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Technical Standards for Admission, Progression, and Graduation

The Technical Standards for Admission, Progression and Graduation (Technical Standards) are an integral component of the School of Nursing (SON) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center academic requirements that identify core professional nursing competencies in eight specific domains - critical thinking/cognitive competencies, professional relationships, communication, mobility, motor skills, hearing and visual skills, observation and tactile senses. Nursing students must meet all the requirements of the Technical Standards, with or without reasonable accommodations, in order to successfully progress through and graduate from their respective curricula.

Individuals interested in applying for admission to the SON are encouraged to review the Technical Standards to become familiar with the skills, abilities and behavioral characteristics required to complete the programs.

This list is not all-inclusive and all applicable skills cannot be listed. The School of Nursing reserves the right to determine other relevant criteria in order to preserve the School's professional and academic standards. The table below is adapted from the SREB Sample Core Professional Standards as developed by the SREB Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing Education.

Download the technical standards and read examples of each individual standard.

Technical Standards

  • Critical Thinking and Cognitive Competencies
    Critical thinking and cognitive abilities for effective clinical reasoning and clinical judgment consistent with level of educational preparation
  • Professional Relationships
    Interpersonal skills sufficient for professional interactions with a diverse population of individuals, families, and groups
  • Communication
    Communication adeptness sufficient for verbal and written professional interactions
  • Mobility
    Physical abilities sufficient for movement from room to room and in small spaces
  • Motor Skills
    Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient for providing safe, effective nursing care
  • Hearing and Visual
    Auditory and visual ability sufficient for observing, monitoring and assessing health needs
  • Observation
    Ability to make observations in connection with other identified professional nursing student competencies
  • Tactile Sense
    Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment