Radiography Program Technical Standards
The mission of the Radiography Program at GTCC is to produce competent entry-level graduates by providing students with a sound education in radiologic technology. All students will be expected to perform assigned skills and class assignments at the same level, with or without accommodations.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to read the technical standards carefully and ask for clarification of any standard that is not understood. Any disability affecting the ability to comply with these technical standards must be evaluated by disAbility Access Service staff. It is important to request accommodations early enough to allow the disability Access staff adequate time to evaluate the request and to make recommendations for reasonable accommodation. Instructors will make the necessary accommodations on the recommendation of disAbility Access Services (accommodations should be in writing).
To be successful in the Radiography Program, students will need to demonstrate the following skill/abilities.
- Reading tasks require the ability to read textbooks, procedure manuals, medical records, and electronic data.
- Writing tasks require the ability to write legibly such items as numbers, reports, and documentation in patients’ medical records.
- Students must have adequate hearing/speech to allow for oral communication with patients and other health team members in face-to-face and automated situations.
- Students must be able to perform mathematical/algebraic calculations when assessing patient data, establishing technical factors and setting up contrast media.
- Students must be able to apply the principles of aseptic techniques and sterile techniques, body mechanics, infection control and contrast media administration.
- Students must be able to give patient assessment and adapt procedures information when performing imaging studies.
- Students must be able to review and evaluate images to determine quality completeness.
- Students must be able to use short and long-term memory.
- Students must apply critical thinking techniques to problem solve.
- Students must have visual acuity to operate equipment with various ambient lighting and view images.
- Students must have adequate depth perception in order to transport and ambulate patients.
- The student will be required to provide proof of physical/mental health by submitting a completed and signed NC Community College medical form documenting their immunizations, past and current medical history.
- The student will be in a lab setting for 8 hours and a clinical setting for up to 10 hours a day.
- The student should be able to stand and/or walk up to 10 hours a day.
- The student should be able to work continuously for up to 4 hours a day.
- The student should be able to push heavy equipment or patients in wheelchairs or stretchers weighting up to 400 lbs.
- The student should be able to lift and manipulate/move 50 lbs several times in an hour.
- The student should have tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment and radiographic positioning.
- The student should have gross and fine motor skills sufficient to provide safe patient care and operate equipment.
- The student will be expected to arrive for classes on time.
- The student will be expected to work in groups.
- The student will be expected to work on lab/clinic skills at assigned times and as needed.
- The student will be expected to maintain academic honesty.
- The student will be expected to work harmoniously with others and maintain a high level of enthusiasm.
- The student is expected to conduct him/herself in an adult manner.
- The student will be expected to adhere to the ASRT Code of Ethics and ARRT Standards of Ethics.