In order to successfully complete the clinical component of the radiography program and be employed as an entry-level diagnostic radiographer, students must be able to perform certain physical tasks and to model appropriate types of behavior necessary for proper patient care and safety.
Students must be able to:
- Communicate clearly and effectively (verbal and written) with patients, family members, and all others of the health care team using the English language.
- Understand and comprehend written English in order to properly determine patient needs.
- Possess mature, emotional behaviors to ensure safety while caring for patients.
- Respond appropriately to constructive criticism as related to professional performance.
- Remain mentally and physically alert while performing clinical duties and be able to concentrate for long periods of time (cannot be under the influence of drugs/alcohol).
- Possess sufficient auditory perception to be aware of warning techniques such as low-sounding equipment buzzers, fire alarms, overhead pages, patient monitoring devices, phones ringing, etc.
- Communicate with patients when background noise may be high; be able to hear faint or muffled sounds from a distance.
- Possess sufficient visual acuity to read departmental protocols, exam orders in patient records, evaluate patient monitoring devices in areas of low and high light, and to properly evaluate the differences in shades of gray on radiographs.
Motor Skills, Strength, and Mobility
- Use sufficient fine motor skills to grasp small objects required to perform imaging and patient care procedures such as properly filling syringes and manipulating locks on radiographic equipment.
- Possess adequate sensory perception in at least one upper limb to properly determine the location of topographical landmarks for accurate patient positioning.
- Must be able to lift heavy objects from the ground (more than 25 lbs).
- Move patients from a wheelchair or stretcher to an exam table and back; requires being able to push and pull heavy objects and have proper use of all four limbs.
- Raise arms above the head and in all directions in order to properly manipulate various types of equipment used in patient care and imaging procedures.
- Stand, unassisted for long periods of time; at least 90% of clinical shift.
- Walk, unassisted for long periods of time; at least 90% of clinical shift.
- Perform physical tasks such as lifting, reaching, walking, etc. in a rapid fashion due to emergency conditions.