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Technical Standards for Admission

A candidate for the BSN degree program must have the following observational, communication, motor, and behavioral abilities and skills. Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with disabilities. However, a candidate is expected to perform in a reasonably independent manner.

  1. Observation: A candidate must be able to observe a patient/client accurately. Examples of observation include listening to heart and lung sounds, visualizing the appearance of a surgical wound, detecting the presence of a foul odor, and palpating an abdomen.
  2. Communication: A candidate must be able to communicate effectively, including verbal, nonverbal, and written communication, with patients/clients and other members of the health care team in order to obtain information and describe patient/client situations.
  3. Motor: A candidate must have adequate motor function to effectively work with patient/client issues and complete the related nursing care. Examples of nursing care include ambulating and positioning patients, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the administration of medications, the application of pressure to control bleeding, the opening of an obstructed airway, and the provision of patient/client daily hygiene care.
  4. Behavioral: A candidate must possess the emotional health required to tolerate a physically taxing workload, function effectively during stressful situations, adapt to ever-changing environments, and interact professionally with others.



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