Core Performance Standards for Radiographers

Essential Requirements for Admissions and Progression

Performance Standards

The following performance standards provide descriptions of basic cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor requirements for successful radiologic technology program completion. Reasonable accommodations will be examined in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Any disabililty must be declared at the beginning of the program. If not disability is declared, the student will be expected to perform at the same standard expected of all students in the program.

In order to successfully complete the radiology program, the student must be able to do the following:

Essential Observation Standards
The RT student must be able to:

  • Observe clinical and laboratory demonstrations of patients being x-rayed for pathological conditions
  • Read and comprehend text, numbers, and graphs displayed in print and on a computer monitor
  • Display visual and tactile ability sufficient to safely assess and care for patients

Essential Movement Standards
The RT student must be able to:

  • Move freely and safely about the radiology department
  • Reach radiology bench tops and shelves, patients lying in hospital beds or patients seated in wheelchairs
  • Travel to numerous x-ray rooms for practical experience
  • Perform moderately taxing continuous physical work, often requiring prolonged standing
  • Maneuver stationary and mobile radiology equipment safely performing x-rays on patients 
  • Adjust exposure factors to produce quality radiographs with minimal patient exposure
  • Use an electronic keyboard to operate radiology instruments and to calculate exposure to patients
  • Maneuver portable and C-arm equipment throughout the hospital

Essential Communication Standards
The RT student must be able to:

  • Read and comprehend technical and professional materials
  • Follow verbal and written instructions in order to correctly and independently perform radiology procedures
  • Clearly instruct patients prior to x-ray procedure
  • Effectively, confidentially, and sensitively converse with patients regarding radiology tests
  • Communicate with faculty members, fellow students, staff, and other health care professionals verbally and in a recorded format
  • Independently prepare patient history prior to radiology examinations

Essential Intellectual Standards
The RT student must be able to:

  • Possess these intellectual skills: comprehension, measurement, mathematical calculation, reasoning, integration, analysis, comparison, and self-expression
  • Be able to exercise sufficient judgment to recognize and correct performance

Essential Behavioral Standards
The RT student must:

  • Be able to manage the use of time and be able to systematize actions in order to complete professional and technical tasks with realistic constraints
  • Possess the emotional stability necessary to effectively employ intellect and exercise appropriate judgment
  • Be able to provide professional and technical services while experiencing the stresses of task-related uncertainty and a distracting environment
  • Be flexible and creative and adapt to professional and technical change
  • Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situations and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to patients, self, and nearby individuals
  • Adapt to working with unpleasant odors
  • Support and promote the activities of fellow students and of health care professionals. Promotion of peers helps furnish a team approach to learning, task completion, problem solving and patient care
  • Be honest, compassionate, ethical and responsible

The student must be forthright about errors or uncertainty. The student must be able to critically evaluate her or his own performance, accept constructive criticism, and look for ways to improve. The student must be able to evaluate the performance of fellow students and tactfully offer constructive comments.

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