Essential Functional Abilities for students enrolled in the Nursing or Medical Assisting Programs.
The Lower Columbia College Nursing and Medical Assisting Programs comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and comply with requests to be reasonably accommodated for a qualified 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
Disability and Access Services (DSS) assists qualified students with disabilities by providing accommodations and equal access to academic programs and activities.
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).
Disability and Access 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.
If a student is denied their request for accommodations, students can appeal to the Special Populations Coordinator 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 and Access Services contact the Entry Center at (360) 442-2311, Disability and Access Services at (360) 442-2340, or
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.
Health & Science Building, 2nd floor
Fax: (360) 442-2879
Bev Ylen, Program Coordinator
Alejandra Sanchez, Health Careers Specialist