The technical standards (non-adademic) established by the program are evidence of the "essential functions" that must be accomplished by students in the program. Essential functions require that the students be able to engage in educational and training activities in such a way that they will not be endangered, nor will they endanger other students, hospital staff, patients or the public.
- Visual acuity to discern sonographic details and colors on a video monitor and film.
- Ability to see and function in semi-dark settings.
- Auditory acuity to hear low tones.
- Ability to verbally communicate in a clear and concise manner.
- Ability to communicate effectively and sensitively in order to assess non-verbal communication and be able to adequately transmit information to the patient and to all members of the health care team.
- Possess all the skills necessary to safely and accurately perform all diagnostic procedures, manipulate instruments and equipment.
- Ability to move immobile and physically challenged patients.
- Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time.
- Possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities.
- Ability to recognize emergency situations and take appropriate action.