Minimum Technical Standards for Enrollment and Progression
The Program has identified minimum technical standards all applicants must meet to ensure successful completion of the Program and the delivery of competent, safe and appropriate patient care during training and following graduation. All students in the Program must be able to demonstrate these health standards, cognitive and motor skills, and professional behaviors, including students with disabilities when reasonable accommodations are made by the Program, for Program matriculation, progression, and graduation.
- General Health
Students must be able to participate in all educational activities (classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings). These educational activities may require more than 8 hours of active participation (sitting, standing, performing procedures, etc.) and exposure to various body fluids, communicable diseases, radiation, and toxic substances. Students must maintain a general state of physical and mental health necessary to operate under the typical demands and performance requirements of the Program and the PA profession. This includes standard preventive health measures such as annual immunizations. Students must be medically cleared (form provided in matriculation package) for enrollment if accepted to the Program. The Program requires all students enrolled in the Program to maintain health insurance coverage from matriculation through graduation.
- Critical Thinking and Cognitive Abilities
Students must possess the intellectual capabilities required to complete the full curriculum and achieve the level of competence delineated by the Program and the PA profession. Critical thinking requires the intellectual ability to measure, calculate, synthesize and analyze a large and complex volume of medical and surgical information. The ability to comprehend three dimensional and spatial relationships of structures is also required.
- Computer Technology Skills
Students must be able to utilize computerized information technology to access and manage on-line medical information, access learning management systems and participate in computerized testing as required by the Program, conduct research, prepare multimedia presentations, and participate in the management of computerized patient records and assessments.
- Communication Skills
Students must be able to speak, hear, and observe patients to gather pertinent data, describe their observations, and perceive nonverbal communications. Students must be able to effectively, efficiently, and with sensitivity, communicate with peers, faculty, staff, members of the health care team, patients and families from different social and cultural backgrounds, orally and in writing, with clarity and accuracy.
- Visual Ability
Students must have the visual acuity needed to evaluate a patient during a physical examination, monitor patient stability, and perform a wide range of technical procedures involved in the practice of medicine and surgery.
- Hearing and Tactile Ability
Students must have the motor and sensory functions needed to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, and percussion, as well as perform a wide range of technical procedures involved in the practice of medicine and surgery.
- Motor and Fine Skills
The provision of patient care often requires upright posture with sufficient total body strength, mobility, and cardiovascular endurance. Students must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads and be able to sit, stand, and perform other activities for long periods of time. Students must be able to execute the physical movements required to maneuver in small places, calibrate and use equipment, position and move patients, and perform the technical procedures involved in the practice of medicine in surgery.
- Interpersonal Ability
Students must possess a wide range of interpersonal skills, including (1) the emotional health required for management of high stress situations while maintaining full intellectual abilities; (2) the ability to exercise good judgment; (3) the ability to complete all assigned patient care responsibilities; (4) the ability to manage time (arrive on time, prioritize activities, complete tasks efficiently); (5) the ability to develop a mature, sensitive and effective relationship with peers, faculty, staff, all members of the health care team, patients, and families; (6) the ability to identify, use, understand and manage emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict; (7) the ability to recognize one’s own emotional state and the emotional states of others and engage with patients and families in a way that establishes confidence and trust; and (8) be able to accept constructive criticism and respond via appropriate behavior modification.