Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
If a student has a documented learning disability, visual or hearing impairment, psychiatric issue, or other physical or psychological challenge that interferes with learning, the Center for Student Success (CSS) can arrange accommodations for each student’s classes in compliance with the American Disabilities Act. Based on the student’s particular needs, accommodations may include but are not limited to:
- Extended testing time
- Quiet testing location
- Assistive technology
- Note takers
- Alternative text formats
- Sign language interpreter
It is the student’s responsibility to self-disclose a disability. Once documentation has been provided, CSS can arrange accommodations with instructors each semester.
Nursing Skills Assessments with Accommodations 2021-2022
Jackson College Nursing Department Testing/Practicum/Skill Guidelines for Students:
- All student possessions (backpacks, cell-phones, water bottles, hats, etc.) must be left at the front or sides of the room – not under individual desks or tables.
- Students are not permitted to sit at their desk with notes prior to the test. Any last-minute studying must be conducted outside the classroom.
- The student may have only a pencil, scrap paper, simple calculator with no memory (if warranted) and earplugs as warranted by faculty. Watches and cell phones are not allowed.
- Once class begins, students are not permitted to sit at their desk with class notes and or text prior to the test. Last minute studying or review must be conducted outside the classroom.
- Students are not allowed to remove any testing material from the testing/classroom.
- If a student must take an exam at a different time than the rest of the class due to an illness or emergency, a different exam is given.
- Bathroom breaks will not be permitted during any exam or quiz.
- There will be no discussion of test items between the student and faculty on the day of the test.
- Students who disagree with the answers may complete a Student Test Item Query form to explain their rationale for their chosen answer. These forms will be submitted to the faculty for consideration.
- Students will be given 1.5 minutes per test item.
- Students must pass a Dosage Calculation Competency at 90% within three attempts. Failure to obtain a 90% results in failure of the course.
- All faculty will only remediate general concepts/and or question item rationale. No individual questions will be reviewed with students in an online course environment.
- There will be defined timeframes that students must complete skills demonstrations. The purpose of skills test items incorporates the designated response time for patient safety and provider efficiency in the clinical setting. Specific timeframes are published in course syllabi.
- NRS 111 and PNC 111 students will be allowed a maximum of 3 attempts to demonstrate competency of each required skill.
NCLEX Test Accommodations
The NCLEX is an exam for aspiring nurses looking to prove their skills and knowledge. Students must pass this standardized exam in order to receive their nursing license.
Some of the accommodations an individual may receive when taking the NCLEX include:
Extra Test Time Testing in a Separate Room Screen Magnifier Use of Appropriate Equipment Aid Separate Room and Sign Language Interpreter Separate Room and Recorder Separate Room and Reader
Technical Standards for Admission to Nursing and Allied Health Programs
The Nursing and Allied Health Department faculty has specified the following non-academic criteria which applicants generally are expected to meet in order to participate in the Department of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences programs and professional practice. These technical standards are necessary and essential and have been developed to provide for the health and safety of the patients receiving care from the Nursing and Allied Health Department program students.
OBSERVATION – The applicant must be able to participate in all demonstrations, laboratory exercises and clinical practicum in the clinical component and to assess and comprehend the condition of all patients assigned for examination, diagnosis and treatment.
- Vision sufficient to see fine detail, and sufficient to be able to read and accurately complete reports in charts, vision sufficient to differentiate shades of gray and color, to observe patient’s skin color, measuring exact amounts of parenteral medications and diagnostic real-time images.
COMMUNICATION – The applicant must be able to communicate with patients to effectively elicit patient compliance, understand and assess non-verbal communications; and be able to effectively transmit information to patients, physicians, paraprofessionals, faculty and staff in a timely way.
- Speech sufficient to be understood by others; ability to understand the communication with patient and health care team. Hearing sufficient to understand the spoken word, hear variations in physical assessment findings, auscultate lung sounds, hearts sounds, bowel sounds. Hearing sufficient to differentiate Doppler signals.
PSYCHOMOTOR – The applicant must have motor functions sufficient to elicit information from patients by appropriate diagnostic or therapeutic maneuvers; be able to perform basic tasks; possess all necessary skills to carry out diagnostic or therapeutic procedures; be able to interpret movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergent treatment/actions as necessary for patient safety and comfort.
- Physical coordination including fine motor functions sufficient to perform procedures accurately, operation of instrument panels, position patient efficiently and safely
- Sufficient muscle strength and lower back and knee stability to lift patients in a safe manner, physically assisting patients, moving beds and equipment. Able to stoop when necessary.
INTELLECTUAL / CONCEPTUAL INTEGRATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE ABILITIES – The applicant must be able to measure, calculate reason, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information and observations. Problem solving, the critical skill demanded of Allied Health Practitioners, requires all of these cognitive abilities. In addition, the applicant must be able to comprehend three-dimensional structures and understand the spatial relationships of these structures.
- Sufficient psychological stability and knowledge of techniques/resources to be able to respond appropriately and efficiently in emergent situations in order to minimize dangerous consequences either patient related or environment related.
BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL ATTRIBUTES – The applicant must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of intellectual abilities; execute appropriate medical judgment; the prompt completion of assigned or non-assigned responsibilities for care of and service to the patient; and the development of supportive and effective relationships with patients. Applicants must be able to tolerate physical and mental workloads, function effectively under stress, adapt to changing environments and conditions, display flexibility and function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical setting and with patients. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interest and motivation are personal qualities with each applicant should possess.
- Sufficient endurance to walk for extended periods of time, up to twelve hours per day.
- Ability to learn technical, medical, and pathophysiological information.
- Free of Chemical Impairment during participation in program including classroom, laboratory and clinical settings.
You need to be able to perform each of these tasks with or without accommodation. If an accommodation is necessary because of a disability it is your responsibility to provide documentation and to request accommodation. The college will endeavor to satisfy requests for reasonable accommodations however it is not guaranteed.