Health and Safety Policy
I. Students enrolled in the radiologic technology program have a responsibility to model good health through:
a. Development of positive personal health habits.
b. Utilization of measures to prevent communicable and/or infectious diseases.
c. Protection of patients/clients encountered who may be vulnerable to communicable and/or infectious diseases.
d. Seeking appropriate and timely health care.
e. Maintenance of personal health records.
II. All Marian University Radiologic Technology students are required to submit information on the following:
a. Rubeola (Red Measles)
b. Rubella (German Measles)
e. Hepatitis B
g. Tuberculosis (TB) Screening
h. CPR Certification
i. Urine Drug Testing
j. Criminal Background Checks
III. Management of Personal Health
a. The student is responsible for management of personal episodes of illness (physical or mental) or injury; good judgment regarding attendance at clinical or class should be used.
i. The Director of Health Services is available for assistance and consultation. It is the student's responsibility to consult with the Director of Health Services about a significant change in health status.
ii. Some instructors may provide specific guidelines for clinical and class attendance when illness ensues.
iii. Students who have prolonged absences that do not permit completion of the course competencies in the prescribed time frame will have to repeat the course.
b. Any student who might anticipate an extended absence during a given term due to health concerns (physical or mental, pregnancy, etc.) must be aware that they may not be able to meet the expected competencies of the course. The student should make a decision in collaboration with his/her attending health care professional, academic advisor, and the faculty involved as to the feasibility of taking the course and achieving maximum success at such a time.
i. This decision may require a statement from the attending health care professional that the student is able to participate fully in the specified clinical course.
ii. Collaboration between student, clinical instructor, advisor, clinical site coordinator, and course coordinator may be needed to plan ahead for an alternate schedule (i.e. extra time before the anticipated absence).
iii. Established policies and procedures may be modified to meet the requirements of the health agency at which the clinical experience is obtained.
c. All students are responsible for their own needs or injuries associated with clinical learning experiences outside the classroom. Some clinical agencies will provide emergency treatment to the student; however, billing will
be the responsibility of the student and his/her insurance carrier. All students are strongly encouraged to have a primary health insurance policy and must sign the Radiologic Technology Program's Release of Liability form each year.
IV. Clinical agencies may require other or further documentation than what is required by the Radiologic Technology Program. It is the student's responsibility to be in compliance with clinical agency requirements.
I. All required health and safety documents are submitted to the designated records management company, as selected by the School of Nursing and Health Professions, and are maintained by that company on a confidential web site.
II. Failure to submit the needed documentation on or before the deadline will result in the student being denied progressionfor that semester or term.
III. Proof of protection according to current CDC guidelines against Rubeola, Rubella, Mumps, and Varicella is required. School of Nursing and Health Professions requires the following documentation:
a. Dates of 2 vaccines, or a Positive (immune) Titer for each of the four diseases listed above.
b. If initial titer is negative (non-immune) a booster vaccine is recommended followed by a second titer.
c. If the second titer is negative (non-immune) documentation from the student's primary care provider indicating recommended course of action is required.
d. If compliance with above is contraindicated documentation must be provided by the student's primary care provider.
IV. Hepatitis B. Due to educational/occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials, students may be at risk of acquiring Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, a serious disease. Marian University School of Nursing and Health Professions requires the following documentation:
a. Dates of 3 Hepatitis B vaccines, or a Positive (immune) Titer for Hepatitis B, or a Signed Vaccination Declination
b. If the titer does not show immunity, revaccination using the 3-step vaccine followed by a repeat titer is recommended
V. Tetanus/Diphtheria. Documentation of one Tetanus/Diphtheria vaccine every ten years is required. For protection against Pertussis (whooping cough), the Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis vaccine is recommended over the Tetanus/Diphtheria vaccine.
VI. Tuberculosis (TB) Screening. A 2-step PPD (Mantoux) skin test or a TB Blood Assay test (Quantiferon Gold) is required of all Radiologic Technology Students
a. Positive TB Status
i. Any student with a history of a positive TB skin test must provide results of a chest x-ray. Recommendations from the student's primary care provider may be required. An Annual TB Assessment form must also be completed. Students are responsible for monitoring their own health for signs and symptoms of Tuberculosis.
ii. Any student who converts to positive while a Radiologic Technology student at Marian University will follow requirements indicated under "a" above.
b. Annual TB testing
i. Required for students with no history of positive skin tests. Annual TB skin testing or TB Gold blood tests (or Annual TB Assessments for students with a history of positive tests) must be done at least every 12 months or more frequently as requested by clinical agencies. Students who do not comply will be excluded from radiologic technology courses for the following semester.
ii. Skin tests may be obtained at the Marian University Health Office, from the student's primary care provider, employer, or local public health office.
iii. Students will not be assigned to care for patients diagnosed with tuberculosis. Faculty and students will comply with all OSHA safety regulations and agency infection control measures. Students should report all contacts with communicable diseases to their instructor who will evaluate the situation and consult or refer to the Director of Campus Health Services as needed.
VII. Urine Drug Testing. The Radiologic Technology Program reserves the right to randomly screen any student at any time at the student's expense.
i. For Positive Results:
1. Student will be referred to University Counselor for further evaluation.
2. A second test will be required at the student's expense.
3. If the second test is positive, the student will be dismissed from the radiologic technology program and advised to seek counseling.
ii. For Inconclusive Results
1. A second test will be required at the student's expense.
2. If the second test is positive, a third test will be required at the students' expense and student will be referred to University Counselor for further evaluation.
3. If the third test is positive, the student will be dismissed from the radiologic technology program and advised to seek counseling.
4. If the second test is inconclusive, the student must provide documentation from his/her primary care provider indicating a medical reason for an inconclusive result.
VIII. Criminal Background Checks. To comply with state laws and regulations, a background check of every radiologic technology student will be conducted through the designated records management company as selected by the Radiologic
Disclaimer: Placement in clinical agencies is not guaranteed.
Clinical agencies reserve the right to refuse admittance of any student to their facility based on the information obtained in the background check or due to non-disclosure of charges. If a student cannot attend clinical he/she cannot meet course requirements and therefore cannot complete the program.
1/9/07 approved by Student Committee
8/14/07 updated and approved by Student Committee
7/09 updated; 6/10 reviewed
IX. CPR Certification
a. At a minimum, all students must be BLS certified
b. The certification must be for the Professional Rescuer or Healthcare Provider and cover 1-person, 2-person, infant, child and adult CPR and AED.
c. The American Heart Association CPR certification is recommended, however; the American Red Cross CPR certification will be accepted if it meets the above requirements.
d. CPR certification must be valid for the entire upcoming clinical semester. Any CPR certification that will expire during the upcoming semester must be renewed before January 1 or June 1 prior to the semester in which CPR will expire.