Radiographers are highly skilled professionals qualified by education to perform imaging examinations and accompanying responsibilities at the direction of a physician qualified to request radiologic procedures. The program takes seriously its role in safeguarding the community by graduating only competent radiographers. For the safety and well being of all patients and the community, all graduates entering to profession of radiography will have met the rigorous requirements for graduation, thus enabling their eligibility to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certifying examination. To successfully complete the program, the following requirements must be met.
1. Competent Practice
- Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology and positioning to competently and accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on a radiograph or other imaging receptor.
- Determine exposure factors to achieve optimum radiographic results with minimum radiation exposure to the patient.
- Evaluate radiographic images for appropriate positioning and overall image quality.
- Apply problem solving and critical thinking skills in the academic and clinical settings.
- Exercise independent judgment and discretion in the technical performance of medical imaging procedures.
- Apply principles of radiation protection to patients, self and others.
- Understand the dangers associated with powerful magnetic fields and apply safety practices while in the MRI area.
- Apply principles of infection control and standard precautions for the protection of patients, self and others.
- Recognize when radiographic equipment is not operating properly and report equipment malfunctions to the proper authority.
3. Patient Care
- Provide basic patient care and comfort to patients across the age continuum.
- Recognize emergency patient conditions and initiate life-saving first-aid and basic life-support procedures.
- Demonstrate effective verbal, non-verbal and written medical communication in providing patient care and maintaining professional relationships with other members of the health care team.
5. Professional Practice
- Demonstrate understanding of the role quality assurance and continual quality improvement play in medical imaging.
- Comply with the profession's Code of Ethics and Practice Standards and perform clinically within the industry’s standard of care.
- Develop professionally beyond the program’s clinical and academic performance expectations (see Professional Development policy).
- Demonstrate professionalism and reliability.
- Demonstrate ARRT Board examination readiness.