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Program Requirements for Clinical Courses

Participation in clinical experience is NOT permitted until all clinical requirements are met. Failure to complete the requirements prior to the course deadline may result in failure of the nursing course and/or dismissal from the nursing program.

Uniforms
Purchase of uniforms and dress according to the uniform policy found in the Department of Nursing Undergraduate Handbook.

CPR
Compete the American Heart Association CPR Basic Life Support Course for Health Care Providers (BLS-C). Certification is valid for two years and recertification is required prior to expiration. American Red Cross CPR classes are NOT accepted for this requirement.

Health Requirements
Complete Student Health Form. Proof of up-to-date immunizations as specified by the Student Health Center, including an initial two-step Mantoux TB skin test (or chest x-ray if recommended by medical provider) and the Hepatitis B vaccine series (or waiver). Annual one-step TB tests must also be maintained.

Liability Insurance
Provide proof of nursing student liability insurance on file in the Department of Nursing. Application forms are available in the Department of Nursing if needed. Annual renewals must be maintained.

Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) Clearance
Complete an initial BCI clearance when enrolled in the first clinical nursing course. Unsuccessful BCI clearance may result in an inability to successfully progress in the nursing program. All such cases will be evaluated on an individual basis. The Ohio Board of Nursing requires another BCI clearance prior to taking the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). Application materials are available in the Department of Nursing. Students are responsible for associated fees.

*Note: Occasionally health care agencies may require a repeat of BCI clearance for students placed at their facility; students are responsbile to complete this as required.

Urine Drug Screen
A urine drug screen is required of all students, at the student expense, prior to admission to nursing programs.  The results are sent directly to the department of nursing.  A positive drug screen will result in an inability to successfully progress in the nursing program.  Any attempt to provide a fraudulent urine specimen will result in an inability to successfully progress in the nursing program.  Subsequent drug screening may be requested by nursing faculty. Failure to comply with such requests will result in an inability to successfully progress in the nursing program. All such cases will be evaluated on an individual basis.  Please contact the Nursing Department Office located in the Science Center, 614-823-1614 or  888-749-8550 for information regarding the procedure and locations for completing the drug screen. 

Health Insurance
We recommend adequate health insurance coverage. Students are financially responsible for any testing or treatment needed following a course-related injury or illness.

/ Department of Nursing

Undergraduate Program

Maureen Kaiser
Science Center 236
p / 614.823.1614
f / 614.823.3131
e / MKaiser@otterbein.edu

Graduate Programs
Sharon Buxton
Science Center 236
p / 614.823.1614
f / 614.823.3131
e / SBuxton@otterbein.edu

 

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