Category Archives: Clinical Practicum

Clinical Practicum 3: Evaluation Form

Educators, consider using an evaluation form at the completion of clinical practicum: Clinical Practicum 3 Evaluation Form

The following sections should be evaluated using this scale, when applicable:

  1. Unsatisfactory
  2. Satisfactory, but limited
  3. Satisfactory











Clinical Attendance Memorandum

Educators, consider creating a contract between you and the students via a memorandum of understanding regarding the importance of clinical attendance.

The following is an example of a memo that I have previously used as a clinical coordinator:

To:          Sonography Students

CC:         Clinical Coordinator

From:     Harry H.Holdorf

Date:      1/5/2015

Re:         Days off from clinical

Your attendance within the clinical setting is vital to your success within the program. Given the amount of cases that you have to complete on your own (objectives/competencies) and the number of cases you must log as either observed, participated, or completed, it is vital that you attended every single hour that is afforded to you at your assigned clinical affiliates.

Therefore, towards the end of every semester, the program faculty will review your file and count the number of absences you have accrued during that semester. All absences will be counted (excused and unexcused). If more than 4 absences are observed within any given semester, the faculty will formally meet with you and discuss the following:

  • The likelihood that you will complete the program within the prescribed time period of 5 Semesters.
  • The chance that you may attend clinical hours after the formal completion of the program in order to make up any missed cases (Observed, Participated, and Completed) and completion of all objectives/competencies). Your attendance within this additional clinical time will come with an additional charge.
  • The possibility that you will not complete all the program within 90 days of the course completion (end December) and that all competencies/objectives will become voided.

It then behooves you to attend clinical on a regular basis and not miss days.

The body of this memorandum will appear as an addendum to your clinical handbook and takes effect immediately upon the date shown above.

Clinical Practicum 2: Obstetrics Skills Lab

Educators, consider using a didactic component immediately prior to a skills lab session: Obstetrics Skills Lab Didactic Component

During an Obstetrics Skills Lab Practicum, the following topics should be covered in detail:

  • Crown-rum length (CRL)
  • Nuchal translucency
  • Biparietal Diameter (BPD)
  • Head Circumference
  • Cephalic Index
  • Abdominal Circumference
  • Femur length
  • Amniotic Fluid Volume (Index)
  • Transcerebellar distance
  • Head-Circumference to abdominal-Circumference ratio (HC/AC)
  • Estimated fetal weight
  • Cephalic Index

Clinical Practicum 2: Skills Lab Objective

Educators, the following is a suggestion/example for the second clinical practicum: Clinical Practicum 2 Skills Lab Objectives

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

 When:                  Every Wednesday

Location:             SKILLS LABORATORY

Group B               9-12noon

Group A               1-4pm

  • Week One: Complete abdomen
  • Week Two: Complete abdomen
  • Week Three: Complete abdomen
  • Week Four: Transvaginal
  • Week Five: Transvaginal
  • Week Six: Obstetrics
  • Week Seven: Mid-semester testing
  • Week Eight: Small parts –Thyroid/Breast
  • Week Nine: Small parts-Thyroid / Breast
  • Week Ten: Vascular – Extra-cranial (Carotids/Vertebral/jugular
  • Week Eleven: Vascular – Extra-cranial (Carotids/Vertebral/Jugular
  • Week Twelve: Vascular-venous legs
  • Week Thirteen: Vascular – venous legs
  • Week Fourteen: Presentations (project)
  • Week Fifteen: Terminal testing

NOTE:   Lab coats must be worn when in skills lab area. Those without a lab coat will not be allowed in the Sills Laboratory area and will be given a zero for that day’s evaluation.

Clinical Practicum 1: Student Evaluation

Educators, consider using a form such as this for evaluating student performance for the first clinical practicum: Clinical Practicum 1 Student Evaluation

For the following sections, please select the appropriate response from 1-4:
4 = excellent 3 = good 2 = needs improvement 1 = poor


Kindly comment on the student’s areas of strengths and weaknesses during their time while in your department.

Please keep in mind that our core program is FIVE semesters in duration, and this marks the end of their FIRST clinical rotation.

Clinical Rules & Syllabus

By: Harry H. Holdorf

This document is intended to serve as a guide to the rules, format, and evaluation process of the clinical portion of the program. All students are to follow the procedures outlined in this document. No student will be permitted into clinical without the following: Malpractice Liability insurance, CPR documentation, health clearance, Private Health Insurance, Drug test and Background check. Clinical time lost, due to deficiencies in these requirements that leads to a lack of clinical objectives required for graduation, must be made up prior to program completion.


Attendance in your assigned clinical area is mandatory. Students must report to their assignments prior to 8:00 am on clinical days or upon an agreed time with the clinical affiliate and program faculty (4 or 8 hours total depending on the semester).  Leaving a clinical area EARLY (before the 4 or 8 hour shift is complete) is not appropriate, and will only be acceptable in cases of personal illness or emergency. The designated Clinical instructor (or designee) AND program faculty must be informed PRIOR to the student leaving their clinical area early. The program faculty must be contacted by phone prior to the student leaving early. Without permission from the program faculty, the student cannot leave early. Conversely, a faculty member must be informed if a student is to remain at the clinical site for at least one hour past their prescribed check-out time. (Normally beyond 5:30).

Each student is required to attend clinical on ALL scheduled days. The program utilizes the College Academic Calendar. Weekend clinical assignments are permitted only by special agreement between the school faculty, the clinical affiliate, and the student.  Sign-in sheets are furnished by the program and are to be utilized daily. Each student must record, in their own signature, their name, date and time of arrival and departure. ALL RECORDED TIMES MUST BE ACCURATE AND CAN ONLY BE RECORDED FOR THAT SPECIFIC DAY. RECORDING TIMES FOR PAST OR FUTURE CLINCAL DAYS ARE NOT PERMITTED AND CAN LEAD TO DISMISSAL FROM THE PORGRAM (Falsifying program records). The students will deliver the time sheet to the program faculty on a monthly basis. NO other form of time keeping is acceptable. The usual clinical session is 8 hours in length (8am to 4:30 pm. Half-hour lunches are not counted towards clinical time, but must be taken). All absences are to be registered as an excused absence: (See student Handbook). NOTE: Any Doctor’s appointments should be scheduled on Class days only. It is the student’s responsibility to report all absences. All absences must be called in to the assigned clinical affiliate prior to the day’s clinical assignment.

The program faculty must also be notified by 8:00am (Place school numbers here). NOTE: failure to call in your absence requires an automatic make-up session regardless of your previous attendance record.

If you are ill or going to be tardy, you must call both the site and the program faculty prior to the time of your scheduled arrival on site. You must do this each time if you are ill for a second day and already called in the day before.

If any student falls short of reaching the prescribed clinical objectives, additional hours can only be made up by extension of the program, at an additional cost to the student (Prorated). If and only then will the student be allowed to complete the program.

The clinical evaluation prcess for establishing competency requires that student are to complete clinical practice procedures under the direct supervisor of a registered Diagnostic Medical sonographer (ARDMS or ARRT/S. Student observation, participation and experience are extremely important to the clinical process. Adequate practice cannot be accomplished through excessive absenteeism/tardiness. Continued disregard for this policy may jeopardize continuation in the clinical semester in which the infractions occur.