Technical Standards: College of Health Professions

Cardiovascular Perfusion

The cardiovascular perfusionist is the individual who operates extracorporeal circulation equipment during any medical situation where it is necessary to support or temporarily replace a patients circulatory or respiratory function and other procedures requiring the use of extracorporeal systems.

Technical Standards:

  • Acquire information as presented through demonstrations and experiences in the basic and clinical sciences, including but not limited to information conveyed through laboratory dissection, and demonstrations of physiologic and physical principles.
  • Acquire information from written documents, computer information systems, and information presented in images from paper, videos, transparencies, and slides.
  • Synthesize all information available to anticipate and prepare a cardiopulmonary bypass or other extracorporeal system to meet each patients unique needs.
  • Assess and interpret digital or analog representations of physiologic data and manipulate perfusion parameters in a safe and appropriate manner.
  • Make rapid decisions in life threatening situations where problem solving and critical thinking are required.
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently with faculty, patients, families and all members of the health care team about a patients condition, as called for under the circumstances.
  • Perform interventions in support of any patient requiring the use of extracorporeal circulation, systems and technology.
  • Practice in a safe manner and respond appropriately to emergencies and urgencies.
  • Adapt and function effectively under various circumstances and rigors which are inherent in the clinical practice of cardiovascular perfusion.
  • Adapt to changing environments and hours, and display flexibility in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of patients.
  • Practice universal precautions against contamination and cross-contamination with infectious pathogens (e.g. handling needles, cardiopulmonary bypass equipment, blood and blood products, treating patients with infectious diseases.)

Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Medical technologists use sophisticated instruments and techniques to perform and supervise medical laboratory procedures necessary for diagnosis. Medical Technology offers the opportunity to combine a career in laboratory science with a role in the health professions. Graduates are prepared for roles in patient care, research and other aspects of the profession, such as quality control, management and teaching.

Technical Standards:

  • Acquire information from demonstrations and experiences in the basic and clinical sciences, including but not limited to information conveyed through lectures, laboratory dissection, demonstrations, discussions and clinical experiences.
  • Acquire information from written documents and computer information systems and identify information presented in images from paper, videos, computers, radiographs, transparencies and slides.
  • Establish procedures for collecting and processing biological specimens for analysis.
  • Perform analytical tests on body fluids, cells and products.
  • Integrate and relate data generated by the various clinical laboratory departments while making judgments regarding possible discrepancies: confirm abnormal results, verify quality control procedures, and develop solutions to problems concerning the generation of laboratory data.
  • Develop effective and appropriate relationships with patients, colleagues, coworkers and relevant others.
  • Establish and perform preventative and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments as well as identify appropriate sources for repairs.
  • Evaluate new techniques, instruments and procedures in terms of their usefulness and practicality within the context of a given laboratorys personnel, equipment, space and budgetary resources.
  • Utilize intellectual ability, exercise proper judgment, timely/accurately complete responsibilities intrinsic in patient care.
  • Adapt and function effectively under the various circumstances and rigors which are inherent in Medical Technology.
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently as called for under the circumstances.
  • Comply with laboratory safety measures and regulation, practice universal precautions against contamination and cross-contamination with infectious pathogens. (e.g. wearing personal protective equipment; working with sharp objects and hazardous chemicals.)

Medical Biotechnology

Graduates specializing in medical biotechnology work with a team of individuals who conduct medical research in academic or industrial settings. In university laboratories, these individuals assist scientists by performing experiments that are part of a medical research study. Graduates are prepared for roles in research and other aspects of the profession, such as quality control, management and teaching. Students are expected to master the technical standards of their program:

Technical Standards

  • Acquire information from demonstrations and experiences in the basic and clinical sciences, including but not limited to information conveyed through lectures, laboratory dissection, demonstrations, discussions and clinical experiences.
  • Acquire information from written documents and computer information systems and identify information presented in images from paper, videos, computers, radiographs, transparencies and slides.
  • Establish procedures for collecting and processing biological specimens for analysis.
  • Perform analytical tests on body fluids, cells and products.
  • Integrate and relate data generated by the various clinical laboratory departments while making judgments regarding possible discrepancies: confirm abnormal results, verify quality control procedures, and develop solutions to problems concerning the generation of laboratory data.
  • Make judgments about the results of quality measures and institute proper procedures to maintain accuracy and precision.
  • Establish and perform preventative and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments as well as identify appropriate sources for repairs.
  • Evaluate new techniques, instruments and procedures in terms of their usefulness and practicality within the context of a given laboratory's personnel, equipment, space and budgetary resources.
  • Utilize intellectual ability, exercise proper judgment, timely and accurately complete responsibilities intrinsic in biomedical research.
  • Develop effective and appropriate relationships with colleagues, coworkers and relevant others.
  • Adapt and function effectively under the various circumstances and rigors which are inherent in Medical Biotechnology.
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently as called for under the circumstances.
  • Comply with laboratory safety measures and regulation, practice universal precautions against contamination and cross-contamination with infectious pathogens. (e.g. wearing personal protective equipment; working with sharp objects and hazardous chemicals.)

Medical Imaging Sciences

Medical radiographers assist physicians by providing high quality images of virtually every part of the body in order to make accurate diagnoses of injury or disease. These professionals attend to patients needs during examination and position patients for specific projections, determine exposure factors and make exposures.

Technical Standards:

  • Make clinical decisions based upon available information.
  • Verify the accuracy of available clinical information.
  • Use clinical information and/or independent judgment to modify standard procedures.
  • Record clinical information relative to patients and procedures.
  • Use and understand medical/technical terminology.
  • Assess and monitor the physical and psychological condition of patients before, during and after radiologic procedures.
  • Monitor the operation of x-ray equipment during imaging procedures.
  • Identify and report malfunctions in the operation of x-ray imaging equipment.
  • Assist patients in safely moving from one location to another.
  • Manipulate (adjust, move, etc.) x-ray imaging equipment and patients in order to accomplish the requirements and outcomes of radiologic procedures.
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently with patients, their families, and all members of the health care team about a patients condition as called for under the circumstances.
  • Use effective methods/techniques to identify, process and apply pertinent clinical information during imaging procedures.
  • Evaluate the quality of radiologic images according to established standards of excellence.
  • Perform all duties and responsibilities according to ethical/professional standards, as established in the code of ethics for radiographers.

Physical Therapy

Technical Standards:

Physical therapists seek to prevent injury, impairments, functional limitations, and disability; to maintain and promote fitness, health, and quality of life; and to ensure availability, accessibility, and excellence in the delivery of physical therapy services to patients.
Students are expected to master the technical standards of their program.

  • Acquire information from demonstrations and experiences in the basic and clinical sciences, including but not limited to information conveyed through laboratory dissection, physiologic demonstrations and physical demonstrations.
  • Acquire information from written documents and identify information presented in images from paper, videos, transparencies and slides.
  • Accurately elicit from a patient, a history and other information required to adequately and effectively evaluate a patient's condition.
  • Select and perform examinations of aerobic capacity, gait and balance, integumentary integrity, joint integrity, motor function, muscle performance, neuromotor development, posture, range of motion, reflexes, self-care, sensory integrity, ventilation, respiration and circulation.
  • Use and interpret information from diagnostic maneuvers (e.g. observation, palpation, auscultation, the course of conducting a comprehensive physical therapy exam.
  • Synthesize information to develop a plan of care for patients.
  • Problem solve and think critically to judge which theory, and or strategy of assessment and intervention is most appropriate for facilitation the attainment of the highest level of function.
  • Perform interventions including but not limited to therapeutic exercise, functional training, manual therapy, debridement and wound care, physical agents, electrotherapeutic modalities and the prescription, application and fabrication of assistive/supportive/protective devices.
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently with faculty, patients, families and all members of the health care team about a patient's condition as called for under the circumstances.
  • Utilize intellectual ability, exercise proper judgement, timely and accurately complete responsibilities intrinsic in patient care.
  • Develop effective and appropriate relationships with patients, colleagues, co workers and relevant others.
  • Practice in a safe manner and respond appropriately to emergencies and urgencies.
  • Adapt and function effectively under the various circumstances and rigors which are inherent in the clinical practice of physical therapy.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapists are highly specialized members of the oncology health professional team who utilize beams of ionizing radiation produced by various specialized units to treat patients with malignant diseases.

Technical Standards:

  • Acquire information from demonstrations and experiences in the basic and clinical sciences, including but not limited to information conveyed through lectures, laboratory dissection, demonstrations, discussions and clinical experiences.
  • Acquire information from written documents and computer information systems and identify information systems and identify information presented in images from paper, videos, computers, radiographs, transparencies and slides.
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently with faculty, patients, families and all members of the health care team about a patient's condition as called for the under the circumstances.
  • Utilize intellectual ability, exercise proper judgment, timely and accurately complete responsibilities intrinsic in patient care.
  • Develop effective and appropriate relationships with patients, colleagues, co-workers and relevant others.
  • Practice in a safe manner and respond appropriately to emergencies and urgencies
  • Adapt and function effectively under the various circumstances and rigors which are inherent in the clinical practice of radiation therapy.
  • Synthesize information, think critically, problem solve and perform complex mathematical functions in order to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
  • Accurately administer, with a limited period of time, a planned course of radiation therapy treatment utilizing beams of ionizing radiation.
  • Fabricate and utilize patient treatment devices, including lead alloy shielding blocks and immobilization shells.
  • Use and interpret information from various diagnostic procedures during the course of localization and treatment.

Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Care is a life-supporting, life enhancing health care profession practiced under medical direction. Respiratory care services provided to patients with disorders of the cardiopulmonary system include: diagnostic testing, therapeutics, monitoring and rehabilitation.

Technical Standards:

  • Monitor and utilize patient care systems and scientific equipment effectively and accurately. (e.g. gauges and digital displays on diagnostic and therapeutic equipment.)
  • Assess and record the physiologic and patho-physiologic status and changes in patients. (e.g. Breathing and heartbeat; changes in patient activity, mood, posture, etc.)
  • Perform diagnostic maneuvers to collect information about a patients status and perform therapeutic and/or laboratory procedure in an accurate and safe manner.
  • Detect and respond appropriately to malfunctions in medical equipment. (e.g. leaking air and safety alarms.)
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently with patients, their families, and all members of the health care team about a patients condition, as called for under the circumstances.
  • Accurately elicit from a patient, a medical history and other information required to adequately and effectively evaluate a patients medical condition.
  • Acquire and record information using written documentation, computer information systems and images from paper, slides or video.
  • Move immobile patients and transport equipment. (e.g. hospital bed, stretcher, ventilator, treatment machines, diagnostic equipment.)
  • Practice universal precautions against contamination and cross-contamination with infectious pathogens. (e.g. wearing personal protective equipment.)
  • Adapt and function effectively under various circumstances and rigors which are inherent in the practice of Respiratory Care.
  • Practice in a safe manner and respond appropriately to emergencies and urgencies. (e.g. perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.)
  • Utilize intellectual ability, exercise proper judgment, timely and accurately complete responsibilities intrinsic in patient care.
  • Develop effective and appropriate relationships with patients, colleagues, co-workers and relevant others.