Graduate Clinical Requirements

Criminal Background Check

A criminal background check that is compliant with the standards of the Illinois Healthcare Workers Background Check Act is required for progression in the program. You will be given specific instructions on how to obtain this background check upon acceptance. Certain sites or specific circumstances may require subsequent background checks at your expense.

First Aid and CPR

Only American Heart Association BLS certification for healthcare providers will be accepted.

Immunizations/Vaccinations

MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  • Two (2) vaccines or
  • Positive quantitative antibody titer for all three components (lab report required).
Varicella/Chicken Pox
  • Two vaccinations or
  • Positive quantitative antibody titer (lab report required).
Hepatitis B
  • A positive antibody titer (lab report required) or
  • Proof of two complete Hepatitis B immunization series and two negative titers and declination waiver, as consistent with CDC requirements for healthcare providers.
Influenza (flu) Vaccine

Documentation of a flu vaccine administered during the current flu season (August-May).

Tuberculosis (TB)

One of the following completed within the past 12 months is required:

  • Two-step TB skin test (administered one to three weeks apart) or

For positive results:

  • Submit a QuantiFERON Gold or IGRA blood test (lab report required).
  • Provide a clear chest X-ray and a letter from physician indicating student is clear of active disease.
Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap)
  • Submit documentation of a Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) vaccination, administered within the past 10 years.
  • The renewal date will be set for 10 years from the date administered.
  • Upon renewal, a Tdap or Td booster is acceptable.

Physical Exam

  • Submit your physical exam (completed on the school form) within the past 12 months and signed by a medical professional.
  • Please see your school coordinator for physical exam form.

Proof of Health Insurance

One of the following is required:

  • Current health insurance card or proof of coverage from your provider.

Both sides of your health insurance card must be submitted for approval.

  • If the name on the insurance card does not match the name on file, submit proof of coverage from your provider showing that you are covered under the insurance policy.
  • If your coverage changes, please call Castlebranch to reopen this requirement and submit new proof of coverage.

HIPAA Training

Submit documentation of your HIPAA training completion certificate from orientation to this requirement.

OSHA/BBP Compliance Training

Submit documentation of your Bloodborne Pathogens and Universal Precautions training completion certificate from orientation to this requirement.

Clinical Coordinator

Contact Blythe Kitner, clinical coordinator, at bkitner@niu.edu.

Criminal Background Check

A criminal background check that is compliant with the standards of the Illinois Healthcare Workers Background Check Act is required for progression in the program. You will be given specific instructions on how to obtain this background check upon acceptance. Certain sites or specific circumstances may require subsequent background checks at the student's expense.

Drug Screen

Students in the DPT program are required to submit a clean 10-panel drug screen in order to progress in the program. Students will be instructed on how and where to obtain this drug screen upon acceptance into the program. Certain sites or certain circumstances could require students to have to repeat this drug screen, at the student's expense.

First Aid and CPR

  • Proof of current CPR certification will need to be provided.
  • Only the American Heart Association BLS Provider CPR Certification will be accepted. The exact month/date/ year of the course must be noted on the card.
  • On-line re-certifications are not accepted.

Immunizations/Vaccinations

Measles, Mumps, Rubella

Accepted evidence: documentation of two (2) doses of the vaccine given four (4) weeks apart or documentation of a positive antibody titer.

Varicella (Chicken Pox)

Accepted evidence: documentation of two (2) doses of the vaccine given four (4) weeks apart or documentation of a positive antibody titer.

Hepatitis B

Accepted evidence: documentation of three (3) doses of the vaccine (or Heplisav) and a positive antibody titer. If negative, repeat the vaccine series and repeat titer.

 

Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine or Booster

Documentation of a Tdap vaccine or booster within the last 10 years is required. An immunization record is sufficient.

Tuberculin Skin Test

Accepted evidence: A negative two-step skin test (1-3 weeks apart) administered within the past 12 months or a negative Q gold blood test or a negative IGRA blood test. Positive results require physician clearance documented on letterhead and completion of TB symptom-free questionnaire (available from the physician's office), and possibly a clear chest x-ray, as required by a physician.

Influenza (flu) Vaccine

Must be administered between August and Nov. 1 for the current flu season. Documentation of the flu shot MUST be dated with the current year.

Physical Exam

A physical exam by an MD, NP or DO verifying adequate health to work with patients in a healthcare setting must be completed within the past six months.

Other

HIPAA and OSHA certifications will be completed upon arrival to campus.

Proof of Health Insurance

  • Provide a copy of both sides of your current health insurance card or proof of coverage.
  • If name on documentation does not match the name on file, verification of coverage from your insurance provider is required.

Program Coordinators

Contact Dawn Brown at dbrown36@niu.edu
Contact Nicole Bettin at nbettin@niu.edu

Criminal Background Check

You will complete a total of three (3) background checks:

  • Through Castle Branch
  • State background check (see attached IL State background form document)
  • Federal background check (see attached FBI background form document)

You will complete the state and federal checks at an Accurate Biometrics location. Use the Accurate Biometrics website to put in your zip code to find an Accurate Biometric location closest to you and that is open.

Illinois State Background Check Form

This is the state background check. Following completion, please email Michelle Boyle (lboyle5@niu.edu) to schedule an appointment to pick up your results. Then, you will upload them to Castle Branch under the “State of Illinois Background Check” item.

FBI Background Check Form

This is the federal background check. On the form, choose Option 1 for delivery method. Results are available for only 30 days and can only be viewed/printed one time. Please make sure to be near a printer when you are viewing these results. Then, you will upload them to Castle Branch under the “FBI Background Check” item.

Drug Screen

Students in the Speech Language Pathology program are required to submit a clean 10-panel drug screen in order to progress in the program. Students will be instructed on how and where to obtain this drug screen upon acceptance into the program. Certain sites or certain circumstances could require students to have to repeat this drug screen, at the student's expense.

First Aid and CPR

  • Copies of front and back of CPR certification card (or E-Card) through the American Heart Association.
  • Must take the Basic Life Support (BLS) class for healthcare providers

Immunizations/Vaccinations

Influenza (flu)

Must be administered between August and November 1st for the current flu season. Documentation of the flu shot MUST be dated with the current year.

Tuberculin Skin Test

Accepted evidence: A negative two-step skin test (1-3 weeks apart) administered within the past 12 months or a negative Q gold blood test or a negative IGRA blood test.

Positive results require physician clearance documented on letterhead and completion of TB symptom free questionnaire (available from the physician's office).

Tetanus

Accepted evidence: documentation of Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) booster administered within the last 10 years or documentation of a Td if evidence of a previous Tdap is provided.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella

Accepted evidence: documentation of two (2) doses of the vaccine given four (4) weeks apart or documentation of a positive antibody titer.

Varicella (Chicken Pox)

Accepted evidence: documentation of two (2) doses of the vaccine given four (4) weeks apart or documentation of a positive antibody titer.

Hepatitis B

Accepted evidence: documentation of three (3) doses of the vaccine (or Heplisav) and a positive antibody titer.

Deadline for Completion of Requirements

Requirements should be completed by July 31.

Clinical and Program Coordinators

Contact Emily Palmer, SLP clinic coordinator, at epalmer3@niu.edu

Contact Janet Olson, SLP program coordinator, at janet@niu.edu

Contact Us

School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
340 Wirtz Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-1484
ahcd@niu.edu