Programs in the Health Sciences Division prepare students for careers in healthcare. All of our programs include clinical experiences as an essential component of the program. In order to provide opportunities to adequately learn necessary skills and apply theory in an actual clinical setting, we partner with healthcare agencies in our community (acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, and a variety of other specialty agencies) for clinical experiences within their organizations. These clinical sites have requirements for their employees and any persons in their facilities that are interacting with their patients or clients. Included in our partner clinical agreements are clinical requirements for our students. These clinical requirements are not imposed by Shasta College Health Sciences but by our clinical partners. While failure to meet these requirements does not disqualify a student from any of our healthcare programs, it will limit the opportunity to participate in the clinical experiences that are required; and therefore make it impossible to complete the program.
All Health Science program students must comply with program Health and Safety Requirements prior to and continuously while enrolled. Students will be required to submit documentation of all completed clinical requirements by the deadline established in their communications from the Health Sciences Division. Complete documentation of requirements must be filed with the Health Sciences division office and kept current during enrollment.
In the interest of your own personal safety, the safety of your patients, and other healthcare providers, there are specific health and physical requirements that must be met before your admission to the program is finalized. These include:
- Assessment of Current Health Status with a physical examination - to be documented on Health Data Form/Physical Exam. A fitness exam is not required for the Health Sciences programs. Applicants will be required to provide a self-assessment of their capability of meeting the program's Technical Standards (see below). The healthcare provider must be able to document that no health conditions (including previous physical injuries) are present that will create any type of limitation in the ability to provide health care.
- Tuberculosis Screening
- Validated by documentation of two negative PPDs within a 12 month period of time to establish a baseline (presented for review on the Tuberculosis Screening & Questionnaire form). The 2nd PPD must be within 6 months of enrollment. Any student who has not had a TB screening within the previous 12 months will need to complete the 2-Step Process. This process requires an initial Tb screening test and if negative, followed by another Tb screening 1 - 3 weeks later.
- All students with a past positive PPD must complete the TB Screening Clearance Questionnaire upon entry into a Health Science program and annually thereafter while enrolled.
- An acceptable alternative to the TB skin test is one negative Quantum Gold Tb blood test completed within one year prior to the program start or a chest x-ray completed within two years prior to the program start. Either method can be used with persons who have previously received the BCG vaccine.
- Proof of current Immunizations for:
- Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap)
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
- Hepatitis A (additional for Dietary Service Supervisor students only)
- Hepatitis B
- Varicella (Chickenpox)
Immunizations will be documented for the Health Sciences Programs on the Immunizations, TB Screening & CPR Documentation form. Official records of immunizations will need to be presented for verification by department staff.
If you need immunizations, please contact the Shasta County or Tehama County Public Health Department clinics or your personal medical provider.
- Technical Standards
Attendance requirements and stamina demands require the student to be in good physical and mental health. Please read the Health Sciences Programs Technical Standards carefully and discuss with your health care provider if necessary. Applicants will complete a self-assessment of their capability to meet the technical standards. Applicants must present their copy of the Technical Standards to their healthcare provider for review at the time of the physical examination. If a student requires an accommodation or cannot comply with the standard, they are advised to request to meet with the Dean of the Health Sciences & University Programs. A formal fitness examination (such as that required by health care employers) is not required.
- Current CPR Certification
All students applying for health sciences programs must have a current CPR certification for healthcare professional. The selected course must be equivalent to the American Heart Association's Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care at the Healthcare Provider level. The course will include Basic Life Support (BLS) for adult, child and infant CPR and 2-rescuer resuscitation with a hands-on practicum and testing. Certification by the American Heart Association is available, but other local vendors are available including through Shasta College - CPR/First Aid - Certification (FAID 133) & Recertification (FAID 134) for Professional Rescuer.
Because healthcare providers care for persons who are dependent in various degrees, national guidelines have been developed to insure the safety of the consumer. For the health sciences student this includes an initial drug screening and a criminal background check prior to entry into the programs. The criminal background and drug screening procedure for those students entering the Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide is different based on Department of Health Services' regulations. (Click on the link for specific instructions.)
For all other Health Sciences programs (ADN, Vocational Nursing and Dental Hygiene, Health Information Technology & Health Information Management, Medical Assisting, Dietary Services Supervisor), the following criminal background information and instructions apply.
- Criminal Background Checks
National guidelines from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), State regulations (SB139) and the Department of Health Services (DHS) are the basis upon which Shasta College and the clinical facilities with which we have agreements, require health science students to have clear criminal background checks.
Specific procedures and instructions will be shared with the student upon selection for enrollment. If the background check does not clear, the student will be unable to meet clinical requirements and the offer of enrollment will be withdrawn. Students are responsible for cost of criminal background screening unless exempt by statute.
The criminal background check for the Health Sciences programs is an online process that investigates the last seven years, meeting the requirements of the clinical facilities in which students do clinical experience. For licensure, applicants will be required to complete a criminal background check at the Department of Justice (DOJ) level that is all inclusive. Any convictions (even if dismissed or expunged) may prompt a further investigation from the Enforcement Unit and delay or prohibit licensure
If there are concerns regarding criminal histories or background screening, the individual student should contact the appropriate licensing/certification board for clarification regarding eligibility for licensure:
ADN students contact Board of Registered Nursing
LVN students contact the Board of Vocational Nursing & Psychiatric Technicians
Dental Hygiene students contact the Dental Hygiene Committee of CA (CA Government Department of Consumer Affairs)
Nurse Aide/Home Health Aide students contact California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
Dietary Service Supervisor students contact California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
Phlebotomy Technician students contact California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
For questions concerning eligibility to participate in
clinical experiences at health facilities, the applicant may contact
the Health Sciences Offices to schedule a meeting with the Dean of Health Sciences & University Programs. (530-339-3606).
- Drug Screening
All enrolled Health Sciences students are subject to drug screening through a school-designated vendor prior to enrollment. Shasta College and Health Sciences programs maintain a no tolerance policy regarding substance abuse when participating in Health Sciences programs.
A student with a positive drug screen will be denied participation and placement at a clinical agency and will be required to withdraw from the program. Additionally, students must agree at time of admission into the program to be drug tested at any time while in the program. Any evidence of substance abuse will result in immediate administrative dismissal from the program. Students are responsible for the cost of all screenings.
CPR Certification Resources
ADN Clinical Requirements Packet
Dental Hygiene Clinical Requirements Packet
Vocational Nursing Clinical Requirements Packet
CNA Clinical Requirements Packet
Health Information Management Program Application