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Essential Functions

Essential Functions of a Radiologic Technologist

The USI Radiologic Technology Program is covered by two federal laws that prohibit discrimination against persons with disabilities: The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under these laws, the Program may not discriminate against a “qualified student with a disability”, which is defined as a student with a disability who meets the academic and technical standards requisite for admission or participation in a post-secondary educational program or activity.

One or both of these laws also apply to most employers of Radiologic Technologists. Covered employers are prohibited from discriminating against a “qualified individual with a disability”, which is defined as an individual with a disability who (1) is able to satisfy the general skill, experience, education, and other job-related requirements of the position, and (2) can perform the essential functions of the job, with or with-out a reasonable accommodation. “Essential Functions” are the job duties that an employee must be able to perform, based on factors such as the reason the position exists, the number of other employees available to perform the function or among whom performance of the function can be distributed, and the degree of expertise or skill required to perform the function.

In order to successfully complete program requirements, achieve full competence as a radiologic technologist, and be eligible for employment after pro-gram completion; the student must demonstrate that they can perform the following essential functions commonly performed by radiologic technologists, with or without reasonable accommodation:

  • Access and accurately understand requisitions, orders, charts, directions, and other job-related documentation and communications.
  • Independently travel through the radiology department and to other departments and floors of the hospital.
  • Remain in a stationary position for long periods of time.
  • Assist patients to transfer from beds, wheelchairs, and stretchers to the radiographic table and back.
  • Give clear commands to patients and communicate effectively with patients and professional staff; including with individuals wearing masks.
  • Independently access, adjust, and operate radiographic equipment.
  • Independently assess the ongoing functioning of the radiographic machine and other equipment.
  • Independently assess radiographic images, controls, labels, and observe patients.
  • Work in a sterile environment, prepare sterile fields, and fill sterile syringes.

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