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ULM College of Pharmacy Technical Standards 

The University of Louisiana Monroe College of Pharmacy (ULM COP) is committed to graduating qualified, practice-ready pharmacists. Candidates for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree must be able to perform essential functions in each of the following categories: observation, communication, sensory and motor coordination, intellectual-conceptual abilities, and behavioral/social skills for completion of our program.

The ULM COP technical standards describe the essential functions student pharmacists must demonstrate in order to fulfill the requirements of a general pharmacy education, and thus, are prerequisites for entrance, continuation, and graduation from the College of Pharmacy. The ULM COP will consider for admission any applicant who demonstrates the ability to perform or to learn to perform the skills listed in this document.

As an advisory committee to the Dean, the Admissions Committee is instructed to exercise judgment on behalf of the faculty to recommend the entering class, and to consider character, extracurricular achievement, and overall suitability for the pharmacy profession based upon information in the application and personal interviews. Applicants are not required to disclose the nature of their disability(ies), if any, to the Admissions Committee. However, any applicant with questions about these technical standards is strongly encouraged to discuss the issue with the Director of Student Success and/or the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Development prior to the interview process. If appropriate, and upon the request of the applicant/student pharmacist, reasonable accommodations will be provided.  The program faculty will monitor maintenance of these standards. Student pharmacists must be able to independently perform the described functions as listed below:

Observation

Student pharmacists must be able to:

  1. observe demonstrations and conduct exercises in a variety of areas related to basic pharmaceutical sciences, medical illustrations and models, and contemporary pharmacy practice, including but not limited to, monitoring of drug response and preparation of specialty dosage forms.
  2. observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand, noting nonverbal as well as verbal signals. Observation necessitates the functional use of the sense of vision, hearing, somatic, and other sensory modalities. Specific vision-related requirements include, but are not limited to, the following abilities:

Communication

Student pharmacists must be able to:

  1. communicate effectively, efficiently, and quickly in oral and written English with instructors, peers, patients, caregivers, and other healthcare providers.
  2. relate effectively and sensitively with patients and their caregivers and convey a sense of compassion and empathy.
  3. communicate clearly with, listen to, and observe patients in order to elicit information, accurately describe changes in mood, activity and posture, and perceive verbal as well as nonverbal communication.
  4. demonstrate proficiency using electronic communication and information systems.

Sensory or motor coordination or function

 Student pharmacists must be able to:

  1. have enough sensory and motor function to monitor drug response and to prepare and/or dispense all forms of pharmaceuticals.
  2. reasonably execute motor movements required to participate in the general care and emergency treatment of patients, including medication administration (e.g., subcutaneous or intramuscular injections, performance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or administration of first aid).
  3. withstand the physical stresses imposed by the typical daily routine of the pharmacy practitioner in a variety of settings.

Intellectual-conceptual integrative and quantitative abilities

Student pharmacists must be able to:

  1. possess and demonstrate a fundamental and continuing ability to use intellectual skills that allow mastery of the abundant and complex knowledge and experiences that encompass the professional pharmacy curriculum.
  2. adapt to various teaching, learning, and assessment strategies conducted in various classroom and practice settings.
  3. multi-task to solve problems using measurements, calculations, recall, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis of complex information.
  4. integrate and process data promptly and accurately to solve patient care problems in a competent manner.

Behavioral attributes

Student pharmacists must:

  1. possess emotional and mental health sufficient to allow them to complete a very challenging didactic and experiential curriculum. This includes the ability to function in stressful and changing environments while making timely and appropriate decisions.
  2. have emotional and social skills to interact professionally with faculty and staff members, fellow student pharmacists, other health professionals and their students, as well as patients and their caregivers.
  3. must be aware, always, of and appropriately react to their own immediate emotional responses and environment.

 


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