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Metropolitan Community College Radiologic Technology Program

Radiologic Technology Program Performance Standards

Student Responsibilities

During your academic experience, you'll be exposed to a very hands-on and interactive learning environment that is both supportive and challenging. Your education also includes clinical experience at varying facilities which will involve direct patient contact and involvement with community professionals. Student should consider this responsibility both an opportunity and a requirement.

Students are expected to follow the code of student behavior set by the College and to conduct themselves in a professional, ethical, and responsible manner with other students, faculty, administrators, all program and College facilities, community professionals and clients, equipment, and supplies.

Performance Standards for Successful Completion of the Radiologic Technology Program:

These Performance Standards should be used to assist each applicant and student to determine if they are otherwise qualified to be a Radiologic Technologist. It is the policy of MCC-Penn Valley to provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. If you need an accommodation due to a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Access Resource Coordinator at 816.604.4089 or visit the disability services department. Two to six week advance notice is required for some accommodations.

Mobility/Dexterity Ability sufficient to assist patients to move from room to room and surface to surface, move over varied terrain, and provide safe and effective patient care in a timely fashion.
  • Assist patients with transfers to/from a variety of surfaces and provide proper positioning for the patients independently and safely.
  • Transport adults and children in wheelchairs, on stretchers or on beds.
  • Manipulate equipment including driving a portable x-ray machine from one location to another.
  • Position patients for radiographic examinations.
Motor Skills Fine and gross motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective patient care in a timely fashion.
  • Use instruments such as goniometers, tape measures, calipers.
  • Manipulate dials, buttons and switches of various sizes.
  • Manually move and position radiographic equipment.
  • Properly utilize radiographic supplies.
Hearing Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs of patients for safe patient care.
  • Detect and respond independently to monitoring alarms, signs of patient's distress and/or a patient's communication of distress.
  • Use the telephone to schedule exams, relay exam results and answer questions from other clinicians,
  • Respond independently to questions and instructions from other healthcare providers; in close proximity as well as at a distance exceeding 20 feet, with and without the presence of extraneous noises.
  • Respond to verbal communication from patients and/ or clinicians while the person is wearing an oxygen mask or a surgical face mask.
Visual Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in the operation of equipment and for safe patient care.
  • Detect x-ray collimation light field and radiation field center.
  • Perceive and respond independently to warning signals from team members and/or patients of impending danger or emergency, i.e. a change in an individual's appearance, and/or an individual's physical communication of distress.
  • View controls, letters, numbers etc., of varying size, located on radiographic equipment and supplies.
  • View radiographic images, on a computer screen, and evaluate for quality acceptance standards.
Critical Thinking Critical thinking sufficient for safe, clinical judgment.
  • Interpret and carry-out written and verbal communication often in stressful, chaotic situations.
  • Prioritize tasks and make appropriate decisions related to situations.
  • Apply information in classroom to clinical setting, adapting to patients needs.
Interpersonal Skill Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with patients, families, groups, team members from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds
  • Establish rapport and maintain professional boundaries in relationships with patients/families and colleagues.
  • Ability to resolve conflict and to respond to feedback in a professional manner.
  • Function effectively under stress.
  • Adapt to fluctuating environments (locations, schedules, conditions).
  • Display compassion, professionalism, empathy, integrity, concern for others, interest and motivation.
Communication Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others orally and in writing.
  • Comprehend instructions and written documentation.
  • Instruct patient/ family.
  • Document exam information.
  • Communicate with radiographers and radiologists.

Requirements for students in the radiologic technology program:

  • Pass the EDL background check
  • Pass the Family care and safety background check
  • Criminal Background Check (CBC): Clinical sites require that only students with an acceptable consumer report, as it relates to criminal background, be allowed to participate in clinical rotations. Therefore, prior to commencing the clinical portion of your program, MCC will have Validity Screening Solutions, a credit reporting agency, conduct a criminal background check. You are responsible for completing the required application information with the credit reporting agency and paying the cost. Criminal background checks are normally conducted once during the program; however, some clinical sites may require a more current report.

    MCC shall not use the results of a background check as criteria for admission to any program or course. However, you should know that you will not be able to obtain a license to practice or be allowed to participate in clinical should you have an unacceptable background as defined by state law regarding health care providers. An unacceptable background includes a felony and/or class "A" misdemeanor conviction
  • Pass a pre-clinical physical examination
  • Annual TB test
  • Hepatitis B vaccination series or sign a waiver
  • Evidence of MMR, varicella and tetanus vaccinations
  • Students may be required to submit to a drug screen for clinical sites.
  • Purchase Liability Insurance through the college every semester
  • Maintain CPR certification (CPR for the health professional or professional rescuer)
  • Receive a "C" grade or better in all coursework
Last Modified: 10/21/19