Technical Standards

These functions represent the non-academic demands of the program. All applicants are expected to meet these requirements in order to participate in the Department of Laboratory Sciences programs.

  1. Observational Requirements: The student must be able to: use a microscope and differentiate microscopic components of cells, tissues, etc.; observe laboratory demonstrations of techniques and procedures; discriminate color reactions; and read text, numbers, and graphs displayed in print or on a video monitor.
  2. Movement Requirements: The student must be able to: move freely and safely about a laboratory and in patient rooms; reach laboratory benchtops and shelves, free-standing laboratory instruments, patients lying in hospital beds or patients seated in specimen collection furniture; control laboratory equipment (i.e. pipettes, inoculating loops, test tubes) and adjust instruments to perform laboratory procedures; perform delicate manipulations which require good eye-hand coordination; travel to clinical laboratory sites for practical experience; and perform moderately taxing continuous physical work, often requiring prolonged standing and/or sitting, over several hours.
  3. Communication Requirements: The student must be able to: read and comprehend technical and professional materials (i.e. textbooks, journal articles, handbooks, and instruction manuals); effectively communicate with faculty, classmates, patients, physicians and other health care personnel in a professional, positive, and tactful manner; follow verbal and written instructions in English in order to correctly and independently perform laboratory test procedures; legibly record laboratory data; and independently prepare papers, prepare laboratory reports, and take paper, computer and laboratory practical examinations.
  4. Intellectual and Conceptual Abilities: The student must be able to: measure, calculate, reason, analyze, evaluate and synthesize; recognize emergency situations and take appropriate actions in a timely manner; exercise critical thinking skills to solve problems; and exercise sufficient judgment to recognize and correct performance deviations.
  5. Behavioral and Social Attributes: The student must be able to: maintain patient confidentiality and to exercise ethical judgment, integrity, honesty, dependability and accountability in the performance of their course studies and laboratory responsibilities; perform laboratory tests carefully while maintaining efficiency and organization; maintain personal hygiene and wear garments appropriate to the work setting; tolerate taxing workloads, function effectively under stress and adapt to changing technology and environments; recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment and situations and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to patients, self and nearby individuals; and function as a supportive member of the health care team, maintaining highest laboratory standards in delivery of patient care.