Technical Standards/Skills



  • A candidate for the radiologic technology program must have abilities and skills to perform radiologic procedures in an independent manner that will not endanger other students, staff members, themselves, or the public, including patients.
  • Clinical facilities have the right to deny any applicant or student who cannot perform the technical skills expected for the radiologic technology profession.
  • Should an applicant be denied access to one clinical facility, the applicant cannot be assigned clinical apprenticeship or move forward to program student status. The program routinely rotates each student to many clinical facilities and the applicant or student cannot be located at only facility for the entire program due to the need to accomplish performance evaluations during program enrollment.
  • To be considered, accepted, or to be retained in the program after acceptance, all applicants with or without accommodations must:

Communication Skills: Possess sufficient skills to:

  • Provide verbal communication to and receive communication from patients, members of the healthcare team, and be able to assess care needs through the use of monitoring devices, stethoscopes, infusion pumps, fire alarms, audible exposure indicators, etc.
  • Hear others (patients, physicians, staff) without facing the person. 
  • Provide communication effectively with patients/clients and other members of the health care team using all types of communication methods including verbal, nonverbal, and written techniques.

Gross and Fine Motor Skills: Possess gross and fine motors skills to:

  • Manipulate a variety of radiographic equipment, position and lift patients/objects (up to fifty pounds)
  • Operate adjunct instrumentation (wheelchairs/stretchers, IV poles/etc.: assisted and non-assisted)
  • Perform other skills required in meeting the job performance needs of a radiologic technologist (including performing life saving measures, CPR, etc.)
  • Be able to endure frequent standing, walking, and lifting for long periods of time
  • Operate both mobile and surgical imaging equipment and perform related radiological procedures
  • Tolerate physically taxing workloads and standing for long periods of time         

Mental Health and Attitudinal Skills: Possess effective mental health and attitudinal skills to:

  • Function effectively during stressful situations
  • Adapt to ever-changing environments and display flexibility when encountering new or usual situations.
  • Be self-reliant and independently problem-solve
  • Work effectively with all types of races, gender, sexual orientations, etc.
  • Provide quality patient care to all patients.

It is the student’s responsibility to discuss with program faculty any change of physical and/or mental health that would limit or prohibit the student from performing the technical job skills expected of a radiologic technologist; as described in the Technical Skills document during the program application and apprenticeship process. ocess.

Revised/Reviewed 4/2015 (SD West)

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