Nursing Technical Standards

The following technical standards outline reasonable expectations of a student enrolled in the nursing program for the performance of common nursing functions:


Ability to communicate with a wide variety of  people, and the ability to be easily understood.  Reading, writing, recording and documenting patient information required.

Analytical Skills/Critical Thinking 

Analytical skills sufficient to process information, to transfer knowledge from one situation to another, and to prioritize tasks. Critical thinking ability sufficient for safe, clinical judgment.


Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess patient needs; to detect and respond to alarms, emergency signals, and cries for help.


Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary for the care of patients and operation of equipment.


Tactile ability sufficient for patient assessment and operation of equipment.


 Physical ability, flexibility, strength and stamina sufficient to provide safe and effective care.

Fine Motor Skills  

Fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective care.


Emotional and mental health sufficient to establish therapeutic boundaries, to perform multiple tasks concurrently and to handle strong emotions.