Radiography

Performance Standards

Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progression

All diagnostic imaging students are required to perform a wide variety of activities as a proficient health care giver. As a student in Imaging, your clinical practicum will require you to actively participate in providing patients with specific health care services while obtaining diagnostic images. The following performance standards (cognitive, sensory, affective and psychomotor) are provided to assist students in determining whether accommodations or modifications are necessary for the student to meet program requirements. Students who identify potential difficulties with meeting the performance standards must communicate their concerns to the Student Services department as well as the program director. Determination is made on an individual basis as to whether or not the necessary accommodations or modifications can be made reasonably.

 

 

Never

Sometimes

1-30%

Frequently

31-75%

Always

76-100%

Job Essential

Yes

No

SPEECH     Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal form.

     Speak English with clarity

 

 

 

X

X

 

     Communicates in English with clarity

 

 

 

X

X

 

HEARING    Auditory ability sufficient to monitor, assess and acquire health needs and information.

     Conversation

 

 

 

X

X

 

     Telephone

 

 

 

X

X

 

SIGHT     Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment in patient care and the evaluation of a diagnostic image.

     Natural or corrected without assistance

 

 

 

X

X

 

     Depth perception

 

 

 

X

X

 

     Color vision

 

 

 

X

X

 

     Working in low light

 

 

 

X

X

 

SMELLING

     Ability to detect odors.

 

X

     

X

MOBILITY    Physical abilities to move from room to room and maneuver equipment; using each extremity (R and L) as applicable.

     Lift, push, or pull 75 pounds

 

 

 

X

X

 

     Shoulder

 

 

 

X

X

 

     Arm

 

 

 

X

X

 

     Neck

 

 

 

X

X

 

     Stand unassisted (no cane or crutch)

 

 

 

X

X

 

     Move about facility

 

 

 

X

X

 

     Bending

 

 

X

 

X

 

     Crawling

 

X

 

 

X

 

     Kneeling

 

X

 

 

X

 

     Twisting body

 

 

 

X

X

 

     Running

 

X

 

 

X

 

     Walk unassisted (no cane or crutch)

 

 

 

X

X

 

     Climbing (stairs)

 

 

X

 

X

 

 

Never

Sometimes

1-30%

Frequently

31-75%

Always

76-100%

Job Essential

Yes

No

REACHING    Using each extremity (R and L) as applicable.

     Overhead

 

 

 

X

X

 

     In front of body

 

 

 

X

X

 

     Down

 

 

 

X

X

 

GRASPING     Using each extremity (R and L) as applicable.

     Overhead

 

 

 

X

X

 

     In front of body

 

 

 

X

X

 

SITTING

    Ability to sit

 

X

 

 

X

 

FINE MOTOR SKILLS

KEYBOARDING

     Hands

 

 

 

X

X

 

     Fingers/tactile sense (ability to feel when    

     touching)

 

 

 

X

X

 

     Wrist

 

 

 

X

X

 

COORDINATION

     Eye/hand/foot with both hands/arms/feet

 

 

 

X

X

 

COGNITIVE/MENTAL FACTORS

REASONING

     Ability to focus, concentrate, memorize

 

 

 

100

X

 

     Deal with abstract and concrete variables,

     define problems, collect data, establish facts

     and draw valid conclusions

 

 

 

100

X

 

     Interpret instructions furnished in oral,

     written, diagrammatic or schedule form

 

 

 

100

X

 

     Deal with problems varying from standard

     situations

 

 

 

100

X

 

     Carry out simple to complex writing and oral

     instructions

 

 

 

100

X

 

     Carry out at least one or two step instructions

 

 

 

100

X

 

MATHEMATICS

     Complex skills – business math, algebra,

     geometry or statistics

 

 

X

 

X

 

     Simple skills – add, subtract, multiply and

     divide whole numbers and fractions

     Calculate time and simple measurements

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

Never

Sometimes

1-30%

Frequently

31-75%

Always

76-100%

Job Essential

Yes

No

READING

     Complex skills – comprehend medical

     records, manuals, journals, instructions in

     use and maintenance of equipment, safety

     rules and procedures and drawings

 

 

 

X

X

 

     Simple skills – comprehend simple

     instructions or notations from a book

 

 

 

X

X

 

     Ability to read data on paper and then input

     to a computer

 

 

 

X

X

 

WRITING

     Complex skills – prepare medical

     documentation, report summaries using

     prescribed format and conforming to all

     rules of punctuation, spelling, grammar,

     diction and style

 

 

 

X

X

 

     Simple skills – English sentences containing

     subject, verb and object; names and

     addresses, complete job application or

     notations in a log book

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

PERCEPTION

     Spatial – ability to comprehend forms in

     space and understand relationships of plane

     and solid objects; frequently described as

     the ability to “visualize” objects of two or

     three dimensions, or to think visually of

     geometric forms

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

     Form – ability to perceive pertinent detail in

     objects or in pictorial or graphic material; to

     make visual comparisons and discriminations

     and see slight differences in shapes and

     shadings of figures and widths and lengths

     of line

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

Never

Sometimes

1-30%

Frequently

31-75%

Always

76-100%

Job Essential

Yes

No

CLERICAL

     Ability to perceive pertinent detail in verbal

     or tabular material; to observe differences

     in copy, to proof-read words and numbers

     and to avoid perceptual errors in arithmetic

     computations

 

 

 

X

X

 

DATA

     Synthesize, coordinate, analyze, compile,

     compute, copy and compare

 

 

 

X

X

 

PERSONAL TRAITS

     Ability to comprehend and follow instructions

 

 

 

 

X

 

     Ability to perform simple and repetitive tasks

 

 

 

 

X

 

     Ability to maintain a workplace appropriate

     to a given workload

 

 

 

 

X

 

     Ability to influence people

 

 

 

 

X

 

     Ability to perform complex or varied tasks

 

 

 

 

X

 

     Ability to make generalizations, evaluations,

     or decisions without immediate supervision

 

 

 

 

X

 

     Ability to accept and carry out responsibility

     for direction, control and planning

 

 

 

 

X

 

     Ability to meet requirements of procedural

     standards of speed and accuracy

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Ability to handle stress

 

 

 

 

X

 

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS

     Works indoors

 

 

 

X

X

 

     Works outdoors

 

X

 

 

 

X

     Exposure to high/low temperatures/humidity

 

X

 

 

X

 

     Being around moving machinery

 

 

 

X

X

 

     Exposure to dust, fumes, smoke, gases, odors,

     mists or other irritating particles

 

X

 

 

X

 

     Exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals

 

X

 

 

X

 

     Exposure to excessive noises

 

 

X

 

X

 

     Exposure to radiation, electrical or magnetic

     Energy

 

 

 

X

X

 

     Exposure to solvents, grease or oils

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

Never

Sometimes

1-30%

Frequently

31-75%

Always

76-100%

Job Essential

Yes

No

     Working in confined spaces

 

X

 

 

X

 

     Using a computer monitor

 

 

 

X

X

 

     Works alone

X

 

 

 

X

 

     Works around others

 

 

 

X

X

 

     Exposure to blood and other potentially

     infectious material

 

 

 

X

X

 

ALLERGIES/SENSITIVITIES

     Tolerance to Latex

 

 

X

 

X

 

     Other allergies to chemicals, etc.

 

X

 

 

 

 

SAFETY EQUIPMENT  - REQUIRED

     Safety glasses

 

 

 

 

X

 

     Face mask/ face shield

 

 

 

 

X

 

     Protective clothing

 

 

 

 

X

 

     Protective gloves

 

 

 

 

X

 

     Radiation protection apparel  

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

Diagnostic Imaging Student Activities:

 

Examples of activities expected of a diagnostic imager:

Communication

Explain diagnostic imaging procedures, initiate health teaching, document and interpret other health care members actions and patient responses

Mobility

Move around diagnostic imaging work spaces and patient rooms; administer BLS and AED

Motor skills

Calibrate and operate diagnostic imaging equipment; position patients; administer contrast media

Hearing

Hear imaging exposure signal, monitor alarms, emergency signals; verbal information from patients, health care givers and phone

Visual

Observe patient responses, recognize physical changes; distinguish shades of gray on a diagnostic image or monitor

Tactile

Perform activities related to patient care: catheter insertion, venipuncture, vital signs, oxygen administration

Intellectual Capacity

Select proper technical exposure factors to the individual needs of the patient; review and evaluate diagnostic images in relation to proper exposure factors and positioning of anatomic parts

Cognitive Abilities

Respond to a patient’s concerns and questions in a timely manner with appropriate responses; respond to emergent situations; Work effectively in a team environment