Performance Standards and Requirements


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The Vocational Nursing Program establishes performance standards and requirements to insure that students have the abilities to participate and potentially be successful in all aspects of the program. Students are required to meet performance standards and requirements for the Vocational Nursing program as indicated below. If an applicant or student is unable to meet all of the outlined standards, he/she may be withdrawn from the program.

The student must demonstrate the following abilities:


Performance Standard

(Not Limited to)


Student will be able to participate actively in:

  • all demonstrations
  • laboratory exercises
  • clinical experiences


Student will be able to:

  • Assess and comprehend the condition of all patients assigned to him/her for examination, diagnosis, and treatment.


Note: The observations listed above usually require functional use of visual, auditory, and tactile sensations.

Visual (corrected as necessary)

  • Able to visually discriminate between various colored objects.
  • Able to visually discriminate increment readings on syringes, sphygmomanometers and other various medical equipment and supplies.
  • Assess the environment in close proximity and at a distance.
  • Recognize and interpret facial expressions and body language.

Auditory (corrected as necessary)

  • Demonstrate the ability to auscultate blood pressures.
  • Distinguish between normal and abnormal body system sounds
  • Recognize and respond to a variety of voices/noises


  • Demonstrate the ability to detect changes or abnormalities of surface texture and skin temperature
  • Palpate a variety of pulses and effectively distinguish the quality of pulses


Student will be able to demonstrate the:

  • Ability to effectively communicate in English using verbal, non-verbal and written formats with faculty, other students, patients, families and all members of the profession.
  • Interpret verbal and nonverbal communications
  • Obtain information
  • Receive, write, and interpret written communication in both academic and clinical settings.
  • Transmit information to patients, fellow students, faculty and staff, and members of the profession.


Student will be able to demonstrate:

  • Sufficient motor ability to execute the movement and skills required for safe and effective patient care
  • Sufficient motor ability to execute emergency treatment
  • Demonstrate coordination, balance, speed and agility to assist and safely guard patients who are walking, exercising or performing other fine motor and gross motor activities.
  • Lift up to 30 lbs.
  • Move, adjust and position patients or equipment.
  • Possess finger and manual dexterity necessary to manipulate equipment, and to perform patient care procedures (i.e. starting IVs, sterile procedures, dressing changes, medication administration, etc.). Provide emergency treatment to patients.
  • Sit and stand for long periods of time (8-10 hours).


Student will be able to:

  • Collect, interpret and integrate information
  • Make decisions based on data collection
  • Apply knowledge to situations and problem solving scenarios. Measure, calculate, reason, apply, comprehend, analyze and synthesize information to enhance critical thinking skills.
  • Read and comprehend relevant information in textbooks, medical records, case studies, and professional literature.
  • Retain information.
  • Utilize intellectual abilities, exercise good judgment and complete tasks, within required time limits.

Behavioral and Social Attributes

Student will be able to:

  • Adapt to changing environments with flexibility and complete all academic and patient care responsibilities
  • Maintain professional behaviors and strong work ethics and remain motivated.
  • Exercise good judgment and maintain professionalism with the ability to function effectively under stress and in uncertain and evolving patient clinical settings
  • Possess the emotional health and stability required for full utilization of the student's intellectual abilities
  • Possess compassion, integrity, and genuine concern for others and tolerate heavy workloads
  • Manage demanding academic schedules and deadlines.
  • Perform in rapidly changing clinical situations.
  • Display flexibility.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior at all times including conditions of physical and emotional stress.
  • Demonstrate emotional health required for full utilization of intellectual abilities and exercise good judgment at all times.
  • Demonstrate integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills with interest and motivation.
  • Accepts responsibility and accountability for one's own actions including the ability to utilize constructive criticism to improve performance.
  • Develop mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients and others.
  • Comply with the professional standards of the Nurse Practice Act.

Qualified applicants with disabilities may apply to the program. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the Office of Disability Services if they feel they cannot meet one or more of the performance standards and requirements. Students can obtain complete information from the ODS website at or through the Office of Disability Services on campus.


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