Technical Standards for Admission and Graduation
It is the policy of Baylor College of Medicine that no person shall be denied admission to the school, or awarded a degree from the school on the basis of any disability, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provided that the person demonstrates ability to meet the minimum standards set forth herein. Baylor College of Medicine will reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities, provided that the standards required by the school of all graduates and the integrity of the school’s curriculum are upheld. Mastery of essential skills is required of all students.
These standards are developed as criteria to achieve the Doctor of Nursing Practice or Master of Science degree in preparation for practice as a Nurse Anesthetist or Physician Assistant. The faculty is equally cognizant of its responsibilities to patients who will be a part of the educational process and to future patients who will entrust their welfare and lives to graduates of our school. The safety of the patient, on whom the medical education process is largely focused, has been given a primary consideration in developing these standards. Therefore, the faculty must carefully consider the personal and emotional characteristics, motivation, industry, maturity, resourcefulness, and personal health of the aspiring health care professional.
Abilities and Skills Requisite for Nurse Anesthesia or Physician Assistant Program Completion
A candidate for the Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies or the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Nurse Anesthesia must have abilities and skills in six essential areas: (1) observation, (2) communication, (3) motor, (4) conceptual, integrative, and quantitative, (5) behavioral and social, and (6) ethical. Technological compensation can be made for disabilities in certain of these areas, but a candidate must be able to perform certain basic functions in a reasonably independent manner. The use of a trained intermediary to observe or interpret information or to perform procedures is deemed to compromise the essential function of the health care professional and may jeopardize the safety of the patient. The six areas of abilities/skills are detailed as follows: