Technical Standards

A Radiologic Technologist must be capable of communicating with and maneuvering patients, reacting to emergency situations, manipulating heavy equipment and handling radiographic accessories; therefore, he/she must have adequate use of speech, limbs and auditory as well as visual senses.  The following is a list of essential functions that must be performed in a satisfactory manner.

  • Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, positioning and radiographic techniques to accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on a radiograph or image receptor.
  • Determine exposure factors to achieve radiographic techniques with minimum radiation exposure to the patient.
  • Monitor medical equipment attached to patient.
  • Assist physician and technologists with sterile field and administration of contrast media.
  • Provide patient care and appropriate patient communication.
  • Recognize emergency patient conditions and initiate lifesaving first aid and basic life support procedures.
  • Evaluate the performance of radiologic systems, know safe limits of equipment operations and report malfunctions to the proper authorities.
  • Participate in radiologic quality assurance programs.
  • Understand and review medical records/patient chart when appropriate.
  • Adhere to standard precaution protocols and maintain cleanliness of equipment.
  • Have the ability to understand, remember, and apply oral and/or written instructions in English. 
  • Understands complex problems and collaborates and explores alternative solutions.
  • Hear faint sounds from a distance of 15 ft. away
  • Have correctable far vision in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other eye.
  • Lift 20 pounds from the floor, carry 10 ft. and place on a surface 36 in. high.
  • Participate in frequent lifting and carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Push/pull 1 to 20 lbs of force continuously and 20-50 lbs force occasionally.
  • Work with arms overhead for 2-5 minutes at a time.
  • Sitting, standing and walking for long periods of time.
  • Have the ability to feel, reach, grasp and perform repetitive motions.
  • Safely and successfully manipulate and transport mobile radiographic equipment.
  • Endure observing and working, hands-on, with severely injured trauma patients and/or critically ill patients.
  • Assist in radiography of a corpse.
  • Communicate effectively with patients and staff.
  • Adhere to all HIPAA Regulations.

Motor skills

            Students should have sufficient motor function so that they are able to safely and substantially perform the essential requirements needed to provide general care and treatment to patients in all healthcare settings.  For example; for the safety and protection of patients, the student must be able to perform basic life support, including CPR, and function in an emergency situation.  The student must have the ability to safely assist a patient in moving from a chair to a bed, examination table or from a wheelchair to another location.

Sensory Observation

            Students must be able to observe a patient accurately, at a distance and close at hand, and observe and interpret non-verbal communication.


            Students must communicate effectively and sensitively with other students, faculty, staff, patients, family and other professionals.  He/she must be able to express their ideas and feelings clearly and demonstrate a willingness and ability to give and receive feedback.  The student must be able to convey or exchange information at a level that allows development of a health history, identify problems presented, explain alternate solutions, and give directions orally and in writing.  The student must have the ability to make correct judgment in seeking supervision and consultation in a timely manner.


            Students must be able to measure, reason, analyze, integrate and synthesize in the context of their professional study.  They must be able to quickly read and comprehend extensive written material, as well as evaluate and apply information and engage in critical thinking.


            Students must possess the emotional health required for the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the care of patients and their families.  In addition, they must be able to maintain mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients, students, faculty, staff and other professionals under all circumstances including highly stressful situations.  The student must have the emotional stability to function effectively under stress and to adapt to an environment that may change rapidly, without warning, or in unpredictable ways.  The student must be willing to change his or her behavior when it interferes with productive individual or team relationships.  The student must possess skills necessary for effective and harmonious relationships in diverse environments.

Professional Conduct

            Students must have the ability to reason morally and practice healthcare in an ethical manner. They must be willing to abide by professional standards of practice.  Students must be able to engage in patient care delivery in all settings and be able to deliver care in all populations.  Students must demonstrate professional behavior and attitudes, such as the ability to collaborate with others, and to admit mistakes gracefully.

If an applicant is unable to perform the essential functions of a Radiologic technologist, requests for reasonable accommodations may be discussed with Disabled Student Services and the program coordinator.