Essential Functions


The applicant student must be able to accurately observe demonstrations and exercises in which biological fluids are and products are being tested for their biochemical, hematological, immunological, microbiological and immunohematological components. The applicant/student should be able to characterize color, odor, clarity and viscosity of biologicals, reagents, or chemical reaction products. These determinations might be made by the aid of simple and complex instruments and microscopes. In summary, the applicant/student must be able to possess functional use of the senses of smell and vision and somatic sensation.


Applicants/students must be able to communicate orally and in writing. Possess sufficient auditory function to hear phones, pages, instrument and system alarms. The ability to read and comprehend written material is essential in order to correctly and independently perform laboratory test procedures. The applicant/student must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with all members of the healthcare team.

Psychomotor Skills:

Applicants/students must have sufficient motor function to perform all tasks that are normally expected within the scope of practice for the practitioner in the workplace. For example, students must be able to possess the psychomotor skills to collect blood specimens, manipulate instruments that require eye-hand coordination, perform manual laboratory procedures with dexterity and ability to operate computers.

Intellectual and Cognitive Abilities:

Applicants/students must be able to measure, calculate, analyze, synthesize, integrate, and apply information. The applicant/student should be able to use sufficient judgment to recognize and correct performance and problem solve unexpected observations or outcomes of laboratory test procedures.

Behavioral and Social Attributes:

Applicant/students must possess the emotional health required to use their intellectual abilities fully, such as exercising sound judgment, promptly completing all responsibilities, being able to work in a changing and stressful environment, displaying flexibility and functioning independently in the face of uncertainties or problems that might arise.

Ethical Standards:

Applicants/students must demonstrate professional demeanor and behavior and must perform in an ethical manner in dealing with peers, faculty, staff, and patients.

Academic Performance:

Applicants/students must be able to obtain relevant information from lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions or exercises, clinical laboratory practicums and independent study assignments. The applicants/students must be able to use computer-based examinations to assess and improve educational outcomes of the program. The student will be expected to sit for examinations, both written and oral, complete written assignments, deliver presentations, and perform required laboratory practice with and without supervision.