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 acceptance/ progression in the program. Students will be given specific instruction 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 Nursing 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

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

These requirements are due on admission to the program and further instructions will be provided through Castle Branch. All students under series for a vaccine must always remain compliant until revaccination is complete, any required titers are achieved, or no further vaccinations are indicated. Students under series for a vaccination who fail to remain compliant during the semester will be removed from the clinical setting.

Hepatitis B Titer—IgG Quantitative
  • A titer is mandatory to document immunity.
  • If the titer does not demonstrate immunity, student 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 the student does not respond after the completion two complete vaccination series and two titers, no further vaccinations need to be undertaken.
  • Students who do not show immunity after the second series of vaccinations must meet with their coordinator and sign a form that documents their knowledge of a non-immunity status and their 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 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 you 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.
Flu Vaccine

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

Proof of Health Insurance

All students must submit proof of health insurance. If there are any changes to your health insurance coverage, you must submit the new information immediately. If you are utilizing NIU Student Health Insurance, contact the Student Health Insurance office at 815-753-0122 to obtain proof of insurance.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) Training, Code of Conduct, Academic Integrity, Blood Borne Pathogens, and School Handbook Acknowledgement, will be obtained upon entry into the program and further instruction for obtaining these will be provided.

Deadlines

Pre-licensure students must submit documentation of all requirements by July 1, this deadline is for both entry and annual requirements.

Program/Clinical Coordinator

Contact Joseph Griffey, clinical coordinator, at jgriffey1@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 acceptance/ progression in the program. Students 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 Nursing 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

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

These requirements are due on admission to the program and further instructions will be provided through Castle Branch. All students under series for a vaccine must always remain compliant until revaccination is complete, any required titers are achieved, or no further vaccinations are indicated. Students under series for a vaccination who fail to remain compliant during the semester will be removed from the clinical setting.

Hepatitis B Titer—IgG Quantitative
  • A titer is mandatory to document immunity.
  • If the titer does not demonstrate immunity, student 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 the student does not respond after the completion two complete vaccination series and two titers, no further vaccinations need to be undertaken.
  • Students who do not show immunity after the second series of vaccinations must meet with their coordinator and sign a form that documents their knowledge of a non-immunity status and their 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 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 you 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.
Flu Vaccine

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

Professional License

Proof of current Nursing license obtained in the state in which you will complete your clinical is required.

Proof of Health Insurance

All students must submit proof of health insurance. If there are any changes to your health insurance coverage, you must submit the new information immediately. If you are utilizing NIU Student Health Insurance, contact the Student Health Insurance office 815-753-0122 to obtain proof of insurance.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act HIPPA Training, Code of Conduct, Academic Integrity, Blood Borne Pathogens, and School Handbook Acknowledgement, will be obtained upon entry into the program and further instruction for obtaining these will be provided.

Program/Clinical Coordinator

Contact Amber Davis, clinical coordinator, at adavis16@niu.edu

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 acceptance/ progression in the program. Students 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 Nursing 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 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

These requirements are due on admission to the program and further instructions will be provided through Castle Branch. All students under series for a vaccine must always remain compliant until revaccination is complete, any required titers are achieved, or no further vaccinations are indicated. Students under series for a vaccination who fail to remain compliant during the semester will be removed from the clinical setting.

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 the student does not respond after the completion two complete vaccination series and two titers, no further vaccinations need to be undertaken.
  • Students who do not show immunity after the second series of vaccinations must meet with their coordinator and sign a form that documents their knowledge of a non-immunity status and their desire to continue in the program knowing the potential risk of contracting Hepatitis B.
Rubeola (Measles)

Evidence of immunity: Two (2) 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 (2) 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 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.
Influenza (flu) Vaccine

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

Professional License

Proof of current Illinois Nursing license

Proof of Health Insurance

All students must submit proof of health insurance. If there are any changes to your health insurance coverage, you must submit the new information immediately. If you are utilizing NIU Student Health Insurance, contact the Student Health Insurance office at 815-753-0122 to obtain proof of insurance.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act HIPPA Training, Code of Conduct, Academic Integrity, Blood Borne Pathogens, and School Handbook Acknowledgement, will be obtained upon entry into the program and further instruction for obtaining these will be provided.

Program Coordinator

Contact Jerri Reynolds at jreynolds3@niu.edu.

Contact Us

School of Nursing
1240 Normal Rd.
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-1231
nursing@niu.edu