Technical Standards Policy

College Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University (CSB/SJU) Technical Standards for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing:
  • Technical standards are a necessary component to the complex discipline of nursing, which all students must meet with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Students wishing to enter the CSB/SJU Nursing programs must be able to demonstrate that they can meet these technical standards and continue to do so throughout their nursing education program. Please thoroughly read the technical standards requirement to determine whether you can meet these with or without accommodations. See procedures listed below.
    The CSB/SJU Department of Nursing is committed to equal access for all persons in its programs, facilities, and employment. The college/university abides by the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Minnesota Human Rights Act and other applicable statutes and regulations relating to equality of opportunity (see below for Student Accessibility Services).
  • The nursing curriculum, leading to eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse, requires students to engage in diverse, complex, and specific experiences essential to the acquisition and practice of nursing skills and functions. Unique combinations of cognitive, physical, psychomotor, sensory, communication, affective, and social abilities are required to satisfactorily perform these skills and nursing functions. These skills and functions are essential for the successful completion of the requirements of the Department of Nursing degree program and necessary to ensure the health and safety of clients, self, faculty, and other healthcare providers. As outlined below, these functions comprise the “Technical Standards” performance requirements for students.
  • Procedures
    1. When applying to the major, students are required to review the policy and identify their capacity to meet the technical standards.
    2. If limitations in the ability to meet the technical standards are identified, the student is responsible for consulting with a qualified health care practitioner for further evaluation.
    3. If a limitation is verified by the health care practitioner, the student must present the recommended accommodations in writing to Student Accessibility Services for departmental consideration.
    4. The Nursing Department chair, in consultation with the Admission, Progressions and Recruitment committee and Student Accessibility Services, will determine which accommodations are reasonable, available, and preserve client/student/faculty safety prior to admission to the nursing major.
    5. Prior to the first day of classes, the student must notify the coordinator of each course about the accommodations.
    6. The student must notify Student Accessibility Services and Student Accessibility Services will provide a copy of the approved accommodations to the faculty involved.
    7. Once admitted to the nursing program, if there is a change in the ability to meet the technical standards the student must notify the course coordinator and Student Accessibility Services immediately. The course coordinator will notify the Nursing Department chair.
  • Technical standards include but are not limited to the following abilities:

Student Accessibility Services

CSB/SJU provides optimal educational opportunities for all students, including those with disabilities. The College/University recognizes that reasonable accommodations may be necessary for students with disabilities to have access to campus programs and facilities. Students are responsible for seeking assistance through Student Accessibility Services and making their needs known.

If you have questions or concerns about your ability to meet the technical standards with or without accommodations, or if you would like to arrange reasonable accommodations, you should contact Student Accessibility Services at 320-363-5245. (

Adapted and used with permission from the University of Minnesota, School of Nursing, Christine Mueller.