Students must be able to make and report visual observations, differentiate between shades of black, white and gray, work in subdued lighting and carry out verbal and written orders. Eyesight must be 20/40 or be corrected to that level.
Students must be able to hear blood pressures; breath sounds; verbal orders and during emergencies, hear alarms or distress calls from patients (Hearing must be corrected to no more than a 50 percent loss.)
Students must be able to palpitate patients for positioning, taking pulses and determining body temperature.
Students must be able to stand for an eight-hour period, and/or move quickly at times. It is often necessary to lift, move or support patients and/or equipment of greater size and weight than self. Therefore, strength of back, legs and arms, and the ability to use proper body mechanics are necessary for the safety of both patients and students.
Mental Emotional Capacity
Students must be able to think clearly, critically and logically to make valid and ethical judgments effectively in stressful situations. Students need the ability to perceive events realistically, think rationally and function independently in routine or emergency situations. When necessary, in the judgment of clinical or didactic faculty a certified psychologist or psychiatrist will determine this ability.
Students must be able to communicate observations to others in a clear, concise manner in both oral and written forms. In the judgment of the clinical instructors, the student must be able to speak and interact effectively with patients and members of the healthcare team.
To allow for radiation protection of the pregnant student and their conceptus, the program officials will counsel pregnant students as to options available and reasonable accommodations required to remain in the clinical setting. Students have the option of declaration of non-declaration of pregnancy.
Student radiographers are issued a radiation monitor to estimate their dose equivalent per month. Specific course work is completed in radiation protection measures throughout the Program.