Table 3.

Common Language and Specific Requirements in Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy Technical Standards

ThemeBasic DescriptionCommon LanguageExamples of Unique Requirements
ObservationUse of the sense of vision• Observe demonstrations/experiments in the basic sciences.• Accurately read 6-point type with a magnifying glass.
• Observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand.
• Observation necessitates the functional use of the sense of vision and other sensory modalities.
CommunicationSpeech, reading, and writing• Communicate effectively and sensitively with patients in the English language.• Participate in large and small group discussions.
• Communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written forms with all members of the healthcare team.• Interact with patients individually and in groups.
• Communication includes speech, reading, writing, and computer literacy.
MotorPhysical ability and coordination• Sufficient motor function to execute movements required to provide care.• Ability to exert up to 50 pounds of force.
• Required coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium, and functional use of the senses of touch and vision.• Physical activity requirements (standing, walking, reaching, lifting) for 67-100% of workday.
• Administer immunizations, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, place an intravenous line, perform palpitation, auscultation, and percussion.
• Transport themselves to rotations.
Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative AbilitiesAbility to problem-solve• Measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and interpret data.• Critical thinking ability sufficient for good judgment.
• Synthesize and apply complex information.• Ability to think quickly and accurately in an organized manner.
• Ability to integrate and process information promptly and accurately.• Fully alert and attentive at all times in clinical settings.
Behavioral and Social AttributesEmotional stability and stamina• Possess the emotional health required for full utilization of intellectual abilities.• Adapt to changing environments and display flexibility to learn in the clinical setting.
• Tolerate physically, mentally and emotionally taxing workloads and function effectively under stress.• Submit drug testing.
• Possess compassion, integrity, interpersonal skills, and motivation to excel in the practice of pharmacy.