Technical Standards

Health Sciences Technical Standards Statement

All applicants accepted to Rhodes State's Health Sciences Programs must be able to meet the technical standards of the program of study for which they enroll. Students are asked to review the standards and to sign a form certifying that they have read, understand, and are able to meet the criteria. Students are to be provided the technical standards information upon selection of their program of study. All applicants accepted into one of Rhodes State's Health Sciences Programs must be able to meet the department's technical standards. These Technical Standards are discipline-specific essentials critical for the safe and reasonable practice of allied health and nursing practitioners.

These standards include concrete statements of the sensory/observational skills; communication skills; motor skills; intellectual-conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities; and behavioral/social and professionalism for normal and safe functions. These standards intend to inform prospective students of the attributes, characteristics, and skills essential to practice in a health profession. Professional competency is the summation of many cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills. The College has a moral and ethical responsibility to select, educate, and graduate competent and safe students/practitioners. Students are judged on their academic accomplishments, as well as on their physical and emotional capacities to meet the full requirements of Rhodes State's curricula and to graduate as skilled effective practitioners. Patient health and safety is the sole benchmark against which performance requirements, including Technical Standards, are measured.

All students must be able to perform the essential functions of the curriculum and meet the standards described for the program in which the student is enrolled, with or without reasonable accommodations.

The Health Sciences programs are prepared to provide reasonable accommodations to accepted students who have documented disabilities. The College reserves the right to review information to determine whether an accommodation request is reasonable, taking into account whether an accommodation would:

  1. Involve the use of an intermediary that would in effect require a student to rely on someone else's power of selection and observation

  2. Fundamentally alter the nature of the program

  3. Lower academic standards

  4. Cause undue hardship on the College

  5. Endanger clinicians, patients or others

Applicants with disabilities who wish to request accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act must follow the College's procedures for verification of a disability as stated in the Rhodes State College Student Guide to Accommodative Services. Students seeking accommodations must schedule an appointment to meet the Accommodative Services Learning Specialist and complete the Intake form. *Note: Students disabled after they matriculate into the designated health program are required to follow the same procedures when seeking accommodations.

Technical Standards

All applicants for the Health Sciences programs and certificates must possess the essential skills and abilities necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the curriculum either with or without reasonable accommodations for any disabilities the individual may have. The use of an intermediary that in effect requires a student to rely on someone else’s power of observation, communication, and/or decision making will not be permitted.

The essential skills and abilities for the Health Sciences programs and certificates are categorized in the following Technical Standards:

  1. Sensory/Observational Skills: The applicant must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand. Observation necessitates the functional use of all the senses.

  2. Communication: The applicant must be able to speak, to hear, and to observe patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, and perceive nonverbal communications. An applicant must be able to communicate effectively with patients and all members of the health care team. Communication includes, listening, speaking, reading and writing.

  3. Motor Skills: Applicants must have sufficient motor skills to gain access to clients in a variety of care settings and to manipulate and utilize the equipment central to the assessment, general and emergency treatment of patients receiving health practitioners’ care. Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium and functional use of the senses of touch and vision.

  4. Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities: These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and evaluation. Problem solving, the critical skill demanded of health practitioners, requires all of these abilities. In addition, the applicant should be able to comprehend three dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relations of structures.

  5. Behavioral/Social Skills and Professionalism: An applicant must possess the emotional health required for utilization of his/her intellectual abilities. The exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the care of patients, and the development of effective relationships with patients are essential skills for health practitioners. Applicants must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. They must be able to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and to learn to function in the face of the uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. Concern for others, integrity, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation are all personal qualities necessary for the health practitioners.

  6. Environmental: All applicants must interact with diverse patient populations of all ages with a range of acute and chronic medical conditions. Applicants may be exposed to communicable diseases, toxic substances, ionizing radiation, medicinal preparations, hostile individuals, and other conditions common to the health care environment. Applicants must adhere to policies and procedures to minimize exposure to hazards in the environment, including but not limited to the use of personal protective equipment.