Technical Standards per Concentration

Stony Brook University (SBU) complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  If a prospective student who is otherwise qualified requires reasonable accommodation, they should contact the Student Accessibility Support Center at SBU.  Technical Standards/Essential Functions must be met with or without accommodation.


  1. Students must be able to communicate in the English language, both verbally and in written format, with co-workers, hospital staff and patients.
  2. Students must be able to read and comprehend written material in the English language.
  3. Students must be able to reach, lift, and adjust the equipment.  
  4. Students must assist or move patients from wheelchairs and carts onto the examination tables.  This requires the use of their backs and muscles to support and move patients.  Students must be able to lift a minimum of thirty pounds and possess the ability to support up to 175 pounds.
  5. Students' eyesight must be 20/40, either naturally or through correction.  Students must be able to read the printed words in treatment charts, procedure requisitions, treatment prescriptions, notes and records.
  6. Students must be able to understand and apply appropriate verbal and written instructions.
  7. Students must be able to hear instructions from co-workers and be able to respond to verbal requests by patients at a distance of 6 to 10 feet.
  8. Students must be able to give clear verbal commands to a patient.
  9. Input clinical data into treatment consoles and computers.
  10. Monitor patients during treatment procedures.
  11. Monitor audio and video equipment during treatment procedures.
  12. Monitor equipment and background sounds during equipment operations.
  13. Students must be able to assess the condition of all patients assigned for a procedure.
  14. Students must be able to write legibly with proper spelling of medical terms.
  15. Students must be able to move around and stand without assistance for long periods of time.
  16. Students must be physically free of use of non-prescription drugs, illegal drugs, and alcohol.
  17. Students must demonstrate professional demeanor and behavior and must perform in an ethical manner in dealing with peers, faculty, staff and patients.
  18. Students must adhere to the codes of confidentiality.
  19. Students must conform to appropriate standards of dress, appearance, language and public behavior