Technical Standards


(DLT Approved: June 7, 2022)

In addition to mastery of theory and didactic content, preparation for the practice of nursing, advanced practice nursing or nursing leadership requires participation in supervised clinical practicum experiences, and in many cases also involves learning role-specific psychomotor skills. To ensure that students meet program outcomes, students must participate in all required elements of these educational programs. Therefore, all students at NYU Meyers enrolled in undergraduate and graduate clinical nursing education programs (BS, MS, Post-MS Advanced Certificate, DNP, and PhD) must possess specific physical and mental skills and abilities necessary to complete key degree requirements. A set of specific minimum physical, mental, emotional, professional, and social abilities in the following domains have been deemed essential:

  • behavioral and social attributes
  • communication
  • cognitive
  • ethics and professionalism
  • motor
  • observation

These abilities and characteristics are defined as “technical standards” which together with academic standards for completing didactic and clinical courses as established by the faculty, form requirements for admission, progression, and graduation.

Nursing students must meet all of the Technical Standards, with or without reasonable accommodations, consistent with applicable Federal, State, and Local statutes in order to successfully progress through and graduate from their programs.

Individuals interested in applying for admission to NYU Meyers are encouraged to review the Technical Standards to become familiar with the skills, abilities, and behavioral characteristics required to complete the programs. Depending on circumstances, students unable to meet these standards with or without reasonable accommodations may not be permitted to begin or continue in clinical or skills experiences and/or may earn failing grades in courses with such components.


Candidates must demonstrate the maturity and emotional stability required for the full use of their intellectual abilities to ensure patient safety in clinical situations and an optimal learning environment for all. Candidates must be able to work effectively, respectfully, and professionally as members of the Meyers community and interact with faculty, students, staff, patients, families, and members of the healthcare team in a courteous, professional, and respectful manner. Candidates must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads and long work hours, function effectively under stress, and display flexibility and adaptability to changing environments. Candidates must be able to contribute to a collaborative, constructive learning environment, accept constructive feedback from others and take personal responsibility for their actions.


Candidates must have sufficient cognitive abilities to effectively learn, retrieve, assimilate, analyze sequence and organize complex details. Candidates must be able to adapt to multiple learning environments, including, but not limited to, classroom instruction, small group instruction, team, and collaborative activities, individual study, preparation and presentation of scholarly work and reports, self-assessment, peer review, and the use of computer technology.


Candidates must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and efficiently speak, write, hear, read and use technology to communicate in the classroom, in the clinical setting, with faculty, students, staff, patients, families, and members of the healthcare team. Candidates must be able to record information accurately and clearly. Candidates must be able to communicate effectively in English with all members of the Meyers and healthcare teams.


Candidates must care for all individuals in an effective and respectful manner regardless of age, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, religion, or any other protected status. They must maintain ethical and moral behavior consistent with the professional interactions with fellow students, faculty, staff, patients, families, members of the healthcare team, and the public. Professionalism, compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation are all qualities expected throughout the educational process.


Candidates’ motor and sensory functions must be sufficient to assess and deliver patient care by consistently, quickly, and accurately integrating all data gathered through whatever sense(s) employed.


Candidates must demonstrate the ability to make observations to provide nursing care. They must be able to assess patients and develop a plan of care. These skills require the use of vision, hearing, and touch or the functional equivalent thereof.

These Technical Standards are not all-inclusive and may be updated, revised, or withdrawn at the discretion of NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing.