Radiologic Technologists’ provide urgent and non-urgent care to patients of all ages and in all settings including acute care hospitals, sub-acute, and chronic care. Hospital and sub-acute care settings are generally associated with a moderate noise level. A radiographer works directly with physicians in hospitals, clinics, imaging centers and private offices performing Radiographic examinations on patients in order to aid in the diagnosis of disease or injury. Responsibilities include positioning of the patient; handling of complex equipment; determining proper exposure factors; utilizing radiation protection devices; and processing images. In addition to these technical skills, the radiographer's duties require him/her to attend to the physical and emotional needs of patients who are often acutely ill or seriously injured.
Successful completion of the Radiologic Technology program requires the graduate to have demonstrated the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to safely and competently deliver patient care as a Radiologic Technologist and provide age-specific patient education. Accordingly, Radiologic Technology Program applicants and matriculating students must meet the following technical standards:
The applicant/student must have both fine and gross motor skill capabilities to perform patient care procedures and handle radiologic technology equipment including the capability to simultaneous use and/or appose two hands to firmly grasp, assemble, and/or manipulate. These include: turning and lifting patients, moving heavy, bulky equipment, and maneuvering in tight places.
The applicant/student must be able to hear, understand, converse in, read and write the English language in order to accurately, effectively and sensitively communicate with patients and family members as well as colleagues, instructors, and all members of the health care team. He/she must also be able to effectively perceive non-verbal communication.
The applicant/student must be able to comprehend, integrate, and apply didactic concepts to the clinical setting. This involves physiologic measurements, mathematical computation, information gathering, interpretation and analysis of data, critical thinking, decision-making and problem solving.
The applicant/student must possess the emotional health necessary to exercise judgment, complete patient care responsibilities, and maintain effective relationships with others in classroom, laboratory and clinical settings. Applicants/students must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. He/she must be able to adapt to changing environments, display flexibility and function in the uncertainties inherent to the health care setting. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest and motivation are all-important personal qualities.