Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

Essential Functions

The following information identifies the functions required for the successful completion of the Manchester University Pharmacy Program. A candidate for the Doctor of Pharmacy Program must possess the abilities and skills from six domains: Physical, Sensory, Cognitive, Communication, Interpersonal, and Professional. Reasonable accommodation may be possible and made available to candidates demonstrating a disability in any of these areas; however, the candidate must be able to perform in a relatively independent manner. Questions or concerns regarding the essential functions can be directed to the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.

1. Physical Skills – Stand, sit, bend and reach while performing clinical assessments and dispensing functions. Function in a structured environment for several hours. Move freely and maneuver in small spaces. Demonstrate hand/eye coordination. Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and assist in emergency situations. Provide immunizations to patients. Effectively manage physical conditions in order to prevent impediments to appropriate services.

2. Sensory Skills – Read patient profiles – CRT/LCD/other monitors, printouts, small print and/or handwritten notes. See with measurable depth perception and in low-light conditions. Distinguish color variations and discern shades of black and white. Hear, understand and accurately communicate the information/directions verbally and in writing. Discern sounds related to patient assessment and treatment. Distinguish smells of various drugs and solutions used in health care settings. Recognize changes in patient status and feel subtle differences in skin temperature.

3. Cognitive Skills – Comprehend, analyze and synthesize complex science and clinical content. Apply prior learning to new situations. Concentrate on task at hand amidst a variety of environmental distractions. Interpret patient findings, recognized anomalies and make recommendations which improve patient care. Use personal computers to complete assignments. Complete standardized tests within established time limits. Need to be able to manage one’s realities in ways that do not restrict balanced services to their patients/clientele.

4. Communication Skills – Speak and write English clearly. Provide patients with clear drug information and instructions appropriate for their level of understanding. Document clear and legible  handwritten  notes.  Organize  thoughts and  ideas  into  appropriately  written  and referenced essays and research papers. Present formally and informally to small groups; this may include but is not limited to: groups of patients, peers, faculty, and health professionals.

5. Interpersonal Skills – Interact with individuals, small groups and large audiences. Establish sufficient rapport and maintain boundaries in order to effectively relate to fellow colleagues, patients, health care professionals, faculty and staff. Demonstrate concern and empathy for a diverse population of patients.

6. Professional Skills – Present a professional appearance and maintain personal health. Maintain composure during stressful situations. Work both independently and as a team member. Organize tasks, set priorities, problem solve and multitask. Maintain accuracy and confidentiality of patient information. Comply with established policies and procedures. Provide care to all patients regardless of age, race, ethnicity, origin, physical or mental status, or other conditions.
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