In addition to the nursing program’s admission requirements, Tusculum University Nursing Program sets forth its essential eligibility requirements for its nursing program by citing the core performance standards.

The standards set forth cognitive, sensory, affective and psychomotor performance requirements for every nursing student and nurse. Each core performance standard is accompanied by examples of activities nursing students and nurses are required to perform while executing nursing care. The standards are used to assist applicants and students in the determination of need for ADA related accommodations and medications. The core performance standards are intended to constitute an objective measure of:

  • A qualified applicant’s or student’s ability with or without accommodations to meet the program performance requirements, and
  • Accommodations required by a matriculated student who seeks accommodations under the ADA.

Nursing applicants and students with disabilities seeking accommodations under the ADA, as amended, should be referred to the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights document titled, Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities (US Department of Education. September 2007).


Core Performance Standards for Nursing Students*

Every nursing applicant and student is required to have the following abilities in order to perform safe, effective professional nursing care.


Ability  Standard Activity Examples
Critical Thinking Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment ·         Identify cause and effect   relationships in clinical situations

·         Use scientific method in   development of care plans

·         Evaluate effectiveness of nursing interventions

Professional Relationships Abilities sufficient to establish interaction with a diverse population, individuals, families and groups ·         Establish rapport with patients and  colleagues

·         Ability to engage in conflict   resolution

·         Demonstrate peer accountability

Communication Ability for professional interactions with others in verbal and written form ·         Explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, accurately document.

·         Interpret nursing actions and client responses

Movement Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces ·         Move around in patient rooms, work spaces and treatment areas

·         Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Motor Skill Gross and fine motor skills sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care ·         Calibration and use of equipment

·         Therapeutic positioning of   patients

·         Ambulating patients

·         Transferring patients from bed to chair

·         Ability to lift 30 pounds

Hearing Auditory ability sufficient to assess and provide safe and effective nursing care ·         Ability to hear monitoring device alarms and other emergency signals

·         Ability to discern auscultated sounds, heart sounds and cries for help

Visual Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment in nursing care ·         Ability to observe patient   condition and responses to treatment

·         Ability to discern colors

·         Ability to discern changes in color shading

Tactile Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment ·      Ability to palpate in physical assessment and in various therapeutic procedures

·      Ability to discern changes in skin temperature

*Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing