Nursing Division Technical Standards

Technical Standards Statement

All applicants accepted to Rhodes State College 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 standards. Students are to be provided the technical standards information upon selection of their program of study.

All applicants accepted into Rhodes State’s Nursing program must be able to meet the division’s technical standards.

Technical Standards are discipline specific criteria critical for the safe and reasonable practice of nursing. These standards include concrete statements of the sensory/observational skills; communication skills; motor skills; intellectual-conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities; and behavioral/social skills and professionalism for normal and safe functions. The intent of these standards is to inform prospective students of the attributes, characteristics, and abilities essential to practice in nursing. 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 nursing program is 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 nursing program, (3) lower academic standards, (4) cause undue hardship on the College, or (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 Guidebook for Disability Services, Section 3. Students seeking accommodations should first initiate their request with the Director of the Learning Center, Science Building, Room 151, and obtain a Verification of Disability form (Rhodes State College Guidebook for Disability Services, appendix C).

* Note: Students disabled after they matriculate into the nursing program are required to follow the same procedures when seeking accommodations.

Technical Standards

All applicants accepted into Rhodes State’s Nursing program must be able to meet the division’s technical standards. These Technical Standards are discipline specific essentials critical for the safe and reasonable practice of nursing. These standards include concrete statements of the sensory/observational skills; communication skills; motor skills; intellectual-conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities; and behavioral/social skills and professionalism for normal and safe functions. The intent of these standards is to inform prospective students of the attributes, characteristics, and abilities essential to practice in nursing. 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 all applicants for the Nursing programs and certificates. The applicant 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. * Note: The use of an intermediary that in effect requires a student to rely on someone else’s power of selection and observation will not be permitted. The essential skills and abilities for the Nursing programs and certificates are categorized in the following Technical Standards:

  1. Sensory/Observational Skills: The applicant must be able to observe a client 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 clients 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 clients 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 clients receiving nursing 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 nurses, 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 clients, and the development of effective relationships with clients are essential skills for nurses. 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 clients. Concern for others, integrity, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation are all personal qualities necessary for the practice of nursing.
  6. Environmental: All applicants must interact with diverse client populations of all ages with a range of acute and chronic medical conditions. Applicants must be able to tolerate frequent exposure to communicable diseases, toxic substances, ionizing radiation, medicinal preparations, hostile individuals, and other conditions common to the health care environment.