Requirements of the Major

All students are held responsible for meeting course and clinical requirements, as well as the ethical/professional standards of the Nursing Department.

1.      Attendance is mandatory for all scheduled classes and clinical experiences, including clinical conferences.

2.      In an emergency, it is the student's responsibility to telephone attendance issues to the clinical unit and the clinical instructor prior to the scheduled clinical time.

3.      Students are expected to be on time and prepared for each clinical/class experience.

4.     Students are expected to comply with contractual requirements of clinical facilities. These include, but may not be limited to:

a.      Current American Heart Association or American Red Cross BLS Healthcare Provider CPR certification. Recertification must occur prior to August 15 in the academic year in which it expires.

b.      Clearance by a health care provider upon acceptance to the major including current physical examination, tuberculin screening, and up-to-date immunizations. Following acceptance to the major, students must report any significant changes in their health status to the department as they arise. The department reserves the right to require a physician or nurse practitioner's statement approving a student's return to class and/or clinical activities.

c.       Tuberculosis screening is required annually in the summer for all nursing students. This must be determined through a tuberculin skin test; a QuantiFERON test is not acceptable. If the tuberculin skin test is contraindicated, then the student must demonstrate a negative chest x-ray within the past 2 years along with a screening questionnaire for active disease completed by a physician or nurse practitioner. Proof of absence of active TB must be submitted to the nursing department annually, prior to August 15. Clinical circumstances or study abroad may require more frequent testing.

d.      An annual criminal background study is required for all nursing students verifying the student is able to provide direct patient care.

5.     Students will be responsible for maintaining records needed to comply with contractual requirements of clinical facilities and supply these facilities with copies of all required documentation when requested. These may include: CPR certification, physical examination records, immunizations, tuberculin test/chest x-ray reports, and annual criminal background studies. If the student fails to maintain copies of his/her records and requests to have copies made within the nursing department, a fee will be charged.

6.     Failure to submit the required documentation to the nursing department by August 15 will result in a notification that your standing as a student within the department is in jeopardy. You will have one week to respond to the notification and submit the required documentation.  If the required documentation is not received within one week of notification you will be dismissed from the program and may not progress in the program for that semester. Refer to the Student Handbook section on disciplinary action.

7.      In the event a student misses clinical(s), the student may be required to make up the clinical to meet the learning outcomes and expectations.

a.       Clinical absences will be made up at the discretion of the faculty.

b.      A fee may be charged for the faculty coverage involved in the clinical make-up.

c.       It is the student's responsibility to arrange the clinical make-up with the appropriate clinical instructor. If not made up that semester, the student will receive an incomplete for the course and may not be able to progress in the subsequent courses until the clinical is completed successfully.

8.      Other Expected Courtesies

a.      Classroom and clinical behavior should be respectful to both faculty and students.

b.      Inappropriate classroom behavior will be called to the student's attention. Changes in behavior are expected if the student is to remain in class.

c.      Cell phones and pagers are to be turned off during class and not to be taken into clinical settings. Emergency contacts can be arranged in a manner that does not disrupt class or client care.

d.       Parents are discouraged from bringing children to the classroom.

e.       Students are not authorized to access faculty mailboxes. Please ask the office manager for assistance.

Approved by Faculty Organization on 11/14/11. Changes made to web site and students notified via email on 12/21/11. Policy updated and approved by faculty 5/4/15 to reflect hepatitis B vaccine requirement for all students. Student notified of this change via email on 5/6/15.