Technical Standards

SUNY Upstate Medical University strives to select students who possess the intelligence, integrity, and personal and emotional characteristics that are considered necessary to become effective health professionals or biomedical scientists.

Students admitted to the University should have the intellectual and physical abilities to acquire the knowledge, behaviors and skills taught in each program of study. The curricula are designed to provide the general education necessary for the student's selected field. Students will learn the fundamental principles, develop critical judgement and apply principles and skills wisely in solving scientific and health related problems. Curricular goals and/or minimal graduation requirements have been developed to fulfill these objectives and to prepare graduates to pursue further education, if desired.

In addition to satisfactory academic performance in all coursework, students are expected to fulfill the non-academic essential functions of the curriculum in a reasonably independent manner. These functions are specified by the physical, cognitive, and behavioral standards (referred to collectively as technical standards) necessary for the completion of the program. 

SUNY Upstate Medical University will consider for admission and advancement any individual able to perform pursuant to the standards, which are used as guidelines. Reasonable accommodations will be provided to qualified individuals with a disability in accordance with applicable laws and policies, while maintaining the integrity of program standards. Requests for accommodations will be determined on a case by case basis.

Technical Standards for all colleges/programs can be found in the Student Handbook PDF Icon.