Student Health Requirements
Medical requirements needed for program admission
All students are required to meet the following requirements prior to admission to a health care program at Long Beach City College.
- Demonstrate physical health as determined by a health history and physical examination.
- Submit a history and physical examination, and meet required immunizations, titers, TB clearance (PPD/Chest X-ray), and any other testing required by the college, program, and clinical partner contractual requirements, including drug testing and background check.
- Provide current Healthcare Provider CPR card that must be renewed annually while enrolled.
- Have own transportation since the college does not provide transportation to and/or from required clinical facility rotations.
- Earn a minimum grade of “C” in all program-related and other required courses at entry and continuation in a healthcare program.
All students must complete a comprehensive background check with an accredited member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) such as Castle Branch, Inc.
All students are required to meet the following essential functions for entry and continuation in the health programs.
- Perform prolonged, extensive, or considerable standing/walking, lifting, positioning, pushing, and/or transferring patients.
- Possess the ability to perform fine motor movements with hands and fingers.
- Possess the ability to lift extremely heavy weight (50 lbs. or more).
- Perform considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, and crouching.
- Color vision; ability to distinguish and identify colors (may be corrected with adaptive devices).
- Distance vision; ability to see clearly 20 feet or more.
- Depth perception; ability to judge distance and space relationships.
- Near vision; ability to see clearly 20 inches or less.
- Hearing; ability to recognize a full range of tones.
- Exposed to infectious and contagious disease, without prior notification
- Exposed to the risk of blood-borne diseases
- Exposed to hazardous agents, body fluids, and wastes.
- Exposed to odorous chemicals and specimens
- Subject to hazards of flammable and explosive gases.
- Subject to burns and cuts.
- Contact with patients having different religious, culture, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, psychological and physical disabilities, and under a wide variety of circumstances.
- Handle emergency or crisis
- Subject to many interruptions
- Requires judgement/action in life/death situations
- Exposed to products containing latex
English Language Skills
- Students must be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and written, with clients, colleagues and instructors to complete classes successfully and to ensure safety for themselves and for others.
Health & Safety Requirements
In order to comply with all standards established by the Orange County/Long Beach Consortium for Nursing and various clinical agencies attended by students throughout the program, certain health and safety information and records must be maintained in each student file. Each student must submit to the program director or her designee, documented proof (copies are acceptable) that the following requirements have been met and are current. The faculty suggests the student utilize this page as a reference to keep an active record of all expiration and renewal dates for each of these standards. All students should maintain copies or a backup of all relevant files for reference purposes.
Physical and Mental Health
All students entering or re-entering the Nursing program must complete the Student Health Evaluation within the last year demonstrating good physical and mental health.
Students must provide (if previously negative for TB) evidence of the absence of Tuberculosis by submitting to Mantoux PPD screening annually. If previously positive for TB, a chest x-ray is required for entry to the program and the student must complete a questionnaire annually showing that he/she is free of suspicious symptoms. Students, who convert to TB positive during the course of the program, must provide a chest x-ray report as evidence of the absence of active TB and then complete a questionnaire annually showing they are free of suspicious symptoms.
TB tests are offered at no cost in the Student Health Center.
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Immunity
Demonstrate proof of two MMR (rubella, rubeola, mumps) immunizations. For those born before 1957, proof of adequate titer or a single MMR is required.
Chicken Pox Immunity
If previously infected with Chicken Pox, provide proof of adequate titer. If uncertain, provide proof of varicella immunization.
Hepatitis B Immunity
Demonstrate proof of completion of a series of 3 Hepatitis B vaccinations. Any student who refuses to be vaccinated must sign a declination statement. Persons who have been infected with Hepatitis B must provide documentation by blood titers.
Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training for healthcare providers. Must be current; some courses valid for only one year.
A copy of current Malpractice Insurance (renewed annually).
Missing or updated information must be provided to the program director by the student before the first clinical day or they will not be permitted to attend. Any clinical day missed due to an incomplete file will count as a clinical absence (behavioral objectives for the day not met).
Nursing students attend the local medical centers with their nursing instructors to provide nursing care for various patients. The medical centers require that students comply with all policies of the medical center; therefore, a clear background check is required.
A clear background check must be obtained by each student admitted to the Nursing Program and dated within two months of admission. This must be presented to the program director prior to enrollment during the first course of the program. The background check must include all names and addresses that were used within the past seven years, any sexual offense, any abuse of others, and any cases of medical fraud. Forms will be provided for students to purchase the background check. Only one background check is required if the student remains in continuous enrollment. All re-entry students will complete a background check prior to acceptance into the Nursing program.
Hepatitis B Vaccine Waiver
Students who refuse the Hepatitis B vaccine must complete and submit the Hepatitis B Vaccine Waiver before admission.
The student enrolled in the Nursing program is neither an employee of Long Beach City College nor an employee of the clinical agency. Neither are they considered an employee of any health care facility used as an extended campus site for this program. Therefore, at all times, the student is responsible for their own medical needs and costs. Students who purchase an ASB card will have limited coverage for college-related injuries.
Student nurse workers enrolled in Clinical Practicum courses and employed by a hospital are an exception to this rule only when they are functioning as employees.
Students in the program are required to show proof of current, individual malpractice insurance. Students should plan on an expenditure of about $25-40 a year for insurance. Information and brochures are available through the Student Nurse Association or the Program Director. A copy of the insurance policy is to be submitted to the Program Director upon entering the program and annually thereafter until graduation. A copy will be kept in the student’s file as reference.
For more information regarding malpractice insurance, please refer to the Nurses Service Organization (NSO).
Latex Allergy Policy
Students must complete and submit the Latex Allergy Policy regarding latex exposure before admission.
Student Health Evaluation FORM
Students must complete and submit the Student Health Evaluation Form before admission.