EMT-B to Nursing Assistant Training Technical Standards
All individuals, including
persons with disabilities, who wish to
participate in the emt-b nursing assistant program,
must be able to perform specific technical
functions with or without reasonable
The following information outlines the
requirements, abilities, and behavioral characteristics necessary for admission,
continued participation, and completion of the nursing assistant program at
Harford Community College (HCC). Students should consult with the non-credit
allied health coordinator to discuss any individual situation that may prevent
his or her ability to meet the admission criteria or the essential technical
standards. Requests for reasonable accommodations will be considered. It is
ultimately the student’s responsibility to meet these essential qualifications
for participation in the program.
In order to meet the requirements for
admission, perform the skills/duties of a nursing assistant, and assume the
responsibilities of a direct care provider the student must:
Be at least 18 years old.
Possess a minimum of a high school diploma or a GED.
Review the program technical standards and ask questions if
unfamiliar with the required activities or functions.
Decide if he or she has any limitations that may restrict or
interfere with the satisfactory performance of any of the requirements.
Successfully complete an assessment (ACR) offered at the Test
Center that validates competency in reading at the 9th grade level.
Successfully complete an assessment (ACA) offered at the Test
Center that validates competency in math at the 8th grade level.
Indicate willingness to practice direct care skills in a
laboratory setting by role-playing both the nursing assistant and the
Recognize the potential for exposure to bloodborne pathogens,
and potentially hazardous materials.
Any individual who is unable or
unwilling to meet the following technical
standards in the classroom, lab, and clinical
area will be unable to participate in the
—Able to observe, monitor, and/or assess
patients/residents, and read fine print on monitors, devices, and gauges.
Read written instructions.
Acquire information from documents such as charts,
computer images, and other modes of delivery.
See and discriminate between varieties of visual equipment
Observe demonstrations and patients/residents close up and at
a distance to learn skills and gather patients/residents data such as, but not
limited to, observing a patients/resident's facial expressions, gait,
appearance, posture, and other nonverbal cues.
Hearing—Able to hear and understand faculty, staff, peers,
patients/residents, families, and healthcare workers; interpret conversations;
and assess/monitor patients/residents.
Communicate and interact with faculty, staff, peers,
patients/residents, families, and healthcare workers from a variety of cultural
Follow verbal instructions.
Use a stethescop to hear blood pressure and heart sounds.
Detect and discriminate between sounds of normal conversation.
Hear sounds of a variety of equipment alarms including, but
not limited to, bed/chair alarms and signaling devices (call bells).
Smell—Able to tolerate unpleasant odors related to human
waste, secretions, infections, etc.
Mobility—Possess the mobility and strength to move freely
in the office and support/move clients.
Move quickly from place to place and perform direct care.
Support and transfer patients/residents safely from bed to
wheelchair, and modify patients/residents position in bed.
Lift 50lbs. to waist level unassisted
Stand/sit for extended periods and walk long distances.
Reach above shoulder height to manipulate equipment.
Reach below waist level to manipulate equipment.
Motor Skills (fine and gross)—Perform multiple motor tasks
simultaneously. Possess fine and gross motor skills sufficient to handle
equipment and provide safe and effective patients/residents care; keen sense of
touch; awareness of self in relationship to surroundings, steady arm and hand
movements while manipulating objects or assisting patients/residents
Perform CPR and other basic life support functions.
Operate and manipulate equipment such as, but not limited
to mechanical lifts, wheelchairs, and stretchers.
Push/pull beds; transport patients/residents.
Lift and move residents safely..
Chart/write in medical records and record client data.
Tactile–Possess a keen sense of touch and the ability to
interpret tactile sensations to perceive information such as, but not limited to
texture, mobility, firmness, strength, and temperature.
Distinguish pulse rate, rhythm, and strength by
Detect changes in skin/tissue temperature and integrity.
Communication—Able to communicate in English, both orally
and in writing, with faculty, staff, peers, clients, families, and healthcare
Speak English in a clear and easily understood manner.
Use correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
Read and comprehend written material in English at a
minimum of the 9th
Observe non-verbal communication.
Intellectual and Cognitive Abilities—Able to learn,
measure, calculate, reason, analyze, integrate, synthesize, and use
Interpret, problem solve, and demonstrate critical
Perform mathematical calculations at a minimum of the 8th
Convert numerical data from one measurement system to
Respond to emergencies by processing information
consistently, accurately, and quickly.
Possess the ability to self-evaluate.
Behavioral and Social Attributes—Possess the emotional
health required to use intellectual abilities fully such as exercising good
judgment, promptly completing all responsibilities associated with
patients/residents care, and developing mature, sensitive, and effective
relationships with faculty, staff, peers, patients/residents, families, and
Tolerate physically taxing workloads and function
effectively under stress.
Maintain composure while continuing to function
appropriately and professionally in myriad situations.
Adapt to changing environments, display flexibility, and
learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical
problems of many patient/residents.
Demonstrate team playing, compassion, integrity, concern
for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation during the
Recognize emergencies and be able to take the appropriate
Accept constructive criticism and respond appropriately by
Ethical Standards—Demonstrate professional demeanor and
behavior. Perform in an ethical manner in all dealings with faculty, staff,
peers, patients/residents, families, and healthcare workers regardless of race,
color, religion, sex, national origin, age, status as an individual with a
disability, veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other status
protected by law.
Legal Standards—Submit to a criminal background check
and/or drug testing as required by policies of the college, clinical facility,
and/or regulatory agency. The student is responsible for any cost.