Health Requirements and Screenings
- After a student receives notification of enrollment into the Program, a physical examination will be required to demonstrate that the student meets the technical standards necessary to meet the objectives of the Program.
- As a condition of enrollment to the Radiologic Technology Program, all students are required to submit to and pass a designated drug and alcohol screen.
- As a condition of enrollment in any Allied Health Program with a clinical component, students are required to submit to and pass a designated background screen. Every student offered space in the Program will be required to submit to a background screening as part of his or her clinical requirement for admission. Please note the following:
- A history of felony conviction(s) or any bar, exclusion, or other ineligibility for federal program participation could render a student ineligible for clinical placement, as determined by the clinical agencies.
- If a student cannot obtain background clearance from the clinical agencies, it will not be possible to place the student in the clinical areas, which is a required component of the Program.
- In the event that a student cannot obtain a background clearance due to background restrictions, the space will be forfeited.
- Students who are found to be ineligible for clinical placement by the clinical agency after admission to the radiography program shall be subject to dismissal from the Program, as they will be unable to complete mandatory clinical rotations.
- Immunizations and health tests are needed for acceptance in a clinical education center, and to protect the health and welfare of the student and the community. Immunizations may include but are not limited to rubella, varicella, hepatitis B and seasonal influenza. A tuberculosis screening is also required.
- The medical exam, drug and alcohol screen, background screen, immunizations, and health tests are performed at the expense of the student.
- The student must possess a current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers (CPR & AED) card. This card must be provided at the start of the Program and be kept valid during the entire 24-month Program.
Essential Technical Standards
Radiologic Technology students must meet the following essential technical standards to ensure the safety and welfare of the patients, the healthcare team, and themselves. A physical examination determines whether or not a student meets the technical standards or determines what accommodation may be necessary.
- Capable of standing and/or walking up to seven hours throughout an eight-hour shift.
- Bend, crouch, or stoop several times per hour.
- Lift and carry a minimum of 30 pounds several times an hour.
- Lift and move up to a 300-pound patient in a 2-3 person transfer.
- Reach overhead above the shoulder 90 degrees.
- Push and/or pull objects and equipment weighting up to 300 pounds.
- Utilize eyesight to observe patients, manipulate equipment and accessories to evaluate radiographs for technical quality under various illumination levels from low levels of illumination to amber/red lighting to bright light levels
- Capable of hearing to effectively communicate with the patient and healthcare team.
- Utilize sufficient verbal and written skills to effectively and promptly communicate in English with the patient and healthcare team.
- Manipulate radiologic and medical equipment and accessories, including but not limited to switches, knobs, buttons, and keyboards, utilizing fine and gross motor skills.
- Perform the assigned job responsibilities with the intellectual and emotional functions necessary to ensure patient safety, and exercise independent judgment and discretion.
- Utilize the above standards/functions to respond promptly to patients’ needs and/or emergency situations.
Exposure to Magnetic Fields
Students that are pursuing a career in radiologic technology may come in contact with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) during clinical education training. Students must be aware that magnetic fields are used and understand the consequences of not following safety guidelines. Students that are accepted into the program will be required to undergo a safety screening by completing an MRI safety form. The student will be asked to fill out the form asking about anything that might create a health risk to the student. If an individual has bullet fragments, shrapnel, or similar metallic fragments in your body, there is a potential risk that it could change position, possibly causing injury. The magnetic field of the scanner may also damage an external hearing aid or other implanted devices such as a heart pacemaker, cochlear implant, etc.
MRI Safety Form
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) requires review of the following:
- Misdemeanor or felony charges and convictions and military court-martials
- Sanction by the Program regarding an academic honor code
- Licensure suspension or denial
- Other disciplinary action by a regulatory authority or certification board other than the ARRT
This review may be conducted prior to or during the Program.
For more information, contact the ARRT at:
- 1225 North Highland Drive
- Mendota Heights, MN 55120
The State Department of Public Health, Radiologic Health Branch and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists require possession of a valid Social Security Number to apply for licensure and/or registration.