Diagnostic Technician – Technical Standards

The following information is being provided as required by the Federal Government Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in response to the American with Disabilities Act.

In order to successfully complete the Phlebotomy Course, certain physical and behavioral capabilities are required in course work and as part of your clinical experience. Phlebotomy Students must be able to satisfy these standards with or without a reasonable accommodation. These include:

Communication (Verbal and Non-Verbal)

  1. Communicate effectively either independently or with corrective devices.
  2. Communicate in English through reading, orally and in writing to instructors, professors, clinical staff, clients, families and all members of the health care team.
  3. Understand oral directions/requests from health care workers, clients, voice pages and telephone messages stated in a normal tone.

Auditory Ability

  1. Hear all alarms on technical and supportive equipment set at a normal volume.
  2. Listen and respond to distress sounds from clients.

Visual Ability

  1. See and accurately read all written medical information pertaining to the client.
  2. See and accurately read all readings and functions of technical equipment pertaining to client care.
  3. See and accurately read all calibrated containers for accurate measurement of body fluids and specimens, medication administration devices (syringes, pumps, etc.)
  4. See and accurately perform a client assessment pertaining to specimen collection.

Physical Strength (Gross Motor Control)

  1. Ability to lift 25 pounds unassisted in a safe manner, thereby protecting yourself, the client, and those in close proximity to you.
  2. Bend and/or lift to assist client and manipulate client equipment.
  3. Safely transfer or position all clients in various situations.
  4. Move, push or pull equipment, wheelchairs, etc.
  5. Ability to raise arms over one’s head in order to assist clients and manipulate equipment.
  6. Stand independently
  7. Walk/stand for extended periods and distances over an 8-hour period.

Manual Dexterity (Fine Motor Movement)

  1. Able to palpate the veins.
  2. Accurately manipulate equipment.
  3. Accurately handle sterile equipment without contaminating syringes, needles, solutions, etc.
  4. Successfully don and remove protective apparel to maintain standard precautions.

Behavioral/Mental Performance

  1. Function safely, effectively and calmly under stressful situations.
  2. Prioritize and manage tasks simultaneously.
  3. Exhibit social skills necessary to interact therapeutically with clients, faculty & all healthcare personnel.
  4. Maintain personal hygiene consistent with department dress code guidelines.
  5. Display ethical attitudes and actions consistent with professional behavior.
  6. Display the social skills to behave with politeness, tact and sensitivity to others in all settings.
  7. Exhibit respect for cultural and ethnic differences of clients, peers and individuals.
  8. Remain free from alcohol and/or chemical impairment in classroom and clinical settings at all times.