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Technical Standards: MENP

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  • Candidates for admission, participation in all aspects of training, completion of the course of study, and graduation must possess essential skills, abilities, and characteristics. These essential requirements include minimum physical and cognitive abilities, and sufficient mental and emotional stability. Candidates are required to perform satisfactorily throughout the entire curriculum and must meet all requirements for graduation. For the purposes of this document, the term “candidates” means candidates for admission to the program as well as Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science students who are candidates for retention, promotion, or graduation.
  • It is the societal responsibility of the MSN-ENP Program to train nurses who are able to competently demonstrate the knowledge, technical skills, communication skills, leadership skills, and critical thinking skills for entry to nursing practice at the master’s degree level. The MSN-ENP Program intends for graduates to become highly qualified registered nurses. The categories described below address these concepts and are referred to as technical standards required to achieve these expectations, satisfactorily progress through the program, and graduate. These categories include: observation, communication, motor function, intellectual-conceptual (integrative and quantitative) abilities, and behavioral and social attributes. Candidates who have questions regarding these technical standards, or who may need to request reasonable accommodation(s) to meet these technical standards are encouraged to contact the ADA Coordinator (information detailed below).


  • Candidates must acquire a defined level of information presented in the form of demonstrations and experiences. Examples may include: dissection of cadavers, examination of specimens during anatomy, and simulated patient encounters. Utilizing skills obtained throughout the curriculum, candidates must also acquire information from a patient through a complete physical examination.


  • Candidates must communicate effectively, efficiently, and sensitively with patients and families, as well as faculty, staff, peers, and other healthcare providers. Candidates must be able to obtain a medical history; describe changes in mood, behavior, posture, and activity; interpret non-verbal aspects of communication; document and relay information clearly and accurately; develop therapeutic rapport with patients.

Motor Function

  • Candidates must be able to perform a complete physical exam and basic nursing procedures, following appropriate training by the nursing program. Additionally, candidates must also be able to respond promptly to general and emergent clinical situations.

Intellectual – Conceptual (Integrative and Quantitative) Abilities

  • Candidates must be able to acquire information through a variety of modalities including, but not limited to: classroom instruction; small group, team, and collaborative activities; individual study; preparation and presentation of reports; simulations; and use of computer technology. Candidates must also be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of structures.
  • Candidates must measure, calculate, reason, analyze, integrate, and synthesize. Additionally, they must have the ability to formulate and test hypotheses that enable effective and timely problem-solving in nursing diagnosis and care of patients in a variety of clinical settings and healthcare systems.

Behavioral and Social Attributes

  • Candidates must possess the maturity and emotional health required for: full utilization of intellectual abilities; the use of good judgment; the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the curriculum and to the nursing diagnosis and care of patients; and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients, families, other healthcare providers, faculty, staff, and peers. They must display characteristics of integrity, honesty, conscientiousness, and empathy. Additionally, candidates must be able to collaborate, accept and provide appropriate and constructive feedback, and take personal responsibility for making appropriate and positive changes. Candidates must have the physical and emotional stamina and resilience to tolerate taxing workloads and to function in a competent and professional manner under highly stressful situations. They must be able to display flexibility and adapt to changing environments.
  • The MSN-MENP Program at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science supports students who qualify for reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For further information related to these technical standards, or to request reasonable accommodations, interested persons are encouraged to contact the ADA Coordinator at 847-547-8354 or

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These technical standards are important in ensuring that patient safety is maintained.