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Professional standards

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


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


  • Communicate clearly and effectively (oral and written) with patients, coworkers, and other healthcare providers through the use of English language and medical terminology.


  • Respond to patient questions, concerns, and explanations while performing MRI 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 MRI examination request, and physicians’ orders.

Motor functions

  • Manipulate and grasp small objects required to perform MRI.
  • Operate both mobile and stationary equipment within the exam room.
  • Transfer the patient to and from the imaging table, 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 MRI table and straps, MRI surface coils, power injectors, and IV equipment.
  • Stand unassisted for long periods.

If you need reasonable accommodations, please contact PCC Disability Services for assistance. If you are accepted into the program and your functional abilities change please meet with the Radiography program director for assistance.