Technical Standards

The University of Saint Francis has identified nonacademic technical standards that are critical to your success in programs offered by the School of Health Sciences. These standards are designed not to be exclusionary, but to establish performance expectations that will enable you to provide safe patient practice with or without accommodations. The standards are program requirements, not individual functional ability requirements.

  1. Observation: You must be able to observe lectures, demonstrations, research and patient situations in the practice of healthcare professions. Observation is necessary to perform competent health assessments and interventions, and necessitates functional use of vision, hearing, tactile and somatic senses.
  2. Communication: You must have the ability to use multiple communication techniques (verbal, written, nonverbal, group processes and information technology) that enable you to communicate effectively with clients, teachers and all members of the healthcare team. You must be able to speak, read and write in English. You must be able to report to members of the healthcare team, express appropriate information to others, communicate with sensitivity, and teach, explain, direct and counsel clients.
  3. Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: You must have the ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze and synthesize data in a timely manner. Problem solving, a critical skill demanded of healthcare practitioners, requires all of these intellectual abilities. Additionally, you must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of structures.
  4. Motor Skills: You must possess fine and gross motor function necessary to perform patient assessment and therapeutic interventions. Such interventions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, stamina, equilibrium and functional use of touch and vision.
  5. Behavioral and Social Attributes: You must possess the emotional health required for full use of your intellectual abilities, demonstration of good judgment, prompt and safe completion of all responsibilities, and development of mature and effective relationships with patients. You must be able to work cooperatively with others, adapt to rapidly changing environments, think clearly, and tolerate physically and mentally taxing workloads under stressful situations. In addition, you must demonstrate moral reasoning and ethical behaviors.

In addition to the technical standards stated above, you must be able to successfully complete all required components of the curriculum.

  1. Tests and Evaluations: Periodic examinations, both written and practical, are an essential component of the curriculum. In order to progress through the curriculum, you must successfully fulfill examination requirements.
  2. Clinical Assessment: Demonstration of clinical competency is essential to your success in USF’s healthcare programs. The process of evaluation of the clinical performance is an essential component of the curriculum. Participation in clinical experiences and evaluation of that performance is required.

It is USF’s policy to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities to provide equal opportunity to meet the performance and technical standards. Determination of a reasonable accommodation will be considered on an individual basis and is an interactive collaboration with the disability services director, the student, faculty adviser and program director, when indicated. Students with disabilities will adhere to the same admission, progression, dismissal and readmission policies as all students.