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Clinical Laboratory Science Essential Functions

Department of Biology and Geology

Essential Functions

To ensure each student’s success in the Piedmont Augusta CLS program, each student must possess the following essential functions for both the CLS program academic/didactic and clinical practicum settings:

    • Ethical Standards
      • Adherence to Piedmont Augusta's patient confidentiality policy, laboratory standard of operation and compliance standards as well as USCA and Piedmont Augusta's academic and professional code of ethics.
      • Maintain an orderly, clean and safe working environment according to state, institutional and department safety regulations.
    • Visual Acuity
      • Normal/corrected vision to ensure safe and accurate laboratory testing (pre-analytical, analytical and post analytical).
      • Ability to recognize, discriminate and characterize color, shading, microscopic components, specimen viscosity, reagents and chemical reactions.
      • Ability to read text, numbers, graphs electronically and in print.
    • Manual Dexterity
      • Good hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills coordination need to perform venipuncture and laboratory testing sufficiently and safely.
    • Initiative and Responsibility
      • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
      • Display suitable initiative and motivation.
      • Actively participate in the learning process by displaying active engagement.
      • Willingness to accept and seek instructional direction as needed. 
    • Intellectual and Cognitive Abilities
      • Ability to reason, judge, analyze, comprehend, make calculations and report lab results under normal and stressful situations.
    • Effective Communication
      • Ability to effectively read, comprehend, write, speak and understand English.
    • Attendance
      • Develop and maintain a valued appreciation for having a compliant attendance and punctuality recorded in the academic and clinical practicum setting.
    • Demeanor
      • Display appropriate professional decorum.
      • Exhibit a cooperative, respectful and collegial demeanor in all interactions.
      • Respond to constructive criticism in a positive manner.
      • Develop positive strategies for coping with stressful situations, unpredictable situations, and unexpected changes.
    • Stamina
      • Ability to keep up with the fast paced environment.
      • Ability to stand or walk for a prolonged period of time.
      • Ability to lift 30lbs.
      • Ability to reach, bend, kneel or crouch as needed.