Lecture-Based Classes (In-Person and Virtual, Synchronous and Asynchronous) Technical Standards

Purpose Statement

All students in the Lecture-Based Classes are expected to meet certain technical standards which are essential for the successful completion of all phases of the program, and which reflect industry requirements and standards. To verify the student’s ability to perform these essential functions, students may be required to demonstrate the technical standards below.

Meeting these technical standards does not guarantee employment in this field upon graduation. The ability to meet the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for any certification exams or successful completion of the program.


Technical Standard Definition of Standards Examples
Critical Thinking/Problem-Solving Skills Demonstrate ability to understand, apply, evaluate, and analyze information. Exercise time management skills for class completion. Utilize technology appropriately to complete the course.
  • Process presented information (verbal, written, or visual).
  • Receive, interpret, and correctly complete assignments (e.g.: reading, research, writing, and presentations).
  • Apply instructional direction.
  • Analyze feedback from instructors to make changes and/or improvements.
  • Access, read, compose, and send electronic communication such as email, chat, or discussion forums.
  • Access information via computer links, attachments, or a learning management system.
  • In some classes, set up and operate a webcam, computer, tablet, and/or phone.
Interpersonal Skills Abilities sufficient to interact with individuals and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
  • Respond to instructors and other students with respect for their viewpoints.
Communication Skills Abilities are sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form.
  • Speak and write clearly in English (unless the course specifies otherwise).
  • Convey information clearly to others within 24 hours.
  • Follow written or verbal directions.
  • Demonstrate active listening skills.
  • Receive and send written information electronically.
Coping Skills Emotional stability is sufficient to assume responsibility for actions. Maintain composure in a professional setting.
  • Receive and apply constructive feedback.
  • Manage time to complete assignments.
Mobility/Motor Skills Physical abilities are sufficient to move in one’s environment with ease and without restriction.
  • Move around a classroom and/or building.
  • Sit for extended periods of time, up to 8 hours with breaks, or stand for up to 30 minutes.
  • Operate a computer keyboard, navigate online material, and activate/control webcam.
Auditory Skills Auditory abilities are sufficient for classroom participation.
  • Discern the instructor’s direction. Some classes may be in a virtual setting.
  • Distinguish and respond to sound.
Visual Skills Visual ability is sufficient for observation and assessment.
  • View projected material in the classroom.
  • View printed material.
  • For online classes, navigate cues from the instructor and class.
Tactile Skills Tactile ability is sufficient for written communication or handling in-class exhibits/tools.
  • Assess examine and interpret findings through touch.
  • Use composing utensils: pencils, pens, keyboards, etc.
Environmental Ability to tolerate environmental stressors.
  • Practice standard safety precautions.
  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required by the class subject.
  • May be subject to additional safety standards as required by the class activities. Examples: culinary classes, equine hoof care, drone flight classes, etc.
  • Tolerate working indoors in artificial light and the glare of computer screens.
Emotional/Behavioral Emotional stability is sufficient to maintain composure in stressful situations and assume responsibility/accountability for actions.
  • Adapt to changing physical or emotional environments professionally.
  • Demonstrate honesty and integrity beyond reproach.


In the case of an otherwise qualified individual with a documented disability, appropriate and reasonable accommodations will be made unless doing so would fundamentally alter the essential training elements, cause undue hardship, or produce a direct threat to the safety of the patient or student.

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College is invested in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Support Services is part of Student Services and is located in the K. Ray Bailey Student Services Center. For detailed information or to request accommodations visit Support Services. An appointment is recommended prior to enrollment in order to discuss any special concerns.