The following immunizations are required for students admitted to the medical imaging program. It is recommended that students begin the immunization process prior to admission to the program, as some immunizations require six (6) months to complete the series.
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (series of 2) - e.g. MMR
- Tetanus and Diphtheria (within last 10 years - must not lapse during program) - e.g. Td, Tdap
- Varicella (Chicken Pox, series of 2) - e.g. VAR -or- documented History of Disease
- Hepatitis B (series of 3) - e.g. HepB, HepA-HepB
- Polio (series of 3) - e.g. OPV, IPV
Positive titer documentation (showing immunity) may be accepted in place of immunization documentation.
TB test and Influenza vaccine
An annual TB Test and Influenza Vaccine will be required for all students enrolled in the professional medical imaging program. More information regarding this requirement will be provided to students enrolled in the program.
Students enrolled in a program in the health sciences may be exposed to possible injuries and communicable diseases. All students are required to carry their own health insurance. Costs associated with any incident on campus or at clinical sites shall remain the responsibility of the student.
The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has identified a radiation limit of 0.5 rem for fetal exposure. The reason the NRC has established this limit is to protect the embryo/fetus from unnecessary radiation levels that may put the developing baby at risk.
The medical imaging program is committed to working with students who choose to declare a pregnancy while enrolled in the program. The decision to declare a pregnancy is completely voluntary and the student may revoke in writing the declaration of pregnancy at any time.
The student who elects to declare pregnancy must complete the Declaration of Pregnancy Form and submit the form to the program director or clinical director. The declaration form data includes an estimation of date of conception and anticipated due date. The form includes a statement indicating that the declared student is aware of the risks of radiation and that dose equivalent limit to the embryo/fetus for each month of pregnancy is 0.5 mSv (5.0 mSv or 0.5 rem for entire pregnancy).
Once a student declares pregnancy, a fetal monitor badge will be supplied to the student and fetal exposure will be monitored throughout the pregnancy or until such time as the student revokes the declaration.
Students who declare pregnancy may elect one of the following program modifications:
- The student may elect to complete the program without any modifications of her clinical and didactic requirements.
- The student may request from the Faculty Committee and individualized program for completing program clinical and didactic requirements during the pregnancy.
- The student may take a leave of absence (LOA) of one year duration. Such a student will be granted a leave of absence with a place reserved in the following class. Any college work previously completed at that time will be granted credit. The student must complete requirements of didactic courses before proceeding to the next course level.
- The student may elect an LOA for more than one year duration. In this case, the student must submit another application to the program, and go through the admission screening process. No place will be reserved in the following class. The need to repeat previously completed professional course work will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Students who do not disclose a pregnancy are assuming all risks associated with continuing in the program and progress through the program will not be modified.
Policy modified June 2015
IU Fort Wayne professional program faculty have specified the following non-academic criteria (technical standards) that all applicants/students are expected to meet. These standards include the following five categories and may vary by degree program.
- Observation: The applicant/student must be able to participate actively in all demonstrations, laboratory exercises, and clinical experiences in the professional program component of the degree and to assess and comprehend the condition of all persons assigned to him or her for examination, diagnosis and treatment. Such observation and information usually requires the functional use of visual, auditory, and somatic sensations.
- Communication: The applicant/student must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with persons in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, assess non-verbal communications, and be able to effectively and efficiently receive from and transmit information to persons, fellow students, faculty and staff, and all members of the health care team. Communication skills include listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as the observation skills described above.
- Motor: The applicant/student must have sufficient motor function to elicit information from persons by appropriate diagnostic or therapeutic maneuvers; be able to perform basic tests; possess all skills necessary to carry out diagnostic or therapeutic procedures; be able to interpret appropriate examinations and procedures, and be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to persons.
- Intellectual/Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities: The applicant/student must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize. Problem solving, the critical skill demanded of allied health practitioners, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, the applicant/student must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of structures. The applicant/student must have the capacity to perform these problem solving skills in a timely fashion.
- Behavioral and Social Attributes: The applicant/student must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities; the exercise of good judgment; the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to care of persons; and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with persons and others. Applicants must also be able to tolerate taxing workloads, function effectively under stress, adapt to changing environments, display flexibility, and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in clinical problems of many persons. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, commitment and motivation are personal qualities which each applicant/student should possess.
If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Contact the Purdue Fort Wayne Director of Services for Students with Disabilities (Walb Union, Room 113; Telephone Number: 260-481-6658), as soon as possible to work out the details.
Medical imaging students provide patient care and perform diagnostic imaging procedures in a variety of settings and situations such as: outpatient clinics, hospital radiology departments and patient rooms, emergency departments, trauma centers, and surgery suites. Professional competence requires medical imaging students to manage the following additional physical demands and physical exposure:
- Pushing & Pulling – Pushing and pulling are required when moving radiographic equipment as well as when transferring patients through the hospital and to and from the x-ray table.
- Lifting – Heavy lifting is frequently required when performing bedside radiographic examinations. Lifting is also frequently required when transferring patients to and from the x-ray table and to and from wheelchairs, carts, and hospital beds.
- Reaching & Crouching – Reaching and crouching are often required when performing radiographic examinations.
- Standing – Standing for long periods of time is required during procedural demonstrations and throughout the day during clinical rotations.
- Fine Motor Skills – Fine motor skills are required to manipulate knobs, buttons, switches, and computer devices that control radiation exposure and image production.
- Lead Aprons and Thyroid Collars – Heavy protective lead apparel is required to be worn during many radiographic procedures.
- Disease – Exposure to disease will occur in clinical education as a result of caring for patients and handling and disposing of bodily fluids and secretions.
- Radiation – Exposure to radiation will occur in clinical education as a result of working with the radiation producing equipment used to generate medical diagnostic images.
- Magnetic Field – Exposure to a magnetic field may occur in clinical education as a result of working with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment.*
* Every student enrolled in the professional medical imaging program must complete an MRI Safety and Screening form prior to obtaining access to the Magnetic Resonance Environment. Any student determined to be at risk when exposed to the MRI environment will be exempt from MRI rotations. Contact the program for additional information.