Purpose Statement:

All students in this program are expected to meet certain essential functions/technical standards which are essential for successful completion of all phases of the program and which reflect industry requirements and standards. To verify the students’ ability to perform these essential functions, students may be required to demonstrate the following technical standards: 

Standard Definition of Standard Example(s) of Technical Standard
1. Critical Thinking Skills Create, implement and revise emergency treatment plans based on assessment findings. Identify cause-effect relationships

Plan//control activities for others

Synthesize knowledge and psychomotor skills

Sequence information, events, and activities accurately

2. Mobility/Motor Skills Sufficient range of motion and strength to perform tasks necessary for personal and patient safety, assessment and treatment. Twisting, bending, squatting and stooping to reach patients in any situation

Climb stairs and ladders, hike up to a mile carrying 25 lbs. of equipment, move up to 75 lbs. alone, or team lift up to 250 lbs.

Protect themselves from combative patients

3. Tactile Skills Possess sensitivity to detect faint vibrations, temperature differences, and texture differences Pulses

Skin condition

Presence of fever, or absence of blood flow (temperature)

Location of landmarks for medical procedures (IV’s, needle thoracostomy, etc.)

4. Auditory Skills Detect loud, soft, high and low frequency sounds Blood pressure sounds

Heart sounds

Breath sounds

Patient interviews

Scene safety depends on detection of a threat as early as possible

5. Visual Skills Able to distinguish large and small objects near and at a distance

Detect color and color intensity

Use depth perception

Use peripheral vision to monitor scene safely

Computer use for reporting

Skin changes (blue, pale, flushed, etc.)

Recognize distance and speed of approaching threats while on scene

Color-coded medical equipment

Finding objects and people in dark places

6. Communication Skills Clearly explain medical procedures and treatments utilizing medical or lay terminology

Effectively influence people and direct activities

Interact appropriately with others

Convey information through writing

Patient education

Oral reports for patient transfer

Obtain and maintain control to dynamic situations

Document call reports appropriately for billing

7. Interpersonal Skills Able to negotiate interpersonal conflict

Respect differences in patients and coworkers

Establish rapport with patients and coworkers

Accept responsibility and correction in a professional manner

12-hour shifts at base waiting for 911 activation

Rapport is necessary to professionalism

Ego has no place in emergency service

8. Behavioral Skills Establish therapeutic boundaries

Provide emotional support

Adapt to stressful and emotional environments

Handle strong emotions

Practice professional ethics in less than ideal situations

911 calls are dynamic, EMS personnel are the calm in the room

Healthy support systems are necessary to a full-coping mechanism for the things we must see and do

In the case of a qualified individual with a documented disability, appropriate and reasonable accommodations will be made unless to do so would fundamentally alter the essential training elements, cause undue hardship, or produce a direct threat to the safety of the patient or student.

Accessibility Services Statement

The College has a legal obligation to provide appropriate accommodations for students with documented disabilities. If you have a disability and are seeking accommodations, you should contact the Student Accessibility Services (SAS) office (Sink Building; (828) 694-1813; access@blueridge.edu). Students can contact SAS at any time, however they are encouraged to initiate this process as soon as possible (prior to the start of classes and/or field experience).