Technical Standards for Cytotechnology and Histotechnology Students in the Master of Cytopathology Practice Degree Program

Cytotechnology Technical Standards PhotoIn addition to the general Technical Standards for Students in the College of Health Professions the following specific standards are required for students in the Master of Cytopathology Practice degree program:

Sensory/Observational Skills:

Candidates for admission to the Master of Cytopathology Practice (MCP) Program must be able to observe demonstrations and participate in laboratory experiments as required in the curriculum. Candidates must have visual acuity corrected to 20/40 and visual perception with respect to depth and color. Candidates must be able to discriminate details and structures under a microscope.

Physical and Motor Skills:

Candidates for admission to the MCP Program must have sufficient motor function to operate/manipulate and maintain a microscope, microtome and other laboratory instruments or equipment. Candidates must have dexterity with wrists, hands and arms, and dexterity with all fingers. Candidates must possess eye-hand coordination and have the ability to engage in laboratory procedures which involve grasping, pinching, pulling, fingering, holding, extending, rotating, and cutting. Candidates must be able to accurately judge distance and depth and manipulate or control small objects such as tissues with forceps and scalpels. Candidates must have the ability to obtain and/or verify patient samples and possess sufficient stamina to tolerate physically taxing workloads. Candidates must be able to tolerate sitting for long periods of time while working with a microscope or a microtome. Candidates must be able to remain alert and concentrate for extended periods of time.

Communication Skills:

Candidates for admission to the MCP Program must be able to communicate in English in oral and written form. Candidates must have the ability to participate in discussion in the classroom, the clinical arena and with colleagues and patients. Candidates must be able to acquire information developed through classroom instruction, clinical experiences, independent learning and consultation. Candidates must have the ability to understand and complete reading assignments and to search and evaluate the literature. Candidates must be able to complete written assignments and maintain records. Candidates must acquire the ability to use a computer for instructional assignments and patient care activities.

Intellectual/Conceptual, Integrative and Qualitative Skills:

Candidates for Admission to the MCP Program must have the ability to measure, calculate, analyze, interpret, synthesize and evaluate data. Candidates must have the ability to prioritize and perform laboratory testing. Candidates must have the ability to make sound judgments and formulate diagnoses after correlating clinical data with laboratory findings. Candidates must possess organizational skills and be able to solve one or more problems within specific time frames which are often short. Candidates must have the ability to perform duties and assignments in a timely fashion while under stress and in a variety of settings. In addition, candidates must have the ability to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of anatomic, histologic and cellular structures. Candidates must be capable of acquiring specified microscopic interpretive skills as presented by microscopic demonstrations and other experiences required by the curriculum.

Behavioral/Social Skills and Professionalism:

Candidates for admission to the MCP Program must demonstrate the ability to follow instructions/procedures with accuracy and precision. Candidates must possess the ability to maintain intellectual and emotional stability and maturity under stress, while maintaining appropriate performance standards. Candidates must have the ability to manage time, organize workload and meet deadlines. Candidates must be able to learn and exhibit professional attributes. Candidates must adhere to safety guidelines for self and others and be able to comply with standards and regulations required by external agencies. Candidates must have the ability to function as part of a team and to delegate responsibilities appropriately.

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