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Department of Nursing

Clinical Requirements

All nursing students (LPN-ASN, ASN, BSN, MSN) must complete all clinical requirements to be eligible to attend clinical.

All students are required to have a health & physical examination prior to admission to their first clinical experience. The physical examination must be dated within 1 year prior to admission to the first clinical experience. Students must also submit an up-to-date verification of their immunization profile as part of the health and physical examination.

Student are required to receive a TB test annually and have it read by a professional. Students who have a positive reaction to the TB test are required to submit documentation of one clear chest x-ray and a Chest X-ray Reactor Form completed annually thereafter.

All nursing students are required to complete the series of Hepatitis B vaccinations or present proof of adequate titer level of Hepatitis B vaccine.

Each student is required to complete a CPR certification course (adult, infant, child). Current CPR certification must be maintained throughout the entire program of study.

A Criminal Background Check must be completed annually while enrolled in a nursing clinical course for the following:

All students must complete a drug test annually.

All students must sign the following forms annually: USF Standard of Conduct and Confidentiality Agreement, USF Student Understanding, Consent to Release Information form and other documents required by clinical agencies.

The student must complete all current requirements mandated by each clinical agency yearly. Onsite clinical orientation my be required at clinical agencies prior to the start of the semester.

Students will receive uniform and equipment requirements for clinicals.

Affiliating agencies may withhold clinical experiences for students with the following records:

  1. Positive drug screening.
  2. Crimes against the person such as battery or assault.
  3. Crimes based on dishonesty or untruthfulness such as theft or embezzlement.
  4. Drug or other substance abuse-related crimes.
  5. History of recent DUI or other driving violations or penalties.
  6. Without clinical experiences, the student cannot complete all aspects of the program, and will be dismissed from the program.