Non-Cognitive Performance Standards
Individuals admitted to the Radiography Program must possess the ability to complete all aspects of the classroom and clinical curriculum. Therefore, in addition to academic prerequisites, students admitted to the program must also possess the following abilities and meet the expectations required to successfully complete clinical education and subsequently practice in the profession.
The Radiography Practice Analysis compiled by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists will be the guide to answer questions regarding criteria not specifically addressed by this document. In all cases, patient safety will be the primary determining factor related to the interpretation of non-academic criteria.
Be able to clearly communicate in English both verbally and in writing, and interact with professionals and patients in order to:
- Obtain and record patient history.
- Explain or discuss procedures and patient consent forms.
- Provide clear verbal instructions to patients either face-to-face or from the radiography control area, which is a distance away from the patient.
- Interact and work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals.
- Provide physical and emotional support to patients during radiographic procedures, being able to respond to situations requiring first aid, and providing appropriate emergency care to the patient until the appropriate assistance arrives.
- Respond professionally with precise, quick, and appropriate action in stressful and emergency situations.
- Have the ability to control emotions and maintain composure under stress.
- Be able to adjust to various personalities of patients and co-workers.
- Accept criticism and adopt appropriate modifications in behavior.
- Possess the perseverance, diligence, and consistency to complete the radiography program curriculum.
- Learn and perform routine radiographic procedures, using intellectual capacity to select proper technical exposure factors according to the individual needs of the patient and the requirements of the procedure’s standards of speed and accuracy.
Be able to see fine lines and distinguish gradual changes in blacks, grays and whites in order to:
- Read department protocols for imaging procedures, examination request, computer monitors, and any written directions or orders.
- Properly position a patient in relation to the x-ray tube and image receptor.
- Apply the proper direction of the central ray to the anatomical part being imaged.
- Review and evaluate recorded images for the purpose of identifying proper patient positioning, proper radiographic quality, and other appropriate and pertinent technical qualities, all under the conditions of dimmed lighting.
Have the ability to hear sounds in order to:
- Respond to patient questions, concerns and needs.
- Hear faint or muffled sounds when the use of surgical masks are required.
- Hear faint or muffled sounds from the control panel or away from the radiographic room, which are separated from the x-ray table and patient.
Motor Functions Ability
Good manual dexterity, motor skills and eye-hand coordination are necessary in order to:
- Have sufficient strength, motor coordination, and manual dexterity to transport, move, life and transfer patients from a wheelchair or cart to an x-ray table or a patient bed.
- Move, adjust, and manipulate a variety of radiographic equipment, including the physical transportation of mobile radiographic/fluoroscopic equipment, in order to arrange and align the equipment with respect to the patient and the image receptor according to established procedures and standards of speed and accuracy.
- Don surgical gloves, fill syringes, and handle sterile trays and equipment, including the ability to perform venipuncture.
- Stand unassisted for long periods of time.