Diagnostic & Treatment Sciences
Radiation Therapy Assessment Plan for Outcomes




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Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy

Grand Valley State University B.S. R.T. Program

Mission of the University, College of Health Professions, and Radiation Therapy Program

 

 

University

 

College of Health Professions

 

Radiation Therapy Program

 

Mission

 

Grand Valley State University educates students to shape their lives, their professions and their societies. The university contributes to the enrichment of society through excellent teaching, active scholarship and public service.

 

The mission of the College of Health Professions is to prepare reflective professionals with the foundation necessary to serve and guide healthcare.

 

The Radiation Therapy Program mission is to provide competent, entry level Radiation Therapists who are professionally active.

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate clinical competence
  2. Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills
  3. Communicate effectively to patients and healthcare professionals
  4. Demonstrate professional behavior in clinical areas and the profession

 

Radiation Therapy Program Assessment Plan for Outcomes Evaluation

Evaluation of Overall Program Effectiveness Plan

 

Program Effectiveness Measure

 

Benchmark

 

Data Collection and Analysis

 

Tool

 

Time Frame

 

Person Responsible

 

Data Collection

 

Analysis

 

Annual program completion rate

 

100% program cohort completion

 

program enrollment lists

 

Annually

 

Annually

 

Radiation Therapy Program Director & Clinical Coordinator

ARRT Certification Board examination pass rate  

 

Five year average of 100% of graduates pass ARRT examination in Radiation Therapy on first attempt

ARRT reports and graduate follow up survey

 

Annually post-graduation

 

Annually for post-graduation

 

Radiation Therapy Program Director

 

Job placement rate

 

Five year average of 80% or greater of graduates actively seeking employment are employed in radiation sciences OR enrolled in graduate or advanced professional school within 6 months of graduation

 

Graduate follow up survey

 

Annually post-graduation

 

Annually post-graduation

Radiation Therapy Program Director & Clinical Coordinator

 

Graduate satisfaction

 

95% of graduates indicate 4 or higher (out of 5 points) on satisfaction measures.

 

Graduate follow up survey (Survey Items-Overall quality of education received; Overall quality of clinical education)

 

Annually  post- graduation

 

Annually post -graduation

 

Radiation Therapy Program Director

 

Employer satisfaction

 

95% of employers rank graduates above average in clinical skills, professional engagement, and interpersonal relationships

 

employer follow up survey

 

Annually  post- graduation

 

Annually post- graduation

Radiation Therapy Program Director

 

Assessment of Program Goals and Outcomes Plan

Goal #1 The student will demonstrate clinical competence

 

Intended Outcome

 

Benchmark

 

Data Collection and Analysis

 

Results and Action Plan

 

 

Tool

 

Time Frame

 

Person Responsible

 

 

Data Collection

 

Analysis

 

Students will demonstrate correct positioning of patients for treatment

100% of students will have average score of “Fair” or better (Scale poor, fair, good or excellent) on first clinical evaluation;

Clinical evaluation Application of knowledge question

Graduate employer survey question

2nd semester (after 1st clinical evaluation)

 

 

 

During summer semester

Radiation Therapy Program Director & Clinical Coordinator







(Class of 2015) n=17, 100% of students achieved “fair” or better on their 1st clinical evaluation.  Program will collect data for this group as they finish their final clinical rotation

 

 

100% of students will average“good” or “excellent” on final evaluation

 

 

5th semester (after last clinical evaluation)

 

(Class 2014) n=18, 16/18=89%

Suggest to advisory board to adjust benchmark to 95%.

 

 

 

100% of returned surveys will average “excellent” on  employer graduate surveys (5 of 5)

 

After receipt of graduate employer survey

 

(Class of 2013 n=6, 100% of returned surveys scored 5 out of 5.  Discuss with advisory board regarding outcome  and tool best to measure goal #1

 

 

 

 

 

100% of students will have an average score of 3.5 (likert scale 1-5) for patient position on successful lab competency forms.

Principles and Practices laboratory rubric questions 1.1, 1.2 & 1.3

RIT 331 end of 1st  semester

End of Fall semester

During summer semester

Radiation Therapy Program Director & Clinical Coordinator

(Class of 2015) n=18, 100% of students had average score of 3.5 out of 5.  Recommend to advisory board to examine tool used to evaluate outcome.

 

 

RIT 333 2nd  semester

 

(class of 2015) n=17, 100% of students had average score of 3.5 out of 5 (Loss 1 student from Fall 2013 to Winter 2014 semester).  Recommend to advisory board to move benchmark to 4.

 

Students will compare images properly to complete the IGRT procedure during treatment

100% of students will have complete IGRT competencies from >2 different techniques

Clinical competency form

2nd through 5th semester

Prior to graduation

Radiation Therapy Program Director & Clinical Coordinator

For the Class of 2014 this requirement was not mandatory. It is a requirement for the Class of 2015 and will be reported in the 2014-2015 cycle.

 

Students will evaluate accuracy of treatment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

100% of students will have an average score of 3.0 (likert scale 1-5) for treatment accuracy on successful lab competency form for RIT 331

Principles and Practices laboratory rubric question 3.1

RIT 331 end of 1st  semester

 

 

End of Fall semester

 

 

Radiation Therapy Program Director & Clinical Coordinator

(class of ‘15) n=18, 100% of the students meet this benchmark.  We will recommend raising the benchmark to avg. 4

 

 

 

 

 

100%  of students will have an average score of 3.5 for RIT 333

 

RIT 333 2nd  semester

During summer semester

 

(class of ‘15) n=17, 100% of the students averaged 3.5 for this question.  Recommend raising benchmark to avg. 4.5

 

Student will illustrate correct simulation of a variety of patients

100% of students will have average score of “Fair” or better (Scale poor, fair, good or excellent) on first clinical evaluation.

Clinical evaluation section “adaptability”

3nd semester (after 2st clinical evaluation)

During summer semester

Radiation Therapy Program Director & Clinical Coordinator

(class of ‘15)n=17, 100% of student scored “fair” or better.  Recommend changing benchmark to “good” or better.  Will reevaluate after 5thsemester.

 

 

100% of students will have average score of “good” or “excellent” on final evaluation

 

5th semester (after last clinical evaluation)

 

(Class of 2014) n=18  17/18=94.4%.  Discuss outcome with advisory board at next meeting, recommend to keep benchmark at 100%.

 

  

Goal #2 The student will develop critical thinking and problem solving skills

 

Intended Outcome

 

Benchmark

 

Data Collection and Analysis

 

Results and Action Plan

 

Tool

 

Time Frame

 

Person Responsible

 

Data Collection

 

Analysis

Student will compare current treatment images to treatment plan and determine accuracy of positioning

100% of students will have complete IGRT competencies from >2 different techniques

Clinical competency form

2nd through 5th semester

Prior to graduation

Radiation Therapy Program Director & Clinical Coordinator

This outcome was not a required measure for the Class of 2014, but is required for the Class of 2015 and will report outcomes for that cycle.

Students will compose multiple case studies to analyze specifics regarding treatments of different cancer types

100% of students will have an average score > 80% on case study assignments

Case study rubric

RIT 332 (end of 2nd semester)

During summer semester

Radiation Therapy Program Director & Clinical Coordinator

(Class of ‘15)n=17, 96% of the students had an average score of 80%  on case study assignments.  We will reevaluate whether  the outcome fits for this goal with next cohort.

Students will propose treatment plans for multiple anatomical treatment sites

100% of students will score > 85% on Problem Based Learning (PBL) assignments

PBL rubric

RIT 430 (end of 4th semester)

End of Fall semester

Radiation Therapy Program Director & Clinical Coordinator

(Class of ‘14) n=18, 100% of students scored > 85% of PBL, suggest creating a specific rubric question related to students critical thinking and problem solving skills.


Goal #3 The student will communicate effectively to patients and healthcare professionals.

 

Intended Outcome

 

Benchmark

 

Data Collection and Analysis

 

Results and Action Plan

 

Tool

 

Time Frame

 

Person Responsible

 

Data Collection

 

Analysis

Students will describe procedures to patients

100% of students will have average score of “Fair” or better (Scale poor, fair, good or excellent) on first clinical evaluation.

Clinical evaluation section “communication skills: interpersonal skill with patients”

2nd semester (after 1st clinical evaluation)

 

 

During summer semester

Radiation Therapy Program Director & Clinical Coordinator

 

(class of ‘15) n=17, 100% met benchmark. suggest raising benchmark to “good” or better.

100% of students will have average score of  “good” or “excellent” on final evaluation

5th semester (after last clinical evaluation)

(class of ‘14) n=18, 17/18=94.4%. We plan to continue to use current benchmark.

 

Students will communicate effectively with healthcare staff

100% of students will have average score of “Fair” or better (Scale poor, fair, good or excellent) on first clinical evaluation,

Clinical evaluation section “communication skills: interpersonal skill with staff”

2nd semester (after 1st clinical evaluation)

 

During summer semester

Radiation Therapy Program Director & Clinical Coordinator

(class of ‘15) n=17, 100% met benchmark. suggest raising benchmark to “good” or better.

 

100% of students will have average score of  “good” or “excellent” on final evaluation

 

5th semester (after last clinical evaluation)

 

(class of ‘14) n=18, 17/18=94.4%. We plan to continue to use current benchmark.

100% of returned employer surveys will rate graduates as having effective communication

Graduate Employer Survey

Post-graduation

One year post graduation summer semester

 

(class of ‘13) n=6, 98% of returned surveys received a 5 out of 5 for this question.  We plan to continue to use current benchmark

Students will present a research topic

100% of students will score > 80%

Presentation Rubric

RIT 432  (during 5th semester)

During summer semester

Radiation Therapy Program Director & Clinical Coordinator

Class of 2014, n=18.  18/18=100%.  Recommend to increase the benchmark to 85% or 90%.

 

Goal #4 The student will demonstrate professional behavior in clinical areas and the profession.

 

Intended Outcome

 

Benchmark

 

Data Collection and Analysis

 

Results and Action Plan

 

Tool

 

Time Frame

 

Person Responsible

 

Data Collection

 

Analysis

Students will integrate professionalism into scholarly work

100% of students will score >80% on reflection paper for MSRT

Integration rubric

RIT 330 (1st semester)

End of Fall Semester

Radiation Therapy Program Director & Clinical Coordinator

 

(class of ‘15) n=18, 100% received > 80%.  Reevaluate whether outcome fits goal with advisory board.

100% of students will score > 90% on submissions for poster and paper scholarship competition at MSRT

Information literacy rubric

RIT 430 (4th semester)

End of Fall semester

Radiation Therapy Program Director & Clinical Coordinator

 

(class of ‘14) n=18, 100% scored > 90% on scholarship competition submission.  The program will reevaluate whether outcome fits goal with advisory board.

Students will demonstrate professional behavior

100% of students will have average score of “good” or better (Scale poor, fair, good or excellent) on first clinical evaluation and “excellent”  on third evaluation

Clinical evaluation section “professional conduct”

2nd semester (after 1st clinical evaluation)

During summer semester

Radiation Therapy Program Director & Clinical Coordinator

 

(class of ‘15)n=17, 100% of students received avg. score of good.  Reevaluate after 3rd eval.

4th semester (after 3rd clinical evaluation)

 

End of Fall semester

 

Radiation Therapy Program Director & Clinical Coordinator

(Class of 2014) n=18, 15/18=83.3%. The program plans to continue to use current benchmark.

Students will commit to life- long learning

100% attendance at annual MSRT conference

 

1st and 4th semester

During MSRT

 

Radiation Therapy Program Director & Clinical Coordinator

(Class of 2014 & 2015), n=36.  36/36=100% attended conference.  

100% of graduates will become members in their state, regional or national professional society

Graduate survey

Post-graduation

During summer semester

 

Radiation Therapy Program Director & Clinical Coordinator

(class of ‘13)n=4, 100% of returned surveys indicate professional membership, reevaluate whether outcome fits goal with advisory board..

  Last Modified Date: April 29, 2015
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