The essential abilities and skills that candidates and students must possess in order to complete the education and training associated with this program are referred to as Technical Standards.
1.0 Observation Skills Technical Standard
1.01 Demonstrate sufficient attention and accuracy in observation skills (visual, auditory and tactile) in the lecture hall, in clinical and educational settings and online. Indicators include but are not limited to 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 professionals of varying cultures, ethnicities and personalities.
2.02 Indicators include, but are not limited to, these examples:
- Clear, efficient and intelligible articulation of spoken English language.
- Legible, efficient and intelligible written English language.
- Accurate and efficient English language reading skills.
- Accurate and efficient, expressive and receptive communication skills.
- Ability to accurately follow directions (oral and written).
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:
- Demonstrate ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, integrate and synthesize information.
- Demonstrate ability to acquire, retain and apply new and learned information.
4.0 Motor and Sensory Function Technical Standard
4.01 Demonstrate sufficient motor and sensory function.
4.02 Indicators include but are not limited to these examples:
- Execute motor movements that demonstrate safety and efficiency in the various learning settings (i.e., classroom, online).
- Physical stamina sufficient to complete online didactic study, which will include prolonged periods of sitting.
5.0 Behavioral and Social Attributes Technical Standard
5.01 Demonstrate the behavioral and social attributes vital to participation in a graduate-level academic program.
5.02 Indicators include but are not limited to these examples:
- Possess the emotional health required for full utilization of mental faculties (judgment, orientation, affect and cognition).
- Ability to develop mature and effective professional relationships with faculty and other members of the educational and healthcare team.
- Possess personal qualities that facilitate effective therapeutic interactions (compassion, empathy, integrity, honesty, benevolence, confidentiality).
- Demonstrate impartial motives, attitudes and values in roles, functions and relationships.
- Ability to monitor and react appropriately to one’s own emotional needs and responses.
- Display appropriate flexibility and adaptability in the face of stress or uncertainty in teaching and learning environments.
- Compliance with standards, policies and practices set forth in the program handbook.