Technical Standards

In compliance with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, the following standards have been established. According to the nature of the work required in nursing practice and the educational requirements of the nursing curriculum, the student must be able to meet the following:


Standards Examples of Necessary Behaviors (not all inclusive)
Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families and groups from a variety of social emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds. Establish rapport with clients, families and colleagues.
Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written from. Collect and document assessment data. Explain treatment procedures. Initiate health teaching, document, and interpret nursing actions and client and family responses.
Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment. Identify cause and effect relationship in clinical situations develop nursing care plans.
Physical abilities sufficient to move from room and maneuver in small spaces. Moves around client's rooms, workspaces, and treatment areas, administer cardio-pulmonary procedures.
Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective patient care. Move, calibrate, use equipment and supplies including sharp instruments lift, transfer, and position mobile and immobile clients.
Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs. Hears monitor alarm, emergency signals, auscultatory sounds, cries for help.
Visual ability sufficient for physical assessment, performance nursing procedures, and maintenance of environmental safety. Observes client responses such as skin color and facial expression.
Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment and performance of nursing procedures. Perform palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic interventions, e.g., insertion of a catheter.