Rocky Vista University (RVU) maintains a strong institutional commitment to equal educational opportunities for qualified applicants with disabilities and for enrolled students who develop disabilities. We collaborate with students to develop innovative ways to ensure accessibility and strive to create a respectful, accountable culture through our confidential and specialized disability support. Technical standards are required to fully engage in the program. Students’ competencies in learning objectives throughout and pertaining to their level of education will be addressed by the individual program. These technical standards are not intended to deter any candidate for whom reasonable accommodation will allow the fulfillment of the complete curriculum. RVU encourages students with disabilities to disclose and seek accommodations.
Applicants and enrolled students seeking accommodations engage in an interactive and confidential process with a Disability Officer to determine what reasonable accommodations could be implemented to ensure equal access for the student. This process is informed by the knowledge that students with varied types of disability can become successful health care professionals and by RVU’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Students are encouraged to submit requests for reasonable accommodations as early as possible, given that additional time may be required to process those requests. Accommodations are not applied retroactively and may not fundamentally alter the nature and objectives of the program. Additionally, accommodations will not be provided while requests are being reviewed/processed. Therefore, early disclosure is strongly encouraged for those requiring disability-related adjustments or modifications.
If you are an applicant or enrolled student with a disability who may require accommodations, we encourage you to contact the Office of Disability Services via ADAAccommodations@rvu.edu. Additional information regarding disability resources at RVU is available on our website.
Fulfilling Technical Standards
RVU approaches technical standards and accommodations on a non-discriminatory basis consistent with our values of equity and inclusion, as well as with legal requirements as outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments ACT (ADAAA) of 2008, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. To matriculate and remain in an RVU educational program, the specific program’s technical standards (delineated here) must be met with or without accommodations (i.e., students who have and students who do not have accommodations must meet all applicable technical standards). Fulfillment of the technical standards while enrolled at RVU does not guarantee that a graduate will be able to fulfill the technical requirements of any specific residency program, employment, future training programs, or other pursued opportunities.
RVU DNAP Technical Standards
Students must satisfy all requirements for immunizations at the time of admission and throughout their medical school career. Failure to do so will prevent matriculation or, in the case of an enrolled student, lead to dismissal. For specific information, please see "Health Records/Immunizations" of the Student Educational Records section of this Handbook.
Students must be able to obtain, gather, and synthesize information in basic didactic and clinical settings. This includes but is not limited to lectures, lecture supplemental materials, labs, physical exams, interviews, and raw diagnostic representations of physiologic data (e.g., radiology images, echocardiogram, ECGs, lab results, microscopic images).
Students must be able to communicate with others in order to elicit information, to detect changes in mood and activity, and to establish a therapeutic relationship. Students must exhibit interpersonal skills to accurately communicate with others. Students must be able to clearly, accurately, and sensitively record information obtained through communication. Students must demonstrate effective communication, participation, and collaboration with all members of a multidisciplinary health care team across various communication mediums (e.g., in-person, Zoom, written). English is the primary language of the RVU DNAP curriculum, and students are expected to have a level of proficiency that eliminates language as an access barrier.
Due to the clinical nature of the RVU DNAP program, all students must have some coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, balance, and equilibrium. Students must have the capacity to perform anesthetic techniques (e.g., intubation, neuraxial anesthesia, regional anesthesia) and associated procedures (e.g., central line placement).
Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities
Students must possess conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities, including measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis. Problem solving, the critical skill necessitated by all RVU programs, requires these intellectual abilities. In addition, students must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to
understand the spatial relationship of structures. Students must be able to be present, engage, and participate in all required activities to the extent necessary to achieve the activity objectives and outcomes. Students must be capable of extended periods of intense concentration and attention.
Behavior and Social Abilities
Students must have the emotional health required for full use of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, and the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the demands of the educational program. Students must have the capacity to develop mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with members of the internal and external RVU community (e.g., peers, faculty, staff, patients, health care professionals). Students must be able to tolerate physically and mentally taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. They must be able to adapt to changing environments, display flexibility, and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical nature of the RVU DNAP programs.
Ethical and Legal Responsibilities
Students must maintain and display high ethical and moral behaviors commensurate with being a productive, compassionate, professional member of society in all interactions (e.g., faculty, staff, peers, patients, the public). Students are expected to have the cognitive ability to understand the legal and ethical aspects of the Nurse Anesthesiology profession and the capacity to act according to the relevant laws and ethical standards.