Technical standards

Essential functions for admission and retention in the programs, with ADA Policy Statement

The faculty have identified the following non-academic essential criteria, which all students are expected to meet, with or without reasonable accommodation, in order to participate in coursework and professional practice. These criteria are in addition to the academic conduct set forth by the University Student Code of Conduct.

Observation functions — Students must be able to:

  • identify and distinguish objects macroscopically and microscopically and read charts, graphs, and instrument scales as well as discern fine details of texture and colo
  • observe and perform laboratory tests where biological specimens (body fluids,culture materials, and cellular specimens) are tested for their biochemical, hematological, immunological, and microbiological components
  • characterize the color, odor, clarity, and viscosity of biological, reagents, or chemical reaction products

Communication functions — Students must be able to:

  • communicate effectively in written and spoken English
  • appropriately assess nonverbal as well as verbal communication from other students, faculty, staff, patients, and all members of the health care team

Movement functions — Students must be able to:

  • move freely and safely from one location to another in classrooms and student laboratories and healthcare facilities
  • reach laboratory benchtops and shelves
  • reach patients lying in bed or seated in specimen collection chairs
  • operate equipment in the laboratory or healthcare facility, including demonstrating sufficient coordination to allow delicate and controlled manipulations of specimens, instruments, and tools
  • perform continuous physical work, often requiring prolonged standing or sitting, over a period of several hours

Intellectual, behavioral, and professional functions — Students must be able to:

  • apply knowledge, skills, and values learned from previous coursework and life experiences to new situations
  • measure, calculate, analyze, evaluate, interpret, integrate and synthesize information
  • develop and exhibit problem solving skills
  • possess the emotional health necessary to effectively use intellect and exercise appropriate judgment
  • maintain mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with other students, faculty, staff, patients, and all members of the health care team
  • recognize emergency situations and take appropriate actions
  • work safely with mechanical, electrical, thermal, chemical, radiologic, and biological hazards and follow prescribed guidelines for working with hazards
  • recognize and respond to safety issues appropriately
  • follow written and verbal directions
  • work independently and with others and under time constraints
  • prioritize requests and work concurrently on at least two different tasks
  • maintain alertness and concentration during a normal work period.
  • learn and abide by professional standards of practice.
  • engage in patient care delivery in all settings and be able to deliver care to all patient populations including but not limited to children, adolescents, adults, individuals with disabilities, medically compromised patients and vulnerable children or adults

Affective (valuing) functions — Students must:

  • show respect for self and others and project an image of professionalism, including in appearance, dress, and confidence
  • demonstrate complete personal integrity and honesty
  • know that his or her values, attitudes, beliefs, emotions, and experiences affect personal perceptions and relationships with others
  • possess skills and experience necessary for effective and harmonious relationships in diverse academic and work environments

The statement below is an excerpt from

"Wayne State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity in all of its operations, employment opportunities, educational programs and related activities. 

Several statutes set out the legal responsibilities of the University with regard to students and employees with disabilities – namely the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Michigan's Persons With Disabilities Civil Rights Act (PWDCRA).

The University's Students Disability Services facilitates reasonable modifications for students with disabilities and serves as a resource by providing technical assistance, information and disability awareness training to those in the University's community. Contact the office at 577-1851 or visit their website at"