STUDENT CLINICIAN’S HANDBOOK HEALTH CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION, MATH AND SCIENCE

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EL PASO COMMUNITY COLLEGE
HEALTH CAREER & TECHNICAL
EDUCATION, MATH AND SCIENCE
DIVISION
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STUDENT CLINICIAN’S HANDBOOK
RIO GRANDE CAMPUS
The El Paso County Community College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, veteran status,
sexual orientation, or gender identity
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION ....................................................................................................................................................................... 4
HEALTH CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION, MATH AND SCIENE MISSION, VISSION, PHILOSOPHY
AND GOALS ............................................................................................................................................................................. 5
CLINICAL AFFILIATES ............................................................................................................................................................ 6
PROFESSIONAL ETHICS ......................................................................................................................................................... 6
STANDARDS OF ETHICS FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND STUDENTS ............................................... 6
GENERAL PROCEDURES ........................................................................................................................................................ 7
Equal Opportunities .................................................................................................................................................................. 7
Division Procedure .................................................................................................................................................................... 7
Grievance Procedure................................................................................................................................................................. 7
Guidelines for Students with Disabilities ............................................................................................................................. 8
Accommodations for Licensing, Certification, or Registry Examinations .................................................................... 8
STUDENT INFORMATION FOR BACKGROUND CHECK AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE TESTING ............................ 9
Guidelines for Prospective and Current Students with a History of Prior Arrests
or Convictions........................................................................................................................................................................ 10
Licensure, Certification, or Registry ................................................................................................................................... 10
Equal Educational Opportunity ........................................................................................................................................... 11
Background Process Student Information .................................................................................................................. 12
American Databank Student Drug Screening Process (AMS)............................................................................... 14
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS ................................................................................................................................................. 24
RELEASE OF INFORMATION.............................................................................................................................................. 25
SEXUAL HARASSMENT ........................................................................................................................................................ 26
DISCRIMINATION LAWS ..................................................................................................................................................... 27
STUDENT EMPLOYMENT OR VOLUNTEER WORK..................................................................................................... 28
EPCC-EMERGENCY AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS GUIDELINES ...................................................................... 29
HEALTH-RELATED PROCEDURES ................................................................................................................................... 31
Hepatitis “B” Student Information Packet ................................................................................................................................. 31
Instruction Sheet - Hepatitis Vaccine........................................................................................................................................... 31
Epatitis “B” Virus/Vaccine (Hbv) Information Sheet ............................................................................................................ 31
Hepatitis “B’ Vaccine And Administration of Vaccine ........................................................................................................... 31
Target Vaccination Population, Health Care Personnel ....................................................................................................... 31
Pre-Immunization Screening .......................................................................................................................................................... 31
STUDENT’S HEALTH ............................................................................................................................................................ 33
Physical Exam ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 33
Tuberculin Testing .............................................................................................................................................................................. 33
Immunizations and Titer Information ........................................................................................................................................ 33
Meningitis Vaccination ...................................................................................................................................................................... 35
Immunizations and Titer Blood Titers Requirements for Health Students Chart .................................................... 38
Vaccinations for Adults .................................................................................................................................................. 36
Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule......................................................................................................................... 37
Contraindications and Precutions to Commonly Used Vaccinations in Adults .......................................................... 41
TEXAS NOTIFIABLE CONDITIONS ................................................................................................................................... 42
PREGNANCY AND RADIATION EXPOSURE ................................................................................................................... 43
SICKNESS AND/OR INJURIES WHILE ON DUTY .......................................................................................................... 43
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES ...................................................................................................................................... 43
MEDICAL/DENTAL INSURANCE ....................................................................................................................................... 43
OTHER HEALTH REQUIREMENTS ................................................................................................................................... 43
CLINICAL PROCEDURES...................................................................................................................................................... 44
Affiliate Computer Codes .................................................................................................................................................................. 47
Community Hospital Orientation .................................................................................................................................................. 44
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Clinical Assignments ........................................................................................................................................................................... 44
Transportation ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 44
CPR Requirement ................................................................................................................................................................................. 44
Criteria for Unsafe Clinical Practice.............................................................................................................................................. 45
ETHICAL & PROFESSIONAL EXPECTATIONS OF THE EPCC STUDENT CLINICIAN .......................................... 46
Towards Patient ................................................................................................................................................................................... 46
Towards Self........................................................................................................................................................................................... 47
Towards Classmates ........................................................................................................................................................................... 47
Towards Instructors/Staff/Affiliates ........................................................................................................................................... 47
Classroom/Lab/Clinician's Attitude ............................................................................................................................................ 47
GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN PROGRAMS WITH RADIOLOGY COMPONENTS DURING
PREGNANCY ............................................................................................................................................................................ 48
PATIENT CONFIDENTIALITY ............................................................................................................................................ 50
CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT .................................................................................................................................... 50
PERSONAL APPEARANCE ................................................................................................................................................... 51
Classroom Attire ................................................................................................................................................................................... 51
Name Pins and Patches ...................................................................................................................................................................... 51
Shoes ......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 51
Personal Hygiene ................................................................................................................................................................................. 51
UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS................................................................................................................................................ 52
Laboratory Coat or White Medical Coat ..................................................................................................................................... 52
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE INSURANCE ........................................................................................................................ 53
STUDENT DISMISSAL FROM CLINICAL FACILITIES................................................................................................... 53
WITHDRAWAL INFORMATION ........................................................................................................................................ 54
Instructor Initiated Student Withdrawal ................................................................................................................................... 54
Student Initiated Withdrawal ......................................................................................................................................................... 54
Six Drop Rule.......................................................................................................................................................................................... 54
ACADEMIC PROCEDURES ................................................................................................................................................... 55
Attitudes .............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 55
CRITERIA FOR COURSE PURSUIT ..................................................................................................................................566
RETENTION & PROGRESSION WITHIN HEALTH CAREERS ........................................................................................... 577
SCHOLASTIC DISHONESTY ................................................................................................................................................ 58
STUDENT RE-ENTRY INTO A HEALTH CAREER PROGRAM.................................................................................... 59
CONTACT INFORMATION/COORDINATOR'S DIRECTORY ..................................................................................... 60
COUNSELORS .......................................................................................................................................................................... 61
EPCC IMPORTANT CONTACTS.......................................................................................................................................... 62
AGENCIES ACCREDITING HEALTH CAREERS .............................................................................................................. 63
LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION AND PROFESSIONAL AGENCIES .............................................................................. 65
STUDENT FORMS .................................................................................................................................................................. 67
Student Acknowledgment Form .................................................................................................................................................... 68
Criteria for Course Pursuit Form ................................................................................................................................................... 69
Patient Confidentiality and Confidentiality Agreement Form ........................................................................................... 70
Release of Information Form .......................................................................................................................................................... 71
Scholastic Dishonesty Form............................................................................................................................................................. 72
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INTRODUCTION
The Health Career & Technical Education, Math and Science Division of El Paso Community College
include a wide range of quality educational programs designed to meet the health care personnel
needs of El Paso. With your entry into your Health Career Program of your choice, you have become
an integral member of the HEALTH CARE TEAM. As you know, an important portion of your
educational program is the clinical experience you will receive in the community as a part of your
studies. These clinical experiences require special preparation and practices for the College, the
Health Career Program, and the students.
This handbook contains only the specific procedures that relate to your Health Career Program. It
does not replace the information concerning college procedures and regulations that you will find
in the College Catalog, El Paso Community College Student Handbook, or your individual course
requirements.
NOTE:
Please sign each of the enclosed forms and forward them to your program
coordinator:
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Confidentiality form
Release of Information form
Student Acknowledgment form
We hope that this Health Career Student Clinician’s Handbook will be a useful guide as you prepare
for your health career.
Dr. Paula R. Mitchell,
Rio Grande Campus Dean
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HEALTH CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION, MATH AND SCIENCE
MISSION, VISION, PHILOSOPHY, AND GOALS
MISSION
The mission of the Health Career & Technical Education, Math and Science Division is to provide educational
opportunities that prepare individuals to improve their personal quality of life and to contribute to their
economically and culturally diverse community.
VISION
The Health Career & Technical Education, Math and Science Division is a primary source of technologically
advanced health education training for a growing and culturally diverse border population; a local resource
for community health care services, and a contributor to medical/science research as appropriate for a
community college.
PHILOSOPHY
The Health Career & Technical Education, Math and Science Division meets the community’s need by
providing opportunities for individuals to become qualified members of a health care profession or to pursue
a career related to math or science. The Division provides quality education utilizing state of the art
instructional methodologies, equipment, and lifelong learning. The Division of Health Career & Technical
Education, Math and Science offers a variety of state and nationally accredited programs.
GOALS
 Provide a standard of excellence in the education of students seeking careers related to healthcare,
math, or science.
 Provide the community with qualified members of a health care profession.
 Provide educational and professional health career services to the community.
 Provide effective, innovative and alternative instructional methodologies in the implementation of
quality educational programs in Health Career & Technical Education, Math and Science.
 Develop and coordinate an effective system for the recruitment of students into Health Career &
Technical Education Math and Science courses/programs.
 Improve student retention, program completion and student skill development in Health Career &
Technical Education, Math and Science courses/programs.
 Provide an on-going systematic faculty and staff development plan which promotes the goals of the
Division of Health Career & Technical Education, Math and Science.
 Assist in the planning, and implementation of projects related to border health.
 Promote articulation with area secondary and post-secondary institutions.
 Provide competency-based education in Health Career & Technical Education, Math and Science
courses/ programs.
 Support life-long learning and career progression.
 Encourage activities which promote effective utilization of personnel, space, supplies and equipment
in expanding and maintaining quality courses/programs.
 Recruit and retain qualified faculty in math, science, and Health Career & Technical Education
courses/programs.
 Support research efforts affecting border health issues.
 Provide a solid foundation in math and science courses which enables students to transfer to upper
division coursework at colleges and universities and/or which make graduates who earn an
associate degree in a math or science related area of concentration eligible for mid-level technical
positions in business and industry.
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CLINICAL AFFILIATES
EPCC Health Career & Technical Education, Math and Science Division maintains affiliation
agreements with private clinics, doctor’s offices and dental offices, pediatric centers, hospitals,
specialist medical centers, community and public health centers, corporate and health centers,
nursing homes, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, schools, as well as other colleges
and universities.
Each program identifies those agencies in which students can meet their clinical learning objectives.
Signed agreements between EPCC and each affiliate are maintained in the division office.
PROFESSIONAL ETHICS
Your responsibilities as a health professions student involve three types of learning:
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Knowledge, that deals primarily with your intellectual abilities.
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Skills, that deal primarily with the application of ideas to practical situations and,
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Attitudes that reflect how you will react in a given situation.
Your ethical responsibilities include a review of some basic guidelines prepared for health
professionals. By developing appropriate ethics and attitudes your learning will be more conducive
to functioning as a health professional, both in the clinical and classroom environments.
STANDARDS OF ETHICS FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND STUDENTS
Each member of a health profession has the ethical obligation to subscribe to the following
principles:
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To provide health care using the highest level of professional knowledge, judgment, and
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To serve all patients without discrimination.
To use every opportunity to increase public understanding of health care practices.
To generate public confidence in members of the health care community.
To cooperate with all health professions in meeting the health needs of the public.
To recognize and uphold the laws and regulations governing their health profession.
To maintain professional competence through continuing education.
To exchange professional knowledge with other health professions.
To represent the health profession with high standards of personal conduct
To serve as health educators and promoters to the community.
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GENERAL PROCEDURES
EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
El Paso Community College is committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunities
despite sex, marital or parental status, race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, veteran
status, sexual orientation, and physical or mental disability. Equal educational opportunity includes:
admissions, recruitment, extracurricular programs, facilities, access to course offerings, counseling and
testing, financial aid, employment and other programs or activities sponsored by the College. When a
student believes a condition of the College to be unfair, unjust, inequitable or discriminatory, an appeal can
be made to the administrator in charge of that area.
This policy is referenced in all official College publications, including the catalog and Student Clinician’s
Handbook (College procedure 2.03.06, policy 7.05.11 and Title IV, Section 504 and Title VI).
DIVISION PROCEDURE
It is the intent of all disciplines of the Health Career & Technical Education, Math and Science at EPCC to
comply with this College policy in the development and implementation of its programs. Discrimination will
NOT be tolerated especially if it involves students, faculty, staff, or patients.
Students and staff who wish to report potential discriminatory or harassing behavior should initiate contact
with the Dean of Health Career & Technical Education, Math and Science, at the Rio Grande Campus, Room
240, telephone 831-4030. Matters that are considered as informal concerns will be handled as such. Should
it be necessary, formal complaints and disciplinary action will be initiated following College procedures.
The confidentiality of the reporting individual(s) will be maintained as long it does not interfere with the
ability to investigate the situation and take corrective actions. Pending the investigation results, individuals
reporting a potential incident should also maintain confidentiality and not discuss the situation in public.
Retaliation against anyone reporting discrimination or harassing behavior is prohibited. Should any
retaliation occur, it will be handled as a separate complaint from any other complaints pending resolution.
Examples of retaliation include unfair grading, unfair evaluations, unfair assignments, withholding of
information, oral or written threats or bribes, ridicule, further harassment, etc.
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
When a student has a grievance, following the chain of command to resolve the problem is appropriate for
the student (College procedure 2:03.06 and policy 7.05.11). In the Health Career & Technical Education,
Math and Science, the Chain of Command is as follows:
Contact the instructor involved in a grievance, if unsatisfied with the outcome, contact
Faculty Coordinator of the course/program in which the grievance is registered, if unsatisfied
with the outcome, contact
Dean of Health Career & Technical Education, Math and Science if unsatisfied with the outcome,
contact
Vice President of Instruction for academic issues or
Vice President of Student Services for student related issues
AVP, Employee Relations for discrimination issues
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GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
El Paso Community College complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and with the
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and does not discriminate on the basis of a disability in the operation
of its educational programs or in its admission and employment practices. Special emphasis will continue to
be placed on correcting conditions which may inadvertently discriminate against any individual with
disability.
Students with permanent or temporary verified disabilities are invited to register with the Center for
Students with Disabilities where counseling, registration assistance, adaptive equipment and a variety of
support services are available. Support services can be arranged for all campus locations. For more
information, refer to the College Catalog or Center for Students with Disabilities at every campus.
If accommodations are needed to complete program competencies, a plan will be developed to assist
students to meet course/program competencies whenever possible. An individualized learning plan will be
jointly developed between the student, the faculty member, and a representative from the Center for
Students with Disabilities. To initiate this process, please contact any of the following individuals; a Health
Career Counselor, the Faculty Coordinator, a representative of the Center for Students with Disabilities, or
the Division Dean of Health Career. YOU must initiate the request for accommodations!
Accommodations requested and approved must allow you to meet the same course outcomes as
students with no accommodations.
ACCOMMODATIONS FOR LICENSING, CERTIFICATION, OR REGISTRY EXAMINATIONS
Most agencies for licensing, certification or registration of health care professionals, also have established
guidelines for the examinations of graduates of health career programs. These guidelines usually describe
resting modifications during the licensing examination for candidates with disabilities. The following
outlines are typical guidelines:
1.
Candidate must submit a request for testing modification directly to the appropriate licensing,
certification, or registry agency. Examples of supporting documentation would include:
Letter from candidate
Letter from medical professional documenting disability and requested modification
Letter from program coordinator identifying modifications granted by the program
2.
The agency will review the request and supporting documentation for completeness, fairness,
security, and impact. Information will also be provided to the testing service.
3.
The licensing agency will notify both the candidate and the testing site of approved
accommodations and any special instructions.
For more information contact the specific agency which will issue your license, certification, or
registry.
Revised: 5/15/2014
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STUDENT INFORMATION FOR
BACKGROUND CHECK AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE TESTING
In order to ensure that health care facilities are in compliance with their accreditation guidelines, all
students enrolled in specified health-related educational courses and programs are required to undergo a
background clearance and substance abuse screening. Students who fail to obtain clearance will be
prohibited from admission or enrollment in specified programs/courses for a period of one-year.
NOTE: Substance Abuse Screening should be completed no more than 3 months (90 days) prior to
beginning of their clinical. (AMA information was copied in part from America DataBank website for your
convenience; please refer to pages 12-23 to create an account with American DataBank LLC, and for
background screening process information.
NOTE: Students who withdraw from health-related coursework for one semester or longer, are
required to repeat substance abuse screening and/or background checks testing upon re-enrolling in
health-related courses/programs.
NOTE: Students are responsible for all costs associated with substance abuse screening and
background checks, including any required repeat checks.
To initiate your background and substance abuse screen clearance, go to www.elpasoex.com (America
Databank) and follow the process listed on the web page; you may refer to pages 12-13 for your
convenience. Make sure you select only the option(s) that you need at that time-it will affect your cost. Your
clearances will be sent directly to the dean/director of your program at the college. Only background and
substance abuse testing from this approved vendor will be accepted.
There are two levels of background screening - Level I is required for all students, while Level II is only
required for students already licensed or certified in any area.
Level I check the following items: Cost is $37.00
1. Social Security Number Verification
2. Criminal Search ( 7 years or up to 5 criminal searches )
3. Violent Sexual Offender and Predator Registry Search
4. OIG List of Excluded Individuals/Entities
5. GSA List of Parties Excluded from Federal Programs
6. US Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), List of Specially Designated Nationals (SDN)
7. State Exclusion List (http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/OIE/exclusionlist/exclusion.asp)
NOTE: If you do not have a Social Security Card, use all zeros (example: 000-00-000). You will then need to
bring a photo I.D. to finalize your background clearance.
Level II checks the following items: Cost is $59.00
1. All of Level I elements
2. Employment Verification ( Includes reason for separation and eligibility for re-hire for
Each employer)
3. License/certification verification
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The following findings on the background screening will prevent your participation in clinical
courses:
1. Identification of your person on the list of ineligible persons
2. Any criminal conviction identified
Substance Abuse Testing: Cost is $26.50
1. An e-mail will be sent to you with a COC number after payment has been made. The information on
the e-mail will include the COC number and information on the approved laboratories as to where to
go take your substance abuse test. From the day you receive your e-mail you have only five (5) days
to take your test. If you go beyond the five (5) days, you will have to re-pay and re-take your test
again to be cleared for clinical.
2. Your results will be sent to the Dean/Director of your program.
Upon review of your background check and/or substance abuse test results, you will receive a letter of
clearance or non-clearance, which you will submit to your program director/coordinator.
You must complete a substance abuse test within ninety (90) days of starting your clinical course. Check with
your program coordinator to verify timelines so you do not repeat taking the test too soon.
Deadlines: There are different enrollments or ranking date for each of the health programs/courses. Please
check with the information in the catalog as well as with your health career counselor, program coordinator,
dean or director to make sure you have completed all requirements. Normal processing can take place in a
few days, but sometimes verification requirements may take even a few months to complete some
background check follow-up requirements. If you do not order your background check or substance abuse
screening timely, you may miss your deadline.
If you have any questions, contact the Dean of Health Career & Technical Education, Math and Science
Division at (915) 831-4030 or Dolores Arellano, Assistant at (915) 831-4027.
GUIDELINES FOR PROSPECTIVE AND CURRENT STUDENTS WITH HISTORY OF PRIOR
ARRESTS OR CONVICTIONS
Students who have been arrested or convicted of a crime before (or during) enrollment in a health
occupation program at El Paso Community College should be aware that they may not be eligible for
licensure or certification upon graduation from the program. In addition, convictions of certain crimes may
limit various clinical learning experiences during your program of study.
LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION, OR REGISTRY
Many health care professions require a statement from graduates about their prior criminal history upon
application for licensure, registration, or certification. It is critical that you answer the question accurately.
The question is worded differently on applications from different agencies. Following, are examples of
variation of typical questions (usually only one following question is asked on each application) which the
graduate is expected to provide a response.
1. Have you ever been convicted of a crime other than minor traffic violations?
2. Have you ever been arrested for a crime other than a minor traffic violation?
3. Have you ever been arrested?
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If you were arrested for possession of a drug but not convicted, your responses to the above questions could
be (1) NO, (2) YES, or (3) YES. If you received a charge for reckless driving, your responses to the same
questions could be (1) NO, (2) NO, (3) YES.
The impact of a positive (“YES”) response to these questions varies, depending upon the specifics of the
situation. Usually, the agency that is requesting the information will request that you provide additional
information to allow them to decide your eligibility for the licensure, registration, or certification. The
following are types of information you may be asked to provide:
1. A written summary in your own words
2. A copy of the disposition or court order (this can be obtained from the District Clerk or the County
Clerk).
3. Request for letters of recommendation from probation officers, parole officers, law enforcement
officers, or others involved.
4. Employment documentation.
5. Other.
In determining whether you will be credentialed, the agency will usually consider such factors as:
1. What was the crime?
2. When was the crime? How old were you when the incident occurred?
3. Was this a onetime occurrence or are there other instances of the same or other charges or
convictions?
4. Will having the credential provide an opportunity for further criminal activity?
5. Is there a relationship between the crime and the responsibilities you would have as a credentialed
health care provider?
6. Is there evidence of rehabilitation?
The impact of an incorrect response to a question, however, holds the possibility of later disciplinary action
and potential loss of your credential. Do not take that chance.
RECOMMENDATIONS:
Concerns about your status in a specific program at El Paso Community College should be addressed to:
1. Faculty coordinator of your program
2. Dean, of Health Career & Technical Education, Math & Science of the Rio Grande Campus, and/or
3. The licensure or certification agency for your chosen career.
A list of phone numbers and addresses for these individuals and agencies is attached.
EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY
No student or prospective student of the College will be discriminated against because of race, color, national
origin, religion, gender, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Students who
feel aggrieved because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, veteran status, sexual
orientation, or gender identity may file a written grievance with the Campus Dean, Vice President of
Instruction, Associate Vice President or Employee Relations.
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El Paso Community College Background Screening Process
Please visit the website www.elpasoex.com
To order your background check, you must first create an AMS account. Click on
*NOTE - International Students:
If you do not have a Social Security Number please input 111-11-1111
All Students:
Save Your Login Information! You can always log back into your account to see the status/results of
your background check along with pull your drug screen registration.
Once you have created your account, you will be taken to a page where you can read the instructions
and order a background check. Click
Read over the terms and agree to proceed.
Program of Study: Please select the values that apply
to
you and select the appropriate package that appears for your criteria.
Applicant Information: Your information will automatically populate based upon information you
provided when creating your account. Please review and update if necessary.
Additional Information: Depending upon your package Employment History and/or Professional
License information will need to be completed.Drug Screen Information: If your package contains
Drug Screen you will be prompted to select a collection site to supply your urine drug screen. You can
choose a location either by clicking on the thumb tack or with the check box next to the address.
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Then click
then, click
to continue to the last steps of your
order.
Confirmation Order: Please review your information to ensure all information is correct. It is not
possible to make changes to your order after it has been submitted. If your order is submitted
with incorrect information you will need to submit another background check with additional
fees.
Disclosure & Authorization Form: Read and then sign electronically with your mouse consenting to
the background check.
Please contact American DataBank at 1-800-200-0853 or [email protected] with any questions.
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Payment: Please select
this method allows you to pay by Credit Card,
Debit Card and/or Gift Card (example: Visa Gift Card can be purchased for payment). You will
automatically receive an email receipt of confirmation of your order online. To view the progress of
your order please login to your account.
Next Steps:
DRUG SCREEN NEXT STEPS
Your Drug Screen Registration information will be emailed to you immediately following payment online.
Be sure to check your spam and junk folders for this email as you will need it to complete your drug screen.
The registration form can also be found within your account as well by logging in. You can either print this
email or have it available to show the collector on your smart phone. You must complete your Drug
Screening within the 7 day period otherwise you will be required to reorder and repay for the Drug
Screen online.
Please contact American DataBank at 1-800-200-0853 or [email protected] with any questions.
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(The following AMA information was copied in part from America DataBank website for your convenience)
American DataBank LLC All Rights Reserved For Client Use Only Created: 03/12/2012
Applicant Management System (AMS)
Student Guide
The Applicant Management System (AMS) is online portal giving you access to all information pertaining
to your background check.
By creating an account with AMS, you will be able to:
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Place an Order
View Order Status
Access, Download, and Print Completed Results
24/7 Access to Order History Information
View American DataBank’s Notes for Process Status
Edit Personal Profile
Access Your Account after graduation
Refer to the following pages if:
 Creating an account
 Placing your order
 Logging into Your Account
 Contacting American DataBank
What You Need to Do
Please read the following instructions and follow the steps to creating your AMS account and placing an
order. In order to create your account, visit your school’s specific background check website provided by
your school. Save this URL to your Favorites for future reference.
1. Click “Create New Account”
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2. Enter in your information and then click: "Create an Account"
 Create a username that contains at least 8 characters. Save your username for future login.
 Create a password. It must be at least 8 characters, contain 1 number, 1 capital letter, and 1 of these
specific special characters ([email protected]$%#). (Example: College#1) special characters listed on Number
Keys 1-5 and ~.
3. To further strengthen the security of your account, select a Security Question from the drop
down list and enter your answer. Remember your answer since this will be used if you forget
your password, then Click
Next
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4. Provide additional identifiable Information.
 Date of Birth must be in mm/dd/yyyy format. You can also select the calendar function.
 Select your Gender, then click
5. Enter Communication Information
 Phone Number
 Primary Email Address (School Email)
 Confirm Primary Email (School E-mail)
 Secondary Email (Personal Email), then click
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**NOTE: When entering dates of residence use MM/YYYY format: (Example: 03/2012),
From current address, use today’s month and year, on the “To” field: (Example: 03/2012)
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 You will receive an email with your login information.
 Please save this email with your username and password.
 With your account, you will be able to track your order and place future orders, even after
graduation.
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PLACING YOUR ORDER
After creating your account, you will be taken to a page with instructions and how to place
your Background Screening Order:
1. After reading the instructions, click "Click Here to Order your Background Screening”
Click Here to Order your Background Screening
2. Read the “Terms and Conditions of Use” and click “I Agree”
3. Select Your Information (Program of Study, Campus Location, etc.)
4. Select the Required Package
5.
Enter Your Information
The fields will be automatically completed with the information you previously provided for your account.
Review and confirm or change this information.
NOTE: Don't forget to
include any Alias or
Maiden Names used in
the last 7 years
6.
Confirm your order information.
Please make sure the information you provided is correct.
Once you place your order, you will not be able to change or edit the order
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6. Sign. With your mouse or touchpad the Disclosure and Release Form.
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Don’t worry if you don’t get it the first time
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to start over
If you’re using a laptop touchpad, just
hold the left button while signing
9. Provide Payment
Select either "Pay By Credit Card" or "Pay By Money Order"
“Pay by Credit Card” - After entering your payment information by Credit Card, click “Submit Payment"
"Pay by Money Order” - Please mail payment by Money Order to:
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login page
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Logging Into Your Account
Now that you have created an account and placed your order, you will be able to login to AMS and view
information regarding your order. You will be able to check the progress and access your completed
background check report.
1. Click "Log In To Your Account"
2. Enter Your Username and Password, and then click:
Login
Forgot Your
Password?
Just click
“Forget your password?”
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Enter your User Name and code from the Image
Answer your Security Question and reset your
password
After you have logged into your account, you will be taken to the main instruction page.
3. Click “My Account” on the top right of the page.
My Account Top of Page
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4. Your Profile will have tabs for “Identity” “Residence” “Order History” “Identity Strength” and “Support.
"You have the ability to view and update information as necessary.
5. The most important and useful tab is “Order History”
By selecting this tab, you will be able to view all orders placed.
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Under the “Order Summary" Tab,
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Provided Personal Information
Provided Address Information
Signed Disclosure & Release Form
Under the "Service Groups” Tab,
you will be able to view
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Order History
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detailing the progress of your order
 Completed Background Check
To view your order results, click
Your report will open in PDF format for you
to either save or print.
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PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Students are encouraged to join their respective professional organizations (local, state, and/or national).
As an integral part of a health care team, it is important that you develop an attitude of professionalism and
interest in your career area. Through professional organizations, you can expand your knowledge about
your field and become informed of new advances. Attendance at organizational functions is also a good
opportunity to meet individuals who are currently working in your field, and other fields.
The following is a partial list of Health Career Professional Organizations in which you may participate as
students. Other organizations are open to membership only after graduation. Please check with your
program faculty members for additional information.
PROGRAM
NAME OF ORGANIZATION
Dental Assisting
American Dental Assistant Association
Dental Hygiene
Student American Dental Hygiene Association
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Southwest Medical Imaging Society
Emergency Medical Services
Texas Association of Emergency Medical Technologists
Health Information Technology
American Medical Records Association
American Association for Medical Transcription
American Association of Medical Assistants
Texas Society of AAMA
New Mexico Society of AAMA
El Paso County Chapter of AAMA
Junior Chapter AAMA - EPCC Club
Medical Assisting Technology
Medical Laboratory Technology
Pharmacy Technology
Physical Therapist Assistant
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Respiratory Care Technology
Surgical Technology
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Association for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
American Society of Hospital Pharmacists
Association of Pharmacy Technicians
American Physical Therapy Association
Texas Physical Therapy Association
Greater El Paso Physical Therapy Association
American Society of Radiologic Technologists
Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists
Rio Grande Imaging Society
American Society of Radiologic Technologists
Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists
Rio Grande Imaging Society
American Association of Respiratory Care for
Texas Society for Respiratory Care
Association of Surgical Technologists
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RELEASE OF INFORMATION
Purpose: Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, permission is needed to release
information.
Explanation: Developing clinical rotation schedules for students enrolled in health career courses is
necessary. The information is distributed to:
1. Faculty Coordinator, instructor and staff
2. Clinical affiliate
3. Classmates
Schedules are used by faculty and staff at El Paso Community College and the clinical affiliate to notify
students of messages received, especially in case of emergencies. Classmates use the information to organize
car pools and study groups.
I, ___________________________________ give my permission for El Paso Community College to distribute the
following items only to relevant entities (e.g. clinical affiliates):
*A clinical schedule with names of students
*Verification of background and substance abuse tests
*Verification of completed community-wide orientation and HIPAA training
Telephone
Address
*Date of CPR Certification
*TB skin test results and dates
References for employment (optional)
Name, addresses to clinical affiliates for invitations to graduation parties (optional)
*Dates of required immunizations or Titers
*Failure to release this information may result in non-admittance to clinical facilities. Clinical affiliates
require this information of all students providing patient care.
Student Name: ___________________________________
Printed
Program: __________________________________________
Student Signature:
Date: _____________________
_________
 Sign and return to instructor for record keeping, to get a copy go to Student Forms 
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SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Sexual Harassment is one form of discrimination that may be difficult to distinguish in health care. Health
care providers often discuss normal and dysfunctional aspects of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology
of the human body, including the sexual and reproductive systems. Discussion of sexuality in class, sexual
history of a patient etc., is not considered sexual harassment when professionalism is maintained. Touching
a patient to perform necessary patient care is not sexual harassment. However, these same actions done in a
nonprofessional manner can be sexual harassment (College procedure 2.03.06, policy 7.05.11).
Sexual harassment has been defined by EEOC as: “Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors,
and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature."
Sexual harassment is when:
Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly and becomes a term or condition
for a person’s employment
Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual’s employment
Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a person’s work or creating
an intimidating, hostile, and/or offensive work environment.
(Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, June 1997) Other definitions of sexual harassment include:
The use of authority to emphasize sexuality or sexual identity of a student, in a way that prevents or
impairs that student's full employment (of educational benefits, climate, or opportunity) (National
Advisory Council on Women's Educational Programs).
Sexual harassing behavior includes the following, when based on gender considerations:
a)
b)
c)
d)
Sabotaging a person’s work or school efforts, assignments, or reputation,
Assigning a person less challenging /or responsible duties,
Unequal application of disciplinary rules, and performance standards,
Repeated belittling, demeaning or insulting a person. (Strauss, Susan in Sexual Harassment
and Teens)
Another definition of sexual harassment is “unwanted sexual or gender-based behavior that occurs
when one person has formal or informal power over the other.” (Educator’s Guide to Controlling
Sexual Harassment, Thompson Publishing Group, 1993, page 202.)
Any type of unwelcome conduct directed toward a student or employee because of his or her gender may
Constitute sexual harassment.
The following are examples of behaviors that are often viewed as sexual harassment when they are
unwanted behaviors:
Direct or indirect threats or bribes for unwanted sexual activity; sexual innuendos and comments;
asking or commenting about a person’s sexual activities; humor or jokes about sex or female/males
in general; sexually suggestive sounds or gestures; pestering a person for dates or sexual behavior;
touching, patting, pinching, stroking, squeezing, tickling, or brushing against a person; giving a neck
or shoulder massage; letters, notes, telephone calls or materials of a sexual nature; sexist or
stereotyped comments; displaying pictures, cartoons, etc., with sexual content; stalking a person;
attempted or actual sexual assault. (Educator’s Guide to Controlling Sexual Harassment, Thompson
Publishing Group, 1993, Pages 212-213.)
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DISCRIMINATION LAWS
The faculty and students in the health care professions should be aware of various State and Federal laws
including:
Age Discrimination Act in Employment Act
Americans with Disabilities Act
Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 1991
Pregnancy Discrimination Act
Equal Pay Act
Vocational Rehabilitation Act
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
State Fair Employment Practices Statues
Executive Order 11246
Common law torts relating to sexual harassment
 Other state and municipal laws including those on rape, sexual abuse, sexual assault, and child
molestation.
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STUDENT EMPLOYMENT OR VOLUNTEER WORK
It is recommended that a student's combined employment and semester hour load not exceed 40 hours per
week in either long session or summer terms.
Students should be aware that:
The Health Career & Technical Education, Math & Science programs assume no responsibility for
their activities as volunteers or employees of agencies, and they should not wear school name tags or
patches
They are personally responsible and liable for any activity in which they participate while employed,
or as a volunteer
Professional liability insurance purchased by students through EPCC is valid only in their student
role, not their employment or volunteer role. Individuals who practice illegally may jeopardize their
futures, since persons who are convicted of crimes may not be eligible to take their licensure or
certification exam.
Students who are employed or volunteer in agencies have a personal and professional responsibility to
engage only in those activities that fall within their job descriptions as nonprofessional workers (i.e., aides,
techs).
They have a responsibility to refuse to participate in activities that they have not been legally licensed to do
(i.e., giving medications, planning care, assuming total responsibility for a team or unit, etc.).
Students who are employed or working as a volunteer, should seek information regarding liability coverage,
laws governing volunteers, etc., from their employer(s).
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EPCC
EMERGENCY AND DISASTER PREPARDNESS GUIDELINES
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HEALTH-RELATED PROCEDURES
HEPATITIS “B” STUDENT INFORMATION PACKET
Instruction Sheet - Hepatitis Vaccine
Dear Health Career Student:
You are either enrolled in or will soon be entering one of the Health Career programs at El Paso Community
College. Because you are entering a health care profession, you may be at increased risk for Hepatitis “B”.
Note that some health career areas are at higher risk than others. Please follow these instructions in
completing the attached pages:
Read the attached information sheet on Hepatitis “B” Vaccine and the pharmacological literature.
If you need to receive the Hepatitis “B” vaccine:
Make an appointment with your private physician or
Schedule an appointment at the Rio Grande Border Health Clinic., (915) 831-4016.
Verification of a total of three doses must be submitted to your program coordinator.
NOTE: You are responsible for the cost of vaccines. If you are employed by a health care agency, the
vaccine may be available from that agency at no cost; cost may also be covered by some health care
insurance policies.
Hepatitis “B” Virus/Vaccine (HBV) Information Sheet
Blood borne pathogens are microorganisms that have the potential for causing a variety of diseases, two of
which are the Hepatitis “B” virus (HBV) and the Human Immune Deficiency Virus (HIV). Other forms of
Hepatitis also exist (e.g. Hepatitis C and Hepatitis D). Blood borne pathogens are transmitted from one
person to another via the exchange of body fluids, such as blood, saliva, semen, vaginal secretions and
cerebrospinal fluid.
Hepatitis “B”, also known as “serum hepatitis, (HBr)” can be transmitted prenatally and through needle
sticks, sexual intercourse, intravenous drug use, dialysis, and blood transfusions. It can also be spread by
contaminated blood entering a person’s body by way of a break in the skin (e.g., cuts, abrasions). HBV is also
transmitted by unidentified means since it can survive outside the body, on environmental objects, for
several days. Hepatitis “B” damages the liver and can even lead to liver cancer and death. Symptoms of
infection might include fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal pain, fever, dark urine, and jaundice.
It is estimated that health care workers are 20 times more likely to contract Hepatitis ”B” than the normal
population and that at least 200 health care workers die from HBV occupationally acquired Hepatitis “B”
each year. There is no known cure for Hepatitis “B”.
Hepatitis “B” Vaccine and Administration of Vaccine
Two types of Hepatitis “B” vaccines are currently licensed in the United States: Heptavax,
which comes from human plasma; and recombinant (synthetic) vaccines such as Recombivax
HB and Engerix-B.
Heptavax use is limited to hemodialysis patients, other immune compromised persons, and persons with
known allergy to yeast. Possible side effects are pain at injection site, swelling at injection site, redness at
injection site, dizziness, low grade fever, nausea/vomiting, malaise, headache and joint pain.
(Note: Heptavax is no longer being produced in the United States, so its availability may be limited.)
Recombivax made with common baker’s yeast. Possible side effects include tenderness at injection site,
swelling at injection site, redness at injection site, itching, cramps, diarrhea, low-grade fever, malaise,
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headache, nausea/vomiting, constipation, dizziness. Persons with allergies to yeast and/or aluminum
hydroxide should not receive this product.
Persons with active/serious diseases, fever, or who are pregnant or nursing should consult their physician
before receiving this product. The duration of immunity is unknown at this time, but adults with normal
immune status do not routinely need a booster within 7-9 years after vaccination. Vaccination is not
necessary in cases of blood screening which discloses immunity, previous Hepatitis B vaccination, and
medical contraindications.
(Note: Pre-screening for immunity is not required, but if you desire to be screened please consult your
private physician. If you are a HBV carrier, you will receive neither therapeutic nor adverse effects as a
result of receiving the vaccine, other than the previously listed possible side effects).
Administration of Vaccine
You will receive three (3) injections: the initial dose; a dose one month later; a dose six months after
the initial dose.
The vaccine (when administered in the deltoid muscle of the arm) provides protective antibodies in
over 90% of healthy persons, but El Paso Community College offers no guarantee relative to the
efficacy of the vaccine.
The vaccine might not be effective if you are already incubating the Hepatitis “B” virus, i.e. already
carrying the virus. A blood test will determine if you have immunity.
Target Vaccination Population, Health Care Personnel
The frequency of blood contact rather than the frequency of patient contact seems to be the most important
factor in the acquisition of the infection. Those employees working in the Laboratory,
Emergency Room or Emergency Medical Services (ambulances) Intensive Care Unit, Operating Room, Labor
and delivery. Respiratory Therapy and Anesthesia have significant contact with blood and therefore are at
greatest risk.
Pre-Immunization Screening
You may request to be screened for antibody to Hepatitis “B” surface antigen. If it is positive, this means you
are immune to the Hepatitis “B” virus and vaccination is unnecessary. No adverse effects have been noted
when chronic carriers (HBsAG positive) were immunized. Screening is not required.
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STUDENT’S HEALTH
PHYSICAL EXAM
It is the student's responsibility to insure that a current "health history and physical examination" form is on
file within each division/discipline. The physical exam must be updated every 3 years (unless otherwise
indicated), and must be performed by a health provider (PA, NP, MD, DO) licensed to practice medicine in the
United States. See exemptions under EPCC policy 7.01.03.10. These guidelines also apply to health-related
faculty and staff in clinical assignments. Physician’s letter and Report of Health Evaluation forms are under:
www.epcc.edu/InstitutionalEffectiveness/PoliciesandProcedures/7.02.01.10
TUBERCULIN TESTING
It is the student's responsibility to provide evidence of a current TB test. Noncompliant students will not be
allowed to attend clinical experiences. Such absences will be considered as unexcused and may result in the
student's withdrawal from the course. Tuberculin skin tests are considered current for twelve (12) months.
Chest x-rays that are documented as negative upon admission will not need to be updated during continuous
enrollment at EPCC unless documented exposure to active TB occurs or if the student becomes symptomatic
for TB.
IMMUNIZATIONS AND TITERS (see page 35)
Students are required to submit evidence of adequate levels of immunity, acquired naturally or by
immunization against the following diseases. See a declination form for Annual Influenza Vaccination and
PPD Skin Test Interpretation or Chest X-ray Annual Follow-up for Health Career Student and Faculty.
Meningitis Vaccination. Effective January 2012, all college students are required to submit evidence
of receiving vaccination against meningitis or evidence of receiving a booster dose. See exemptions
under EPCC policy 7.01.03.10 at the end of Handbook.
Tdap with periodic Tetanus booster
Diphtheria
Measles/Rebella
Mumps
Rubella
Varicella
Tuberculosis (PPD or Tine, or Chest X-ray)
Hepatitis B Vaccine is required for Health professionals, including students
Influenza is required or Completed Declination Form. ( NOTE: If declined, will have to wear a mask in
clinical)
If age 65 or older, a Herpes Zoster is recommended. This can substitute for the above listed Varicella.
Please refer to the immunization schedule and Hepatitis “B” Immunization packets found elsewhere
in the handbook.
MENINGITIS VACCINATION
What is meningitis and why it is so dangerous? Meningococcal meningitis is a bacterial infection that can
cause severe swelling of the brain and spinal cord. This disease is potentially very dangerous because it is
relatively rare and it is often mistaken for a minor cold or the flu and, as a result, is ignored. The bad news is
that up to 1 out of 5 people who develop meningococcal disease will die (* This case is representative of
causes that have occurred.) Of those who survive, up to 1 in 5 will suffer from permanent disabilities such as
amputation, brain damage, hearing loss, and seizures.
Recognizing the characteristic signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease are critical and potentially
lifesaving. Most common early symptoms of meningitis are similar to the flu. Many people complain about
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having headache, fever, stiff neck, extreme fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light. Some people
also develop a purplish red rash of small dots (petechiae), mainly on their arms and legs.
The good news is that today’s meningococcal vaccine can help to protect you and your child against the most
common forms of meningitis (bacteria stains A, C, Y, and W-135) In fact, experience in the United States
military, where vaccination is mandatory, has proven that vaccination really works to prevent outbreaks of
meningitis and meningococcal disease worldwide.
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PREGNANCY AND RADIATION EXPOSURE
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The College provides guidelines to insure the protection of the student and of the fetus for students who are
enrolled in health career programs with a radiology component and who are pregnant at the time of
enrollment, or who become pregnant while enrolled. Any student, who becomes pregnant while enrolled in
a health career program, should notify the program director/coordinator immediately (voluntary written
declaration). If the student's course work includes direct radiology experience, the Radiation Safety Officer
will provide information to the student related to the USNRC Regulatory Guide “Instructions Concerning
Prenatal Radiation Exposure.” The student who elects to continue in the program must present written
permission from her obstetrician for continuation in any classes that might present risk. It may be
recommended that the student withdraw from the program until she is no longer pregnant. If direct clinical
radiology experience is a required portion of the student's course objective, and no alternative clinical site
can be identified to place the student, the student will be required to withdraw from the course. To return to
the program, the student would follow the procedure for readmission.
SICKNESS AND/OR INJURIES WHILE ON DUTY
Students are responsible for notifying the clinical instructor or affiliate supervisor of illnesses or injuries. An
injury occurring at an affiliating agency may be treated at that agency, if there are facilities to provide such
care. The student, however, is responsible for all expenses relating to such treatment. An incident
form should be completed at the affiliating agency and a copy submitted to the director/coordinator of the
student's program.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Students with permanent or temporary verified disabilities are invited to register with the Center
for Students with Disabilities where counseling, registration assistance, adaptive equipment and a
variety of support services are available. Support services can be arranged for all campus locations.
For more information, call (915) 831-2426. Should accommodation be needed to complete
program competencies, a plan will be developed to help students to meet course/program
competencies whenever possible.
MEDICAL/DENTAL INSURANCE
It is recommended that students purchase their own medical/ dental insurance policy. Students
enrolled in health career programs may be exposed to contagious diseases that may require health
care. Students will be responsible for the payment of their own medical expenses. Student
professional practice insurance purchased as a course requirement does not cover personal
medical expenses. When possible, arrangements will be made to provide students opportunity to
purchase student health insurance at special rates.
OTHER HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
Students will be required to meet any additional requirements of each assigned clinical affiliate.
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CLINICAL PROCEDURES
AFFILIATE COMPUTER ORIENTATIONS
Students assigned to various clinical affiliates may be required to participate in special computer system
orientations. These classes may be scheduled on campus or at the clinical affiliate. Classes may be scheduled
during class time, clinical time, or at other times as facilities are available.
AFFILIATE COMPUTER CODES
Students may be assigned special computer codes for use in clinical learning experiences. Students MUST
NEVER use these codes outside the clinical student role or provide the code to anyone. Students who are
also employed by the affiliate should not use their employee code when in the agency as a student. The
affiliate may require a computer orientation at their site.
COMMUNITY HOSPITAL ORIENTATION
In accordance with the standards outlined by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care
Organizations, a Hospital Personnel must be oriented to their role in the hospital's infection control program,
safety management program, and other topics designated by the agency. Therefore, all health career
students that rotate through the hospitals are required to complete a hospital orientation within a twelve
(12) month period. This is currently on-line and can be accessed from the http://www.epcc.edu. Some
students may also be required to attend other assigned clinical site orientations. The student should request
information from the program coordinator for the time and place of the hospital orientation make-up.
Noncompliance with the above ruling may result in the student not being allowed to use the clinical facility
as a clinical rotation site. Thus, all students documented proof of completion to assigned program
coordinator is requested.
CLINICAL ASSIGNMENTS
As an essential component of the Health Career Programs, students are assigned to a variety of clinical
affiliates, (e.g., hospital, medical clinic, physician's office, dental office, dental clinic, public school, nursing
home, or ambulance).
It is the responsibility of each student to become familiar with the institutional policies and procedures for
the clinical affiliate to which he/she is assigned. Some clinical affiliates require or provide an orientation,
during which they familiarize the student with procedures concerning code arrests, fire, and disaster
procedures. If the clinical affiliate in which the student is assigned does not provide a scheduled orientation,
the program's clinical instructor will provide the necessary information.
Although students are not considered employees, they are to adhere to all departmental and institutional
policies and procedures of the clinical affiliate to which they are assigned.
TRANSPORTATION
It is the student's responsibility to provide transportation to and from the affiliate and to arrive and depart
the clinical affiliate at the assigned time. In case of absence from the clinical affiliate, the student must notify
the clinical instructor or other designated person(s) as early as possible before the student's scheduled time
of arrival. Students may also be required to notify the affiliate, depending on program or affiliate
procedures. Failure to notify the instructor(s) of lateness or absenteeism will be considered an unexcused
absence. The instructor may drop a student from the course if the unexcused absences exceed the number
allowed for a particular clinical course.
CPR REQUIREMENT
Students enrolled in a clinical education course in any health career program must have a current CPR card
at AHA (The American Heart Association) Professional Level only. This must remain current
throughout the course of the program.
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CRITERIA FOR UNSAFE CLINICAL PRACTICE
Students in a Health Career Program are assigned responsibilities for patient care at various clinical sites in
the community, patient’s home, on- campus clinical situations, etc. Each clinical course specifies the
standards for successful completion of the course and the course requirements. There may, however, be
situations where the student places a patient in physical or emotional jeopardy.
In the case of a student who performs in an unsafe manner, the student may either be dismissed from that
day’s clinical with an unexcused absence or recommended for removal from the course with a failing grade,
depending upon the circumstance of the situation.
A failure in the course will cause the student to be dropped from the program and the student must complete
the procedure for readmission to be considered for readmission into the program. In all instances of unsafe
clinical practice, verbal and written counseling will be initiated by the instructor.
The counseling form(s) and recommendations will be maintained in the student records throughout their
enrollment in a Health Career Programs.
Students are legally responsible for their own acts, commission and omission. Instructors are responsible
for their students in the clinical setting.
The clinical site is responsible for the patient, and we are guests in their institution. It is therefore, necessary
for the student and the Health Career’s faculty to conscientiously evaluate unsafe behavior.
Documented violation of one of these may result in disciplinary action.
The following situations are categories of unsafe practice. Each discipline will provide specific examples of
physical or emotional jeopardy:
Physical Jeopardy
Violates or threatens the patient's physical safety.
Violates or threatens the microbiological safety of the patient.
Violates or threatens the chemical safety of the patient.
Violates or threatens the thermal safety of the patient.
Violates previously mastered principles, learning, & objectives in carrying out patient care and/or delegated
medical functions.
Assumes inappropriate independence in actions or decisions.
Fails to recognize own limitations, incompetence, and/or legal responsibilities.
Fails to accept moral and legal responsibility for his/her own actions thereby violating professional integrity.
Emotional Jeopardy
Violates or threatens the psychological safety of the patient.
Violates Confidentiality
Violates the Rights of the Patient
Impugns the orders of a physician to a patient
Discusses diagnostic information with the patient against the physician’s orders
Discusses alarming outcomes of the disease or injury prognosis with the patient without the permission of the
physician
The student will be held responsible for treating patients safely at all times and preventing situations of physical or
emotional jeopardy.
Students, who have failed a course due to documented incidents of unsafe practice, may not be considered for readmission
regardless of the level of the course.
This statement is to be included in the course syllabus of every clinical course.
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ETHICAL & PROFESSIONAL EXPECTATIONS OF THE EPCC STUDENT CLINICIAN
There are special skills, knowledge, and attitudes that are necessary for a health care team member to be
effective in carrying out responsibilities in the clinical or practical environment. Faculty of Health Careers’
Programs has developed a brief list of some attitude guidelines that will provide a basis for your role as a
member of a helping profession.
A. TOWARD PATIENTS
1. Selflessness (This shows concern for others above self)
Make no compromises in treatment.
Treat all patients without reservation.
Complete all procedures with or without supervision.
Demonstrate respect for the patient’s time
2. Chairside/Bedside Manner
Demonstrate enthusiasm and belief in treatment
Demonstrate empathy, compassion and tolerance
Use appropriate tone of voice (kind and calm).
Do not show signs of sarcasm, negative expression, or lack of interest.
Maintain eye contact when talking with patient
Be aware of “body language”-- both positive and negative (e.g., positive good posture, use of
hands, face patient, etc., negative frowns, shrugs, sighs) and other signs that show either lack of
interest or negative attitude
Do not leave the patient alone without good cause.
3. Patient Education
Make every effort to teach the necessary preventive techniques needed by the patient
Use free time to talk about health care with the patient and avoids inappropriate topics during
the clinical experience.
1. Dependable
Prompt
Team-worker
B. TOWARD SELF
2. Responsible
Keep all appointments/attendance
Notify appropriate individual (e.g. coordinator, instructor, affiliate supervisor) of any absence.
3. Professional appearance
Clean hair, no offensive body odors, good oral hygiene, trimmed fingernails
Follow the dress code without exception
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C. TOWARD CLASSMATE
Show respect for classmate's time and property
Assist classmates when needed without being asked (team member).
Share equipment
Return all supplies and equipment in the same condition as received
It is always polite - to ask for help, never demand it
D. TOWARD INSTRUCTORS/STAFF/AFFILIATES
Show respect and courtesy to faculty and staff
Take constructive advice graciously
When in conflict or doubt, consult with the instructor, or agency staff in private
Do not participate in the spreading of rumor or gossip.
E. CLASSROOM/LAB/CLINIC ATTITUDE
Participate in a positive and constructive manner
Be prompt to all classes, labs/clinics
Read and prepares for all assignments before class
Show courtesy to instructors and classmates
React appropriately to assignments and exams
Meet the standards of dress code appearance
Show respect and courtesy to guests and part-time lecturers.
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GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN PROGRAMS WITH RADIOLOGY COMPONENTS DURING
PREGNANCY
Title of Procedure:
This procedure is to provide guideline and protection of the student and of their fetus enrolled in Health
Career Programs with radiology components at the time of enrollment or who become pregnant while
enrolled.
General:
Scientific evidence indicates that rapidly dividing cells are more radiosensitive than other cells within the
body. The cells in the embryo stage of development are of particular concern because of the potential
consequences that can result from damage caused at the early stages of fetal development. Therefore,
special consideration is provided to those individuals who are occupationally exposed to sources of radiation
and may be pregnant or are considering becoming pregnant.
1.
Definitions:
Pregnant or Possibly Pregnant: An individual is considered to be pregnant or potentially pregnant
only upon voluntary written declaration to the Radiation Safety Officer.
2. Radiation Safety Officer (RSO): A Radiation Safety Officer is a qualified individual who establishes
and oversees operating and safety procedures and assures conformity to the rules in the 25 Texas
Administrative Code (TAC) §289 (formerly TRCR). These rules are compatible with those of the
United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The Texas Department of State Health Services
determines the qualifications for the RSO. Currently the RSO for El Paso Community College is the
Instructional Coordinator for the Radiologic Technology Program.
Procedure Statement:
1. Radiologic Technology Program students will be informed of the special risks associated with
reproduction and radiation exposure during the “Basic Radiation Protection” unit taught in the
Introduction to Radiography course, the first program course of the curriculum. Dental students will
receive this information prior to performing dental radiography. Special emphasis will be placed on
the voluntary declaration that should be the responsibility of the individual.
2. If the individual decides to declare her pregnancy or potential pregnancy, it must be in writing to the
Radiation Safety Officer. The Student has the option to continue in the program without modification
after declaring her pregnancy.
3. Declaration information provided to the Radiation Safety Officer will remain confidential among the
appropriate program faculty. The Radiation Safety Officer will inform the individual if it is deemed
necessary to relay the information to other parties, and the information will only be relayed if
consent is granted. Upon notification of pregnancy or potential pregnancy, the Radiation Safety
Officer will provide an oral summary of the information contained in the USNRC Regulatory Guide
8.13 “Instruction Concerning Prenatal Radiation Exposure.” A copy of the document will be provided
along with an opportunity to ask questions and receive answers.
4. A review of the individual’s exposure history is performed if the data is available. This information
will be reviewed in an attempt to project what doses might be expected in the ensuing nine month
period.
5. A student may undeclared her pregnancy at any time, and this information must be presented to the
Radiation Safety Officer in writing.
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6. The pregnancy declaration form in no way absolves the institution from the responsibility of
providing a safe workplace.
7. Personnel monitoring records will be routinely reviewed to verify compliance with the fetal exposure
limit of 500 millirem for the nine-month gestation period. Consideration will also be given to the
amount of dose recorded during each monitoring period, in keeping with the recommended average
limit of 50 millirem per month.
8. Declared pregnant individuals found to have doses nearing or at the dose limit will be contacted so
that the limit will not be exceeded.
9. Conflicts arising from the imposition of work restrictions to limit doses will be resolved through the
coordination of program officials, Division Dean, appropriate clinical affiliate officials, and/or El Paso
Community College attorneys.
References:
USNRC Regulatory Guide 8.13 25 TAC §289.202 (m)
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PATIENT CONFIDENTIALITY
All information learned during a patient care experience or from patient records is completely confidential.
(Exceptions: instructors and agency staff members may be notified of all confidential matters)
No comment should be made about the patient that could be taken as negative or critical. Such comments
could easily be taken very personally by the patient or friends if overheard. The attitude taken about the
patient and the treatment should always be in the best interest of the patient.
CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT
I understand and agree that in the performance of my duties as a student in
(Program)
I must hold patient information in confidence. Further, I understand and agree that intentional or voluntary
violation of the patient's confidentiality may result in refusal by the health care facility to allow me to
participate in patient care. Violating patient confidentiality may place the patient in emotional jeopardy, one
form of unsafe clinical practice, and may result in failure to meet course objectives.
Student Name: ___________________________________
Printed
Program: __________________________________________
Student Signature:
Date: _____________________
_________
 Sign and return to instructor for record keeping, to get a copy go to Student Forms
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PERSONAL APPEARANCE
The students represent the El Paso Community College-Health Career Programs and their appearance will
reflect on both the programs and themselves. The Health Career Programs are designed to educate students
to become a member of a profession, and a professional appearance should be reflected in their daily
grooming and dress.
CLASSROOM ATTIRE
It is expected that reasonable standards of dress are followed in the classroom. Extremes in
clothing should be avoided for classes that do not require a uniform.
NAME PINS AND PATCHES
These items may be purchased at local businesses.
Check with the coordinator of the program as to color and wording on the pins.
SHOES
White duty shoes may be required.
Shoes, despite the type, must be clean and polished always.
Some programs will not allow tennis or sport shoes.
PERSONAL HYGIENE
Poor personal hygiene can cause an unpleasant environment. It is recommended that student develops good
personal hygiene habits before dealing with patients.
Oral hygiene
Avoid highly seasoned foods, alcohol and smoking before dealing with patients.
Establish good dental habits.
Shower or bathe and use a deodorant daily.
Hair should be neat and clean.
Long hair (male or female) should be restrained in some manner to avoid falling into a
patient’s face.
No rollers or head covers are permitted. While engaged in clinical or laboratory activities,
plain hair pins used to secure hair are acceptable.
Beards, mustaches, etc., are permitted if clean and neatly trimmed.
Remember: hair follicles harbor a high concentration of bacteria.
Nails: Short, clean, and rounded for safety.
Nail polish, clear color, may be permitted in some programs. Check with Program
Coordinator.
Remember: hand washing is very effective in reducing the transfer of bacteria from patient
to patient and in removing offensive odors from hands.
Jewelry wedding rings and watches may be acceptable in some programs. Small conservative
earrings may be worn, depending on the program.
Remember: jewelry can harbor bacteria.
Cosmetics
May be used in moderation.
Highly scented colognes, perfumes, and shaving lotions are not to be used as they may be
offensive or cause an allergic reaction to the patients.
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UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS
Uniforms may be required for some clinical courses. Students must purchase them at their own expense.
Uniforms must be according to provided guidelines. Each program may have other specific requirements.
These will be provided to the student at the specific program orientation or at the beginning of the semester.
LABORATORY COAT OR WHITE MEDICAL COAT
Each program has its own uniform code that may be modified by hospital or clinic requirements
A lab or white medical coat, with a school patch worn on the left arm, may be required by some
programs
The lab coat should be clean and pressed
The lab coat is always worn when engaged in a clinical activity, and may be required in a
laboratory sitting
Hose and underclothes visible through the uniforms are not appropriate.
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PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE INSURANCE
All students enrolled in a clinical course are required to purchase professional practice insurance
which is available through the college. You will be given exact costs when you register.
Each semester students must submit a photocopy of their receipt for professional practice
insurance during the first week of class. Students not providing proof of insurance will not be
allowed to attend clinical experiences. Such absences will be considered as not excused and may
result in the student's withdrawal from the course.
The policy does not cover first aid for the student or injuries resulting from the student's
administration of first aid. The Good Samaritan Act protects these individuals if they intended no
harm.
STUDENT DISMISSAL FROM CLINICAL FACILITIES
Each student is a guest of the Clinical Facility and is expected to conduct himself/herself in
professional manner. A student in any program may be dismissed from the clinical facility by the
clinical coordinator and/or program coordinator for the following reasons:
1. Conduct that affects the student’s performance while in the affiliate and/or compromises the
patient’s safety, example:
Alcohol consumption
Use or Abuse of Prescription Drugs
Abusive language to patients, instructors, facility personnel, etc.
2. Failure to meet course objectives.
Inability to function in the clinical setting.
Consistently poor clinical evaluations and/or grades.
3. Excessive absenteeism/tardiness.
4. Violation of ethical standards such as falsifying records, violating patient confidentiality.
Unsafe clinical practice which places a patient in jeopardy.
Practicing out of your scope of training.
In addition, clinical affiliates may request removal of a student from their agency for cause. Each
student has the responsibility for attending class and pursuing the objectives of the course(s) for
which he or she is officially enrolled.
The instructor for each course will give the student a course syllabus that contains course
objectives, attendance requirements, and grading criteria. Students who have not attended at least
one (1) class session through the census date for the semester/session will be dropped and may not
be reinstated.
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WITHDRAWAL INFORMATION
INSTRUCTOR INITIATED STUDENT WITHDRAWAL
Instructor is authorized to drop students up to the twelve week (long semester), who are not in
pursuit of the course objectives as outlined in the section of the Catalog entitled “Attendance and
Course Pursuit”.
In determining course pursuit by the student, the instructor will consider the following class
attendance, failure of the student to appear for examinations, presentations, or other required class
activities as identified in the course syllabus, failure of the student to submit required papers,
projects and reports. When, from combination of these benchmarks, the instructor determines the
student has ceased to pursue the objectives of the course, the instructor may withdraw the student.
Students withdrawn in this manner may be reinstated only upon appeal to the appropriate dean
and with the concurrence of the instructor. Such appeals must be initiated, in writing, within ten
(10) days from the date the withdrawal was received by the Registrar’s Office.
STUDENT INITIATED WITHDRAWAL
Students who want to withdraw from a course and receive a grade of “W” are responsible for
submitting the appropriate forms by official withdrawal date. It is ultimately the “student’s”
responsibility to withdraw from a course
SIX DROP RULE
Students who began attending Texas public institutions of higher education for the first time during
the Fall 2007 semester or later are subject to 6 - Drop limit for all undergraduate classes.
Students should consult with their instructor before dropping a class. Students are encouraged to
see Counseling Services if dropping, because exemptions may apply.
Refer to the EPCC catalog and website for additional information.
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ACADEMIC PROCEDURES
ATTITUDES
The attitudes developed during your educational program as a health care team member are critical
to your effectiveness in caring for patients. In the book, Health Professional/Patient Interaction,
author Ruth Portillo raised some important questions that relate to attitude and your
responsibilities to individual patients, to your profession and to society:
 How do you feel about helping people? Do you ever resent having to help? How do you
expect people to respond to you after you have done your best to help them?
 How do you react to a person who is physically deformed? Do you feel pity?
 What qualities of life give a person “dignity?” Do you think some individuals have more right
to live than others? Are older people more ready to die than younger people? Would some
people be better off dead?
 What are your rights as an individual? Are you responsible only for yourself? Would you
compromise your convictions if it means the difference between your job and losing it? Can
you think of ANY circumstances in which you could justifiably compromise your
convictions?
Excerpted: from Page 6, Health Professional Patient Interaction, Ruth Portillo, W. B. Saunders Co.
Publishers; Edited by the 1998 handbook revision committee.
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CRITERIA FOR COURSE PURSUIT
To establish guidelines for determining when a student has ceased to pursue the course objectives,
the Health Career & Technical Education, Math & Science has set the following standards.
Students must follow the standards established in the current edition of the Health Career &
Technical Education, Math & Science Programs STUDENT CLINICIAN’S HANDBOOK and/or
program addendum. The student is bound by standards in the Handbook as evidenced by
the return of the signed/dated acknowledgment sheet.
Where the student continues to pursue the course objectives but is receiving failing grades,
he or she will remain eligible to complete the course, except in instances where unsafe
practice occurs.
The student must appear for examinations, presentations, or other required class activities
and submit required papers, projects and reports as identified in the course
syllabus/calendar.
I have read and understand the standards established in the current edition of the Health
Career Programs - STUDENT CLINICIAN’S HANDBOOK and program addendum.
Student Name: ___________________________________
Printed
Program: __________________________________________
Student Signature:
Date: _____________________
_________
 Sign and return to instructor for record keeping, to get a copy go to Student Forms
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RETENTION & PROGRESSION WITHIN HEALTH CAREERS
PRE-REQUISITE: Any course required prior to taking another course. It will be identified in the
college catalog in the course descriptions.
SPECIALIZED COURSES: Refer to all courses carrying the course prefix of the program in which the
student is majoring.
Successful completion of prerequisites is required for acceptance into Health Career Programs.
Students must follow the catalog that is current at the time of acceptance into the program.
Many Health Career Programs will not admit students until they have successfully completed
selected prerequisite courses. Please refer to the current college catalog for this information.
Non progressing students who intend to re-enter the program later must follow the “Student
Readmission to Health Career & Technical Education Math & Science Programs,” procedure.
Meanwhile, students may enroll in non-major courses.
Students enrolled in the following programs are required to have a grade of “C” or better in all
specialized courses. The grade restriction applies to the following majors:
Dental Assisting
Medical Laboratory Technology
Dental Hygiene
Pharmacy Technology
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Physical Therapist Assistant
Emergency Medical Services
Radiation Therapy
Health Information Technology
Radiologic Technology - (Deactivated)
Health Professions and Related Courses
Respiratory Care Technology
Medical Assisting Technology
Surgical Technology
Students are encouraged to contact a Health Career Counselor to plan their program of study to
qualify to re-enter the program.
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SCHOLASTIC DISHONESTY
Scholastic dishonesty shall constitute a violation of these rules and regulations and is punishable as
prescribed by Board policies. Scholastic dishonesty shall include, but not be limited to, cheating on
a test, plagiarism, and collusion. "Cheating on a test" shall include:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Copying from another student's test paper.
Using test materials not authorized by the person administering the test.
Unauthorized collaborating with or seeking assistance from another student.
Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, or soliciting, in whole or in part, the contents of a
test.
The unauthorized transportation or removal, in whole or in part, of the contents of a test.
Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for one's self; to
take a test.
Bribing another person to obtain a test or information about a test.
"Collusion" shall be defined as the unauthorized collaboration with another person in
preparing written work for fulfillment of course requirements.
Any student involved in scholastic dishonesty as identified above, or in the STUDENT
CLINICIAN’S HANDBOOK, may at the discretion of the faculty:
Have the test or paper graded zero (0),
Be removed from the class, and/or
Be recommended for administrative dismissal from the course or program.
The stringency of this policy is understandable when read in the context of an educational program
preparing individuals for a health career where the safety and well-being of the public are largely
dependent upon the knowledge and ethical responsibility of the health personnel. Evidence of
unethical behavior, such as cheating, precludes the instructional faculty's ability to declare
prospective graduates to be reliable and ethical.
Student Name: ___________________________________
Printed
Program: __________________________________________
Student Signature:
Date: _____________________
_________
 Sign and return to instructor for record keeping, to get a copy go to Student Forms 
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STUDENT RE-ENTRY INTO A HEALTH CAREER PROGRAM
The college provides a procedure (7.02.01.34) for readmission to the Health Career Programs for
students whose program of study has been interrupted. When a student fails to maintain
satisfactory progress in a Health Career Program, or fails to register for the next semester courses,
it is the student's responsibility to initiate a "Student Readmission Form." This form can be
obtained from the Health Division Office or the Rio Grande Counseling Office.
As a component of readmission, the student must forward an application or a letter of intent for
readmission to the program Faculty Coordinator. This letter is to include a statement of intent with
desired date of readmission, and documentation by the student that conditions for readmission
have been met. If you have any questions about the readmission process, check with your program
Faculty Coordinator. Faculty member(s) will review the readmission applications each semester
and will prioritize the requests according to the following criteria:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Withdrawal for a documented acute illness or pregnancy.
Withdrawal for personal reasons.
Withdrawal for support course failure.
Low or poor performance in major courses.
Failure of a major program course.
A student will be assigned a seat in the appropriate course on a space available basis and will be
notified of this in writing by the Dean of Health Career & Technical Education, Math & Science
Division.
Students must follow the catalog degree plan of the class to which they are readmitted. Upon
readmission, the student must meet with the counselor to initiate a revised degree plan.
The Rio Grande counselors are available to assist the student with the readmission process.
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COORDINATOR’S DIRECTORY
Program
Name
Phone
Dental Assisting
Dr. Edgar Perales
831-4065
[email protected]
Dental Hygiene
Elia M. Mendez
831-4090
[email protected]
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Nora Balderas
831-4141
[email protected]
Emergency Medical Services
Tony Ayub
831-7079
[email protected]
Health Information Technology
Jean Garrison
831-4074
[email protected]
Health Information Coding
Jean Garrison
831-4074
[email protected]
Health Information/Medical Transcription
Jean Garrison
831-4074
[email protected]
Health Professions Related Courses
Helga Carrion
831-4341
[email protected]
Mathematics
Gabriel Mendoza
831-4403
[email protected]
Medical Assisting
Andrea Ceron
831-4139
[email protected]
Medical Laboratory Technology
Dra. Victoria N. Ochoa
831-4207
[email protected]
Medication Aide
Marta de la Fuente
831-4116
[email protected]
Nursing Assistant
Marta de la Fuente
831-4116
[email protected]
Pharmacy Technology
Dr. Nader Rassaei
831-4490
[email protected]
Physical Therapist Assistant
Debra TomacelliBrock
831-4172
[email protected]
Radiation Therapy
Deactivated
TBA
TBA
Radiologic Technology
Christl Thompson
831-4098
[email protected]
Respiratory Care Technology
Fred Torres
831-4422
[email protected]
Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics,
Geology and Kinesiology)
Dr. Alejandro Vazquez
831-4004
[email protected]
Surgical Technology
Cynthia Rivera
831-4086
[email protected]
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COUNSELORS
Front Desk Telephone: 831-4636
103 Montana, Counseling Department located on 3rd Floor
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri. 7:30am - 5:30 pm
Veronica Cena, Counselor
831-4123
RN Nursing
LVN/General Information
Transition LVN to RN
Paramedic to RN Option
Argelia S. Duarte, Counselor
831-4040
Dental Assisting
Dental Hygiene
Health Information Technology
Medical Coding
Medical Transcription
Physical Therapist Assistant
Surgical Technology
Maria Guerrero, Counselor
831-4022
RN Nursing
LVN/General Information
Transition LVN to RN
Nursing Advanced Placement
Paramedic to RN Option
Ricardo Lopez De Lara,
Counselor 831-4447
RN Nursing
LVN/General Information
Transition LVN to RN
Nursing Advanced Placement
Paramedic to RN Option
International RN Students (RN Students)
Robert Pandy, Counselor
831-4064
RN Nursing
LVN/General Information
Transition LVN to RN
Nursing Advanced Placement
Paramedic to RN Option
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Patricia Saenz, Counselor
831-4608
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Medical Assisting Technology
Medical Laboratory Technology
Pharmacy Technology
Radiologic Technology
Radiation Therapy Technology-Deactivated
Respiratory Care Technology
Ruben Villalobos, Counselor Coordinator
831-4020
Coverage of all Health Occupations-(New and
Continuing Students)
International Students (All Students)
New
Academic Advisor
831ESL Students
Associate of Arts Degree
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Associate of Science
Certificate of Completion Program
All Health Occupations except Nursing
(New Students Only)
Marta Olivares, Counselor
Center for Students with Disabilities
Room B 201
831-4198
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EPCC- IMPORTANT CONTACTS
Name, Title & Department
Campus & Room Number
Phone
Steven E. Smith
VP of Instruction
ASC Building, Room 1027
831-6471
Dr. Paula Mitchell,
Dean, Health Careers & Technical
Education, Math & Science
Rio Grande Campus, Room A240C
831-4030
Marta de la Fuente,
Director Continuing
Education
Rio Grande Campus, Room A240B
Daryl Hendry,
Director of Admissions
Valle Verde Campus, Room 039
831-2580
Denise Schirmer,
Manager Specialized
Admissions
Valle Verde Campus, Room 005
831-2588
Center for Students with Disabilities
Rio Grande Campus
Mission del Paso
Northwest Center
Transmountain Campus
Valle Verde Campus
831-4198
831-7024
831-8815
831-5808
831-2426
Financial Aid Department
Rio Grande Campus
Mission del Paso
Northwest Center
Transmountain Campus
Valle Verde Campus
831-4194
831-7020
831-8833
831-5112
831-3134
831-4029
Health Career Hot Line
831-2249
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AGENCIES ACCREDITING
HEALTH CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION, MATH & SCIENCE PROGRAMS
PROGRAM
Allied Community Health
Services-CHW Program
Dental Assisting
Dental Hygiene
Diagnostic Medical
Sonography
Name & Address of Accrediting Agency
Texas Department of State Health Services CHW Promotora Program Development
Committee
Address: 1100West 49th Street
Austin, TX 78756-3183
Phone: (512) 458-7111 TTY: (800) 735-2989
E-mail: www.tdh.state.tx.us/ppde/ppde/.htm
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation(CODA)
Address: 211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 1814
Chicago, Illinois 60611-2678
Phone (312) 440-2500 Fax (312) 440-2915, E-mail: www.ada.org
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation(CODA)
Address: 211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 1814
Chicago, Illinois 60611-2678
Phone (312) 440-2500
Fax (312) 440-2915, E-mail: www.ada.org
Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS)
Address: 6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500
Ellicott, City MD 21043
Phone:(443) 973-3251, Fax: (866) 793-3434, E-Mail: [email protected]
________________________________________________________________________________________
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
Address: 1361Park St.
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: (727) 210-2350 Fax: (727) 210-2354, E-mail: www.caahep.org
Texas Department of State Health Services
Address: 1100 West 49th Street
Austin, TX 78756-3199
Phone: (512) 834-6700, Fax: (512) 834-6736
E-mail: www.DSHS.state.tx.us/EMSTRAUMASystems
Emergency Medical
Services
Office of EMS/Trauma Systems
Texas Department of State Health Professional Licensing and Certification Division
Address: 1100 West 49th Street
Austin, TX 78756-3183
www.tdh.state.tx.us/heqs/ple/ple.htm
Commission on Accreditation of EMS Programs
8301 Lakeview parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, Texas 75088
http://coemsp.org.
Health Information
Technology
Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics
and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
Address: 233 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 2150
Chicago. IL 60601-5800
Phone: (312) 233-1100, Fax: (312) 233-1090, E-Mail: www.cahiim.org
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Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health
Educational Programs (CAAHEP)
Address: 1361Park St. , # 2
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: (727) 210-2350 Fax: (727) 210-2354, E-mail: www.caahep.org
Medical Assisting
Medical Assisting Review Board (MAERB)
Address: 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1575
Chicago, Illinois 60606-2963
Phone: (800) 228-2262, Fax: (312) 899-1259, E-mail: www.maerb.org
Medical Laboratory
Technology
Pharmacy Technology
Physical Therapist
Assistant
Radiologic Technology
Radiation Therapy
Respiratory Care
Surgical Technology
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Address: 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720
Rosemont, Illinois 60018-5119
Phone: (847) 939-3597, Fax: (773)714-8886,
E-mail: www.naacls.org
PTAC Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission)
Address: 7272 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301)664-8877, Fax: (301) 652-8278
E-mail: www.ashp.org/LC2013
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
Address: 1111 N. Fairfax Street
Alexandra, Virginia 22314-1488
Phone: (703) 684-2782, (800) 999-2782, Fax: (703)684-7343
E-mail: http://www.apta.org and www.capteonline.org
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Address: 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 900
Chicago, Illinois 60606-2901
Phone: (312)704-5300, Fax: (312)704-5304,
Email: www.jecert.org
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
Address: 1255 Northland Drive
St. Paul, MN 55120-1155
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
Address: 1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
Phone: (817)283-2835, Fax: (817)354-8519,
Email: [email protected] E-Mail: www.coarc.com
Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology/Surgical Assisting
Address: 6W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite # 110
Littleton, Colorado 80120
Phone: (303)694-9262, Fax: (303)741-3655, E-Mail: www.arcst/sa.org
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
Address: 1361 Park St.
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: (727) 210-2350
Fax: (727) 210-2354, E-Mail: www.caahep.org
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LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION AND PROFESSIONAL AGENCIES
PROGRAM
Dental Assisting
And
Dental Hygiene
ORGANIZATION INFORMATION
Dental Assisting National Board
215 E. Ontario
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: (312) 643-3368
American Dental Assistant Association
919 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: (312) 664-3327
Texas State Board of Dental Examiners
8317 Cross Park Drive, Suite 400
Austin, Texas 78754-5124
American Dental Hygiene Association
444 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: (312) 440-8900
P.O. Box 13165 Capital Station
Austin, Texas 78711
Phone: (512) 834-6021
Diagnostic
Medical
Sonography
American Registry of Diagnostic Medical
Sonographers
32 E. Holister Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45219
Phone: 1-(800) 541-9754
Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
12770 Coit Road, Suite 508
Dallas, Texas 75251
Phone: (972) 239-7367
Emergency
Medical Services
Texas Department of Health
(Emergency Medical Technology)
6070 Gateway East, Suite 401
PO Box 9428, El Paso, Texas 79984-0428
Phone: (915) 774-6220
National EMT Registry
P.O. Box 29233
Columbus, Ohio 43229
Health
Information
Technology
857 N. Michigan Avenue
Suite 1850, J.H. Center
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: (312) 787-2672
Medical Assisting
Technology
American Assn. of Medical Assistants
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1575
Chicago, Illinois 60606
Phone: 1-800-228-2262
Medical
Laboratory
Technology
American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
2100 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612
American Medical Technologists (AMT)
10700 West Higgins, Suite 150
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: 847-823-5169
www.amst.asp
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American Society for Clinical Laboratory
Science
2025 M. Street NW, Suite 800
Washington DC 20036
Phone: 202-367-1174
[email protected]
Texas Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
P.O. Box 474
Edinburg, TX 78540-0474
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CONT...LICENSURE CERTIFICATION AND PROFESSIONAL AGENCIES
PROGRAM
Pharmacy
Technology
ORGANIZATION INFORMATION
Association of Pharmacy Technicians
10123 Alliance Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45242
Phone: (513) 793-3555
Physical
Therapist
Assistant
American Physical Therapy Assistant
1111 N. Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 684-2782
Texas Board of Physical Therapist
333 Guadalupe Str., Suite 2-510
Austin, Texas 78701-3942
Phone: (512) 305-6900
Radiologic
Technology
American Registry of Radiologic Technologist
1255 Northland Drive
St. Paul, Minnesota 55120-1155
Phone: (612) 687-0048
Texas Department of State Health Services
MRT Program
1100 West 49th Street
Austin, Texas 78756-3183
Phone: (512) 834-6617
And
Radiation
Therapy
American Society of Radiologic Technologist
15000 Central Ave. SE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87123-3917
Phone: (800) 444-2778
Respiratory Care
Technology
American Association of for Respiratory Care
11030 Ables Lane
Dallas, Texas 75229
Phone: (214) 243-2272
Texas Department of Health
(Respiratory Care)
1100 West 49th Street
Austin, Texas (512) 458-7631
Surgical
Technology
Association of Surgical Technologists
6 West Creek Cr.
Littleton, CO, 80120
Phone: 1- (800) 637-7433
National Board of Surgical Technology and
Surgical Assisting
6 West Creek Cr., Suite 100,
Littleton, CO, 80120
Phone: 1- (800) 707-0057
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Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists
P.O. Box 227395
Dallas, Texas 75222
Phone: (972) 222-1830
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STUDENT FORMS
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STUDENT ACKNOWLEDGMENT
I have read the STUDENT CLINICIAN’S HANDBOOK for Health Career & Technical Education, Math
& Science and will comply with the requirements contained within. I understand this STUDENT
CLINICIAN’S HANDBOOK may be updated on the first day of class. I further understand that I am
responsible for following procedures as changed and published in the STUDENT CLINICIAN’S
HANDBOOK for Health Career & Technical Education, Math and Science throughout my enrollment.
Student Name: ___________________________________
Printed
Program: __________________________________________
Student Signature:
Date: _____________________
_________
Sign and return to instructor for record keeping.
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HEALTH CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION, MATH & SCIENCE
CRITERIA FOR COURSE PURSUIT
To establish guidelines for determining when a student has ceased to pursue the course objectives,
the Health Career & Technical Education, Math & Science has set the following standards.
Students must follow the standards established in the current edition of the Health Career &
Technical Education, Math & Science Programs STUDENT CLINICIAN’S HANDBOOK and/or
program addendum. The student is bound by standards in the Handbook as evidenced by the
return of the signed/dated acknowledgment sheet.
Where the student continues to pursue the course objectives but is receiving failing grades, he
or she will remain eligible to complete the course, except in instances where unsafe practice
occurs.
The student must appear for examinations, presentations, or other required class activities and
submit required papers, projects and reports as identified in the course syllabus/calendar.
I have read and understand the standards established in the current edition of the Health Career
Programs - STUDENT CLINICIAN’S HANDBOOK and program addendum.
Student Name: ___________________________________
Printed
Program: __________________________________________
Student Signature:
Date: _____________________
_________
Sign and return to instructor for record keeping.
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PATIENT CONFIDENTIALITY
 All information learned during a patient care experience or from patient records is
completely confidential. (Exceptions: instructors and agency staff members may be notified
of all confidential matters.)
 No comment should be made about the patient that could be taken as negative or critical.
Such comments could easily be taken very personally by the patient or friends if overheard.
The attitude taken about the patient and the treatment should always be in the best interest
of the patient.
CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT
I understand and agree that in the performance of my duties as a student in
_______ (Program), I must hold patient information in confidence. Furthermore, I
understand and agree that intentional or voluntary violation of the patient's confidentiality may
result in refusal by the health care facility to allow me to participate in patient care. Violating
patient confidentiality may place the patient in emotional jeopardy, one form of unsafe clinical
practice, and may result in failure to meet course objectives.
Student Name: ___________________________________
Printed
Program: __________________________________________
Student Signature:
Date: _____________________
_________
Sign and return to instructor for record keeping.
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HEALTH CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION, MATH & SCIENCE
RELEASE OF INFORMATION
Purpose: Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, permission is needed to
release information.
Explanation: Developing clinical rotation schedules for students enrolled in health career courses
is necessary. The information is distributed to:
1. Discipline faculty and staff
2. A clinical affiliate
3. Classmates
Schedules are used by faculty and staff at El Paso Community College and the clinical affiliate to
notify students of messages received, especially in case of emergencies. Classmates use the
information to organize car pools and study groups.
I, ___________________________________ give my permission for El Paso Community College to distribute
the following items only to relevant entities (e.g. clinical affiliates):
__________
__________
__________
__________
__________
__________
__________
__________
__________
__________
*A clinical schedule with names of students
* Verification of background and substance abuse tests
*Verification of completed community-wide orientation and HIPAA training
Telephone
Address
*Date of CPR Certification
*TB skin test results and dates
References for employment (optional).
Name, addresses to clinical affiliates for invitations to graduation parties (optional)
*Dates of required immunizations or Titers
*Failure to release this information may result in non-admittance to clinical facilities. Clinical
affiliates require this information of all students providing patient care.
Student Name: ___________________________________
Printed
Program: __________________________________________
Student Signature:
Date: _____________________
_________
Sign and return to instructor for record keeping.
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HEALTH CAREER & TECHNICIAL EDUCATION, MATH & SCIENCE
SCHOLASTIC DISHONESTY FORM
Scholastic dishonesty shall constitute a violation of these rules and regulations and is punishable as
prescribed by Board policies. Scholastic dishonesty shall include, but not be limited to, cheating on
a test, plagiarism, and collusion "Cheating on a test" shall include:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
*
*
*
Copying from another student's test paper or somebody else
Using test materials not authorized by the person administering the test.
Unauthorized collaborating with or seeking assistance from another student.
Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, or soliciting, in whole or in part, the
contents of a test.
The unauthorized transportation or removal, in whole or in part, of the contents of a
test.
Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for one's
self; to take a test.
Bribing another person to obtain a test or information about a test.
"Collusion" shall be defined as the unauthorized collaboration with another person in
preparing written work for fulfillment of course requirements.
Any student involved in scholastic dishonesty as identified above, or in the STUDENT
CLINICIAN’S HANDBOOK, May at the discretion of the faculty;
Have the test or paper graded zero (0),
Be removed from the class, and/or
Be recommended for administrative dismissal from the course or program.
The stringency of this policy is understandable when read in the context of an educational program
preparing individuals for a health career where the safety and well-being of the public are largely
dependent upon the knowledge and ethical responsibility of the health personnel. Evidence of
unethical behavior, such as cheating, precludes the instructional faculty's ability to declare
prospective graduates to be reliable and ethical.
Student Name: ___________________________________
Printed
Program: __________________________________________
Student Signature:
Date: _____________________
_________
Sign and return to instructor for record keeping.
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