Biomedical Sciences, PhD Program Technical Standards

The abilities and skills candidates and students must possess in order to complete the education and training of the Biomedical Sciences PhD and Research Master's Programs are referred to as “Technical Standards.” These abilities and skills are essential for entry into most professional practice settings associated with these degree programs.

1.0 Observation Skills Technical Standard

1.01     Demonstrate sufficient attention and accuracy in observation skills (visual, auditory, and tactile) in the lecture hall, laboratory, and/or online settings.

1.02     Indicators include, but are not limited to, this example:

  1. Accurate visualization and discrimination of text, numbers, patterns, graphic illustrations, and other imaging texts.

2.0  Communication Skills Technical Standard

2.01     Demonstrate effective communication skills with other students, faculty members, laboratory staff members and scientific colleagues.

2.02     Indicators include, but are not limited to, these examples:

  1. Clear, efficient, and intelligible articulation of verbal language.
  2. Legible, efficient, and intelligible written English language.
  3. Accurate and efficient English language reading skills.
  4. Accurate and efficient expressive and receptive communication skills.
  5. Ability to accurately follow oral and written directions.

3.0 Critical Reasoning Skills Technical Standard

3.01     Demonstrate critical reasoning skills, including, but not limited to, intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities.

3.02     Indicators include, but are not limited to, these examples:

  1. Demonstrate ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, integrate, and synthesize information.
  2. Demonstrate ability to acquire, retain, and apply new and learned information.
  3. Demonstrate ability to pursue a course of independent research in a laboratory setting, including the ability to plan and execute experiments.

4.0 Motor And Sensory Function Technical Standard

4.01     Demonstrate sufficient motor and sensory function to perform typical research laboratory duties.

4.02     Indicators include, but are not limited to, these examples:

  1. Functional and sufficient sensory capacity (visual, auditory, and tactile) to use laboratory equipment and perform experiments.
  2. Execute motor movements that demonstrate safety and efficiency in the various learning settings (i.e., classroom and laboratories).
  3. Physical stamina sufficient to complete the didactic and laboratory requirements, including prolonged periods of sitting or standing.

5.0 Behavioral And Social Attributes Technical Standard

5.01     Demonstrate the behavioral and social attributes vital to participation in a professional program and service as a practicing laboratory professional.

5.02     Indicators include, but are not limited to, these examples:

  1. Possess the emotional health required for full utilization of mental faculties (judgment, orientation, affect, and cognition).
  2. Ability to develop mature and effective professional relationships with faculty, students and other members of the research team.
  3. Demonstrate impartial motives, attitudes, and values in roles, functions, and relationships.
  4. Ability to monitor and react appropriately to one’s own emotional needs and responses.
  5. Display appropriate flexibility and adaptability in the face of stress or uncertainty associated with technical difficulties in research or scientific review (e.g., criticism of ideas shared in written or oral presentations, manuscripts, etc.).

Compliance with standards, policies, and practices set forth in the EVMS Student Handbook and the program handbook.