Technical Standards

To qualify for enrollment into, retention in and graduation from academic programs in The Graduate School, an individual must satisfy certain technical standards. The following abilities and characteristics define the technical standards, which in conjunction with academic standards established by the faculty of academic programs, colleges and The Graduate School are required for admission, matriculation, continuation and graduation from academic programs in The Graduate School.

A candidate for a degree through The Graduate School must have abilities and skills of five varieties including: observation; communication; motor; conceptual, integrative and quantitative; and behavioral and social. Reasonable accommodation is possible to assist with a variety of disabilities and may be permitted for disabilities in certain areas. Under all circumstances, a candidate should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.

Observation

In many programs applicants and students will need sufficient vision to be able to observe demonstrations, experiments and laboratory or classroom exercises. Typically, those involved in clinical work must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand.

Communication

Applicants and students must be able to communicate effectively with individuals of all genders; as well as ages, races life-styles, sexual orientations and cultural backgrounds. They must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language and communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and/or written form, as appropriate to the academic program.

Motor

Applicants and students should have sufficient motor function such that they are able to execute movements reasonably that are required to perform their teaching, service, clinical work and/or independent research responsibilities, including the ability to observe and conduct experiments, as appropriate to the academic program.

Intellectual Abilities

Applicants and students should have the intellectual abilities to meet curricular requirements in a timely fashion. For example, these abilities may include, but are not limited to: measurement, calculation, reasoning, integration, analysis and synthesis of data and information. The ability to acquire information, either with or without accommodation, from a variety of sources including verbal communications, written documents, films, slides, videos, and other electronic media also is required.

Behavioral and Social Attributes

Applicants and students must possess the emotional stability and ethical fortitude needed to manage the demands associated with the pursuit of professional activities, including the full use of intellectual ability and good judgment to independently, accurately and effectively complete all responsibilities and meet all deadlines. They must be able to develop mature, sensitive, non-judgmental, non-prejudiced and effective relationships with faculty, peers, patients, and other professionals in the academic community. Applicants and students must maintain appropriate personal hygiene and appearance in keeping with a professional work environment. Honesty, compassion, integrity and concern for others are all personal qualities that are essential in students. Students are expected to maintain and exhibit professional behavior at all times.

The University will, if requested, provide reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified enrolled students and applicants with disabilities unless:

  • such accommodations fundamentally alter the educational program or academic standards and/or
  • such accommodations impose an undue hardship to the institution.

A student whose behavior or performance raises questions concerning his or her ability to fulfill these technical standards may be required to obtain evaluation and/or testing by a health care provider, and to provide the results to Augusta University's Office of Student Affairs for the purpose of determining whether the student is fit to pursue the educational program. If the student is deemed fit to pursue the program, the college and The Graduate School reserve the right to require actions recommended by the health care provider, including further testing, counseling, monitoring, leave of absence, etc.

Complete the Technical Standards Form

Approved on May 15, 2015

Note: The Graduate School’s technical standards are minimum requirements for participation in all graduate programs associated with The Graduate School, as appropriate to the academic program. For example, references to clinical technical standards apply to students in programs with clinical components, laboratory experiments to those that are in programs that involve laboratory experiments, etc.

Individual programs may have additional specific standards that also must be met. Please contact your program directly for additional program specific technical standards requirements.