The SOMI has multiple radiography clinical affiliations, all of which are within one hour drive from Huntington, WV. These include:
All radiography students will have clinical rotations through all facilities with the exception of Pleasant Valley Hospital, which is limited to senior students completing the advanced track in either CT or MRI. SMMC, CHH and the VA Medical Center are full service hospitals. CHH is a level one trauma center. HIMG is an outpatient facility with multiple physician specialties, CT and MRI. Ironton is a free-standing ER center with CT.
Clinical rotations vary by facility, but in general can vary from 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Rotations are 7 hour shifts with a one hour lunch break. Beginning with the second semester (year one-spring) students will begin an evening rotation at SMMC and/or CHH (1:00 PM-9:00 PM. This rotation is usually in the Emergency Department. Each student will have at least one 5:00 AM-12:00 PM rotation in mobile radiography (this rotation performs early chest radiography in the intensive care units). The SOMI does not have scheduled rotations on the weekends. Students are never scheduled for more than 40 hours/week didactic and clinical rotations combined. The clinical coordinator will provide the clinical rotation schedule at the beginning of each term.
The general didactic/clinical schedule is as follows (Note the SOMI does not offer part-time enrollment)
For additional information see the following pages in the Student Handbook. (A control click on the Table of Contents and take you to the policy.)