PCHCS Student Handbook 2024-2025

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences (PCHCS)—Department of Health Science 2024–2025 174 Duties and Expectations in Clinical Externships The second year of study in the B.S.—CVS 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. An area of special emphasis is the dress code requirements and restrictions students must follow while at their clinical site. 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 the specific facility before participating in any activities at that facility. Failure to be eligible to participate in activities at an assigned facility may result in the student not being allowed to complete that clinical externship and may result in disciplinary action, up to, and including, dismissal from the program. Absences or tardiness from the clinical externship site should be communicated verbally or in writing (including email) directly to the program clinical coordinator and the clinical instructor in the clinical site, preferably before the start of the shift assigned, but no later than the same day. Text messages, postings to the course, or other nonverbal communications are not acceptable. In addition, a Student Absentee Report must be completed within the Trajecsys online clinical management system within 24 hours of an absence. All missed hours must be made up unless otherwise approved by the clinical coordinator and/or the program director. To facilitate communication between the student and the program during the clinical externships, the student must provide a cellular phone number to the program clinical coordinator. The expense of the cellular phone and its function will be the student’s responsibility. Clinical documentation, including clinical hours, is completed through the clinical reporting system, Trajecsys. The student will be given instructions on the use of the system prior to the first day in the clinical externship site. Any student believed to be tampering with or manipulating the clock-in, clock-out, or documentation process will be sent to the CSP and may be subject to disciplinary action for unethical and unprofessional behavior including, but not limited to, receiving a failing grade for the clinical rotation. Failure to meet clinical rotation obligations is considered to be unethical and unprofessional behavior and may result in the student’s placement on professional probation and/or further disciplinary action. Clinical Extension of Program If, for any reason, the student does not fulfill the requirements for a clinical externship course due to excessive absences, poor clinical evaluations and/or performance, or other reasons, the program has the authority to extend the student’s clinical externship, which will result in additional cost to the