Essential Functions

Essential Functions

Medical Laboratory Technology

Essential Functions

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS REQUIRED OF STUDENTS
FOR ADMISSION AND PROGRESSION IN
MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY

Applicants and students should be able to perform these essential functions, or with reasonable accommodations, such as the help of compensatory techniques and/or assistive devices, be able to demonstrate ability to become proficient in these essential functions.

Essential Function Technical Standard Example of Necessary Activity
Critical Thinking Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment. Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical laboratory situations or with instrument responses; synthesize data; draw sound conclusions.
Interpersonal Skills Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds. Establish rapport with patients and colleagues. Function (consult, negotiate, share) as part of a team.
Communication Skills Communication abilities sufficient for effective interaction with others in spoken and written English. Use of professional oral and written communication while exhibiting self control and a positive attitude through ones body language. Document and interpret instructions. Listen attentively.
Mobility Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces; full range of motion; manual and finger dexterity; and hand-eye coordination. Move around in work area.
Use pipettes to transfer fluids.
Motor Skills Gross and fine motor skills sufficient to provide safe health care delivery and operate equipment. Use equipment and instruments with necessary dexterity.
Visual Ability Normal or corrected visual ability sufficient to perform laboratory procedures, ability to discriminate between subtle changes in density (black and grey) or a color at low light. Observe instrument readings, reagent and reaction color. Read thermometer, chart, computer screen, digital printouts, labels and gauges.
Tactile Ability Tactile ability sufficient for vein palpations. Perform palpation of vein for venipuncture.
Olfactory Ability Olfactory senses (smell) sufficient for maintaining environmental and patient safety. Distinguish smells which are necessary for environmental safety (fire, acid, gas leaks).
Professional Attitude and Demeanor Ability to present professional appearance and implement measures to maintain ones own physical and mental health and emotional stability. Work under stressful conditions. Be exposed to communicable diseases and contaminated body fluids. React calmly in emergency situations. Demonstrate flexibility. Show concern for others.

Note: Students requiring reasonable accommodations may contact the Office of Counseling and Career Development Services, Counselor for Students with Disabilities.

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