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Essential Functions

In addition to the academic requirements of the program, students who are successful in the program and profession must be able to meet the following requirements, with or without reasonable accommodations:


The student must be able to:

  • Read a patient’s identification on an ID bracelet
  • Read information found on a laboratory requisition
  • Differentiate colors of conventional blood collection tubes
  • Read information on a computer screen
  • Read procedures and other necessary information in laboratory manuals and package inserts


The student must be able to hear the following:

  • Patient’s speaking
  • Equipment and alarms
  • Telephone
  • Coworkers

Tactile Ability and Manipulative Skill

The student must be able to:

  • Discriminate veins from other structures that are not veins
  • Identify the location and character of veins
  • Perform venipunctures and capillary puncture smoothly enough so as not to injure the patient with coordinated manipulative dexterity


The student must be able to:

  • Verbally speak and understand standard English
  • Provide clear verbal directions to patients and coworkers in standard English
  • Follow verbal and written directions

Motor Function

The student must be able to:

  • Move freely in the laboratory, patient care areas, elevator, and stairway
  • Use both hands simultaneously
  • Lift at least 25 pounds’-
  • Demonstrate fine motor skills
  • Reach and bend wherever necessary, up or down, to perform job tasks

Mental and Emotional

The student must be able to:

  • Be flexible
  • Work in stressful situations while maintaining composure
  • Be adaptable to unpleasant situations common in a clinical setting
  • Prioritize tasks to ensure completion of assigned work
  • Provide service to and interact with patients of diverse age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, nationality, physical or mental condition