CPR Certification: Students must present documentation of current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers according to the American Heart Association (AHA) standards prior to enrollment in each clinical education course. The AHA “Heartsaver” and the Red Cross CPR course do not fulfill this requirement.
In order to fulfill the requirements of the Radiographic Imaging Sciences program, students must be able to meet the physical demands associated with the radiography profession. Examples of these requirements include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Motor Skills: Ability to easily move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces for at least 4 hours at a time while actively engaged in radiographic procedures. Capable of pushing and moving stretchers and wheelchairs with patients. Ability to pull and move patients to and from radiographic tables. Capability to lift/carry and attach extra radiographic equipment utilizing good body mechanics. Able to push heavy mobile radiographic equipment throughout the hospital. Ability to lift 25 pounds frequently and 50 pounds or more occasionally. Ability to perform precise patient care procedures (IV, sterile gloving, blood pressure assessment, etc.). Able to reach up to 6′ with the use of a step stool if needed, to manipulate equipment. Ability to palpate external body land marks to precisely line up radiographic tube.
- Vision: Ability to read and analyze data, select technical factors on a control panel, evaluate the technical results on a radiographic image, and observe patient conditions in minimal lighting. Capacity to read radiographic requests.
- Hearing: Possess sufficient hearing to assess patient’s needs, communicate with other healthcare workers, and respond to audible sounds of radiographic equipment. Ability to adequately hear instructions in a variety of situations, such as a darkened x-ray room, trauma room in the emergency department, and surgery; where the persons may not be facing you or they may be wearing surgical masks.
- Speaking: Able to communicate verbally in a clear and concise manner, utilizing adequate English, with other healthcare providers. Able to ask patients questions in order to obtain appropriate medical history and provide patients with a clear and complete explanation of the procedure.
- Additional Traits: Possess the emotional maturity and stability to approach highly stressful situations in a calm and rational manner. Ability to utilize basic critical thinking skills. Capable of adhering to high ethical standards of conduct (as well as applicable state and federal laws).