Clinical Requirements

Undergraduate

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.

Drug Screen

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

First Aid and CPR

CPR certification is required and must be current throughout the duration of the clinical experience. CPR certification must be obtained through the American Heart Association, and only the BLS certification for Healthcare Providers will be accepted.

Immunizations/Vaccinations
Hepatitis B Titer—IgG Quantitative
  • A titer is mandatory to document immunity.
  • If the titer does not demonstrate immunity,you must go through Hepatitis B revaccination series, followed by a titer retest in one month after the third vaccination for Hepatitis B surface antibody.
  • Documentation of each repeated vaccine and the results of the re-titer must be submitted to Castle Branch.
  • If you do not respond after the completion of the second vaccine series, no further vaccinations need to be undertaken.
  • If you do not show immunity after the second series of vaccinations must meet with Amanda Voelker and sign a form that documents their knowledge of a non-immunity status and your desire to continue in the program knowing the potential risk of contracting Hepatitis B.
Rubeola (Measles)

Evidence of Immunity: Two doses of live measles vaccine; 28 days or more apart, or proof of a positive quantitative titer.

Rubella titer-IgG Quantitative

Evidence of Immunity: Two doses of live rubella vaccine; 28 days or more apart, or a positive quantitative titer

Varicella (Chicken Pox) Titer-IgG Quantitative

Evidence of Immunity: Two doses of live varicella vaccine; 28 days or more apart, or evidence of a positive quantitative titer.

Mumps titer-IgG Quantitative

Evidence of Immunity: Two doses of live measles vaccine; 28 days or more apart, or evidence of a positive quantitative titer.

Tetanus

Evidence of Immunity: A Tdap vaccine administered within the past 10 years or a Tdap vaccine administered within your lifetime and a Td booster administered in the past 10 years.

Tuberculin (TB) Skin Test
  • A two-step tuberculin skin test is required of all new MLS Program students prior to beginning the clinical experience. Documentation by your health care provider or a public health department is acceptable. Dates and results of the test are a mandatory part of the documentation.
  • The second step TB skin test must be given at least seven days but less than 21 days following the first. As with the first, the second TB skin test must be read in 48-72 hours. Documentation of both sets of results must be submitted to Castle Branch
  • If you have had a TB skin test that reacted positively, you will need to provide documentation from your health care provider that you have a chest X-ray that is negative for active tuberculosis, or if you have had a negative TB chest X-ray, you can provide a TB symptom assessment statement that verifies you are free of tuberculosis.
  • Another option for TB testing is the Quantiferon Gold blood test, which can be collected from your healthcare provider.
  • If you have been immunized for TB, you must have the Quantiferon Gold blood test performed.
Flu Vaccine

Administered September-November of the clinical year (must be flu current season).

Proof of Health Insurance
  • A copy of your health insurance card or policy cover sheet that documents your health care coverage must be submitted to Castle Branch.
  • If you are purchasing student health insurance through NIU, you can request a Certificate of Health Insurance Coverage by calling the student health insurance office at 815-753-0122 or sending an e-mail to studentinsurance@niu.edu. The document will show the effective/expiration dates and is available even before the cards are available.
OSHA, BBP and HIPAA Combined Compliance Training Programs
  • Register through Citi Program.
  • Complete training and send certificates of completion to Amanda Voelker at avoelker2@niu.edu
Clinical Coordinator

Contact Amanda Voelker, clinical coordinator, at avoelker2@niu.edu.

First Aid and CPR

First Aid and CPR from the American Heart Association or American Red Cross.

Immunizations/Vaccinations

Two-Step Nonreactive Tuberculin (TB) Skin Test or a Quantiferon Gold blood test.

Other
  • 60 hours of work experience in food production
  • ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification or any Food Manager Certification that is ANSI certified as required through the Illinois Department of Public Health

Graduate

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

Drug Screen

Students in the Dietetic Internship programs are required to submit a clean 10-panel drug screen in order to progress in the program. You 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 your expense.

First Aid and CPR

One of the following:

  • American Heart Association Healthcare Provider course
  • American Heart Association
  • Heartsaver Course
  • American Red Cross CPR with AED
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
  • A two-step tuberculin skin test is required of all new students, upon admission. Documentation by your health care provider or a public health department is acceptable. Dates and results of the test are a mandatory part of the documentation.
  • The second step TB skin test must be given at least seven days but less than 21 days following the first. As with the first, the second TB skin test must be read in 48-72 hours. Documentation of both sets of results must be submitted to Castle Branch
  • If you have had a TB skin test that reacted positively, you will need to provide documentation from your health care provider that you have a chest X-ray that is negative for active tuberculosis, and clearance from your physician that you are free of active disease.
  • Another option for TB testing is the Quantiferon Gold blood test, which can be collected from your healthcare provider.
  • For students that have been immunized for TB, you must have the Quantiferon Gold blood test performed.
Other
  • Proof of health insurance
  • HIPAA and infectious disease – passing quiz scores
  • Code of Ethics sign-off (due after orientation)
  • ServSafe Food Manager certification or other ANSI certified Food Manager certification
  • Professional liability insurance
Dietetic Internship Coordinator

Contact Nancy Prange, dietetic internship coordinator, at nprange@niu.edu.

Criminal Background Check

Some internship affiliates may require that students submit to a criminal background check prior to beginning the internship at the student’s expense. You will be instructed how to obtain their background checks

Drug Screen

Some internship affiliates may require that students submit to a drug screen, at your expense. You will be instructed on how to obtain their drug screen.

Immunizations/Vaccinations

Certain internship affiliates may require further proof of immunizations or other proof at your expense.

Program Coordinator

Contact Becky Pritchard, program coordinator, at rpritchard@niu.edu.

Contact Us

School of Health Studies
Wirtz Hall 209
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-1384
shs@niu.edu

Hours

Beginning August 24, 2020
Monday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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