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Diagnostic Services

Entry Level Assessment Blueprint

Specific Competencies and Skills Tested in this Assessment:


General Health Sciences Technical Skills

  • Apply professional standards when interacting with patients and families
  • Identify and interpret medical terminology
  • Maintain appropriate infection controls procedures
  • Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology


Diagnostic Services Technical Skills

  • Identify common diagnostic tests and equipment and their purpose
  • Follow appropriate procedures when conducting basic diagnostic tests
  • Observe, monitor, and report patient status during diagnostic tests and respond appropriately
  • Demonstrate proper procedures for positioning, transporting, and transferring patients

Academic Foundations

  • Apply reading skills in a health science career environment
  • Apply writing skills in a health science career environment
  • Apply mathematical skills in a health science career environment
  • Apply science skills in a health science career environment



  • Describe the relationships, roles, and responsibilities among healthcare professionals
  • Analyze the impact on healthcare systems based on changes in technology, epidemiology, managed care, etc.



  • Apply appropriate laws, regulations, and industry standards to healthcare situations
  • Identify ethical issues and demonstrate ethical behavior in healthcare situations



  • Communicate with patients using appropriate language and level, including using appropriate techniques for communicating with special needs patients (e.g., hard of hearing)
  • Apply listening skills and interpret verbal and nonverbal behaviors to enhance communication with coworkers and patients
  • Interpret and use tables, charts, and figures to support written and oral communication


Information Technology Applications

  • Use word processing, presentation software, and email applications to prepare communication
  • Use spreadsheet and database applications to manage and communicate data and information


Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, and Decision Making

  • Use problem solving and critical thinking skills to locate credible sources of information about problems and determine appropriate methods for investigating causes
  • Use problem solving and critical thinking skills to determine root causes of problems and to suggest and evaluate solutions


Leadership and Teamwork

  • Apply leadership qualities to improve the quality of work and the work environment
  • Work effectively in a team environment to improve the quality of work and the work environment


Safety, Health and Environmental

  • Identify and practice appropriate safety and health procedures for healthcare occupations
  • Demonstrate appropriate emergency and first aid knowledge and procedures for healthcare occupations
  • Identify and practice appropriate environmental procedures for healthcare occupations


Employability and Career Development

  • Demonstrate appropriate workplace behavior related to a health occupations career
  • Develop career readiness skills to advance in health occupations


Written Assessment:

Administration Time: 2 hours
Number of Questions: 103

Areas Covered: 

General Health SciencesTechnical Skills: 17%

Diagnostic Services Technical Skills: 15%

Academic Foundations: 11%

Systems: 7%

Ethic and Legal Responsibilities: 8%

Communications: 9%

Information Technology Applications: 6%

Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, and Decision Making: 6%

Leadership and Teamwork: 6%

Safety, Health, and Environmental: 9%

Employability and Career Development: 6%

Sample Questions:

A patient diagnosed with arthritis may be referred to a

  1.  gastrologist
  2.  cardiologist
  3.  dermatologist
  4.  rheumatologist


The organelle of the cell that provides for energy production in the process of cellular respiration is the

  1.  nucleolus
  2.  Golgi apparatus
  3.  mitochondria
  4.  lysosome


Urgent Care Centers are designed to

  1.  replace hospitals
  2.  replace doctor’s office visits
  3.  decrease emergency room visits
  4.  decrease home care visits


Which of the following symptoms is subjective?

  1.  vomiting
  2.  nausea
  3.  skin breakdown
  4.  rapid pulse


Which type of medical record is considered most efficient to maintain and retrieve patient information?

  1.  electronic chart
  2.  paper charts
  3.  kardex
  4.  care plan


The first step in transferring a patient after checking the care guide is to

  1.  introduce yourself to the patient
  2.  use a gait belt as indicated
  3.  explain the procedure to the patient
  4.  use a walker as indicated


When providing two-person CPR, one person is not doing compressions as deeply as required to be effective.  The second partner should

  1.  switch out, continue compressions, and say nothing
  2.  switch out, continue compressions, and review protocol later
  3.  call it to the partner’s attention and correct the problem right then
  4.  ask the partner to show a current CPR card


Standard precautions indicate the use of ______ technique to remove items from isolation.

  1.  sterile
  2.  transfer
  3.  dust-proof
  4.  double bag


An x-ray machine ______ to create an image.

  1.  uses a powerful magnet
  2.  emits radiation
  3.  emits sound waves
  4.  measures humidity


When applying electrocardiograph leads,

  1.  remove lotion or oil from patient’s skin
  2.  apply lead V4 at the fourth intercostal space (ICS)
  3.  always wax hair from sites
  4.  choose firm areas, over bone, for limb leads