The radiography program identifies non-academic qualifications that are essential for students' satisfactory completion of classroom and clinical learning objectives. Students must be able to:
- Transport patients from or onto wheelchairs, stretchers, and examination tables.
- Operate medical imaging equipment and accessory devices.
- Position/maneuver patients and medical imaging equipment to perform radiographic examinations and procedures.
- Monitor the physical and emotional state of patients for their care and safety.
- Evaluate medical images for technical quality and accuracy of patient positioning.
- Evaluate diagnostic information on display screens/monitors and adjust controls as required.
- Verbally communicate and demonstrate an auditory sense sufficient to:
• give and acknowledge receipt of information in classroom and clinical instruction and in processes that involve the care, safety, and examination of the patient.
• transfer information within a timeframe appropriate to the situation.
- Document/input information on/with appropriate recording mediums, i.e., computer keyboard, request forms, labels, X-ray film envelopes.
- Lift and transport radiographic equipment and supplies weighing up to fifteen pounds.
- Perform required and essential tasks wearing protective (lead lined) apparel on the neck (thyroid collars), trunk (full aprons), and hands (gloves) with an approximate equivalent weight of ten to fifteen pounds.
- Demonstrate the manual dexterity to perform venipuncture, monitor pulse, blood pressure, temperature, and prepare syringes and medications for injection.
- For extended periods of time, demonstrate the physical strength, coordination, and endurance to independently navigate in diagnostic examination rooms.