Nursing Admission Criteria


Donna G. Hood, Ph.D., RN
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 Division of Nursing

Louisiana Tech University
Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progression
Functional Abilities
*Examples of relevant activities provided in this document are not inclusive, but simply suggestive.
Gross Motor Skills
Ability to execute movements required to provide general care and treatment to patients in all health care settings including emergency treatment (transferring, lifting and turning clients, providing hygienic care, assisting clients in activities of daily living and providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation)*
  • Move within confined space
  • Sit and maintain balance
  • Stand and maintain balance
  • Reach above shoulders (IVs)*
  • Reach below waist (plug-ins)*
  • Perform full range of motion of body joints
  • Ability to stoop and bend
Fine Motor Skills
  • Pick up objects with hands
  • Grasp small objects with hands
  • Write with pen or pencil
  • Perform electronic documentation and keyboarding
  • Pinch, pick, grasp, and manipulate small objects with control (syringe)*
  • Twist (turn knobs with hands)*
  • Squeeze with finger (eye dropper)*
Physical Endurance and Stamina
Perform client care for an entire length of clinical experience, 8-12 hours
  • Stand for prolonged periods of time, 8-12 hours
  • Transfer/position/lift up to 300 pounds with assistance
  • Lift and carry objects up to 50 pounds without assistance
  • Push/pull equipment requiring force on linoleum and carpeted floor
  • Stoop, bend, squat, reach overhead while maintaining balance as required to reach equipment, supplies, and perform client care, and move quickly, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (restrain a client)*
  • Manipulate equipment through doorways and into close fitting areas
  • Squeeze with hands (fire extinguisher*
Visual Acuity with Corrective Lenses
  • Accurately read small print on medication containers, syringes, discriminate color changes and intensity, read type at 8 font and hand-writing on college ruled paper
  • See objects up to 20 inches away
  • Accurately read monitors and equipment calibrations
  • Identify call lights and unusual occurrences on a unit at a distance of 100 feet
  • Use depth perception
  • Use peripheral vision
  • Closely examine images or other forms of output created by diagnostic equipment
  • Observe and appreciate non-verbal communications when performing nursing assessment and interventions
Auditory Perception with Corrective
Hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, clients’ call bells, pagers, and telephone conversation
Hear client’s heart sounds, lung sounds, bowel sounds and blood pressure with a stethoscope
Receive and understand verbal communication from others
Distinguish sounds with background noise ranging from conversation levels to high pitched sounding alarms
Hear in situations when not able to see lips (when using masks)*
Feel vibrations (pulses)*
Detect temperature
Feel differences in surface characteristics (skin turgor)*
Feel differences in sizes, shapes (palpate vein)*
Detect environmental surface/temperature
Detect odors from client
Detect smoke
Detect gases or noxious smell
Read and understand written documents
Math Competence
Read and understand columns of writing (flow sheets)*
Read digital displays
Read graphs (I & O, vital signs)*
Calibrate equipment
Convert numbers to/from metric
Tell time and measure time (duration*
Count rates (pulse rate)*
Use measuring tools (thermometer)*
Read measurement marks (scales)*
Add, subtract, multiply, divide
Compute fractions (medication dosages)*
Use a calculator
Write numbers in record
Interpersonal Skills
Negotiate interpersonal conflict
Respect differences in clients
Establish rapport with clients
Establish rapport with co-workers
Recognize and respect cultural variations, beliefs, and values that affect health behaviors
Analytical Thinking Skills
Transfer knowledge from one situation to another
Process information
Evaluate outcomes
Problem solve
Prioritize tasks
Establish priorities
Use long term memory and short term memory
Critical Thinking Skills
Identify cause and effect relationships
Plan/control activities for others
Synthesize knowledge and skills
Sequence information
Professional Conduct and Behavior
Utilize intellectual abilities, exercise good judgment, and promptly complete all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of clients
Maintain mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with clients, students, faculty, staff, and other professionals under all circumstances
Recognize that one’s own values, attitudes, beliefs, emotions, and experiences affect perceptions and relationships with others
Function effectively under stress and adapt to an environment that may change rapidly without warning and/or in predictable ways
Learn and abide by professional standards of practice and the Nursing Code of Ethics
Engage in patient care delivery in all settings and be able to deliver care to all client populations including, but not limited to children, adolescents, adults, developmentally disabled persons, medically compromised clients, and vulnerable adults
Maintain composure when subjected to high stress levels
Adapt effectively to changing environments, especially those with high tension levels
Respond in an emotionally controlled manner in learning situations and emergencies
Ability to communicate sufficiently to teach others, explain procedures, interact effectively with others, and convey information in writing*
Ability to speak, comprehend, read and write English at a level that meets the need for accurate, clear, and effective communication*
Ability to read, interpret, and communicate relevant data*