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The following performance/technical standards and essential functions outline reasonable expectations of a student in the diagnostic medical sonography program for the performance of common sonographer functions. Students enrolled in the diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) program at Baptist College of Health Sciences (Baptist College) must exhibit and acknowledge having the abilities and skills according to the standards listed below:
- Ability to communicate with a wide variety of people and the ability to be easily understood. Reading, writing, recording, and documenting patient information required.
- Analytical skills sufficient to process information, to transfer knowledge from one situation to another, and to prioritize tasks.
- Critical thinking ability sufficient for safe, clinical judgment.
- Auditory abilities sufficient to monitor and assess patient needs; to detect and respond to alarms, emergency signals, and cries for help; to accurately distinguish doppler sound differences.
- Ability to perform repetitive motion activities, maintain prolonged arm and wrist positions, possess fine motor and good eye-hand coordination abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective care.
- Ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary for the care of patients and operation of equipment, including the ability to discriminate shades of gray and color, to work in a variety of lighting conditions, and to possess three-dimensional depth perceptions.
- Emotional and mental health sufficient to establish therapeutic boundaries, to perform multiple tasks concurrently, and to handle strong emotions.
- Physical ability, flexibility, strength, and stamina sufficient to provide safe and effective care.