Technical Standards

Students enrolled in the paramedic program must be able to perform the following technical requirements effectively in the educational activities of the program and in the paramedic profession. Students must be able to meet certain physical and mental requirements to ensure the safe performance of basic and advanced life support procedures.  Due to the nature and environment of typical employment assignments, graduates must be able to meet the criteria listed below related to hearing, mobility, motor skills (fine & gross), tactile, visual, physical endurance, and mental/attitudinal standards.

The following technical standards and essential skills and functions must be met with or without accommodation:

MobilityHave the physical stamina to stand and walk for 12+ hours in a clinical or field setting.
Can stand on both legs, move about freely and maneuver in small spaces and across uneven terrain.
Be able to tolerate being exposed to extremes in the environment including variable aspects of weather, hazardous fumes and noise.
FlexibilityCan bend the body downward and forward by bending at the spine and waist.
Can flex and extend all joints freely.
StrengthCan raise objects (25+ lbs) from a lower to a higher position or move objects horizontally from position to position frequently and greater weights occasionally.
Possess mobility, coordination and strength to push, pull or transfer heavy objects weighing 150 lbs. frequently and greater weights occasionally.
Fine motor skillsPossess manual dexterity, mobility, and stamina to perform CPR for extended periods of time.
Can seize, hold, grasp, turn, apply pressure and otherwise work with both hands.
Make skillful, controlled manipulations of small objects in order to use medical equipment.
Be able to differentiate between normal and abnormal findings in human physical conditions by using visual, auditory, olfactory and tactile observations.
Auditory AbilityPossess sufficient hearing to assess patient’s needs, make fine discriminations in sound, follow instructions and communicate with other health care workers.
Visual AcuityPossess the visual acuity to read, write and assess the patient and the environment.
CommunicationPossess verbal/nonverbal and written communication skills adequate to exchange ideas, detailed information, and instructions accurately.
Able to read, comprehend, and write legibly in the English language.
Interpersonal SkillsAble to interact purposefully and effectively with others.
Able to convey sensitivity, respect, tact, and a mentally healthy attitude.
Oriented to reality and not mentally impaired to make decisions that would immediately impact the health of others by prescription or nonprescription mind-altering substances.
Able to function safely and effectively during high stress periods.
Possess sufficient emotional stability to be able to perform duties in life or death situations and in potentially dangerous social situations, including responding to calls in districts known to have high crime rates.
Be able to handle stress and work well as part of a team.

This list of common essential functions is not intended to be all-inclusive of all activities that could be required to provide patient care safely in a prehospital environment.

Determination is made on an individual basis as to whether or not accommodations or modifications can be reasonably made. UAMS is committed to providing equal access to learning opportunities to students with disabilities. Please contact the ADA Coordinator to engage in a confidential conversation about your ability to meet the technical standards for this program with or without accommodation. More information can be found online at or by the contacting the disability services office at (501) 526-5641.