Radiographers are highly skilled professionals qualified to perform diagnostic imaging procedures and examinations prescribed by licensed medical practitioners. Technologists apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology, positioning, and radiographic techniques to provide quality healthcare services. The mission of the Baker College Radiologic Technology program is to enable qualified students to develop into competent and professional entry-level radiographers who are prepared to successfully sit for the ARRT examination and acquire gainful employment. We believe that this is done through exercises in critical thinking, varied clinical experience, the encouragement of universally responsible behavior, and foundations in guiding radiologic principles. Program Status: Limited Enrollment
These technical standards reflect performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the program at Baker College. These standards are not conditions of admission to the program. Persons interested in applying for admission to the program should review this information to develop a better understanding of the physical abilities and behavioral characteristics necessary to successfully complete the program. The College complies with the requirements and spirit of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Therefore, the College will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities who are otherwise qualified.
- Access information from books, reference manuals, computers, and paper and electronic medical records to accurately perform functions and duties.
- Comprehend technical and professional materials (i.e. textbooks, journal articles, and procedure manuals) to accurately perform clinical testing and/or use of equipment.
- Explain procedures and treatment appropriate to patient's level of understanding including what will be required while respecting patient confidentiality and privacy.
- Recognize and respond appropriately to distress sounds from patient, audible/visual alarms/signals on patient-monitoring equipment for patient safety.
- Respond appropriately to changes in the patients' status before, during, and after procedures.
- Monitor and respond to patient and accessory medical equipment directly and by intercommunication system during procedure to assess patient response and safety.
- Obtain optimum quality of radiographic images by clear discrimination of shades of gray.
- Accurately interpret and validate text, numbers, and graphs from print and video monitors used for fluoroscopy and digital imaging.
- Evaluate, synthesize, and communicate diagnostic information to the attending radiologist.
- Recognize and correct performance deviations in imaging.
- Perform or assist with transferring, lifting, moving, positioning, and manipulating the patient.
- Transport heavy, wheeled equipment and patients in wheelchairs and/or stretchers.
- Accurately obtain precise measurements and determine appropriate immobilization and positioning aids needed for performing procedures.
- Provide safe and effective care including but not limited to administration of oral or rectal contrast medium.
- Perform and document warm-up procedures and quality assurance checks on imaging and treatment equipment.
- Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situations and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to patients, self, and nearby individuals by referencing, utilizing, and adhering to OSHA requirements such as MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets), universal precautions, radiation safety standards and policies and procedures.
- Demonstrate appropriate professional and procedural judgment decisions under stressful and/or emergency conditions (i.e. allergic reaction or cardiac arrest) and a distracting environment (i.e., high noise levels, crowding, complex visual stimuli).
- Adhere to HIPAA, American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) professional standards, Baker College professional conduct guidelines, program requirements and clinical site policies and procedures.