Professional & Technical Standards

The applicant for admission to the Bergen Community College, Department of Radiography should possess the following skills in order to perform all the procedures that would be required of a diagnostic radiographer:

  • Read patient’s medical chart and/or Doctor’s orders.
  • Corrective devices are allowed if needed to meet the minimum requirement standards.
  • Communicate in English to the patient in order to converse and instruct the patient to relieve anxiety and gain their cooperation during procedures.
  • Hear a patient talk in a normal tone from a distance of 20 feet.
  • Observe the patient in order to assess the patient’s condition and/or needs from a distance of at least 20 feet.
  • Render services and/or assistance to all patients depending on the individual patient’s needs and ability in moving, turning, getting on and off the x–ray tables, etc. Be able to push, pull, and lift 40 pounds.
  • Be able to stand for periods as long as 2 hours wearing lead aprons and to walk a distance of 2 miles during a normal clinical day.

Upon completion of appropriate instruction, the student must be able to:

  • Move a stretcher and/or wheelchair without injury to self, patient, or others.
  • Manipulate mobile imaging units, turning corners, getting unit on and off an elevator, and manipulating the unit inside the patient’s room.
  • Manually move the x–ray machine and manipulate the tube at standard and nonstandard heights and angles up to 7 feet.
  • Draw up sterile contrast media and other solutions without contaminating the syringe and/or needle, etc.
  • Select exposure factors by manipulating dials, buttons, and switches.
  • Place an image receptor in Bucky trays and spot film devices and properly manipulate all locks.
  • Physically be able to administer emergency care including CPR.
  • Evaluate radiographic images to make certain that radiographs contain proper identification and are of diagnostic value.