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Performance Standards

Physical and Emotional Ability Performance Standards

Students must meet the physical and emotional ability standards listed below to satisfactorily perform in the Surgical Technology program. Students must:

  •  have full range of motion of joints, fine motor movements of the hands, ability to perform repetitive tasks and the ability to stoop, bend, twist, reach and occasionally kneel and squat.
  • have the ability to lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • be able to push or pull a wheelchair, cart, or gurney.
  • have adequate hearing which permits the individual to communicate in a rational and coherent manner with others in the English language.
  • have the ability to examine closely images or other forms of output created by diagnostic equipment; must have color vision; must have good visual acuity for client assessment, medication checking, assist during surgical procedures, and for documentation.
  • adapt effectively to high stress environments to insure client safety.
  • respond in an emotionally controlled manner in learning situations.
  • be able to stand and walk 8 or more hours per clinical session.

Physical Demands for the Surgical Technology Program

Constant (67 – 100%)

  • talking, seeing, and hearing
  • standing for prolonged periods
  • walking at average speed or faster
  • responding quickly to orders
  • manual dexterity

Frequent (34 – 66%)

  • lifting and moving patients
  • kneeling, bending, stooping
  • pushing, pulling, reaching
  • refraining from nourishment

Occasionally (10 – 33%)

  • exert up to 100 pounds of force