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Physical Demands

In keeping with its mission and goals, and in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Medical Campus promotes an environment of respect and support for persons with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations. The definition of individuals with disabilities are those who currently have, have a record of having, or are regarded as having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. Major life activities include caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, breathing, and working.

In order to fulfill the requirements of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Miami Dade College, students must be able to meet the physical demands associated with the profession. Examples of these requirements include but are not limited to the following:

Strength and Endurance

Strength and Endurance
Physical Demands How Often Used
Standing Frequently
Walking Frequently
Sitting Frequently
Lifting (up to 125 pounds) Frequently
Carrying Frequently
Pushing Frequently
Pulling Frequently
Balancing Occasionally

COMMENTS:

Standing/walking for long periods of time in patient areas and during equipment operation. Sitting for extended periods of time when displaying and recording images. Moving equipment and patients weighing 125lbs or more from wheelchair and stretchers. Pushing wheelchairs and stretchers from waiting area to procedure rooms.

Balance and Coordination

Balance and Coordination
Physical Demands How Often Used
Climbing N/A
Crouching Frequently
Crawling N/A
Stooping Frequently
Kneeling Frequently
Reaching Frequently
Manual Dexterity Frequently
Feeling Frequently

COMMENTS:

Reaching to adjust the machine or stretcher, or to assist in moving patient to and from procedure table.

Communication

Communication
Physical Demands How Often Used
Talking Frequently
Hearing Frequently
Seeing Frequently
Communicating Frequently

COMMENTS:

Effectively communicate using the English language in both written and oral form. Follow oral directions. Observe patients at a distance and up close. Listen to patient answer to health related questions Hear low audible sounds from both equipment and patients. Distinguish varying shades of gray and other color shades.

Individuals applying for admission, progression to clinical courses, and graduation from a program in Nursing and Health Sciences must be able to meet the physical and emotional requirements of the academic program. In addition, students admitted to the programs in Nursing and Health Sciences must possess the following qualities:

  • The emotional maturity and stability to approach highly stressful human situations in a calm and rational manner.
  • The ability to make clinical judgment using critical thinking.
  • The ability to adhere to ethical standards of conduct as well as applicable state and federal laws.
  • The ability to provide effective written, oral, nonverbal communication with patients and their families, colleagues, health care providers, and the public.

Because of the unique responsibilities involved in all Health Science professions, each department reserves the right to require that the student who appears to be unsuited for any program therein withdraw from the program and be guided into another curriculum of study at the College.

An individual who poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others or themselves may be denied admission, progression or graduation. The College's determination that a person poses a direct threat will be based on an individualized assessment that relies on current medical evidence or on the best available evidence to assess the nature, duration, and severity of the risk and the probability that the potential injury will actually occur.