College of Nursing Technical Standards

SUNY Upstate Medical University strives to select students who possess the intelligence, integrity, 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. Technical standards of the College are outlined below.

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. College of Nursing Technical Standards

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 computerinformation 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.)