Radiologic Sciences -
A Radiation Therapist is typically employed in a hospital or clinic.
Clinical and laboratory assignments for the Radiation Therapy program require certain physical demands that are the technical standards of admission. These standards are based upon the minimum tasks performed by graduates of the program as recommended by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. Listed below are the technical standards which all applicants must meet in order to participate and complete the radiography program.
- Sufficient visual acuity to read x-ray prescriptions & charts, observe conditions of the patient & evaluate x-ray images.
- Sufficient auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the healthcare team and to assess the health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices such as intercom systems, cardiac monitors, respiratory monitors, fire alarms, etc.
- Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement skills related to the performance of imaging exams, such as positioning and transporting patients. X-ray technologists must be able to manipulate equipment such as the x-ray tube, table and control panel.
- Sufficient communication skills (verbal, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively, as may be necessary in the patient’s/client’s interest.
- Sufficient intellectual and emotional function to plan and implement patient care.
Examples of specific technical standards the radiation therapy student must be able to meet are:
- Lift, transfer and/or move patients from wheelchair/stretcher to x-ray table. Lift, move, reach or push equipment
- Manual dexterity and ability to bend/stretch
- Be able to stand or walk for 75% of clinical time
- Distinguish color and shades of gray
- Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills, including patient instruction
- Read and extract information from the medical chart or patient prescriptions
- Explain the clinical study verbally an/or in writing
- Physical and mental abilities to handle moderate and frequent exposure to infectious agents (blood, urine etc.) and moderate exposure to ionizing radiation
- Carry 12-30 pounds (lead aprons) while working