Technical Standards Statement
Admission to the program may be contingent upon the applicants verifying his or her ability to perform the established technical standards of the program with or without accommodation.
It is strongly recommended that all applicants observe closely the activities of those practicing in the profession in order to more fully understand the technical requirements of a program. This can be accomplished by completing the mandatory 8-hour Radiology Dept. visitation discussed later.
In order to participate in this program, students must be able to perform certain technical requirements. Students must be able to meet certain communication, physical and mental requirements to ensure the safe performance of radiologic procedures.
A Radiologic Technologist must have vision sufficient to:
- Judge distance.
- Skillfully use precision instruments (i.e., oscilloscopes, control panels).
- Observe and evaluate (i.e., patient gait, skin changes).
- Observe the results of treatments.
- Observe changes in equipment operation (i.e., smell overheating, incorrect meter readings).
- Read written orders.
- Critique images.
A Radiologic Technologist must have the ability to speak, hear, observe and document on/with patients to:
- Communicate proficiently in the English language to relate with patients and staff.
- Document accurately, occurrences or procedures.
- Secure information (history) from the patient and relay it to appropriate personnel accurately.
- Describe changes in activity, mood and posture.
- Perceive nonverbal communication.
- Respond quickly in an emergency situation (i.e. codes)
- Respond to audible cues.
A Radiologic technologist must have gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium, strength and functional use of the senses of touch and vision for the safe handling of patients, self and equipment to :
- Elicit information from patients by diagnostic maneuvers (i.e., palpation).
- Safely perform therapeutic procedures and/or laboratory procedures.
- Maintain physical demands that require a full range of body motion including lifting and handling of patients and equipment, manual and finger dexterity and hand-eye coordination.
- Stand and walk for at least an 8-hour period of time on a hard floor.
- Maintain physical demands that require frequent bending, stooping, reaching at or above shoulder, pushing, pulling, and climbing.
- Frequently lift up to 20 lbs., occasionally lift greater than 20 lbs. and up to 50 lbs.
- Withstand frequent exposure to chemical associated with radiology procedures.
- A student in the Radiologic Science Program who has reason to believe she may be pregnant has the option of voluntary disclosure to the Radiologic Science Program Director.
- Such voluntary, formal notification is requested in order that the program has the pertinent information needed to limit the radiation dose to the developing fetus.
- Upon voluntary formal notification of the pregnancy, the Program Director will advise the student of her option to take a leave of absence or remain in the program without modification.
- Should the student elect to remain in the program she will be required to wear, in addition to her collar level radiation monitors, a radiation monitor worn at waist level.
- This radiation monitor will be used to monitor fetal exposure during pregnancy.
- The student will be asked to sign a statement indicating that she received counseling and was advised of any necessary precautions required during the course of pregnancy.
In order to complete the required clinical rotations, students need to provide the following additional documentation upon acceptance into the program. However, students will be responsible to provide the following documents to a third-party provider:
A. Background check - by a third-party provider. Certain conviction history excludes persons from healthcare employment. If you have any prior convictions, even if you believe they may be sealed, please consult with the Program Chair for Radiology or the Division Chair.
B. Documentation of current immunization for:
- TB - TB Skin Test
- Hepatitis B (3 doses and blood titer)
- MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
- Varicella (Chicken Pox)
- Flu Vaccine - proof of vaccination
- Proof of health insurance
- Health Care Provider CPR card and AIDS/HIV certificate will be completed at TCC upon acceptance into the program.
- Vehicle insurance
Transportation - It is the student's responsibility to arrange for dependable transportation to and from the clinical site. Some clinical rotations begin as early as 6:00 am, some may be evening or night shift, and may be 6, 8, or 12 hour shifts. Dependable child/dependent care is necessary.
PLEASE NOTE: Individual health care organizations where a student may be placed for clinical learning may have additional participation requirements, such as drug screening.The student will be directly responsible to that health care organization for meeting their requirements.