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Radiologic Technology Program Physical Guidelines & Pregnancy Policy

Students must be able to meet the following guidelines regarding:

1. STRENGTH: Perform physical activities requiring ability to push/pull objects/persons more than 100 pounds and to transfer objects of more than 100 pounds.

2. MANUAL DEXTERITY: Perform simple motor skills such as standing, walking, handshaking; manipulative skills such as writing and typing, setting up exposure factors on x-ray control panel; manipulating the x-ray tube, bucky tray and x-ray table; injecting contrast, catheterizing patients, calibrating x-ray equipment, adjusting film processors, loading/unloading film magazines, etc.

3. COORDINATION: Perform body coordination such as walking, filing, retrieving equipment; eye-hand coordination such as aligning x-ray beam with body part and film tray; computer/ keyboard skills; arm-hand steadiness such as taking blood pressures, performing venipuncture, catheterizing, calibration of tools and equipment, etc.

4. MOBILITY: Perform mobility skills such as walking, standing, bending; pushing portable equipment throughout hospital; prolonged standing while wearing leaded aprons during invasive x-ray exams/procedures; manipulate equipment in a sterile setting, such as surgery or special studies; manipulate x-ray equipment 40" above recumbent patients, etc.

5. VISUAL ABILITY: See objects far away and to discriminate colors, and to see objects closely as in reading faces, dials, monitors, etc.

6. HEARING: Hear normal sounds with background noise from x-ray generators, computers, etc., and to distinguish sounds.

7. CONCENTRATION: Concentrate on details with moderate amount of interruptions such as patient requests, doctor and staff requests, etc.

8. ATTENTION SPAN: Attend to task/functions for periods up to 60 minutes in length and periods exceeding 60 minutes in length.

9. CONCEPTUALIZATION: Understand and relate to specific ideas, concepts, and theories generated and simultaneously discussed.

10. MEMORY: Remember task/assignments given to self and others over both short and long periods of time; duplicate settings/exposure factors of x-ray machine.

11. STRESS: Work with patients who may be very young or old, critically ill or injured, or mentally or physically deficient/ impaired; work in other departments such as surgery and emergency room, work with a constantly changing group of staff and resident physicians, medical students, etc.

12. CRITICAL THINKING: Have ability to make clinical judgments when working independently to obtain diagnostic images.

13. COMMUNICATION: Communicate sufficiently for interaction with others in verbal and written form.

14. SUBSTANCE ABUSE: Not use a Schedule 1 drug; does not use amphetamines, narcotics, or any other habit-forming drug unless prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner.

15. INTERPERSONAL: Interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds. Must be able to establish rapport with patients, colleagues, faculty, and professional staff.

Environmental Conditions

The charter of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. Since OSHA was created in 1971, work-related deaths have decreased by approximately 62% and work-related injuries have decreased by 42%.

As a radiology student you will be exposed to a variety of substances within the work environment and hospital sites. You can expect exposure to blood, body tissues, and fluids. There is the potential of exposure to electrical hazards, hazardous waste materials, radiation, poisonous substances, chemicals, loud or unpleasant noises and high stress emergency situations. Upon acceptance into the Radiologic Technology Program students will be notified regarding a mandatory online OSHA Blood-Borne Pathogen and Universal Precautions training session.

Criminal Background Check

The Radiologic Technology Program requires students to have criminal background and drug screenings done prior to their starting clinical rotations.  Background checks and drug screenings are the responsibility of the student.  Background checks can be done by going to the Michigan State Police ICHAT website at the cost is presently $10.00.  Drug screenings can be done through many different sources, the clinical coordinator will provide additional information during orientation.  Cost for drug screenings are approximately $30.00.  Any positive results from criminal background checks and/or drug screenings may prevent the student from being placed in a clinical setting, and/or admitted to the program.

Due to Michigan State Law, admission into the Radiologic Technology Program will be denied if an individual can't be placed in a clinical setting pursuant to MCL 333.20173a.  If you have a misdemeanor or felony on your record, please consult with an attorney before applying to this program.

Any applicant who has been charged or convicted of a misdemeanor or felony should complete a pre-application to the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists).  Additional information can be provided by the Radiologic Technology Program personnel or by contacting the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists at

Clinical Rotations

Delivery of imaging services has undergone significant changes over the past several years and these services are indeed a 24/7 service. Because of our program's nine clinical education centers being located in six different counties around the Lansing area, students must have dependable transportation to any assignment. Students will be assigned to two (2) different clinical education centers during their time in the program. During the student's summer and 2nd year fall and spring semesters a maximum of 25% of their total clinical hours may be spent in an evening and/or weekend assignments. A student's combined didactic and clinical contact hours will not exceed 40 hours per week. Additional information regarding clinical rotations will be given to students during their program orientation.

Pregnancy Policy

Dear Female Applicant,

The Radiologic Technology Program of Lansing Community College requests that you read our policy pertaining to pregnancy. The policy is designed to inform female applicants/students of the program guidelines for radiation protection of an unborn child.

The sponsorship of the program adheres to the stated rule (#R325.5205.) of the "Ionizing Radiation Rules" provided by the Michigan Department of Consumer & Industry Services, and Regulatory Guide 8.13 provided by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. A copy of this policy is provided to all female applicants prior to their admittance to the program.

In order for a pregnant student to fully ensure compliance with the lower radiation exposure limit and dose monitoring requirements, the student must declare her pregnancy to the Program. If at any time during the program the student decides to voluntarily declare a pregnancy she must provide written notification to the Program Director or Clinical Coordinator.

In the event of a declared pregnancy, the following course of action shall be implemented:

The Program Director will review with the student NCR Regulatory Guide #8.13, "Instruction Concerning Prenatal Radiation Exposure." The student will sign a declaration indicating receipt of this regulation.

The student will receive counseling regarding minimizing radiation exposure to the embryo/fetus.

In an effort to closely monitor the radiation dose to the fetus, a fetal dosimeter will be ordered for the student, to be worn at the students waist, under the lead apron, if applicable.

The student will be given the option of taking a leave of absence from the program, but may continue with proper precautions. If a leave is chosen, the Program will work with the student for planned re-entry at the next appropriate semester.

If the student continues in the program, and the student feels physical restrictions are applicable, she must obtain documentation from her physician attesting to that fact. The Program will attempt to reasonably accommodate this request.

In reference to the radiation dose limits applicable to the embryo/fetus, the stated published federal and state standards document limits less than 500mR during the entire pregnancy.

At any time a student may retract their declaration of pregnancy by providing written documentation to the Program Director or Clinical Coordinator.

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