The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 was instituted by Congress to prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. The ADA defines a qualified individual with a disability as an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the employment position that such individual holds or desires. In addition, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination in admissions of a qualified person with disabilities.
ADA and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 eligibility requirements vary depending on the type of services, activities, and functions needed in particular areas. Because the practice of nursing is an applied discipline with cognitive, sensory, affective, and motor components, students must be able to perform the functions necessary for the safe practice of nursing and essential to the licensing requirements for nursing. Students must be capable of meeting the following nine essential performance standards with or without reasonable accommodations in order to be admitted to and remain in the WGU prelicensure nursing program. Students must immediately notify Student Accessibility Services of any condition/changes in condition that may affect their ability to perform in the clinical setting.
Article Number: 20512, 2479