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Technical Standards


The following Technical Standards are formally adopted by the Program and are based on the assessment standards indicated by our accrediting agency, and shall apply to all candidates for admission and to all students at all times during the educational courses of the program.  In order to be admitted as students in the ____IMAGING SCIENCE_______ Programs,

1.  The candidate must be able to use vision, hearing and somatic senses to accurately observe all teaching methods in both the classroom and the clinical setting.  Be able to communicate accurately and clearly in spoken and written formats.   Be able to use speech, hearing, reading, and writing to effectively obtain patient histories.

2.  The candidate must be able to interpret data related to procedures and patient care in the clinical setting.

3.  The candidate must be able to communicate effectively with patients, preceptors, faculty members and other members of the health care team. 

4.  The candidate must be able to physically perform the standard technical

and patient care activities required. 

5.  The candidate must have sufficient motor and tactile skills to provide the services requested and possible adjustments for patient comfort and safety. 6.  The candidate must have sufficient intellectual, conceptual, reasoning,

problem-solving abilities, and the critical thinking skills to assimilate and integrate information in the classroom and the clinical setting.

7.  The candidate must have the capacity and willingness to develop sound clinical  and personal judgment, professional relationships, and the ability to tolerate physically and emotionally situations and circumstances. 

8.  Candidates must maintain a sufficient degree of physical and mental health to provide effective, compassionate and safe health care to respond appropriately and effectively in emergency situations.

9.     The candidate must have the capacity and willingness to recognize the

limitations of their skill, legal authority and authorization, and must be willing to seek appropriate supervision and direction.

10.   The candidate must be able to develop and demonstrate ethical behaviors with respect to co-workers, preceptors, faculty members, patients, the families of patients and other stakeholders in healthcare education and delivery.


1.     Reasonable accommodation in the Technical Standards is not the same as reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, as reviewed in the College's Student Manual.

2.     Whether a requested accommodation is reasonable must be determined by the Program Coordinator on an individual basis, in consultation with the involved student, appropriate College officials and other persons with direct standing in the request.

3.     Notwithstanding any other provisions of the Admissions Policies and Procedures Manual, no candidate who by clear and convincing evidence is unable or unwilling to comply with the published Technical Standards, and for whom reasonable accommodation cannot be provided, shall be admitted as a student to the Program.


Appeals to the Director of Allied Health must be in writing, must be signed by the candidate personally, and must be received by the Director no later than seven (7) business days after the date of the determination  made by the Program  Chairperson of the Imaging Sciences. The Director of Allied Health shall have the discretion to determine whether further investigation is warranted or whether the matter may be concluded based  upon  the investigation as completed prior to the appeal. Following a review of the appeal, the Allied Health Director may take any of the steps available to conclude the matter, including, but not limited to requiring admission of the candidate to the Program or declining admission of the candidate to the Program. Further appeals, if any, shall be made in accordance with any applicable provision of The MDC College Catalog or its successor documents.

(adapted from the RRCC Student Handbook with permission)


A student sonographer must be able to…

See in very dim light

Distinguish colors

Discriminate subtle sounds

Push heavy equipment (200 lbs.) on wheels)

Push patients in stretchers and in wheelchairs

Assist in lifting, transferring, and positioning of patients

Communicate in clear and concise English

Read, understand and follow instructions in English accurately Utilize a key board

Have good wrist strength and hand grip

Stand and walk for extended periods of time (several hours)

Employ body mechanics to bend, stretch, reach, stoop, kneel, and twist in the performance of duties














All Medical Campus students must complete the FDLE Waiver and Statement form.This form is to authorize dissemination to Miami Dade College - Medical Campus of any national criminal history record that may pertain to you.

In addition, all program students must complete a "background check" through the identified MDC agent and cleared by the 1st day of class. Depending on your program of study an additional background check may be required. In addition, prior to entry into a clinical site, some clinical sites will require more frequent background checks and clearance.

Successful completion of the MDC level two background check process or completion of a MDC nursing/health sciences program does not guarantee a graduate's eligibility for participation in the professional credentialing process or for related employment. Credentialing agencies and health care employers may have additional eligibility criteria not required by an educational institution. Individuals who have been arrested or convicted of any felony crime during the last 15 years are strongly urged to inquire directly of the licensing board in the jurisdiction in which they intend to practice.

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