Essential Functions - can you do these things?

To participate in classroom, lab and clinical activities, students must be able to perform the following activities with NO restrictions:


  • Ability to lift 50 pounds;
  • Ability to repetitively lift, push, roll, turn, position, transfer patients, move/lift equipment and supplies;
  • Ability to reach, stoop, stretch, bend, crouch and kneel;
  • Ability to stand and walk for prolonged periods of time;
  • Repetitive hand and wrist flexion, coordination of finger and hand movement;
  • Gross & fine motor skills to calibrate and use equipment and write legibly;
  • Auditory ability to sufficiently monitor health needs of the patient, emergency signals, and equipment alarms;
  • Near and far visual acuity sufficient for observation, implementation of assigned regimen, observe patient responses, read patient records and computer screens, administer cares, read gauges, and use color discrimination;
  • Ability to communicate sufficiently for interaction with others in verbal and written form. Explain care procedures; interpret clinical assignments, medical terminology, document and report with complete accuracy patient responses; 
  • Ability to read, interpret and explain health care provider orders;
  • Tactile ability sufficient for basic assessment of patient’s physical health status;
  • Perform functions of complete data collection on patients/clients/residents;
  • Olfactory senses sufficient for maintaining environmental and client safety; and
  • Ability to work in an environment with temperature changes, frequent contact with water and other liquids, noise distractions, and hazards to body or health.
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