Physician Assistant Program Technical Standards
Technical Standards Preface:
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is the primary non-discrimination law applicable to the admissions and post-secondary education of disabled persons. Section 504 of this statute prohibits discrimination solely on the basis of the disability of an "otherwise qualified" person seeking admission to any college, university, or other institution of higher education.
The purpose of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), enacted in 1990, as far as schools are concerned, is the assure a level playing field so that individuals with disabilities can compete with other applicants on the basis of their ability without being eliminated solely because of a disability. Disability is defined in the ADA as a physical or mental impairment. The ADA requires that:
The accreditation standards of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education state: "While physical disability should not preclude a student from consideration for admission, each school should develop and publish technical standards for the admission of handicapped applicants, in accordance with legal requirements."
In order to comply with the LCME accreditation standards, a committee prepared the attached documents for review and approval by the faculty of Methodist University: Technical Standards for Admission to the Methodist University Physician Assistant Program.
Technical Standards for Admission to the Methodist University Physician Assistant Program
Any applicant who plans to enter the physician assistant program at Methodist University must possess certain abilities that will enable them to master the educational and clinical content of the program within a reasonable time frame and to function as a physician assistant after graduation.
Methodist University welcomes specific inquires from potential students with disabilities regarding required technical skills and how mastery of those skills might apply to their unique situation. A determination will be made by the admissions committee as to whether the individual is qualified for admission to the program and if reasonable accommodations can be made. Federal law prohibits programs from making inquires about specific disabilities prior to admission; however applicants who are selected for admission must be prepared to meet the educational and technical performance standards in order to complete the program. Students who are unable to master these skills will not be allowed to continue in the program.
Fundamental Skills for the Physician Assistant Profession & Curriculum:
Mobility and Coordination
Cognitive Ability, Reasoning Ability and Quantitative
Behavioral and Emotional Maturity
Methodist University Physician Assistant Program considers for admission those students who possess the academic and professional promise necessary to become outstanding health-care professionals. Methodist University does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation or disabilities for otherwise qualified persons in the administration of its admissions, educational policies, scholarships, loan programs, athletics, employment, or any other university-sponsored or advertised program.