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Minimum Technical Standards

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:

Minimum Technical Standards

Learner will:

  • Maintain a professional appearance; dress according to program and school guidelines.
  • Arrive on time for classes, clinical experiences, and meetings.
  • Prepare fully for classes, clinical experiences, and meetings; submits assignments and reports on time.
  • Abide by college, school, department, program, clinical field placement, and professional association policies and procedures.

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

  • Possess emotional health required to make sound judgments.
  • Demonstrate behaviors appropriate to the situation.
  • Use appropriate coping strategies.
  • Demonstrate active learning.
  • Respond to stressful situations effectively by recalling knowledge from short term and long-term memory.
  • Possess ability to tolerate physically and mentally taxing workloads.

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

  • Foster positive relationships and collaborates with a variety of target groups (e.g.: learners, families, colleagues, local community members, etc.) as appropriate.
  • Treat others with dignity, respect, fairness, and sensitivity.
  • Speak and write clearly, effectively, and appropriately.
  • Maintain professionally appropriate etiquette in all forms of communication.
  • Respect privacy and confidentiality of information where appropriate.

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

  • Utilize their full intellectual abilities (measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis) with an understanding of the rationale and justification within clinical and laboratory settings.
  • Recall, interpret, analyze and apply information from a variety of sources, including reading material, lecture, discussion, patient observation, examination and evaluation.
  • Determine what data and methods are needed to solve simple and complex problems.
  • Demonstrate appropriate responses to emergency situations.
  • Demonstrate alertness and attentiveness during general core and emergency treatments.

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

  • Have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other diagnostic maneuvers.
  • Be able to do basic laboratory tests, carry out diagnostic procedures and read electrocardiograms (ECGs) and X-rays.
  • Be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients.
    • 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.
    • Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium and functional use of the senses of touch and vision.
  • Have sufficient function to observe a patient at arms-length or at a distance.
  • Have sufficient sense of smell, vision and hearing to assess during clinical activities.

Learner will:

  • Critically examine one’s own practice.
  • Respond well to and incorporate feedback.
  • Use available resources and explores additional ones in an effort to improve teaching and support learning.
  • Engage in positive problem solving when challenges arise.
  • Seek out and participate in professional development opportunities.
  • Adapt to changes and be flexible based on the uncertainties in the delivery of care.

Learner will:

  • 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.
  • Communicate respect for learners as individuals with differing personal and family backgrounds and various assets, skills, perspectives, talents, and interests.
  • Demonstrate commitment to incorporating knowledge of learners’ diverse strengths in instruction.
  • Hold oneself accountable for all learners’ learning.
  • Demonstrate high expectations that are developmentally appropriate for each individual learner.

Special Accommodations

In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodation will be provided to learners with documented disabilities. Learners seeking accommodations must register with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) and provide appropriate documentation to SAS before any accommodations can be provided. Please note that accommodations are not retroactive so timely contact with SAS is encouraged. More information on registering with SAS is available on their website at http://www.ithaca.edu/sas/; by visiting the office in 100 Rothschild Place; or contacting the office at 274-1005.