Technical Standards

Students must be able to meet certain physical and mental requirements to ensure the safe performance of clinical procedures and to ensure their safety and their patient’s safety. Due to the nature of typical clinical settings, students must be able to:

  • Work individually and as part of a health care team
  • Explain imaging and therapeutic procedures to the patient and family and to answer questions
  • Follow good radiation safety procedures to protect themselves and the patient from unnecessary radiation exposure
  • Ensure imaging equipment is working properly
  • Prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to the patient
  • Monitor the patient condition before, during and after the procedure
  • Operate equipment to create quality images of organs within the body, Keep detailed records of procedures
  • Routinely lift objects of 50 pounds
  • Be able to use arms with no restrictions, including reaching and working overhead
  • Work in various conditions, e.g. sitting and standing for long periods of time, bending
  • Position and assist patients
  • Assist or move patients from wheelchairs and stretchers onto imaging tables.
  • Perform venipuncture.
  • Communicate effectively both in writing and verbally
  • Effectively communicate with other health care professionals.
  • Show compassion to the patient and their family
  • Understand medical terms without hesitation
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior at all times
  • Dress appropriately for the health care environment
  • Practice cultural sensitivity.

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