Essential Functions: Radiography Program

Radiography is considered a strenuous profession and during the course of Radiography program, students must demonstrate the ability to perform the functions listed below safely, reliably, and efficiently.

Disability Act Statement: Madison College complies with all provisions of the American with Disabilities Act and makes reasonable accommodations upon request for qualified individuals. If you believe you may need accommodations to assist you in performing the functions listed below, please contact the Disability Resources Services (DRS) office at (608)246-6716 or (800)322-6282 ext. 6716 (deaf students via Relay 711) or email(link sends e-mail).

  • Ability to stand and walk for 80% of clinical time
  • Ability to assist, lift and position patients for at least 80% of clinical time
  • Verbal and written skills sufficient to respond promptly in communications with patients, co-workers and physicians
  • Sufficient vision to observe the condition of the patient while behind the control panel and to evaluate the images
  • Verbal skills to instruct the patient while performing the duties of a radiographer
  • Sufficient hearing to respond to patient needs and to interact with the patient, as well as respond to the audible sound of the equipment
  • Sufficient motor skills to be able to respond to medical emergencies and to manipulate the equipment. These motor skills may include, but are not limited to the following
    • Extend hands and arms in any direction
    • Seize, hold, grasp, turn and otherwise work with both hands
    • Pick, pinch or otherwise work with fingers
    • Move hand and foot coordinately with each other in accordance with visual stimuli
    • Perform frequent lifting, carrying, pulling or pushing of objects weighing 50 lbs. or more
  • Intellectual, ethical and emotional skills to exercise discretion
  • Cognitive ability to perceive environmental threats and stresses and ability to handle these situations
    • Continue to function safely and effectively during high stress periods
    • Ability to protect self and others from potential hazards in the health care environment; infections disease, contaminated equipment, sharps (particularly needles), chemical fumes and radiation