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


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Disability and Access Services

Disability and Access Services (DAS) 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).


Academic Accommodations

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 DAS 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.

Appeals & Contact Information

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

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.

Contact Nursing Programs

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. For a full list of all nursing faculty and staff, please see our Contact Us page.

General Healthcare Program Inquiries

  Health & Science Building, 2nd floor
   (360) 442-2860
Fax: (360) 442-2879

Nursing Program Inquiries

  Bev Ylen, Program Coordinator
  (360) 442-2860

Pre-Nursing Education Planning/Advising

  Alejandra Sanchez, Health Careers Specialist
  (360) 442-2355