Technical Standards

In order to perform the tasks required of sonographers, certain physical capabilities are required. Students must demonstrate the ability to perform required functions as a routine part of either classroom, laboratory or clinical education. Students should be aware that successful completion of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program will depend upon the ability to meet the following technical standards:

  1. A reasonable amount of strength and mobility are required for the following reasons:
    1. Sonographers must be able to lift, move or push heavy equipment, mobile x-ray equipment, stretchers and/or wheelchairs with patients in them.
    2. Sonographers must be able to help in lifting patients who may be paralyzed, comatose or otherwise incapacitated, from stretchers or wheelchairs.
    3. Sonographers must be able to provide physical assistance and care for patients in a timely manner in all circumstances.
    4. Sonographers must be able to manipulate an ultrasound unit.
  2. Manual dexterity, good motor skills and eye-hand coordination are necessary in order to:
    1. Push/pull equipment
    2. Don surgical gloves
    3. Assist radiologist
    4. Align patient
  3. Visual acuity (the ability to see fine lines) and intensity discrimination (the ability to distinguish gradual changes in blacks, greys and whites) are necessary in order to evaluate ultrasound exams for technical quality.
  4. The ability to communicate orally and in writing is a requirement for sonographers in order to:
    1. Ascertain and record patient histories.
    2. Explain and complete patient consent forms.
    3. Provide clear and audible directions to patients face-to-face
  5. These standards are capabilities associated with the successful practice of diagnostic medical sonography. Under no circumstances are they considered conditions for admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

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Last Updated: 7/10/17