Technical Requirements

The abilities and skills which candidates and students must possess in order to successfully complete the training associated with physician assistant education is referred to as the “Technical Standards.” The five categorical areas listed below represent the essential qualities that are considered necessary in order for students to achieve the knowledge, skills and levels of competency stipulated for graduation by the faculty and expected by the physician assistant profession. Prior to matriculation, all candidates must attest that they meet all Technical Standards as established by the Physician Assistant Institute. Additionally, these standards must be maintained throughout the student’s progress while enrolled in the Physician Assistant Institute. Students found to be in violation of the Technical Standards are at risk of dismissal from the program.

Candidates and students for the Physician Assistant Institute must possess the following abilities and skills:

I. Observation

a. Accurately and in entirety observe patients both at a distance and close at hand. This ability requires functional vision, hearing and somatic sensation.

b. Ability to visually observe materials presented in the classroom and laboratory environment to include audiovisual presentations, written documents, microbiology cultures, microscopic examination of microorganisms, tissues and gross organs, and diagnostic images (e.g. ECG, X-ray, C.T.).

II. Communication

a. Effectively speak, hear, and observe patients in order to elicit information, perceive nonverbal communication, and describe changes in mood, activity and posture.

b. Communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and their families through oral and written language.

c. Communicate accurately and efficiently in oral, written, and electronic form with members of the healthcare team.

III. Motor

a. Elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, and percussion, and clinical diagnostic testing.

b. Execute movements required to provide general medical care and emergency treatment to patients. Such skills require coordination of gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium and sensation.

c. Properly use clinical instruments and medical devices for therapeutic intervention (e.g. stethoscope, ophthalmoscope, venipuncture and intravenous equipment, gynecologic speculum, suturing and casting equipment).

d. Possess physical stamina sufficient to complete the rigorous course of didactic and clinical study, which may include prolonged periods of sitting, standing, and/or rapid ambulation.

IV. Critical Reasoning Skills

a. Demonstrate the ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze and synthesize information.

b. Demonstrate the ability to acquire, retain and apply new and learned information.

c. Demonstrate appropriate judgment in patient assessment, diagnosis, monitoring, evaluation and intervention including planning, time management and use of resources.

d. Comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of structures.

V. Behavioral and Social Attributes

a. Possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his/her intellectual abilities, exercise good judgment, and promptly complete all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients.

b. Demonstrate mature, receptive and effective relationships with faculty, patients, fellow students, and members of the health care team.

c. Possess qualities of flexibility and the adaptability in functioning in an environment of uncertainty inherent in the clinical problems of many patients.

d. Demonstrate the capacity to tolerate taxing workloads and function effectively under stress.

e. Display the personal qualities of compassion, integrity, commitment, motivation, and genuine concern for others that are intrinsic to the medical profession, and will be assessed during the admissions and educational process.

Candidates for admission to the Physician Assistant Institute who are accepted, will be required to verify that they understand and meet these technical standards. Admission decisions are made on the supposition that he/she believes that he or she meets the technical standards with or without a reasonable accommodation.

Candidates are urged to ask questions about the program’s technical standards for clarification and to determine if they meet the standards with or without reasonable accommodation. The Physician Assistant Institute acknowledges Section 504 of the 1973 Vocational Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and asserts that the ability to meet certain essential technical standards with or without reasonable accommodation must be present in the prospective candidate. Disclosure of a disability is voluntary; however, admitted students who wish to request accommodations must provide appropriate documentation. Disability Services is located in the Health Sciences Center/Warner Hall room 119. Please contact Disability Services at (203) 576-4454 or when requesting accommodations. All accommodations are determined on an individual basis. Requests for assistance and accommodations must be initiated by the student, preferably at least two months prior to the beginning of each academic semester.

During enrollment, the program’s Progress/Promotions Committee will monitor students for continuing compliance with the technical standards. The faculty of the Physician Assistant Institute recognizes and embraces the responsibility of presenting candidates for graduation that have the education and skills to function in a wide variety of clinical situations and to provide competent patient-centered care to a diverse population of patients.

Technology Requirements

While the Physician Assistant Institute does not have a Laptop requirement at this time we do expect that students will be comfortable working with the computer and have skills in the following applications:

• Microsoft Word
• Microsoft Excel
• Microsoft PowerPoint
• Internet Searching and Web Browsing.

If you are not comfortable with these applications, it will be your responsibility to obtain these skills prior to the start of the first term of the program. Some local libraries and community colleges offer low cost or no cost training in the above skills.

Students in the clinical year will be required to purchase and operate a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA).


Graduate Information Session @ Wahlstrom Library - 6th Fl Admissions
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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Students interested in graduate programs at the University of Bridgeport are welcome to join us for information regarding the application process and program details.

The graduate programs represented will include those in:

  • Heath Sciences
  • Education
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Design Management
  • Counseling
  • Public and International Affairs
Welcome Back Weekend 2015 @ University of Bridgeport Campus
Oct 9 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 11 @ 3:00 pm

Oct 09th 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Oct 10th 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Oct 11th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

University of Bridgeport Campus

Come show your Purple Knight Pride! 

Alumni, students, families, faculty, staff and friends of UB are all invited to come to campus for Welcome Back Weekend 2015!  Reconnect with old friends and rediscover the University of Bridgeport by attending one of many great events throughout the weekend!


$20 for adults, $15 for students and children under 18, and free for students on a UB meal plan.

Your registration includes a free tee-shirt, continental breakfast and BBQ lunch on Saturday, and brunch at Marina Dining Hall on Sunday!  Also includes entry into events throughout the weekend (exceptions: UBCC Dinner, Athletics Hall of Fame, 5k). Pick up your shirt, lanyard, and more info at the Cox Student Center on Saturday and the Marina Dining Hall on Sunday.

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Schedule of Events – See below for details or Download PDF

Friday, October 9

Saturday, October 10

Sunday, October 11

All events, locations, and times subject to change.

Hotel and Travel

The University of Bridgeport has arranged discounted rates at local hotels for anyone attending Welcome Back Weekend:

  • Holiday Inn – 1070 Main Street, Bridgeport: $89 room rate will be offered until 9/25/15. Call (203) 334-1234 and ask for the Welcome Back Weekend UB room block or make a reservation online (discounted rate is applied automatically).
  • The Marriott – 180 Hawley Lane, Trumbull: $119 room rate will be offered until 9/18/15. Call (203) 378-1400 and ask for the University of Bridgeport room block

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UBCC Luncheon – WBW 2015 @ Knights Field Tent
Oct 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
UBCC Luncheon - WBW 2015 @ Knights Field Tent | Bridgeport | Connecticut | United States

Join fellow UBCC alumni, as well as faculty and staff, for a mid-day luncheon.


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UBCC Lectures for CEUs – WBW 2015 @ Chiro 100
Oct 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
UBCC Lectures for CEUs - WBW 2015 @ Chiro 100 | Bridgeport | Connecticut | United States

Earn continuing education credits during two lectures:

1 – 3 p.m.,  Drs. Tim Bertlesman and Brandon Steele: Exceptional Outcomes! Resolving 7 Hidden Musculoskeletal Problems that Delay Recovery

4 – 6 p.m., Dr. Tim Bertlesman: Ligament Laxity
More info to be announced.


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UBCC Facilities Tours – WBW 2015 @ College of Chiropractic
Oct 10 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
UBCC Facilities Tours - WBW 2015 @ College of Chiropractic | Bridgeport | Connecticut | United States

Learn about all of the great changes and improvements to the UB Chiropractic facilities on these special afternoon tours.


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