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Essential Functions for the Healthcare Professional

  • Performance essentials or essential functions are defined as those physical, mental, and psycho-social characteristics that are necessary to meet the demands of the Health Science Division Programs and eventual therapeutic care of patients and all tasks associated with that function. 

    Becoming a healthcare professional requires the completion of a technical education program that is both intellectually and physically challenging.  The purpose of this statement is to articulate the demands of the Health Science Division Programs in a way that allows students to compare their own capabilities against these demands.

    There are times when reasonable accommodations can be made in order to assist a student with a disability. Reasonable accommodation does not mean that students with disabilities will be exempt from certain tasks; it does mean that we will work with students with disabilities to determine whether there are ways that we can assist the student toward completion of the tasks.

    A student with a disability who wishes reasonable accommodation must request it through the Disability Services provider on campus.

    Motor Skills

    Physical strength to lift, carry, pull, and guide weights up to 50 pounds
    Ability to move about freely and maneuver in small spaces
    Tolerate bending, stooping, twisting, sitting, kneeling, standing, squatting or walking for extended (8-12 hour shift) periods of time
    Possess fine motor skills
    Maintain balance
    Agility to respond in an emergency situation

    Communication Skills

    Process, comprehend and communicate information (verbal and written) effectively, legibly, in a timely manner, in the English language, and with individuals from various social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.

    Cognitive/Critical Thinking Skills

    Collect, measure, calculate, analyze, interpret, and apply information
    Exercise good judgment in a variety of settings
    Ability to set priorities and manage time effectively

    Interpersonal and Behavioral Skills

    Establish and maintain professional working relationships
    Apply conflict management and problem solving strategies
    Demonstrate professional, ethical, and legal behavior
    Demonstrate appropriate maturity, emotional stability, and empathy to establish effective and harmonious relationships in diverse settings
    Demonstrate flexibility and ability to adapt to change
    Maintain self-control in potentially stressful environments
    Comply with professional standards regardless of circumstance

    Sensory Skills

    Uses auditory, tactile, olfactory, and visual senses to collect data regarding patient status and provide patient care