Pharm.D. Professional Technical Standards

The mission of the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions is to provide high-quality, interprofessional student-centered education; foster discovery through innovative research and scholarship; and advance the provision of health care.

To accomplish this mission, the College has identified essential skills and abilities required for admission, progression, retention, and graduation. Prior to starting the professional program, all students will be asked to verify that they can meet the following technical standards. The College will certainly make reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities, where possible and within University guidelines, but the College does not allow students to take part in a limited set of required activities.

Any student with questions or concerns about their ability to meet these required standards are encouraged to contact the Associate Dean for Student Services.

Technical Standards:

Observation:

Students must possess the sensory abilities of sight, hearing, smell, and touch to facilitate learning and participation in classroom and laboratory instruction, and experiential education. Expectations include, but are not limited to, accurately weighing or measuring quantities or volumes, verifying the accuracy of compounded prescriptions, reading the results of diagnostic equipment, and performing physical assessments.

Communication skills:

Students must be able to read, write, speak, and comprehend English to ensure the timely and accurate completion of the curriculum. In addition, students will be expected to effectively communicate with fellow students, professors, patients, caregivers, and other members of the healthcare team to ensure high quality patient care.

Motor:

Students must possess the fine and gross motor skills necessary to facilitate learning and participation in classroom and laboratory instruction and experiential education. Expectations include, but are not limited to, the use of an electronic device, the preparation and dispensing of pharmaceutical products, administering immunizations, the use of diagnostic equipment, and performing physical assessments.

Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities:

Students must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and interpret data. In addition, students must be able to learn in a variety of settings, including the classroom, laboratory, and patient care environment, as well as in large groups, small groups, and one-on-one.

Behavioral and Social Attributes:

Students must demonstrate emotional maturity and be able to exercise good judgment regardless of the situation. Students must be able to function within the regulatory and institutional limits of the educational environment and modify behaviors and performance based on the feedback received. Students must act with integrity and with the highest ethical standards when interacting with fellow students, professors, preceptors, patients, caregivers, and other members of the healthcare team. A students must display flexibility, learn to function when faced with uncertainties, and operate effectively under stress.