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Surgical Technology Program Physical Guidelines

Students must be able to do:

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: Ability sufficient for clinical judgment when working independently to obtain diagnostic images.

13. COMMUNICATION: 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 surgical technology 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 Surgical Technology Program students will be notified regarding a mandatory online OSHA Blood-Borne Pathogen and Universal Precautions training session.

Background Check

In order for the Surgical Technology Program to be in compliance with Michigan Public Health Code Section 20173, criminal background checks will be completed on all students applying for admission (or readmission) to the program. Admission to the Surgical Technology Program will be denied for the following:

Any felony conviction within 15 years prior to application

Any misdemeanor within 10 years prior to application that involved or is similar to the following:

  • Abuse, neglect, assault, battery
  • Criminal sexual conduct
  • Fraud or theft against a vulnerable adult (as defined by the Michigan penal code) (PDF)

Once admitted to the program, students subsequently convicted of the crimes listed above will be dismissed from the Surgical Technology Program. It is the student's responsibility to report changes in the status of their criminal background to the Program Director.

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