Technical Standards

Clinical Requirements

The technical standards as stated here reflect performance abilities that are necessary for a student to successfully complete the requirements of the Medical Sonography curriculum.  It should be noted that under the Americans with Disabilities Act “A qualified person with a disability is one who can perform the essential function of a job with or without reasonable accommodation.”  Please read the standards carefully and seek clarification if necessary.  According to the nature of the work required in Sonography, the student must be able to meet the following standards:

Technical Standard Examples of Activities/Behaviors (not all inclusive)
Physical Ability - the ability to perform some physical act    
  • Lift and carry at least thirty (30) pounds of weight in order to safely transport and use ancillary aids when performing sonography procedures.
  • Safely move standard wheel chairs and stretchers with patients from the emergency or waiting areas to examining rooms and safely assist mobile patients from the stretcher or wheel chair to the examining table and back, without assistance.
  • Safely move immobile patients from stretcher to examining table and back with assistance from department personnel.
  • Demonstrate fine motor coordination/dexterity to be able to grasp, handle, hold, cut, push, pull, and feel.
  • Lift, manipulate, and move patients as necessary for the performance of sonography procedures.
  • Have full use of hands, wrists, shoulders, and work standing on feet 90% of the time.
  • Reach and grasp overhead, in front of the body, to the sides and down
Visual ability  - sufficient to access patients, view monitors, patient positions, and perform procedures in dim lighting    
  • Read various sizes of print located on equipment and computers.
  • Visually monitor patient for retention of correct position, correct breathing, motion, or evidence of physical or emotional distress during the performances of Sonography procedures, including in dimly-lighted environments and from across a room. Requirements for visual acuity are:  Correctable near vision to 20/40 in both eyes and correctable far vision to 20/40 in both eyes.
Cognitive ability - mental capability involving reasoning, problem solving, planning, abstract thinking, complex idea comprehension.
  • Monitor and evaluate patients’ vital signs, including taking temperatures and reading standard thermometers, taking blood pressure, and monitoring respiration and pulse rate.
  • Ability to remember, recall and comprehend a large amount of information
Auditory ability - sufficient to monitor and assess patient’s needs  
  • Monitor equipment and background sounds during equipment operation and report unusual or abnormal sounds to the appropriate person.
  • Understand and correctly carry out oral instructions given by instructors and clinical personnel.
Communication ability  - sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form  
  • Communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, with the patient, patient’s family, clinical personnel, and others to obtain or disseminate information relevant to coursework, patient care and work duties.
Critical thinking ability - the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment    
  • Understand anatomy and associated pathology when performing Sonography procedures
  • Correctly operate sonographic consoles, and make necessary optimization techniques as needed for performance of exams.
  • Follow the correct procedures in case of an emergency in the scanning area. (contrast reactions, fire emergency, code blue, etc.).
  • Read and correctly carry out written instructions given on requisitions, treatment charts, notes, and other records.
  • Evaluate sonography images for technical quality including visual perception of contrast, evidence of motion, and evaluation of minute structural details for evidence of blur.
Mental Acuity and Emotional stability  
  • Demonstrate emotional stability and mental alertness in day-to-day interactions with patients, visitors, staff, and peers in high stress/pressure situations that occur in the Imaging environment.
  • Work in confined spaces such as assisting patients in a bathroom or working in an office with several people.


I have read and understand the technical standards required for Sonography. I hereby declare that:

□ I am/the student is able to meet the above listed essential technical standards.

□ I am/the student is unable to meet the above listed essential technical standards based on the following: (please list standard that cannot be met and give rationale)

Name of Applicant (Print or type)

Signature of Applicant


**If a sonography student believes that he or she cannot meet one or more of the standards without accommodation or modifications, the college must determine, on an individual basis, whether or not the necessary accommodations or modifications can be made reasonably.