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Student Expectations and Requirements

Technical Standards for the Radiography Profession

Individuals admitted to Avera McKennan School of Radiologic Technology must be capable of completing the entire curriculum. The curriculum requires demonstrated proficiency in a variety of cognitive, problem-solving, manipulative, communicative, and interpersonal skills. Applicants must review the following standards to determine their ability and compatibility with the skill and ability requirements of radiographers.

For acceptance into the School of Radiologic Technology, the student must be able to meet these standards:

Communication Skills

  • Provide effective written and oral communication with patients and healthcare professionals.
  • Students must maintain confidentiality.

Visual/Auditory Requirements

  • Report visual observations of patients and equipment functions as well as to read applicable patient history and medical information relevant to the procedure being performed.
  • Vision must be adequate to monitor patients, properly align equipment, and center ray beam location on patients in a dimmed light environment.
  • Possess the ability to view computer screens or image display monitors for an extended period of time.
  • Hearing ability to be able to respond to the needs of patients and healthcare professionals.

Physical/Motor Abilities

  • Possess the ability to lift, push, and pull up to 50 lbs. routinely.
  • Demonstrate adequate strength, motor coordination, and manual dexterity to properly lift and transport patients, manually position patients, manipulate a variety of radiographic equipment, and effectively operate portable imaging equipment.
  • Possess the ability to stand for long periods of time.
  • Possess the ability to wear a 10-15 lb. lead apron while performing the duties of the profession.

Cognitive/Interpersonal Skills

  • Demonstrate the ability to adequately apply instructions located on computer monitors, examination orders, and medical records.
  • Understand and apply clinical instructions given by supervising professionals.
  • Possess sufficient problem-solving skills to include measuring, calculating, reasoning, analyzing, and evaluating with the ability to perform the necessary skills in a timely fashion.
  • Interact compassionately and empathetically with patients.
  • Possess the mental and emotional stability to effectively handle stressful situations.

I understand and acknowledge that participating in clinical education at any healthcare site, entails risks that could result in illness or injury. By continuing in this program and participating in clinical experience, I acknowledge and accept these risks, and pledge to strictly comply with all safety laws, regulations, rules, and protocols specific to Avera McKennan Hospital and University Center, and any clinical site at which I am assigned.

Attendance Requirements

Students are required to attend all scheduled classes and assigned clinical rotations unless they have an approved absence.

Student clinical rotations and courses are offered primarily Monday through Friday, 7:30 – 4:00, but will vary depending on the clinical assignment. Approximately 10% of the clinical rotations will be spent in evening and weekend assignments. Students will not spend more than 40 hours per week in the program.

Vacation Time (80 hours each year)

  • First Year:
    Week 1: 40 hours over the Christmas holiday
    Week 2: 40 hours scheduled by the student, preferably June through August
    • Second Year:
      Week 1: 40 hours over the Christmas holiday
      Week 2: 40 hours scheduled by the student, preferably the last week in May

      There are seven holidays recognized by the School of Radiologic Technology and the students will have no assigned clinical rotations or class the following days:

      • New Year’s Day
      • Memorial Day
      • Easter Sunday
      • July 4th
      • Labor Day
      • Thanksgiving and the Friday after
      • Christmas

        Personal Days
        Each radiology student is allowed 5 personal days (40 hours) per year. A personal day may be used as additional vacation, illness, doctor appointments, leave of absence, or bereavement leave.

        Health and Safety Information


        Students will undergo a health assessment with Employee Health Services. Documentation of vaccinations must be provided prior to the start of the program.

        • Proof of 1 TB test within the past 12 months. A second TB test will be done at Avera McKennan within 14 days of the start of class.
        • Proof of adult Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination.
        • Proof of 2 complete MMR’s (measles, mumps, rubella) immunizations or proof of positive titers for measles, mumps, and rubella. The student must provide official documentation.
        • Proof of three Hepatitis B immunizations, proof of a positive titer, or a signed declination form.
        • Completed varicella questionnaire. Must have proof of a positive titer or documentation of vaccinations (2 required).
        • Physical examination within the past year prior to admittance.

        Health care services, while the student is enrolled in the program, is the responsibility of the student. Students must show proof of medical coverage upon admittance into the program.


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        Location and Correspondence

        Avera McKennan School of Radiologic Technology
        1325 South Cliff Avenue, PO Box 5045
        Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5045
        Phone: 605-322-1720
        Fax: 605-322-1701

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