Admission/Progression of Persons with Disabilities to the

 Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing


Students with disabilities are considered for acceptance to the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing (IVMSON) on the basis of their ability to meet the objectives of the program and to perform required activities.

IVMSON ADA Awareness Statement

IVMSON endorses the university commitment to students with disabilities.  IVMSON will provide accessible programs, services, and activities and reasonable accommodations for any student with a disability as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

Nursing is a practice discipline with cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor performance requirements.  Qualified individuals are those who satisfy admission requirements and who can perform essential functions of a nursing program with our without reasonable accommodation or modification.

Students must satisfy the Essential Performance Standards of nursing students.

To be eligible for program accommodation, students must self-identify to the Office of Disability Resources (DR), who will determine eligibility for services. Once eligibility for accommodations are determined by DR, it is the students’ responsibility to request appropriate accommodations.  If these standards cannot be achieved by the student, either unassisted or with dependable use of assistive devices, the faculty RESERVES the right to withdraw the student from clinical courses. 

Clinical   Practicum/Lab Course Standards



Some Examples of Necessary Activities (not all-inclusive)

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment

Identify cause/effect relationships in   clinical situations, develop nursing care plans, ability to make safe   judgments when planning and implementing all psychomotor nursing   prescriptions


Interpersonal abilities sufficient to   interact with individuals, families, and groups from diverse backgrounds

Establish rapport with patients and   colleagues; negotiate interpersonal conflict; respect differences in clients;   respect the cultural diversity of clients and co-workers


Communication abilities (hearing,   speaking, reading, and writing) sufficient for interaction with others in   verbal and written form

Explain treatment procedures, initiate   health teaching, document and interpret nursing actions and patient   responses.


Physical abilities sufficient to move   from room to room and maneuver in small spaces

Move around in patients’ rooms, work   spaces, and treatment areas; administer CPR, assist in ambulation, have   sufficient mobility and stamina to function over an 8-12 hour period in a   hospital setting (twist, bend stoop/squat, move quickly, climb, walk).

Motor Skills

Gross and fine motor abilities   sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care

Calibrate and properly use equipment   (blood pressure cuffs and syringes); position, lift, and transfer patients;   ability to lift up to 50 pounds;   obtain and process specimens; insert catheter; administer injections;   use a computer; twist or squeeze with fingers; stand and maintain balance;   reach and bend; move within confined spaces

Physical Strength and Endurance

Physical stamina sufficient to perform   full range of required client care activities for entire length of work role

Sustain repetitive movements; maintain   physical tolerance; lift; push and pull; support 25 pounds; move heavy   objects weighing 10-50 pounds; defend self against combative client; carry   equipment; use upper body strength

Emotional Stability

Able to assume responsibility and   accountability for own actions

Establish therapeutic boundaries;   provide client with emotional support; adapt to stress; deal with the   unexpected; perform multiple responsibilities concurrently; handle strong   emotion


Auditory ability sufficient for   observation and assessment necessary in nursing care

Hear verbal exchanges among health   care personnel and patients, monitors alarms, emergency signals, auscultatory   sounds, cries for help; ability to hear in situations when not able to see   lips of speaker; ability to hear sounds of a normal or faint volume level


Visual ability sufficient for   observation and assessment necessary in nursing care

Able to read handwritten documents   (chart data); able to see small calibrations on syringes; sphygmomanometer,   thermometers; observe patient responses to interventions and/or health   problems; ability to detect subtle color changes


Tactile ability sufficient for   physical assessment

Perform palpation; functions of   physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, e.g.,   pulse, body parts, temperature of skin or fluids


Distance-Accessible   Course Standards



Some   Examples of Necessary Activities (not all-inclusive)

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment

Synthesize reading assignments, able   to write course assignments


Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds

Interact with classmates and course   instructors on course related subjects; able to work with other students on a   group project


Communication abilities (hearing, speaking, reading, and writing) sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form

Communicate with faculty and other   students via e-mail and electronic threaded discussions

Motor Skills

Physical abilities sufficient to use a computer

Complete written assignments and   examinations by typing on the computer


Auditory ability sufficient to complete class assignments

Listen to online audiovisual   presentations


Visual ability sufficient to participate in course activities

Complete reading assignments and watch   audiovisual presentations

NOTE: It is important for nursing students to have a realistic view of the demanding curriculum before deciding to pursue the degree.  Students are encouraged to contact the School of Nursing if there are questions about his/her abilities to function in the clinical settings.

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