variety of shifts including: days, evenings, weekend days, and weekend evenings. Shifts will be on an equal rotation basis, each student completing a similar number of months on each shift. The hospital day shift is scheduled 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., 11:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., 11:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and the evening shift is 3:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.*

Students may request one to three day clinical rotations in Cardiac Catheterization, Ultrasound, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, or Radiation Therapy. Students will participate in mandatory rotations to: Orthopedics and CT Scan at two hospitals. These special rotations occur during the second year.*

*This may change depending on academic schedule.

Students are expected to adhere to clinical educational facilities' policies and procedures. These policies and procedures are located in the RT office.