Essential Functions are the nonacademic requirements of the program that a student must be able to
master to participate successfully in the profession.
- Communication: Ability to interact with others in English, both verbally and in legible written form.
- Hearing: Ability to gather information aurally or to adapt.
- Interaction: Ability to interact with individuals or groups from a range of social, cultural, emotional,
and intellectual backgrounds.
- Mobility: Ability to move from room to room, and to maneuver in small spaces e.g. around instruments,
between beds, benches, etc. Ability to stand for long periods of time.
- Motor skills: Ability to perform with gloved hands, the gross and fine motor skills to: turn dials;
move switches; process specimens; assemble blood collection equipment; tie tourniquet; perform blood
collection techniques in smooth motion.
- Problem solving: Ability to make clinical judgments about patients, instruments and data.
- Self-care: Ability to present a professional appearance as a representative of the laboratory, and
maintain own health and safety on the job.
- Olfaction: Sufficient olfactory sense to maintain patients' and environment safety.
- Temperament: Ability to work in a high-stress work environment and interact with patients and other
health care workers.
- Vision: Ability to accurately perform and assess laboratory equipment and procedures and to assess patients.