Technical Standards

Technical Standards are the abilities necessary to succeed in the Master’s of Acupuncture course of study and to perform as a professional acupuncturist. These abilities are based on those defined by the Department of Labor, which can be found in detail on their website. Candidates for the Master of Acupuncture degree must meet the following technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodations:

  • The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (including finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
    The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
  • The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • The emotional health required for the full use of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, and the prompt and safe completion of all responsibilities.
  • The ability to adapt to change, to display flexibility and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties and stressful situations.
  • Empathy, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation

All of these requirements will be assessed during the admissions period and throughout the educational process