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Technical Standards for
Physician Associate Students

The skills and abilities required for admission are tied directly to those required for graduation. 

The skills and abilities required for admission are tied directly to those required for graduation. It is the responsibility of the student to immediately notify the PA program if they become unable to meet the Technical Standards at any point during enrollment as a PA student. The College of Medicine is in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended, and The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended. The college will consider for admission, any applicant who has: 1) the ability to perform the functions and skills specified, with or without reasonable accommodation; and, 2) meets the published criteria for admission required for all applicants.

The College, in accordance with university policy, will provide reasonable accommodation to otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities, but is not required to make modifications that would result in a fundamental alteration to the nature of the program, service, or activity, cause undue hardship, or result in undue financial or administrative burden

To accomplish the required objectives, candidates for the MHS degree must have the following abilities and skills [technology may be able to compensate in certain areas]:

Observation – A candidate must be able to observe demonstrations in lectures and laboratories, microscopic studies of microorganisms, gross organs and tissues in normal and pathologic states. He/She shall be able to observe a patient accurately and completely at a distance and close at hand. Such observation and information acquisition usually requires functional use of visual, auditory and somatic sensation.

Communication – A candidate shall be able to speak, hear, and observe patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity, and posture, and perceive nonverbal communications. He/She must be able to communicate effectively, sensitively, and efficiently with patients, their families, and other members of the health care team through oral, written, and electronic forms.

Motor – A candidate must have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other diagnostic maneuvers necessary to complete a full physical examination. He/She must have motor function sufficient to execute movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients. Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium, and use of the senses of touch and vision.

Intellectual -Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities – A candidate must be able to learn through a variety of modalities including, but not limited to, classroom and laboratory instruction; small group, team and collaborative activities; individual study; preparation and presentation of reports; and the use of electronic technology. He/She must be able to memorize, measure, calculate, reason, analyze, synthesize, and transmit information across modalities. A candidate must recognize and draw conclusions about three-dimensional spatial relationships and logical sequential relationships among events. He/She must be able to perform these problem-solving skills in a timely manner with stressful distractors consistent with the medical environment.

Behavioral and Social Attributes – A candidate must have the emotional health, to fully use his/her intellectual ability, to exercise good judgment, complete all responsibilities, and attend to the diagnosis and care of patients. A candidate must be able to develop mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients and colleagues. A candidate must be able to tolerate physical and emotional stress and continue to function effectively. A candidate must possess qualities of adaptability, flexibility, and be able to function in the face of uncertainty. He/She must have a high level of compassion for others, motivation to serve, integrity, and a consciousness of social values. A candidate must possess sufficient interpersonal skills to interact positively with people from all levels of society, all ethnic backgrounds, and all belief systems.