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Technical Standards

Students enrolled in the bachelor of medical science program in medical imaging must possess the physical, mental, and emotional skills indicated below:

I. The student must have sufficient strength, motor coordination, and manual dexterity to:

A. Transport, move, lift, and transfer patients from a wheelchair or stretcher to an x-ray table or patient bed.
B. Move, adjust, and manipulate a variety of radiographic equipment, including the physical transportation of mobile radiographic machines, in order to arrange and align the equipment with respect to the patient and the image receptor according to established procedure and standards of speed and accuracy.

II. The student must be capable of:

A. Handling stressful situations related to technical and procedural standards and patient care situations.
B. Providing physical and emotional support to the patient during the radiographic procedures, being able to respond to situations requiring first aid, and providing emergency care to the patient in the absence of or until the arrival of a physician.
C. Communicating verbally in an effective manner with patients and personnel.
D. Reading and interpreting patient charts and requisitions for radiographic examinations.

III. The student must have the mental and intellectual capacity to:

A. Calculate and select proper technical exposure factors according to the individual needs of the patient and the requirements of the procedure's standards of speed and accuracy.
B. Review and evaluate the recorded images on radiographs for the purpose of identifying proper patient positioning, accurate procedural sequencing, proper radiographic exposure, and other appropriate and pertinent technical qualities.

The director of the Medical Imaging Program welcomes questions or inquiries from individuals with disabilities regarding the standards and their application to each individual's unique situation. In each case, a determination will be made as to whether the individual is qualified for admission to the program and if reasonable accommodations can be made. While the Medical Imaging Program is prohibited by federal law from making inquiries about specific disabilities prior to admission, applicants who are selected for admission must be prepared to meet the performance standards in order to complete the program.

Continuation Requirements

A student's continued enrollment at Emory University is subject to the decision of the program's Progress and Promotions Committee that satisfactory academic progress is being made, that rules of the program and University are being complied with, and that the best interests of the school and other students are being served. The Progress and Promotions Committee may, at their discretion and irrespective of grades, declare probationary status for any student who, in thir opinion, is not properly utlizing time and talents or not adhering to program and university policies.

Academic Standing and Academic Dismissal

Students earning a grade of "D" in any medical imaging course will be required to retake the course in which the "D" was earned. Achievement of a grade of "C" will be required when the course is repeated; however, the initial grade of "D" will remain on the student's official transcript. Repeating a course means the student will have to interrupt te program of full-time study and graduation will be delayed one year. During the intervening year, individualized plans of study will be developed by the student and the Program Director.

Achievement of two or more grades of "D" in medical imaging courses will automatically result in exclusion from the program.

Achievement of one grade of "F" or "IF" in any medical imaging course will automatically result in exclusion from the program.

Students experiencing academic, clinical or personal difficulty may withdraw from a course. Withdrawals will only be granted prior to mid-tem and a grade of W (withdrawal without penalty) or WF (withdrawals failing) will be assigned as appropriate. Withdrawing from a course means the student will have to interupt the program of full-time study and graduation will be delayed for one year. During the intervening year, individualized plans of study will be developed jointly by the student and the Program Director.

Grade Point Average Requirement

A 2.0 average must be maintained in each semester to remain in good academic standing and to continue in the program without interuption of full-time ststus.

A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 (didactic and clinical) is required for graduation.