Technical Standards for Students Admitted to the Associate Degree Nursing Program

Nursing at the technical level involves the provision of direct care for individuals and is characterized by the application of verified knowledge in the skillful performance of nursing functions. Therefore, in order to be considered for admission or to be retained in the program after admission, all applicants should possess the following:

  • Sufficient visual acuity, such as is needed in the preparation and administration of medications, and for the observation necessary for patient assessment and nursing care.
  • Sufficient auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the health care team and to assess health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices such as cardiac monitors, stethoscopes, IV infusion pumps, doptones, fire alarms, etc.
  • Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement the skills, including the manipulation of equipment, required in meeting health needs.
  • Sufficient communication skills (speech, hearing, writing) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively, as may be necessary in the individual’s interest.
  • Sufficient intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement care for individuals.