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Technical Standards

In keeping with the goals of the Radiography Program, the highest priority is placed upon developing graduates who are competent, caring technologists, possessing the skills of life-long learning needed to incorporate new knowledge, and methods into their practices adapting to a changing medical environment. The faculty has determined that certain technical standards are prerequisites for admissions, progression, and graduation of the Radiography Program.

An individual must be able to independently, with or without reasonable accommodation, meet the following technical standards of general abilities and specifically those of observation, communication, motor, intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities; as well as essential behavioral and social attributes. Individuals unable to resolve deficiencies in these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, are counseled to pursue alternate careers.

In addition to academic standards, the following technical standards are required for admission to the radiography curricula. Radiography involves the provision of direct care for individuals and is characterized by the application of verified knowledge in the skillful performance of radiological technical functions. Therefore, all applicants should possess sufficient:

  1. Visual acuity such as is needed in the accurate preparation and administration of contrast media and for the observation necessary for patient assessment and nursing care.
  2. Auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the health care team and to assess health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices such as cardiac monitors, stethoscopes, intravenous infusion pumps, fire alarms, etc.
  3. Gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement the skills, including the manipulation of equipment, positioning and lifting patients required in meeting health needs related to radiography.
  4. Communication skills (verbal, nonverbal and written) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively.
  5. Intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement care for patients.

General Abilities (visual and auditory)

The student is expected to possess functional use of the senses of vision, touch, hearing, and smell so that data received by the senses may be integrated, analyzed, and synthesized in a consistent and accurate manner. A student must also possess the ability to perceive pain, pressure, temperature, position, vibration, and movement that are important to the student’s ability to gather significant information needed to effectively evaluate patients. A student must be able to respond promptly to urgent situations that may occur during clinical training activities and must not hinder the ability of other members of the health care team to provide prompt treatment and care to patients.

Motor Ability (Gross and fine motor coordination)

A student must develop the psychomotor skills reasonably needed to perform or assist with procedures, treatments, management and operation of diagnostic equipment utilized in the general and emergent care of patients required in practice as a radiologic technologist.
The prospective radiologic technology student must possess sufficient strength, motor coordination and manual dexterity to be able to:

  • Grasp securely with two functional upper limbs
  • Stand and walk up to 85% of work time
  • Reach above shoulder level intermittently for 90% of work time
  • Lift up to 25 pounds unassisted
  • Transport, move, lift or transfer patients from a wheelchair or gurney to an x-ray table or to a patient bed and physically place patients in the proper position for the examination according to established standards necessary to diagnostic procedures
  • Walk without assistance of canes, crutches, walkers and /or humans
  • Twist, bend, stoop/squat, and move quickly

Communication Ability/Language capabilities

The student must communicate effectively both verbally and non-verbally to elicit information and to translate information to others. Each student must have the ability to read, write, comprehend and speak the English language to facilitate communication with patients, their family members, and other professionals in health care settings. In addition, the student must be able to maintain accurate patient records and present information in a professional and logical manner. The student must communicate effectively verbally and in writing with instructors and other students in the classroom setting as well.

Observational Ability

The student must have sufficient capacity to make accurate visual observations and interpret them in the context of laboratory studies, medication administration, and patient care activities. In addition, the student must be able to document these observations and maintain accurate records.

Ability to Manage Stressful Situations

The student must be able to adapt to and function effectively in stressful situations in both the classroom and clinical settings, including emergency situations. Students will encounter multiple stressors while in the Radiologic Technology Program. These stressors may be, but are not limited to personal, emotional, patient care/family care, faculty, peer, and/or program related.

Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities

The student must be able to develop and refine problem-solving skills that are crucial to practice as a radiologic technologist. Problem solving involves the ability to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of body structures; to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, synthesize objective and subjective data; to make decisions that reflect consistent, thoughtful deliberation and sound clinical judgment. A student must have the capacity to read and comprehend medical literature. Each student must demonstrate mastery of the above skills and the ability to incorporate new information from peers, teachers, and the medical literature to formulate sound judgment in patient assessment and diagnostic planning.

Behavioral and Social Attributes

Integrity, compassion, flexibility, motivation, effective interpersonal skills, and concern for others are personal attributes required of those in the radiologic technology practice. Personal comfort and acceptance of the role of an independent practitioner functioning under supervision is essential for education and practice as a radiologic technologist. The student must possess the emotional health required for full use of his or her intellectual abilities, exercise of sound judgment and prompt completion of all responsibilities in the classroom setting. In the clinical setting and care of patients, a student will need to develop mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients and other members of the health care team. Each student must have the emotional stability required to exercise thoughtful, sound judgment and to complete assessment and interventional activities. The ability to establish rapport and maintain sensitive, interpersonal relationships with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds is critical for practice as radiologic technologists. The student must be able to tolerate physically taxing loads and still function effectively under stress, adapt to changing environments, display flexibility, graciously accept constructive criticism, manage difficult interpersonal relationships during their education, learn to function cooperatively and efficiently in the face of uncertainties inherent in clinical practice.