Technical Standards

Union College recognizes that individuals vary widely in their ability to meet the following standards. Candidates are encouraged to discuss their abilities with the PA Program Admissions Committee and jointly consider technological and other facilitating mechanisms needed in order to train and function effectively as a physician assistant.
  1. Observation: Candidates must be able to observe demonstrations and experiments in basic and clinical sciences (including computer-assisted instruction), and must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand.
  2. Communication: Candidates must be able to communicate accurately and with clarity, in speech and written forms, with appropriate respect and sensitivity towards faculty, patients, and all members of the health care team.
  3. Motor: Candidates must have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion and other diagnostic maneuvers.
  4. Senses: Candidates must have sufficient use of the senses of vision, hearing, touch and smell necessary to directly perform a physical exam.
  5. Problem-solving: Candidates must be able to learn to measure, calculate, analyze and synthesize data to reach diagnostic and therapeutic judgments.
  6. Clinical Skills: Candidates are expected to be able to learn and perform routine laboratory tests and diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
  7. Behavioral Attributes: Candidates must possess the emotional health necessary for full utilization of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of sound judgment, the prompt completion of responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with faculty, clinical staff and patients.
  8. Judgment: Candidates must be able to learn and demonstrate the ability to recognize limitations to their knowledge, skills and abilities, and to seek appropriate assistance with their identified limitations.
  9. Stability: Candidates must be able to learn to respond with precise, efficient and appropriate action in emergency situations.
  10. Perseverance: Candidates are expected to possess the humility to accept criticism, and the diligence to successfully complete the physician assistant curriculum and enter the practice of medicine as a certified physician assistant.

Any candidate who is admitted to the Union College PA Program will be required to sign a statement that certifies that they have read, fully understand and meet each of the Technical Standards.