Technical Standards: College of Nursing

The College of Nursing's curricula are designed to provide the general education necessary for the practice of nursing at the baccalaureate and master's level of preparation. Students build on the fundamental principles of nursing, acquire skills of critical judgement based on education and experience, and develop an ability to use principles and skills wisely in decision making and problem solving pertaining to the delivery of high quality nursing services.

Technical Standards

Acquire information from demonstrations and experiences in the basic and applied sciences, including but not limited to information conveyed through lecture, group seminar, small group activities and physical demonstrations.

  • Acquire information from written documents and computer-information systems (including literature searches and data retrieval), and identify information presented in images from paper, videos, transparencies and slides.
  • Use and interpret information from diagnostic maneuvers, (e.g. palpation, auscultation, percussion, etc.) diagnostic instruments (e.g. sphygmomanometer, otoscope, ophthalmoscope, etc.) and other diagnostic representation of physiological phenomena during the course of conducting a comprehensive physical assessment of a client.
  • Accurately elicit information, including a health history and other information required to adequately and effectively evaluate a client's condition.
  • Synthesize information to develop a plan of care.
  • Problem solve and think critically to judge which theory and/or strategy of assessment and intervention is most appropriate.
  • Utilize intellectual ability, exercise proper judgement, timely and accurately complete responsibilities attendant to the delivery of care to clients.
  • Develop effective and appropriate relationships with clients, colleagues, coworkers and relevant others.
  • Perform specific procedures and interventions (e.g. Basic Life Support techniques) sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care according to prescribed therapeutic regimens.
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently with faculty, patients, families and all members of the health care team about a patient's condition as called for under the circumstances.
  • Practice in a safe manner and respond appropriately to emergencies and urgencies.
  • Adapt and function effectively under the various circumstances and rigors which are inherent in the clinical practice of nursing.
  • Practice universal precautions against contamination and cross-contamination with infectious pathogens (e.g. wearing personal protective equipment; working with sharp objects and hazardous chemicals; treating clients with infectious diseases.)