Technical Standards

The Radiography program has established Technical Standards that must be met by the students in the program. Each student must be able to:

  1. Visually monitor patients in dimmed light and view appropriate anatomy on a radiographic image either on a computer screen.
  2. Hear various equipment and background sounds during equipment operations.
  3. Reach up to six (6) feet off the floor.
  4. Communicate in a clear and concise manner to patients and coworkers in various departments.
  5. Read and write or type appropriate instructions in patient treatment charts, notes and records correctly.
  6. Lift thirty (30) pounds of weight, up to waist level and hold in position.
  7. Move immobile patients from stretcher to radiographic table with assistance from department personnel.
  8. Push standard wheelchair from waiting area to radiographic room.
  9. Interpret and appropriately utilize clinical instructions given to student by departmental personnel.
  10. Utilize keyboard for inputting clinical data into console, computers and charts.
  11. Organize and accurately perform the individual steps of a radiographic procedure in the proper sequence within a specified time. 

Physical Demands:

Demand Approximation
Sitting 1-2 hrs./day
Standing 4-6 hrs./day
Walking 4-6 hrs./day
Reaching Frequently
Bending Frequently
Crouching Moderately
Kneeling Occasionally
Dexterity Frequently
Stooping Moderately
Lifting Objects 30lbs.
Visual ability in dim light 100%
Good Hearing ability 100%
Ability to speak with clear dictation 100%
Ability to work long/irregular hours 100%
Manual dexterity Excellent
Pushing/Pulling objects/patients Frequently

Mental & Emotional Demands:

  1. Ability to work in a noisy environment with many interruptions.
  2. Ability to remember and recall a large amount of information.
  3. Ability to accurately read and transcribe illegible handwriting.
  4. Ability to assess patient and other situations rapidly, determine the course of action, delegate activities to co-workers, and/or respond as appropriate.
  5. Ability to use equipment safely and correctly, such as equipment locks, IV pumps, stretchers, etc.
  6. Ability to hear, understand, and respond appropriately to comments, questions, and instructions given in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
  7. Ability to calmly and politely cope in stressful situations, in emergency patient situations, or situations with other staff members.
  8. Ability to effectively communicate in the medical environment with other health care professionals and patients/family members.


The radiography program sponsored by Johnston Community College has revised its policy, effective October 2016, regarding the placement of students in mammography clinical rotations to observe and/or perform breast imaging.  (Additionally, the policy may be applied to any imaging procedures performed by professionals who are of the opposite gender of the patient.)

Under the revised policy, all students, male and female, will be offered the opportunity to participate in mammography clinical rotations.

The program will make every effort to place a male student in a mammography clinical rotation if requested; however, the program is not in a position to override clinical setting policies that restrict clinical experiences in mammography to female students. 

Male students are advised that placement in a mammography rotation is not guaranteed and is subject to the availability of a clinical setting that allows males to participate in mammographic imaging procedures.

The program will not deny female students the opportunity to participate in mammography rotations if clinical settings are not available to provide the same opportunity to male students.

The change in the program's policy regarding student clinical rotations in mammography is based on the sound rationale presented in a position statement on student mammography clinical rotations adopted by the Board of Directors of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) at its April 2016 meeting. 

The JRCERT position statement is included as Addendum A to the program's policy and is also available on the JRCERT Web site,  Programs & Faculty, Program Resources.