Technical Standards for Admission, Advancement, and Graduation

Introduction

According to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disability Act, qualified individuals with a disability shall not, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of services, programs, or activities or subjected to discrimination. A “qualified individual with a disability” is a person who meets legitimate skill, experience, education, or other requirements for admission to a program or activity that he or she holds or seeks, and who can perform the “essential functions” of the program with or without reasonable accommodation. Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy (RUCOP) will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities seeking admission to its Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program. To ascertain that no qualified individuals with disabilities will be discriminated against, the admission committee will follow the Technical Standards set forth in this document in conjunction with RUCOP admission policies. However, the College reserves the right not to admit any applicant who is unable to meet the Technical Standards with reasonable accommodations. Applicants, therefore, should evaluate themselves prior to submission of an application for admission as to whether he or she complies with the Technical Standards stated in this document.

Principles

The primary role of the graduates from the PharmD program of RUCOP is to function as registered pharmacists and to provide safe and effective patient care. Concern about patient safety is of utmost importance when selecting and training student pharmacists. Students admitted and enrolled in the PharmD program at RUCOP must be eligible to attain and maintain a license to practice as Pharmacy Interns during the program. Therefore, students admitted to the professional program leading to the PharmD degree are required to have a certain level of cognitive, behavioral and technical skills. These skills, as distinguished from academic standards, are referred to as Technical Standards stated below.

Technical Standards

Sensory and Motor Abilities: These abilities require the functional use of visual, auditory and tactile senses, and proper coordination of muscular movements with accommodations, if necessary. Applicants and students must have the ability to observe, evaluate, and participate in classroom and patient care settings, lectures, demonstrations and laboratories, and perform physical assessments (e.g. palpation, percussion, auscultation). Additionally, applicants and students must be able to observe and assess patients from a distance and also close at hand. Applicants and students must have the coordination of muscular movement with accommodation, if necessary, to undertake  preparation of all routine forms of medication orders, the use of diagnostic equipment for patient assessment, and the direct delivery of patient therapies such as administering subcutaneous (s.c.) or intramuscular (i.m.) injections.

Communication Skills: Applicants and students must be able to speak, to hear, and to observe patients in order to exchange information.  They must effectively and efficiently communicate using the English language in academic as well as patient care settings, and should know the proper use and recognition of nonverbal communication cues. Communication includes not only speech but also proficiency in reading and writing in English.

Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: Applicants and students must be able to recollect, gather, analyze, integrate and synthesize complex information quickly and accurately in the classroom and inpatient care settings, and be able to generate rational solutions to academic and patient-related problems. They should be able to quickly assimilate and adapt to new information and guidelines in academia and practice. Applicants and students must also be able to evaluate academic and patient-related literature and clinical decisions.

Behavioral, Ethical and Professional Attributes: Applicants and students must demonstrate appropriate professional and ethical behavior. Students must be willing to abide by institutional regulations at school and practice sites. They must demonstrate compassion and integrity, and show respect for differences in culture, values and ethnic backgrounds of other students, teams, teachers, staff and other professionals. Applicants and students must be responsible for personal action and show emotional and mental stability under stressful conditions which may happen both during the intense 3-year program and during their career as a pharmacist.

Applicants and Enrolled Students with Disabilities

Individuals with questions or concerns about their ability to meet these standards are encouraged to contact the College of Pharmacy’s Director of Admissions and Student Affairs at (702) 968-5248 or the University’s Student Services Office at (702) 968-2029. Enrolled students should contact the Student Services Office for any questions or concerns about their disabilities.