are based on what is required for generalist and advanced practice
preparation. These requirements include:
Mental and Physical Qualifications for
Please be advised that there are minimum entry
qualifications to professional nursing practice. Typically, all nursing
employers set up minimal physical and mental standards for employment as
a registered nurse. The University of San Francisco wishes to inform
prospective students of the general nature of such qualifications,
although qualifications may vary among employers. Further, the
University of San Francisco wishes to assist applicants in meeting all
essential qualifications. Applicants should assess their own
capabilities for nursing prior to entering the profession of nursing as a
graduate. Thus, the following are MINIMUM mental and physical
qualifications for admission of applicants to a professional nursing
- Frequently work in a standing position and do
- Lift and transfer patient up to 6 inches from a
stooped position, then push or pull the weight up to 3 feet.
- Lift and transfer patient from a stooped position to
an upright position to accomplish bed-to-chair and chair-to-bed
- Physically apply up to 10 pounds of pressure to
bleeding sites, or in performing CPR.
- Respond and react immediately to auditory
- Physically perform up to a twelve hour clinical
- Perform close and distance visual activities
involving objects, persons, and paperwork, as well as discriminate depth
and color perception.
- Discriminate between sharp/dull and hot/cold when
- Perform mathematical calculation for medication
preparation and administration.
- Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing,
using appropriate grammar, vocabulary, and word usage.
- Make appropriate and timely decisions under stressful
All students in the School of Nursing and Health Professions are expected to meet
these qualifications and successfully complete other course
requirements. Individuals applying for admission to the School of
Nursing and Health Professions should consider their eligibility in light of these
qualifications and assess their ability to meet these qualifications.
In carrying out the nondiscrimination policy of the School
of Nursing and Health Professions with regard to students and applicants with disabilities, the
school will endeavor to make reasonable modifications and otherwise
reasonably accommodate students and applicants with disabilities.
Students with disabilities should consider their ability to meet the
above qualifications with reasonable accommodation. Any requests for
accommodation will be evaluated by nursing faculty, with representation
from outside the USF School of Nursing and Health Professions as appropriate.
Conviction of a Crime
Students must be aware that to be eligible to take the NCLEX
RN Exam, they are required under law to report ALL misdemeanor and
felony convictions. "Driving under the influence" convictions must also
be reported. Convictions must be reported even if they have been
expunged under Penal Code 1203.4 or even if a court ordered diversion
program has been completed under Penal Code Section 1000.
Eligibility to sit for the NCLEX RN exam is determined by
the California Board of Registered Nursing. Consideration is given to
the nature and severity of the offense, additional subsequent acts,
recency of acts or crimes, compliance with court sanctions, and evidence