Technical Standards

In order to gain admission to the program, all students must be able to perform numerous physical skills which require at least an average amount of physical coordination. Students shall be able to manipulate technical equipment for the procedures. While performing clinical training students shall be required to:


  1. Grasping - Positioning patients for exams and procedures. 
  2. Repetitive Motions - Entering computer data.
  3. Crouching - Positioning patients for exams and supply stocking.
  4. Pulling - Moving items that can weigh as much as 50 LBs (pounds).


  1. Pushing –Transporting patients in wheelchairs or on carts using 50 LBs (pounds) of force. Moving portable and C-arm equipment with 50 LBS (pounds) of force to areas of the hospital. 
  2. Carrying - Carrying cassettes that can weigh as much as 50 LBs (pounds). 
  3. Pulling - Assisting and moving patients off and onto carts using 8 to 50 LBs (pounds) of force. 
  4. Fingering - Entering computer data and setting techniques for exams. 
  5. Lifting – Moving patients (who can weigh more than 50 LBs (pounds) from wheelchairs/carts off and onto exam tables.)


  1. Reaching - Positioning patients and manipulating portable equipment. 
  2. Stooping - Positioning of exams and assisting patients in and out of wheelchairs. 
  3. Feeling - Perceiving attributes of patients and objects such as when positioning patients for procedures or palpating veins for IV insertion. 
  4. Hearing - Perceiving that nature of sounds at normal range; ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make fine discriminations in sound, during auscultation and percussion. 
  5. Walking - Transporting and assisting patients into dressing/exam rooms. Walking to other areas of the department and hospital to do exams and have images interpreted. 
  6. Talking - Must be able to communicate verbally in an effective manner with patients, co-workers and physicians. 
  7. Standing - All clinical assignments require standing.

Visual Acuity Requirements 

  1. During clinical assignments, students are required to use a computer terminal and set the proper exposure techniques on the x-ray equipment. 
  2. Clinical assignments require working with printed and/or written documentation. 
  3. Students must be able to assess patient's condition, i.e color, respiration, motion etc. 
  4. Clinical assignments require critiquing of radiographs.