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Professional standards

The following standards are required to be successful in the CT program:


  • Possess sufficient behavioral and social skills conducive to professionalism in a college and/or healthcare environment.


  • Use common English and medical terminology to communicate clearly and effectively (oral/written) with patients, coworkers, and other healthcare providers.


  • Respond to patient questions, concerns, and explanations while performing CT procedures without the use of hearing aids.
  • Conduct effective communication with the patient and other healthcare staff without endangering the safety of the patient or staff, or impairing the performance of the procedure.
  • Perform necessary vital sign patient monitoring.


  • View radiographic, CT and MRI images and medical reports
  • Review and select software options in selecting protocols and imaging parameters on computer screens.
  • Read departmental protocol for imaging procedures, the CT examination request, and physicians’ orders.

Motor functions

  • Manipulate and grasp small objects required to perform CT.
  • Operate both mobile and stationary equipment within the exam room.
  • Transfer the patient to and from the imaging table, patient beds, stretchers, wheelchairs, and cribs.
  • Provide appropriate balance, gait, and support to perform the duties safely and without placing the patient at risk.
  • Provide strength to move and operate medical imaging equipment.
  • Perform reaching movements over the imaging table to check patient positioning and placement of imaging coils.
  • Manipulate the CT table and straps, CT surface coils, power injectors, and IV equipment.
  • Stand unassisted for long periods.