Technical Standards

Technical Standards

Technical Standards are the physical requirement necessary to successfully complete the program and enter the field of radiography. Applicants are not screened according to this criterion before or during the selection process. If selected, applicants will undergo a physical exam to be evaluated against the criteria. Full acceptance is contingent upon demonstrating that the accepted candidate can meet these requirements or provide reasonable accommodations. Accepted candidates will have the opportunity to request accomodations for disabilities as defined by the American with Disabilities Act and state laws during their physican exam. Those seeking more information should contact the program director, Mark Adkins at (317) 338-3879 or meadkins@stvincent.org.

  1. Motor Skills
    • Standing and walking are essential parts of the job and are required for up to 100% of the time while assigned to the clinical setting.
    • The student must be able to perform physically strenuous tasks to include raising patients in bed, maneuvering patients to and from tables/stretchers and carrying or maneuvering equipment.
    • Must be able to squat and rise without assistance
    • Must be able to extend the hands and arms in any direction
    • Must be able to hold, grasp and turn with the hands
    • Reach up to six feet off the floor
  2. Visual Acuity
    • Correctable near vision to 20 / 40 in both eyes
    • Correctable far vision to 20 / 40 in both eyes
  3. Communication Ability
    • Correctable hearing to pass a whisper test at 10 feet
    • Express and exchange information in English through written and verbal communication 

Environmental Conditions

Environmental conditions in which the student will train are as follows:

  1. Handling Repulsive Tasks
    • Involves handling and disposing of body secretions, blood, stool, etc.
    • The general cleaning and maintenance of an incontinent patient is not uncommon.
  2. Exposure to Potentially Harmful Radiation
    • Daily contact with radiation producing devices.
  3. Exposure to powerful magnetic fields
    • Students will train in the MRI clinical area
  4. Exposure to infectious diseases
    • Students are exposed regularly in the clinical setting to patients with known and unknown infectious diseases
  5. Exposure to computer monitors
    • 50% of time assigned to clinical setting

Pre-Enrollment Assessment

In order to maintain a safe learning and training environment, enrollment into and graduation from the Radiography Program is contingent on the accepted candidate demonstrating that he/she is of reasonably good health and physically able to train in the profession. Therefore accepted students must meet the pre-enrollment health requirements below. Applicants are not screened according to these criteria before or during the selection process.

  • Prior to enrollment in the program, accepted students will be required to undergo a health and immunization assessment to determine overall health status and fitness for training.
  • The respective associate health department will determine if an accepted student is fit for training in accordance with the program Technical Standards policy and what accommodations, if any, are necessary. The respective associate health office will take steps to insure that accepted students are in compliance with established hospital immunization policies and state immunization regulations including, but not limited to Rubella, Rubeola (Measles) and Varicella (chicken pox). The accepted student must submit to the required TB testing to assure the accepted student is free from Tuberculosis.
  • Full acceptance into the program is contingent on passing the health assessment with no or reasonable accommodations for training.

Students are strongly recommended to carry their own personal health insurance. Any expense that occurs from assessment or treatment not specifically covered under associate health services or Worker’s Compensation benefits as a result of a training-related exposure to communicable disease or injury will be at the student’s own expense. The program will not be liable for any general illness that occurs to a student as a result of clinical training.