152 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Health Science 2018–2019 Computer Requirements All students are required to have access to a computer (PC or Apple equivalent) with the following minimum specifications: • AMD or Intel dual-core processor • Windows 7 or better • 4 GB RAM • 250 GB hard-drive • CD-ROM drive (read-write) • USB port • high-speed Internet connection (cable, DSL, etc., 100 Mb/second or better) • graphics printing capability • video web camera with microphone capability The expense of the computer and its connectivity and function will be the student’s responsibility. Training Laboratory 1. Foreword: The core sonography courses in the program have been developed to include a large and crucial hands-on training component in the program’s ultrasound training laboratory. This model offers a considerable benefit to the learning process and acquisition of technical skills by the student before the start of clinical externships during the second year of study. The program strives to equip the student with fundamental skills and exam techniques through the use of state-of-the-art equipment for the acquisition of examination information. The program also ensures that the training environment in the ultrasound training laboratory is safe and that all students obtain the training benefits in an equitable manner. 2. Technical Standards: The profession of diagnostic medical sonography includes, but is not limited to the following physical, mental, auditory, and visual demands: a. physical—the ability to lift 50 pounds of weight, the ability to reach up, the ability to stand for up to 80 percent of the time, the ability to push or pull equipment and other devices, such as wheelchairs or stretchers, and the manual dexterity to control the settings on computers and on the ultrasound equipment. b. mental—the ability to remember, recall, and analyze information; the ability to work in a noisy environment; the ability to remain focused despite interruptions; and the ability to cope with potentially stressful situations. c. auditory—the ability to hear from both ears within normal auditory range and the ability to distinguish sounds within normal hearing range. d. visual—the ability to distinguish colors, the ability to monitor the environment, and the ability to work in dimmed light. 3. Rules in the Use of the Training Laboratory: As previously outlined, the ultrasound training laboratory and its extensive use during the didactic portion of study within the program is an essential and critical component of the program.