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Technical Standards for the Radiography Profession

Individuals admitted to Avera McKennan School of Radiologic Technology must be capable of completing the entire curriculum.  The curriculum requires demonstrated proficiency in a variety of cognitive, problem-solving, manipulative, communicative, and interpersonal skills.  Applicants must review the following standards to determine their ability and compatibility with the skill and ability requirements of radiographers.

For acceptance into the School of Radiologic Technology, the student must be able to meet these standards:

Communication Skills

  • Provide effective written and oral communication with patients and healthcare professionals.
  • Students must maintain confidentiality.

Visual/Auditory Requirements

  • Report visual observations of patients and equipment functions as well as to read applicable patient history and medical information relevant to the procedure being performed.
  • Vision must be adequate to monitor patients, properly align equipment, and center ray beam location on patients in a dimmed light environment.
  • Possess the ability to view computer screens or image display monitors for an extended period of time.
  • Hearing ability to be able to respond to the needs of patients and healthcare professionals.

Physical/Motor Abilities

  • Possess the ability to lift, push, and pull up to 50 lbs. routinely.
  • Demonstrate adequate strength, motor coordination, and manual dexterity to properly lift and transport patients, manually position patients, manipulate a variety of radiographic equipment, and effectively operate portable imaging equipment.
  • Possess the ability to stand for long periods of time.
  • Possess the ability to wear a 10-15 lb. lead apron while performing the duties of the profession.

Cognitive/Interpersonal Skills

  • Demonstrate the ability to adequately apply instructions located on computer monitors, examination orders, and medical records.
  • Understand and apply clinical instructions given by supervising professionals.
  • Possess sufficient problem-solving skills to include measuring, calculating, reasoning, analyzing, and evaluating with the ability to perform the necessary skills in a timely fashion.
  • Interact compassionately and empathetically with patients.
  • Possess the mental and emotional stability to effectively handle stressful situations.