Core Performance standards for Admission and Progression

To complete most of the nursing programs at the Yale School of Nursing, a student must complete a clinical/practicum component which involves caring for actual patients. By accepting admission and enrolling in the School of Nursing, the student certifies that she/he has read these materials and understands the essential eligibility requirements of the program. YSN does not discriminate on the basis of disability. If reasonable accommodations will allow an otherwise qualified student with a disability to meet the essential eligibility requirements for participation in its nursing programs, the School will assist the student in making the reasonable accommodations. Students who would like to receive accommodations on the basis of disability must self-identify, must provide documentation of the disability, and must request accommodation. Please refer to the Yale University Resource Office on Disabilities website for further information.

Essential eligibility requirements for participation and completion by students in the nursing program include the following core performance standards:

  • Intellectual Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical and academic judgment.
  • Interpersonal Interpersonal ability sufficient to appropriately interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
  • Communication Communication abilities sufficient for professional interaction with others in oral, written, and computer-assisted forms.
  • Mobility Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces.
  • Motor Skills Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide therapeutic nursing interventions that are safe and effective and that maintain safety and security standards.
  • Attendance The ability to get to required classes and clinical assignments, be on time, and complete all required course work and clinical shifts.
  • Hearing Auditory ability sufficient to monitor, assess, and respond to health needs.
  • Visual Visual ability sufficient to monitor, assess, and respond to health needs.
  • Tactile Tactile ability sufficient to monitor, assess, and respond to health needs.
  • Judgment Mental and physical ability to demonstrate good judgment in decision making, in order to maintain safety and security of patients and to behave appropriately with patients, staff, students, and supervisors.

Updated July 2016