Essential Functional Abilities for students enrolled in the Nursing or Medical Assisting Programs.

The Lower Columbia College Nursing and Medical Assisting Programs endorse the Americans with Disabilities Act and in accordance with LCC's Non Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policies, reasonable accommodations may be provided for a student with a disability.

In order to be admitted and to progress in either program, students must be able to meet essential functions with or without accommodation.

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Essential Functional Abilities


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Disability Support Services

Disability Support Services (DSS) assists qualified students with disabilities by providing accommodations and equal access to academic programs and activities. For detailed information see LCC-Disability Support Home.

To be eligible for services, students must have a disability defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and request to be accommodated. Under the ADA and Section 504, a person has a disability if he/she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (e.g. walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, standing, breathing, learning, and working).



Academic Accommodations

Disability Support Services provides academic accommodations to otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities, who without these accommodations would not be provided equal access, unless these would alter the fundamental requirements of the course or program.

In order to fully evaluate requests for academic accommodations, the DSS Office in most cases, needs documentation of your disability. These guidelines will help you and your professional understand what is needed. incomplete documentation may delay the beginning of service or could cause conditional services to stop.

It is the student's responsibility to provide needed documentation. See Disability-Documentation Guidelines for detailed information.


Appeals & Contact Information

If a student is denied their request for accommodations, students can appeal to Disability Support Services which will be explained in a letter to the student. To complete the program or to continue in the program, the student must be able to perform all essential functional abilities either with or without accommodation.

For an appointment with Disability Support Services contact the Entry Center at (360) 442-2311, Disability Support Services at (360) 442-2340, or see Disability Support Services.


Essential Functions (Abilities)

Functional abilities relate to the behavioral components of student competence. They are abilities identified by the Nursing Program and Medical Assisting Program as essential for safe patient care and are used as a guide in determining reasonable accommodations.

See Essential Functional Abilities - excerpt from Nursing Handbook

Contact Medical Assisting Program

We are located on the second floor of the Health & Science Building. Stop by during regular office hours, or call (360) 442-2860 to make an appointment. 

Healthcare Program Inquiries

  Bev Ylen, Health Programs Coordinator
  (360) 442-2860

Medical Assisting Program Inquiries

  Elizabeth Engel, Program Director
  (360) 442-2867

Medical Assisting Program Advising

For initial advising contact the Entry Center. For subsequent advising attend an orientation/advising session with Elizabeth Engel.

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