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Signed Technical Standards Testament and Academic Expectations


North Greenville University student candidates must possess the capacity to complete the entire curriculum to achieve the Master of Medical Science degree.  The curriculum requires demonstrated skills in (1) observation, (2) communication, (3) motor, (4) intellect, and (5) behavioral and social. Candidates offered a seat in the program are required to sign this testament, verifying understanding and that they meet these Standards.  In the event an applicant is unable to fulfill these technical standards prior to or any time after admission, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be allowed to enter or progress within the program. [Admissions Handbook Article 7.4.5; Student Policy Handbook, Article 5.4.5]


Standards Include: 



The candidate must be able to:

  • Observe demonstrations, visual presentations in lectures and laboratories, laboratory evidence and microbiologic cultures, microscopic studies of microorganisms and tissues in normal and pathologic states
  • Observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand
  • Use the sense of vision, somatic sensation, and smell as part of the observation process.



A candidate should be able to:

  • Communicate professionally, effectively, and sensitively with patients and families
  • Communicate professionally, effectively, and efficiently in oral and written forms with all members of the healthcare team
  • Be able to speak, hear, and observe patients in order to elicit information, perceive nonverbal communications, and describe changes in mood, activity, and posture
  • Utilize speech, reading, writing, and computers as part of the communication process. In addition, candidates must possess the skills necessary to communicate effectively in small and large group discussions.  



Candidates must have sufficient motor skills and coordination to:

  • Execute the movement required to provide patient care such as palpitation, auscultation, percussion, and other diagnostic maneuvers
  • Execute movements required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients.  These skills require coordination of gross and fine muscular movement, equilibrium, and sensation.
  • Manipulate equipment and instruments necessary to perform basic laboratory tests and procedures required to attain curricular goals (e.g. needles, stethoscope, ophthalmoscope, tongue blades, intravenous equipment, gynecologic speculum, and scalpel)
  • Transport themselves from one location to another in a timely fashion in order to facilitate patient care responsibilities and receive educational training.


Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities

Candidates must be able to:

  • Comprehend three-dimensional relationships and the spatial relationship of structures
  • Collect, organize, prioritize, analyze, and assimilate large amounts of technically detailed and complex information within a limited time frame.  This information will be presented in a variety of educational settings, including lectures, small group discussions, and individual clinical settings.
  • Analyze, integrate, and apply information appropriately for problem solving and decision-making.


Behavioral and Social Attributes

Candidates must have:

  • Emotional health, maturity, sensitivity, intellectual ability, and good judgment needed to complete all responsibilities associated with the diagnosis and care of patients
  • The ability to tolerate physical, mental, and emotional stress associated with training and the profession
  • Qualities of adaptability, flexibility and be able to function in the face of uncertainty
  • A high level of compassion for others, motivation to serve, integrity, and a consciousness of social values
  • Sufficient interpersonal skills to interact positively with people from all levels of society, all ethnic backgrounds, and all belief systems
  • The ability to accept criticism and respond by appropriate modification of behavior.



North Greenville University PA Medicine Policy on Academic Learning Disabilities


    Provided the preceding ‘technical Standards’ are met, a student can claim disability through the NGU Learning Disabilities Office.

      Criteria for establishing a PA Medicine candidate’s disability is taken from the (1) National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) criteria and (2) peer reviewed literature published in the Journal of Physician Assistant Education.  To establish a disability the PA Medicine candidate requesting special accommodations must provide appropriate documentation of the disability or qualifying medical condition. The documentation must specify the extent to which classroom or testing procedures are to be modified. The accommodation requested or recommended by the PA candidate should not be based on preferences but on disability-driven reasons, nor should it over-accommodate the PA candidate. Reports from the qualified licensed professional should be on letterhead, typed in English, dated, signed, and legible. Prior to considering any request for special accommodations, NGU must receive the following documentation:

        • A complete description of disability or medical condition and impact on the PA candidates daily life and day-to-day functioning – limitations to major life activity
          • Signed, typed and dated current documentation of the disability by a qualified professional. The documentation must be based on professional testing, which was performed by a qualified professional. Diagnostic methods used should be appropriate to the disability and in alignment with current professional protocol. Documentation must include all the following:
            • The name, title, and professional credentials of the evaluator, including information about license or certification (e.g., licensed psychologist) as well as the area of specialization, employment, and state in which the individual practices must be clearly stated in the documentation. 

            • Contact information including address, telephone number, and/or e-mail address of each professional providing documentation. 

            • The date and location of the assessment upon which each professional's report is based. 

            • A detailed description of the psychological, educational, and/or cognitive functioning tests that were conducted. 

            • The results of those tests and a comprehensive interpretation of the results. 

            • The name of the specific disability diagnosed and a description of the specific impact on daily life activities and day-to-day functional limitations to major life activities including a history of the impact of the disability on academic functioning if the disability is due to a learning disability or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD or ADHD). 

            • The specific examination accommodations that are requested to compensate for those limitations and how they will reduce the impact of identified limitations. 

            • Description of treatment and rehabilitation. Describe all treatment and efforts at remediation that the candidate has undergone and the results of the treatment. Also, describe how the disability is accommodated in daily life. 

            • Note 1:  A qualified professional is someone with the credentials, training, and expertise to diagnose the disability the individual is claiming. The primary relationship of the attesting professional to the individual must be that of a treating medical professional to a patient; there must be no familial, intimate, supervisory or other close relationship between the qualified professional and the individual requesting accommodations.
              • Note 2:  NGU reserves the right to request further verification, if necessary, of the evaluating professional’s credentials and expertise relevant to the diagnosis.

                Once the preceding assessment is provided, it will be evaluated by the Dean for the Graduate School of Health Science and, if deemed necessary, a consultant and either accepted, denied, or modifications suggested.

                  As part of the preceding steps, an interactive dialog about what is reasonable will take place (student candidate suggestions does not mean they can be met).

                    An accommodation is considered unreasonable  when it causes “undue hardship” (a complex determination that can take into account how much the cost would be or how onerous to the school), alters the fundamental nature of the program, disrupts the cycle of education, or is related to dependent skill testing such as problem focused objective structured clinical examination or skills testing.

                      In general, comfort aids will not require pre-approval but must be inspected prior to each use. 

                      These items include:

                        Medicine & Medical Devices
                        Auto-injectors; such as EpiPen
                        Braces - Neck, Back, Wrist, Leg or Ankle Braces
                        Casts - including slings for broken/sprained arms and other injury-related items that cannot be removed.
                        Cough Drops - must be unwrapped and not in a bottle/container
                        Eye Drops
                        Eye Patches
                        Eyeglasses (without the case), including tinted lenses, must be removed for visual inspection
                        Glucose Tablets (does not include hard candy) - must be removed for visual inspection
                        Handheld (non-electronic) magnifying glass (without the case)
                        Hearing aids / Cochlear implant
                        Medical Alert Bracelet

                        Medical device: Must be attached to a person's body, must be inaudible, and must not include a remote-control device. Examples include but are not limited to:

                      • Insulin pump
                      • Continuous glucose monitor
                      • Note If the insulin pump or continuous glucose monitor includes an accompanying remote-control device, the remote-control device may not be taken into the testing room. if there is a need to take the remote-control device into the testing room, Candidates must apply and be approved for an accommodation to do so.
                      • TENS Unit
                      • Spinal Cord Simulator
                        Medical/Surgical face mask
                        Nasal drops/spray
                        Oxygen Tank
                        Pills - i.e. Tylenol or aspirin must be unwrapped and not in a bottle/container. Candidates may bring pills that are still in the packaging if the packaging states they MUST remain in the packaging, such as nitro glycerin pills that cannot be exposed to air. Packaging must be properly inspected.
                        Mobility Devices:
                        Motorized Scooters/Chairs
                        Other approved items (must be provided by Testing Center):
                        Earplugs and Noise Cancelling Headphones


                      Signed Technical Standards Testament downloadable pdf 


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