Clinical Requirements

Students have clinical experiences in the Nursing Resource Center, hospitals, and community-based settings. As students progress through the program, the opportunity to learn from experienced registered nurses in real-world settings allows the student to apply theory content to clinical practice. By the last semester for the final practicum experience, students work with a preceptor, following a typical nursing schedule. Throughout the program, clinical experiences may be scheduled for day or evening hours on weekdays or weekends. More detail on clinical requirements is included in the School of the Sciences Nursing Student Guide.

  1. CPR—In order to participate in clinical experiences, students must maintain current certification in the American Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Provider Course. Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers course.
  2. Health requirements—In order to participate in clinical experiences, students must submit results of an annual PPD test and all other supplemental health requirements to Certified Background by July 1st. Required nursing student vaccinations and other requirements:
    • Tdap or TD (within the last 10 years)
    • 2 doses of MMR and a positive antibody titer
    • Written evidence of 2 doses of Varicella vaccine OR:
    1. Laboratory evidence of immunity or laboratory confirmation of disease
    2. Diagnosis or verification of a history of varicella disease by a health care provider or
    3. Diagnosis or verification of a history of Herpes Zoster by a health care provider
    • Written evidence of 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine and a positive antibody titer. If titer is negative, one booster shot is to be given followed by a repeat titer 1-2 months later to provide evidence of immunity.
    • Annual PPD test, if positive, a clear chest x-ray (within 5 years) and complete screening questionnaire-students must upload current documentation to Certified Background each year.
    • Annual influenza (flu) vaccine
    • CPR-specifically the AHA BLS for Health Care Providers
    • Proof of health insurance
    • Annual submission and upload of Student Acknowledgment and Waiver form to Certified Background
    • Annual Certified Background, background check - to be completed between June 1 and July 1 of each year
    • Annual Certified Background drug screen - to be completed between June 1 and July 1 of each year
    • Annual maintenance of student's Certified Background Immunization Tracker
    • Clinical documents to be completed per clinical course no later than August 1, unless otherwise stated by Clinical Contracts Manager.
    • Finger print and background check (senior students)

Students are not permitted into any clinical area without this information

  1. Clinical junior and senior requirements—Clinical requirements include but are not limited to vaccines, titers, background check, drug screening, physical examinations, health insurance, CPR and all other nursing student documentation must be completed as directed by the University and/or the Nursing Department. The necessary forms can be found under student documents on the School of the Sciences portal page by clicking on "Student Documents" and then finding the "Nursing" folder. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all clinical requirements for participation in the nursing program prior to the established annual deadline of July 1. Failure to do so will result in students being dropped from the clinical courses in which they are enrolled, which will adversely impact progression in the nursing program. Stevenson University Department of Nursing uses the Maryland Hospital Association's designated vendor, Certified Background, to manage student immunizations, compliance documents, background checks and drug screenings. Students should plan ahead for these extra expenses, as well as the cost of travel to clinical sites, and needed medical equipment, uniform and ID badge. Facility requirements may dictate that students come to the university and/or clinical sites prior to the start of courses to fill out necessary paperwork and complete necessary training. Students are not permitted to arrange their own clinical placements.
  2. Transportation—Transportation to and from clinical agencies is the responsibility of the student. Some clinical facilities may be at a distance from Stevenson University, so students should plan for extra time and expenses related to this travel.
  3. Dosage Policy--Students must meet the requirements for medication administration as outlined in the School of the Sciences Nursing Student Guide and NURS 200.
  4. Personal Health Insurance—Students are required to have personal health insurance coverage by the time they are eligible to take their first clinical course (NURS-310) and are encouraged to receive routine health care. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the Nursing Department in writing of any changes in health insurance carrier, benefits, or policy information. Students without health insurance may not participate in clinical experiences. The University does not provide or assume responsibility for student health care. The University requires a pre-entrance physical examination for all incoming students.