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In addition to the immunizations required for admissions to Armstrong State University students will be required to satisfy the immunization requirements of clinical education sites in order to participate in clinical education courses. These requirements include the following:
- Hepatitis B: All students must complete the 3-part Hepatitis B Vaccine Series and/or provide proof of immunity to Hepatitis B in the form of a titer.
- Varicella (chicken pox): All students must provide proof of immunity to chicken pox either in the form of a titer or in the form of vaccination records.
- Tuberculosis: a 2-step PPD within a specified time period preceding the clinical rotation. Do NOT get this until you are admitted into the program and are instructed to do so.
Liability and Health Insurance
All students who are accepted into the program are required to submit complete health history forms and must show evidence of maintaining liability (malpractice) insurance and health insurance before being allowed in any clinical education course. Liability insurance is purchased through a group policy that covers students at Armstrong State University. Health insurance can be purchased through the university or on your own.
Students are responsible for providing their own transportation and lodging expenses (if required) to clinical sites for clinical education courses. Some clinical sites may be located outside of the city of Savannah. The majority of clinical assignments are within approximately 150 mile radius of the university. Moreover, students may be required to attend multiple out-of-town clinical education sites. Some clinical education sites are out of state.
Criminal Background Checks and/or Drug Testing
Clinical education programs provide vital hands-on experiences for students as they advance in their education. Students are involved in patient contact and should be held to the same standards of patient safety as would any hospital employee. Those standards include conducting a background check and/or drug testing to be assured of the student's identification and qualifications. Many clinical sites now require these checks for healthcare students rotating through their education program due to patient safety and Joint Commission guidelines.
Students who are accepted into our program will be required to complete a criminal background check and/or drug testing prior to entering clinical education. Any fees or costs associated with criminal background checks and/or drug testing are the responsibility of the student. Students who do not pass the criminal background check and/or drug screening may be unable to attend clinical courses and therefore may be unable to complete their program of study. Due to the time-sensitive nature of some tests students are asked to contact the Radiologic Science tracks in the Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Science for complete instructions. Criminal background checks and/or drug test results that have expired must be repeated at the student's expense.
All students must show proof of American Heart Association CPR certification prior to entering the clinical site. Expenses associated with CPR certification will be the responsibility of the student.
Obligations Outside Normal Class Calendar
Due to contractual obligations of Armstrong to some clinical sites, students may be required to fulfill clinical obligations on days that are not normally scheduled class days for the university including breaks between semesters.