Technical Standards & Environmental Conditions
Students who expect to enter or progress through the Medical Imaging Program must acknowledge the ability to perform the tasks associated with the following Technical Standards and Environmental Conditions. (See DISABILITIES STATEMENT below.)
Technical Standards with Disability Statement
TECHNICAL STANDARDS FOR ADMISSION AND RETENTION OF STUDENTS
The College of Health and Human Services professional program faculty have specified the following non-academic criteria (technical standards) that all applicants/students are expected to meet. These standards include the following five categories and may vary by degree program.
- Observation: The applicant/student must be able to participate actively in all demonstrations, laboratory exercises, and clinical experiences in the professional program component of the degree and to assess and comprehend the condition of all persons assigned to him or her for examination, diagnosis and treatment. Such observation and information usually requires the functional use of visual, auditory, and somatic sensations.
- Communication: The applicant/student must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with persons in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, assess non-verbal communications, and be able to effectively and efficiently receive from and transmit information to persons, fellow students, faculty and staff, and all members of the health care team. Communication skills include listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as the observation skills described above.
- Motor: The applicant/student must have sufficient motor function to elicit information from persons by appropriate diagnostic or therapeutic maneuvers; be able to perform basic tests; possess all skills necessary to carry out diagnostic or therapeutic procedures; be able to interpret appropriate examinations and procedures, and be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to persons.
- Intellectual/Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities: The applicant/student must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize. Problem solving, the critical skill demanded of allied health practitioners, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, the applicant/student must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of structures. The applicant/student must have the capacity to perform these problem solving skills in a timely fashion.
- Behavioral and Social Attributes: The applicant/student must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities; the exercise of good judgment; the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to care of persons; and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with persons and others. Applicants must also be able to tolerate taxing workloads, function effectively under stress, adapt to changing environments, display flexibility, and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in clinical problems of many persons. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, commitment and motivation are personal qualities which each applicant/student should possess.
DISABILITIES STATEMENT: If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Contact the Director of Services for Students with Disabilities (Walb Union, Room 113; Telephone Number: 260-481-6658), as soon as possible to work out the details. For more information, please visit the web site for SSD.
Physical Demands & Environmental Conditions for Medical Imaging Students
Medical Imaging students provide patient care and perform diagnostic imaging procedures in a variety of settings and situations such as: outpatient clinics, hospital radiology departments and patient rooms, emergency departments, trauma centers, and surgery suites. Professional competence requires medical imaging students to manage the following additional physical demands and physical exposure:
- Pushing & Pulling – Pushing and pulling are required when moving radiographic equipment as well as when transferring patients through the hospital and to and from the x-ray table.
- Lifting – Heavy lifting is frequently required when performing bedside radiographic examinations. Lifting is also frequently required when transferring patients to and from the x-ray table and to and from wheelchairs, carts, and hospital beds.
- Reaching & Crouching – Reaching and crouching are often required when performing radiographic examinations.
- Standing – Standing for long periods of time is required during procedural demonstrations and throughout the day during clinical rotations.
- Fine Motor Skills – Fine motor skills are required to manipulate knobs, buttons, switches, and computer devices that control radiation exposure and image production.
- Lead Aprons and Thyroid Collars – Heavy protective lead apparel is required to be worn during many radiographic procedures.
- Disease – Exposure to disease will occur in clinical education as a result of caring for patients and handling and disposing of bodily fluids and secretions.
- Radiation – Exposure to radiation will occur in clinical education as a result of working with the radiation producing equipment used to generate medical diagnostic images.
- Magnetic Field - Exposure to a magnetic field may occur in clinical education as a result of working with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment.*
* Every student enrolled in the professional medical imaging program must complete an MRI Safety and Screening form prior to obtaining access to the Magnetic Resonance Environment. Any student determined to be at risk when exposed to the MRI environment will be exempt from MRI rotations. Contact the Department for additional information.