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Department of Allied Health

Allied Health Programs

South Suburban College Department of Allied Health Technical Standards for Admission

The Department of Allied Health faculty have specified the following nonacademic criteria (technical standards) which all applicants are expected to meet in order to participate in the Department of Allied Health Programs.


The applicant must be able to participate actively in all demonstrations, laboratory exercises and clinical experiences in the professional program component and to assess and comprehend the condition of all patients/clients assigned for examination, diagnosis and treatment.


The applicant must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients/clients in order to elicit information; describe changes in mood, activity and posture; assess non-verbal communications; and be able to effectively and efficiently transmit information to patients/clients, fellow students, faculty and staff, and all members of the health care team.


The applicant must have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients/clients by appropriate diagnostic or therapeutic maneuvers; be able to perform basic tests; possess all skills necessary to carry out diagnostic or therapeutic procedures; be able to interpret movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients.

Intellectual/Conceptual Integrative and Quantitative Abilities

The applicant must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, evaluate and synthesize. Problem solving, the critical skill demanded of allied health practitioners, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, the applicant must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of structure.

Behavioral and Social Attributes

The applicant must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of the applicant's intellectual abilities; the exercise of good judgment; the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to care of patient/client; and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patient/clients. Applicants must also be able to tolerate taxing workloads, function effectively under stress, adapt to changing environment, display flexibility, and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in clinical problems of many patients/clients. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interest and motivation are personal qualities which each applicant should possess.

Please refer to the College Catalog for further information concerning Admission policies and procedures

Recommended Curricula for Transfer Program

Additional Courses

General Education

For More Information

Download the Allied Health Brochure

Contact the Health Professions Department at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2204.

Main Campus, Room 4453

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