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Functional Abilities for Medical Assistant

If you know you have a recognized disability, or suspect that you might have one, it is your responsibility to identify yourself as soon as possible to the Disability Services staff in Student Services. Course standards will not be lowered but various kinds of accommodations are available to you. Adequate and reasonable time will be required to develop and provide appropriate accommodations so contact Disability Services as soon as possible. It is Mid-State Technical College’s goal to assist you in your individual educational plan.

The following is a listing of personal abilities that are needed to function as a Medical Assistant student. If you have concerns about your ability to perform these tasks, contact the Disability Services Coordinator prior to starting courses, to discuss potential accommodations.
Gross Motor Skills:
Move within confined spaces
Reach above shoulders
Reach below waist
Reach out front
Fine Motor Skills:
Pick up objects with hands
Grasp small objects with hands
Write with pen or pencil
Pinch/pick/squeeze with fingers
Good eye hand and foot coordination 
Simultaneous hand, wrist & finger movement
Physical Endurance:
Stand up several hours.
Sustained repetitive motions (CPR)
Maintain same position for long period of time
Function in a fast-paced environment
Physical Strength:
Push and pull 50 pounds
Support 50 pounds of weight
Lift 50 pounds
Carry equipment/supplies
Use upper body strength (CPR)
Squeeze with hands (fire extinguisher)

See objects up to 20 inches away (small needles)

See objects up to 20 feet away

Use depth perception

Use peripheral vision

Distinguish color and color intensity

See in darkened room


Tolerate exposure to allergen, strong odors, soaps, warm or cold temperatures, safety equipment (goggles, masks, etc.), and working in confined environments for extended periods of time


Hear normal speaking level sounds

Hear faint voices

Hear faint body sounds (shallow breathing)

Discriminate speech in noise

Hear in situations when not able to see (back turned, mask)


Feel vibrations

Detect hot and cold temperatures

Feel differences in surface characteristics

Feel differences in sizes, shapes


Read and understand written documents

Read digital displays, computer screens


Comprehend and interpret graphic trends

Tell time

Measure time

Read and interpret measurement marks

Add, subtract, multiply, divide and count

Compute fractions and decimals

Document numbers in records

Interpersonal Skills:
Establish rapport with individuals (physicians, staff members)
Communication Skills:

Exhibit and comprehend non-verbal cues

Speak English

Write English

Read English

Listen and comprehend spoken/written word

Collaborate with others

Emotional Stability:

Establish professional relationships

Adapt to changing environments

Deal with the unexpected

Focus attention on task

Accept feedback appropriately

Accept responsibility of own actions

Critical Thinking:

Comprehend and follow instructions

Identify cause-effect relationships

Follow a process from start to finish

Sequence information

Analytical Thinking:

Problem solve

Transfer knowledge from one situation to another

Process and interpret written and oral information from multiple sources

Apply math concepts

Analyze and interpret abstract and concrete data

Prioritize tasks (time management)

Evaluate outcomes

Use short- and long-term memory

Plan and control activities

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 794) prohibits discrimination of persons because of her or his disability. In keeping with these laws, colleges of the Wisconsin Technical College System make every effort to insure a quality education for students. The purpose of this document is to ensure that students acknowledge that they have been provided information on the functional abilities required of a student in a Health program. In addition, information was given to the student on reasonable accommodations to meet the Functional Abilities at this time.

This form needs to be completed prior to admission to the Medical Assistant program. 

Your signature below affirms that you:
  • have read and understand the Functional Ability Categories specific to your chosen Health program.
  • are able to meet the Functional Abilities with or without accommodations.
  • have been provided with information concerning accommodations or special services if needed at this time.

By typing my first and last name in this box, I confirm the data I have provided is accurate and that I understand the information provided on the form.