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The Ithaca College MS-PAS Program is committed to complying with Section 504 of the 1973 Vocational Rehabilitation Act and PL 101-336 the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and ascertains that the following minimum technical standards must be present in candidates.

I. Professionalism. Learner will:

a. Maintain a professional appearance; dress according to program and school guidelines. 

b. Arrive on time for classes, field-based experiences, and meetings. 

c. Prepare fully for classes, field-based experiences, and meetings; submits assignments and reports on time. 

d. Abide by college, school, department, program, field placement, and professional association policies and procedures. 

II. Emotional, Behavioral and Social Skills: Learners must possess the ability to understand and utilize verbal, non-verbal, and written communication, including oral and written English. Learner will:

a. Possess emotional health required to make sound judgments.

b. Demonstrate behaviors appropriate to the situation.

c. Use appropriate coping strategies.

d. Demonstrate active learning.

e. Respond to stressful situations effectively by recalling knowledge from short term and long-term memory.

f. Possess ability to tolerate physically taxing and mentally workloads.

III. Collaboration and Communication: Learners must possess the ability to understand and utilize verbal, non-verbal, and written communication, including oral and written English. Learner will:

a. Foster positive relationships and collaborates with a variety of target groups (e.g.: learners, families, colleagues, local community members, etc.) as appropriate. 

b. Treat others with dignity, respect, fairness, and sensitivity. 

c. Speak and write clearly, effectively, and appropriately. 

d. Maintain professionally appropriate etiquette in all forms of communication.

e. Respect privacy and confidentiality of information where appropriate. 

IV. Cognitive and Critical Thinking: Learner must meet academic standards and possess critical thinking abilities sufficient for making sound judgments. Learner will:

a. Utilize their full intellectual abilities with an understanding of the rationale and justification within clinical and laboratory settings.  

b. Recall, interpret, analyze and apply information from a variety of sources, including reading material, lecture, discussion, patient observation, examination and evaluation.

c. Determine what data and methods are needed to solve simple and complex problems.

d. Demonstrate appropriate responses to emergency situations.

e. Demonstrate alertness and attentiveness during general core and emergency treatments.

V. Sensory-Motor: Learners must possess adequate strength, dexterity, balance, and sensation, to accurately carry out clinical activities. Learner will:

a. Have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other diagnostic maneuvers. 

b. Be able to do basic laboratory tests, carry out diagnostic procedures and read electrocardiograms (ECGs) and X-rays. 

c. Be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients.

  1.  Examples of emergency treatment reasonably required of physician assistants are cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the administration of intravenous medication, application of pressure to stop bleeding, the opening of obstructed airways, the suturing of simple wounds and the performance of simple obstetrical maneuvers.
  2. Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium and functional use of the senses of touch and vision. 

d. Have sufficient function to observe a patient at arms-length or at a distance.

e. Have sufficient sense of smell, vision and hearing to assess during clinical activities.

VI. Professional Development and Reflective Practice. Learner will:

a. Critically examine one’s own practice. 

b. Respond well to and incorporate feedback. 

c. Use available resources and explores additional ones in an effort to improve teaching and support learning. 

d. Engage in positive problem solving when challenges arise.

e. Seek out and participate in professional development opportunities. 

f. Adapt to changes and be flexible based on the uncertainties in the delivery of care.

VII. Commitment to Affirming All Learners. Learner will:

a. Examine own frames of references (including but not limited to race, culture, gender, language, abilities, ways of knowing) to uncover and address the potential biases in these frames. 

b. Communicate respect for learners as individuals with differing personal and family backgrounds and various assets, skills, perspectives, talents, and interests. 

c. Demonstrate commitment to incorporating knowledge of learners’ diverse strengths in instruction.  

d. Hold oneself accountable for all learners’ learning. 

e. Demonstrate high expectations that are developmentally appropriate for each individual learner.