Core Performance Standards as adapted from the Southern Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing and from the Validation Study, “Functional Abilities Essential for Nursing Practice” by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

The core performance standards set forth cognitive, sensory, affective and psychomotor performance requirements for nurses.  Under the ADA, the FSU nursing programs do not base admission, acceptance or continued enrollment on the core performance standards. Instead, the standards are  used to assist applicants and students in the determination of need for ADA related accommodations and medications. The core performance standards are intended to constitute an objective measure of:

  1. A qualified applicant’s ability with or without accommodations to meet the program performance requirements.
  2. Accommodations required by a matriculated student who seeks accommodations under the ADA.

Applicants and students with disabilities seeking accommodations under the ADA, must contact the Disability and Psychological Services office.




  Critical thinking

Critical thinking ability for effective clinical reasoning and clinical judgment consistent with level of educational preparation.

Identification of cause/effect relationships in clinical situations

Use of the scientific method in the development of patient care plans

Evaluation of the effectiveness of nursing interventions

  Professional Relationships

Interpersonal skills sufficient for professional interactions with a diverse population of individuals, families and groups

Establishment of rapport with patients/clients and colleagues

Capacity to engage in successful conflict resolution

Peer accountability


Communication adeptness sufficient for verbal and written professional interactions

Explanation of treatment procedures, initiation of health teaching.

Documentation and interpretation of nursing actions and patient/client responses


Physical abilities sufficient for movement from room to room and in small spaces

Movement about patient's room, work spaces and treatment areas

Administration of rescue procedures-cardiopulmonary resuscitation

  Motor skills

Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient for providing safe, effective nursing care

Calibration and use of equipment

Therapeutic positioning of patients


Auditory ability sufficient for monitoring and assessing health needs

Ability to hear monitoring device alarm and other emergency signals

Ability to discern auscultatory sounds and cries for help


Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in patient care

Ability to observe patient's condition and responses to treatments

  Tactile Sense

Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment

Ability to palpate in physical examinations and various therapeutic interventions


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