(SFCC) Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radiologic Technology certifies that the holder of that degree has been educated to competently enter practice as a radiologic technologist, having demonstrated competency in cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains. Both professional coursework and general education requirements contribute to the development and completion of these competencies. In order to be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ certifying examination all components of the degree program must be completed. In order to successfully complete these competencies and to ensure the health and safety of patients, fellow candidates, faculty, and other health care providers the following abilities are required. These requirements are consistent with the requirements of our clinical education sites.
Candidates should have sufficient motor function so that they are able to execute movements required to provide general care and examination to patients in all diagnostic imaging settings. In general, this requires the candidate to be able to regularly lift at least 25-100 pounds (in assisting in patient transfers); stand/walk 6-7 hours per 8 hour shift with prolonged standing; bend, stoop and twist repetitively, lasting several minutes each time, carry up to 20 pounds, move carts weighing 200 lbs, and reach a height of 6 feet to activate emergency call buttons and reach equipment. Fine and gross motor movement of the upper extremities is required in all of the above.
A candidate must be able to observe a patient accurately, align body parts to be imaged with the x-ray beam and imaging receptor, and observe and appreciate both verbal and non-verbal communications when performing diagnostic imaging studies. Candidates should have 20/20 vision with corrective eyewear. Candidates must be able to hear well with corrective devices.
A candidate must have emotional stability in order to approach situations and apply critical thinking skills in a systematic and professional manner. He or she must be capable of exercising good judgment and promptly completing the responsibilities involved in the examination and care of patients. The candidate must communicate effectively and sensitively with other students, faculty, staff, patients, family, and other professionals. The candidate must be able to deal effectively with the stresses encountered in nearly 40 hours of class work per week in addition to family and life demands. He or she must express his or her ideas and feelings clearly and demonstrate a willingness and ability to give and receive feedback.
A candidate must be able to effectively explain diagnostic imaging procedures to both the patient and family members, utilize questioning techniques to obtain accurate clinical histories, and give directions during the study. Candidates must be able to communicate orally and in writing with individuals of all backgrounds and educational levels.
A candidate must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, integrate and synthesize in the context of undergraduate radiologic technology education. The candidate must be able to quickly read and comprehend extensive written material. He or she must also be able to recall, evaluate, and apply information and engage in critical thinking in the classroom and clinical setting.
A candidate must possess the ability to reason morally and practice radiologic technology in an ethical manner. Candidates must be willing to learn and abide by professional practice standards. He/she must possess the attributes that include compassion, empathy, integrity, honesty, responsibility and tolerance. Candidates must be able to engage in examination and patient care delivery in all settings and be able to deliver care to all patient populations including but not limited to children, adolescents, adults, developmentally disabled persons, medically compromised patients and vulnerable adults.
While these abilities are essential to the successful completion of competencies leading to the Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology degree, successful completion of the requirements for a degree does not guarantee eligibility to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ Certifying exam. Eligibility for examination requires that the candidate be of good moral character. Conviction of a misdemeanor or felony may indicate a lack of good moral character for ARRT purposes. The ARRT Ethics Committee conducts a thorough review of all convictions. Documentation required for a review includes written personal explanation of the activity and court records to verify the conviction, sentence, and completion of the sentence.
It is important that the candidate understand that there is a moral character requirement for eligibility for examination. Anything less than complete and total disclosure of any and all convictions will be considered as having provided false or misleading information to the ARRT. This is grounds for permanent denial of eligibility for certification. The ARRT may conduct criminal background searches whenever appropriate. If you have concerns regarding your eligibility to sit for the ARRT examinations, please contact the ARRT at:
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
1255 Northland Drive
St. Paul, MN 55120
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