CHCS Student Handbook 2018-2019

150 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Health Science 2018–2019 Clinical Externships and Assignment The second year of study in the Bachelor of Science in Cardiovascular Sonography program consists of clinical externships. The student will be assigned an appropriate clinical externship site. Student placement in an appropriate clinical site will be based upon their demonstrated understanding and competency in both the cardiac and vascular portions of their didactic coursework in year one, and upon the student’s stated interests. A clinical externship site may thus consist of work in cardiac, vascular, or both types of clinical environments, accordingly. At any given campus location, there are a limited number of available local clinical externship sites. The university does, however, enjoy affiliation agreements for clinical externships with many excel- lent and renowned hospitals and learning facilities outside of the immediate campus area, across the state, region, and the country. For the second year of clinical externship experience, the student must be prepared to accept assignment to a clinical externship location that may be out of the immediate area of the NSU campus, out of the region, or even out of state. The student’s initial clinical externship placement is assigned during the fourth term (summer) of the first year of study. Refusal of a clinical site assignment by a student is equivalent to a request for suspension and/or withdrawal from the program. The student may request a one-time hardship suspension of participation in the clinical externship portion of the program for one semester upon approval of a written request to the program director, and will be required to either resume their clinical externship the following semester, or be automatically administratively withdrawn from the program. Delay of the clinical externship, if granted, will not result in relief of the student’s responsibility from other courses scheduled for that term (e.g., online courses) nor will it result in a tuition reduction or refund of any kind. Such delay, if approved, will result in the student not graduating with his or her original cohort and will delay the possible conferral of degree, and the student will be charged additional tuition for continuation. Students will be required to sign the Clinical Externship Policies Agreement form upon matriculation into the program, attesting to their understanding of and their agreement to follow all of the above clinical externship policies. Duties and Expectations in Clinical Externships The second year of study in the Bachelor of Science in Cardiovascular Sonography program consists of clinical externships of 3 terms of approximately 16 weeks each, for a total of 48 weeks. The final clinical externship weekly schedule will be left at the discretion of the clinical site and the student, but must follow the guideline of 36 hours a week minimum for the three 16-week sessions, for a total of 48 weeks. Students in clinical externships must follow all the rules and regulations of both the university and the clinical site, including but not restricted to, rules and regulations on confidentiality, job safety, dress code, attendance, and daily work activities. Students in off-site clinical placements will be required to comply with all the specific requirements of the facility. These requirements may include, but are not limited to, fingerprinting, proof of vaccinations, proof of insurance, drug screening, criminal background checks, orientation sessions and/or paperwork, and approved daily clinical shift hours. The college does not assume any responsibility for compliance with these requirements other than informing the student of the requirements. The student must fully comply with all requirements of