PCHCS Student Handbook 2024-2025

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences (PCHCS)—Department of Health Science 2024–2025 173 Students may not wear the following at any time either on campus or at a clinical externship location: shorts or cutoffs, miniskirts (higher than mid-thigh), jeans (all colors), see-through clothing or halter tops, sandals, flip-flops, or any other type of open-toed shoe; nonuniversity or nonprogram logo T-shirts (as the outer shirt), jogging or exercise clothing; any type of head covering to include, but not limited to, hats, caps, scarves, shawls, or wraps of any kind, unless of a religious nature. Failure to comply with dress code policies is considered to be unprofessional behavior and may result in the student’s placement on professional probation and/or further disciplinary action, including referral to the CSP for unprofessional behavior. Students will be required to sign the Dress Code Policies Agreement form upon matriculation into the program, attesting to their understanding of and their agreement to follow all of the above dress code policies. Clinical Externships and Assignment The second year of study in the B.S.—CVS 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 excellent 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 third term 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 the student’s 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.