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TABLEOFCONTENTS
INTRODUCTION ……………………………………………………………………………………………4
MISSION, VISION, PHILOSOPHY, AND GOALS . ………………………………………………………5
STUDENT’S ETHICS AND RESPONSIBILITIES .. ……………………………………………………….7
AFFILIATION AGREEMENTS .................…………………………………………………………………7
PROFESSIONAL ETHICS .................. ………………………………………………………………………7
STANDARDS OF ETHICS FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND STUDENTS........................ 7
GENERAL PROCEDURES …………………………………………………………………………………8
EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES .... ……………………………………………………………………..8
DIVISION PROCEDURE ... ………………………………………………………………………..8
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE ....……………………………………………………………………9
GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES ...... …………………………………….9
ACCOMMODATIONS FOR LICENSING, CERTIFICATION, OR REGISTRY
EXAMINATIONS .................................................................................................... ……………..10
STUDENT INFORMATION FOR BACKGROUND CHECK AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE
TESTING .................................................................................................................................. ……………11
GUIDELINES FOR PROSPECTIVE AND CURRENT STUDENTS WITH A HISTORY OF
PRIOR ARRESTS OR CONVICTIONS .......... …………………………………………………..13
LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION, OR REGISTRY ..... …………………………………………..13
COMPLIO Step by Step Program By American Bank to Place Background Check and Drug
Screening..................................................................................................................... ……………15
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS ........................................................................................................ 24
RELEASE OF INFORMATION .. ………………………………………………………………………….26
SEXUAL
HARASSMENT ................ ………………………………………………………………………………….27
DISCRIMINATION LAWS . ……………………………………………………………………………….28
STUDENT EMPLOYMENT OR VOLUNTEER WORK... ……………………………………………….29
EPCC-EMERGENCY AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS GUIDELINES ..... ………………………….30
HEALTH-RELATED PROCEDURES.... …………………………………………………………………..32
HEPATITIS “B” STUDENT INFORMATION PACKET ........................................................................... 32
HEPATITIS “B” VIRUS/VACCINE (HBV) INFORMATION SHEET...................................................... 32
HEPATITIS “B’ VACCINE AND ADMINISTRATION OF VACCINE.................................................... 32
TARGET VACCINATION POPULATION, HEALTH CARE PERSONNEL ........................................... 33
PRE-IMMUNIZATION SCREENING......................................................................................................... 33
STUDENT’S HEALTH ................................................................................................................................ 34
PHYSICAL EXAM....................................................................................................................................... 34
VACCINATIONS - IMMUNIZATIONS ..................................................................................................... 34
MENIGITIS VACCINATION ......................................................................................................... 34
IMMUNIZATIONS AND TITERS .................................................................................................. 35
TUBERCULIN TEST....................................................................................................................... 35
VACCINATIONS FOR ADULTS ................................................................................................... 36
RECOMMENDED ADULT IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULE ........................................................ 37
CHART OF IMMUNIZATION AND TITER REQUIRED FOR SPECIALIZED ADMISSIONS
PROGRAMS .................................................................................................................................... 45
TEXAS NOTIFIABLE CONDITIONS ............................................................................................ 46
PREGNANCY AND RADIATION EXPOSURE ............................................................................ 47
SICKNESS AND/OR INJURIES WHILE ON DUTY..................................................................... 47
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES ................................................................................................ 47
MEDICAL/DENTAL INSURANCE ............................................................................................... 48
OTHER HEALTH REQUIREMENTS ............................................................................................ 48
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CLINICAL PROCEDURES ......................................................................................................................... 49
AFFILIATE COMPUTER ORIENTATIONS ................................................................................ 49
AFFILIATE COMPUTER CODES ................................................................................................ 49
COMMUNITY HOSPITAL ORIENTATION ............................................................................... 49
CLINICAL ASSIGNMENTS ......................................................................................................... 49
TRANSPORTATION ..................................................................................................................... 50
CPR REQUIREMENT ................................................................................................................... 50
CRITERIA FOR UNSAFE CLINICAL PRACTICE ..................................................................... 50
ETHICAL & PROFESSIONAL EXPECTATIONS OF THE EPCC STUDENT CLINICIAN ................... 52
TOWARDS PATIENT ................................................................................................................... 52
TOWARDS SELF........................................................................................................................... 52
TOWARDS CLASSMATES .......................................................................................................... 53
TOWARDS INSTRUCTORS/STAFF/AFFILIATES .................................................................... 53
CLASSROOM/LAB/CLINICIAN'S ATTITUDE .......................................................................... 53
GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN PROGRAMS WITH RADIOLOGY
COMPONENTS DURING PREGNANCY .................................................................................. 54
PATIENT CONFIDENTIALITY ................................................................................................... 56
CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT ........................................................................................... 56
PERSONAL APPEARANCE ....................................................................................................................... 57
CLASSROOM ATTIRE ................................................................................................................. 57
NAME PINS AND PATCHES ....................................................................................................... 57
SHOES ............................................................................................................................................ 57
PERSONAL HYGIENE ................................................................................................................. 58
UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS ...................................................................................................... 58
LABORATORY COAT OR WHITE MEDICAL COAT .............................................................. 58
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE INSURANCE .............................................................................................. 59
STUDENT DISMISSAL FROM CLINICAL FACILITIES ......................................................................... 59
WITHDRAWAL INFORMATION .............................................................................................................. 60
INSTRUCTOR INITIATED STUDENT WITHDRAWAL ......................................................................... 60
STUDENT INITIATED WITHDRAWAL ................................................................................................... 60
SIX DROP RULE ......................................................................................................................................... 60
ACADEMIC PROCEDURES ....................................................................................................................... 61
ATTITUDES ................................................................................................................................................. 61
CRITERIA FOR COURSE PURSUIT ......................................................................................................... 62
RETENTION & PROGRESSION WITHIN HEALTH CAREERS ............................................................. 63
STUDENT RE-ENTRY TO A HEALTH CAREER PROGRAMS.............................................................. 64
SCHOLASTIC DISHONESTY .................................................................................................................... 65
PROGRAM COORDINATOR’S DIRECTORY .......................................................................................... 66
COUNSELORS-HEALTH OCCUPATIONS PROGRAMS ....................................................................... 67
DIRECTORY OF OTHER IMPORTANT CONTACTS.............................................................................. 68
AGENCIES ACCREDITING HEALTH PROGRAMS ............................................................................... 69
LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION AGENCIES, AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS.......... 71
STUDENT FORMS ...................................................................................................................................... 74
STUDENT ACKNOWLEDGMENT FORM ................................................................................................ 75
CRITERIA FOR COURSE PURSUIT FORM ............................................................................................. 76
PATIENT CONFIDENTIALITY AND CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT FORM ............................. 77
RELEASE OF INFORMATION FORM ...................................................................................................... 78
SCHOLASTIC DISHONESTY FORM ........................................................................................................ 79
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INTRODUCTION
The Health Career & Technical Education, Math & Science Division of El Paso Community College
includes 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:
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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MISSION, VISION, PHILOSOPHY, AND GOALS
MISSION
The mission of the Health Career & Technical Education, Math & 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 & 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 & 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 & Science offers a variety of state and nationally accredited programs.
GOALS
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Provide a standard of excellence in the education of students seeking careers related to healthcare,
math, or science.
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Provide the community with qualified members of a health care profession.
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Provide educational and professional health career services to the community.
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Provide effective, innovative and alternative instructional methodologies in the implementation of
quality educational programs in Health Career & Technical Education, Math & Science.
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Develop and coordinate an effective system for the recruitment of students into Health Career &
Technical Education Math & Science courses/programs.
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Improve student retention, program completion and student skill development in Health Career &
Technical Education, Math & Science courses/programs.
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Provide an on-going systematic faculty and staff development plan which promotes the goals of the
Division of Health Career & Technical Education, Math & Science.
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Assist in the planning, and implementation of projects related to border health.
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Promote articulation with area secondary and post-secondary institutions.
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Provide competency-based education in Health Career & Technical Education, Math & Science
courses/ programs.
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Support life-long learning and career progression.
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Encourage activities which promote effective utilization of personnel, space, supplies and
equipment in expanding and maintaining quality courses/programs.
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Recruit and retain qualified faculty in math, science, and Health Career & Technical Education
courses/programs.
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Support research efforts affecting border health issues.
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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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STUDENT’S ETHICS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
AFFILIATION AGREEMENTS
EPCC Health Career & Technical Education, Math & 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:
Knowledge, that deals primarily with your intellectual abilities.
Skills, that deal primarily with the application of ideas to practical situations and,
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:
To provide health care using the highest level of professional knowledge, judgment, and ability.
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.
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.
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 & Science, at the Rio Grande
Campus, Room 240, telephone 831-4026. 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.
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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 & 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 & 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
GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
ElPasoCommunityCollegecomplieswithSection504oftheRehabilitationActof1973andwith
theAmericanswithDisabilitiesActof1990anddoesnotdiscriminateonthebasisofadisabilityin
theoperationofitseducationalprogramsorinitsadmissionandemploymentpractices.Special
emphasiswillcontinuetobeplacedoncorrectingconditionswhichmayinadvertentlydiscriminate
againstanyindividualwithdisability.
StudentswithpermanentortemporaryverifieddisabilitiesareinvitedtoregisterwiththeCenter
forStudentswithDisabilitieswherecounseling,registrationassistance,adaptiveequipmentanda
varietyofsupportservicesareavailable.Supportservicescanbearrangedforallcampuslocations.
Formoreinformation,refertotheCollegeCatalogorCenterforStudentswithDisabilitiesatevery
campus.
Ifaccommodationsareneededtocompleteprogramcompetencies,aplanwillbedevelopedto
assiststudentstomeetcourse/programcompetencieswheneverpossible.Anindividualized
learningplanwillbejointlydevelopedbetweenthestudent,thefacultymember,anda
representativefromtheCenterforStudentswithDisabilities.Toinitiatethisprocess,pleasecontact
anyofthefollowingindividuals:aHealthCareerCounselor,theFacultyCoordinator,a
representativeoftheCenterforStudentswithDisabilities,ortheDivisionDeanofHealthCareer.
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YOUmustinitiatetherequestforaccommodations!Accommodationsrequestedand
approvedmustallowyoutomeetthesamecourseoutcomesasstudentswithno
accommodations.
ACCOMMODATIONS FOR LICENSING, CERTIFICATION, OR REGISTRY EXAMINATIONS
Mostagenciesforlicensing,certificationorregistrationofhealthcareprofessionals,alsohave
establishedguidelinesfortheexaminationsofgraduatesofhealthcareerprograms.These
guidelinesusuallydescriberestingmodificationsduringthelicensingexaminationforcandidates
withdisabilities.
Thefollowingoutlinesaretypicalguidelines:
Candidatemustsubmitarequestfortestingmodificationdirectlytotheappropriatelicensing,
certification,orregistryagency.Examplesofsupportingdocumentationwouldinclude:
Letterfromcandidate.
Letterfrommedicalprofessionaldocumentingdisabilityandrequestedmodification.
Letterfromprogramcoordinatoridentifyingmodificationsgrantedbytheprogram.
Theagencywillreviewtherequestandsupportingdocumentationforcompleteness,fairness,
security,andimpact.Informationwillalsobeprovidedtothetestingservice.
Thelicensingagencywillnotifyboththecandidateandthetestingsiteofapproved
accommodationsandanyspecialinstructions.
Formoreinformationcontactthespecificagencywhichwillissueyourlicense,certification,or
registry.
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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.
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. 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)
Social Security Number Verification.
Criminal Search (7 years or up to 5 criminal searches).
Violent Sexual Offender and Predator Registry Search.
OIG List of Excluded Individuals/Entities.
GSA List of Parties Excluded from Federal Programs.
US Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), List of Specially Designated Nationals (SDN).
State Exclusion List (http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/OIE/exclusionlist/exclusion.asp).
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NOTE:
If you do not have a Social Security Card, use zeroes (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)
All of Level I elements.
Employment Verification (Includes reason for separation and eligibility for re-hire for
Each employer).
License/certification verification.
THE FOLLOWING FINDINGS ON THE BACKGROUND SCREENING WILL PREVENT YOUR
PARTICIPATION IN CLINICAL COURSES:
Identification of your person on the list of ineligible persons.
Any criminal conviction identified.
Substance Abuse Testing: Cost is $26.50.
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.
Please note: 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.
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.
Please note: 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.
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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 & Science
Division at (915) 831-4030 or Dolores Arellano, Administrative Assistant at (915) 831-4027.
GUIDELINES FOR PROSPECTIVE AND CURRENT STUDENTS WITH HISTORY OF PRIOR
ARRESTS OR CONVICTIONS
Studentswhohavebeenarrestedorconvictedofacrimebefore(orduring)enrollmentinahealth
occupationprogramatElPasoCommunityCollegeshouldbeawarethattheymaynotbeeligiblefor
licensureorcertificationupongraduationfromtheprogram.Inaddition,convictionsofcertain
crimesmaylimitvariousclinicallearningexperiencesduringyourprogramofstudy.
LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION, OR REGISTRY
Manyhealthcareprofessionsrequireastatementfromgraduatesabouttheirpriorcriminalhistory
uponapplicationforlicensure,registration,orcertification.Itiscriticalthatyouanswerthe
questionaccurately.Thequestioniswordeddifferentlyonapplicationsfromdifferentagencies.
Following,areexamplesofvariationoftypicalquestions(usuallyonlyonefollowingquestionis
askedoneachapplication)whichthegraduateisexpectedtoprovidearesponse.
1. Haveyoueverbeenconvictedofacrimeotherthanminortrafficviolations?
2. Haveyoueverbeenarrestedforacrimeotherthanaminortrafficviolation?
3. Haveyoueverbeenarrested?
Ifyouwerearrestedforpossessionofadrugbutnotconvicted,yourresponsestotheabove
questionscouldbe(1)NO,(2)YES,or(3)YES.Ifyoureceivedachargeforrecklessdriving,your
responsestothesamequestionscouldbe(1)NO,(2)NO,(3)YES.
Theimpactofapositive(“YES”)responsetothesequestionsvaries,dependinguponthespecificsof
thesituation.Usually,theagencythatisrequestingtheinformationwillrequestthatyouprovide
additionalinformationtoallowthemtodecideyoureligibilityforthelicensure,registration,or
certification.Thefollowingaretypesofinformationyoumaybeaskedtoprovide:
1. Awrittensummaryinyourownwords.
2. Acopyofthedispositionorcourtorder(thiscanbeobtainedfromtheDistrictClerkorthe
CountyClerk).
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3. Requestforlettersofrecommendationfromprobationofficers,paroleofficers,law
enforcementofficers,orothersinvolved.
4. Employmentdocumentation.
5. Other
Indeterminingwhetheryouwillbecredentialed,theagencywillusuallyconsidersuchfactorsas:
1. Whatwasthecrime?
2. Whenwasthecrime?Howoldwereyouwhentheincidentoccurred?
3. Wasthisaonetimeoccurrenceorarethereotherinstancesofthesameorotherchargesor
convictions?
4. Willhavingthecredentialprovideanopportunityforfurthercriminalactivity?
5. Istherearelationshipbetweenthecrimeandtheresponsibilitiesyouwouldhaveasa
credentialedhealthcareprovider?
6. Isthereevidenceofrehabilitation?
Theimpactofanincorrectresponsetoaquestion,however,holdsthepossibilityoflater
disciplinaryactionandpotentiallossofyourcredential.Donottakethatchance.
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.
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PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Studentsareencouragedtojointheirrespectiveprofessionalorganizations(local,state,and/or
national).Asanintegralpartofahealthcareteam,itisimportantthatyoudevelopanattitudeof
professionalismandinterestinyourcareerarea.Throughprofessionalorganizations,youcan
expandyourknowledgeaboutyourfieldandbecomeinformedofnewadvances.Attendanceat
organizationalfunctionsisalsoagoodopportunitytomeetindividualswhoarecurrentlyworking
inyourfield,andotherfields.
ThefollowingisapartiallistofHealthCareerProfessionalOrganizationsinwhichyoumay
participateasstudents.Otherorganizationsareopentomembershiponlyaftergraduation.Please
checkwithyourprogramfacultymembersforadditionalinformation.
PROGRAM
NAMEOFORGANIZATION
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
MEDICAL ASSISTING TECHNOLOGY
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 LABORATORY
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
TECHNOLOGY
Texas Association for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
PHARMACY TECHNOLOGY
American Society of Hospital Pharmacists
Association of Pharmacy Technicians
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PROGRAM
NAMEOFORGANIZATION
PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT
American Physical Therapy Association
Texas Physical Therapy Association
Greater El Paso Physical Therapy Association
American Society of Radiologic Technologists
RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY
Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists
Rio Grande Imaging Society
RESPIRATORY CARE TECHNOLOGY
American Association of Respiratory Care
Texas Society for Respiratory Care
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY
Association of Surgical Technologists, Inc.
Association of Surgical Technologists
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RELEASE OF INFORMATION
Purpose:UndertheFamilyEducationalRightsandPrivacyActof1974,permissionisneededto
releaseinformation.
Explanation:Developingclinicalrotationschedulesforstudentsenrolledinhealthcareercourses
isnecessary.Theinformationisdistributedto:
1.
FacultyCoordinator,instructorandstaff
2.
Clinicalaffiliate
3.
Classmates
SchedulesareusedbyfacultyandstaffatElPasoCommunityCollegeandtheclinicalaffiliateto
notifystudentsofmessagesreceived,especiallyincaseofemergencies.Classmatesusethe
informationtoorganizecarpoolsandstudygroups.
I,___________________________________givemypermissionforElPasoCommunityCollegetodistribute
thefollowingitemsonlytorelevantentities(e.g.clinicalaffiliates):
*Aclinicalschedulewithnamesofstudents
*Verificationofbackgroundandsubstanceabusetests
*Verificationofcompletedcommunity‐wideorientationandHIPAAtraining
Telephone
Address
*DateofCPRCertification
*TBskintestresultsanddates
Referencesforemployment(optional)
Name,addressestoclinicalaffiliatesforinvitationstograduationparties(optional)
*DatesofrequiredimmunizationsorTiters
*Failuretoreleasethisinformationmayresultinnon‐admittancetoclinicalfacilities.Clinical
affiliatesrequirethisinformationofallstudentsprovidingpatientcare.
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
SexualHarassmentisoneformofdiscriminationthatmaybedifficulttodistinguishinhealthcare.
Healthcareprovidersoftendiscussnormalanddysfunctionalaspectsofanatomy,physiologyand
pathophysiologyofthehumanbody,includingthesexualandreproductivesystems.
Discussionofsexualityinclass,sexualhistoryofapatientetc.,isnotconsideredsexualharassment
whenprofessionalismismaintained.
Touchingapatienttoperformnecessarypatientcareisnotsexualharassment.However,these
sameactionsdoneinanonprofessionalmannercanbesexualharassment(Collegeprocedure
2.03.06,policy7.05.11).
SexualharassmenthasbeendefinedbyEEOCas:“Unwelcomesexualadvances,requestsforsexual
favors,andotherverbalorphysicalconductofasexualnature."
SEXUALHARASSMENTISWHEN:Submissiontosuchconductismadeeitherexplicitlyorimplicitly
andbecomesatermorconditionforaperson’semployment.
Submissiontoorrejectionofsuchconductbyanindividual’semployment.
Suchconducthasthepurposeoreffectofunreasonablyinterferingwithaperson’sworkorcreating
anintimidating,hostile,and/oroffensiveworkenvironment.
OTHERDEFINITIONSOFSEXUALHARASSMENTINCLUDE(EqualEmploymentOpportunity
Commission,June1997):Theuseofauthoritytoemphasizesexualityorsexualidentityofa
student,inawaythatpreventsorimpairsthatstudent'sfullemployment,educationalbenefits,
climate,oropportunity,(NationalAdvisoryCouncilonWomen'sEducationalPrograms).
SEXUALHARASSINGBEHAVIORINCLUDESTHEFOLLOWING,WHENBASEDONGENDER
CONSIDERATIONS(Strauss,SusaninSexualHarassmentandTeens):
a) Sabotagingaperson’sworkorschoolefforts,assignments,orreputation
b) Assigningapersonlesschallenging/orresponsibleduties
c) Unequalapplicationofdisciplinaryrules,andperformancestandards
d) Repeatedbelittling,demeaningorinsultingaperson.
ANOTHERDEFINITIONOFSEXUALHARASSMENT:“Unwantedsexualorgender‐basedbehavior
thatoccurswhenonepersonhasformalorinformalpowerovertheother.”(Educator’sGuideto
ControllingSexualHarassment,ThompsonPublishingGroup,1993,page202).
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ANYTYPEOFUNWELCOMECONDUCTDIRECTEDTOWARDASTUDENTOREMPLOYEEBECAUSEOFHIS
ORHERGENDERMAYCONSTITUTESEXUALHARASSMENT
THEFOLLOWINGAREEXAMPLESOFBEHAVIORSTHATAREOFTENVIEWEDASSEXUAL
HARASSMENTWHENTHEYAREUNWANTEDBEHAVIORS:Directorindirectthreatsorbribesfor
unwantedsexualactivity;sexualinnuendosandcomments;askingorcommentingaboutaperson’s
sexualactivities;humororjokesaboutsexorfemale/malesingeneral;sexuallysuggestivesounds
orgestures;pesteringapersonfordatesorsexualbehavior;touching,patting,pinching,stroking,
squeezing,tickling,orbrushingagainstaperson;givinganeckorshouldermassage;letters,notes,
telephonecallsormaterialsofasexualnature;sexistorstereotypedcomments;displayingpictures,
cartoons,etc.,withsexualcontent;stalkingaperson;attemptedoractualsexualassault,(Educator’s
GuidetoControllingSexualHarassment,ThompsonPublishingGroup,1993,Pages212‐213).
DISCRIMINATION LAWS
ThefacultyandstudentsinthehealthcareprofessionsshouldbeawareofvariousStateand
Federallawsincluding:
AgeDiscriminationActinEmploymentAct
AmericanswithDisabilitiesAct
CivilRightsActof1964and1991
PregnancyDiscriminationAct
EqualPayAct
VocationalRehabilitationAct
TitleIXoftheEducationAmendmentsof1972
StateFairEmploymentPracticesStatues
ExecutiveOrder11246
Commonlawtortsrelatingtosexualharassment
**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.
Studentsshouldbeawarethat:TheHealthCareer&TechnicalEducation,Math&Scienceprograms
assumenoresponsibilityfortheiractivitiesasvolunteersoremployeesofagencies,andtheyshould
notwearschoolnametagsorpatches.
Theyarepersonallyresponsibleandliableforanyactivityinwhichtheyparticipatewhile
employed,orasavolunteer.
ProfessionalliabilityinsurancepurchasedbystudentsthroughEPCCisvalidonlyintheirstudent
role,nottheiremploymentorvolunteerrole.Individualswhopracticeillegallymayjeopardize
theirfutures,sincepersonswhoareconvictedofcrimesmaynotbeeligibletotaketheirlicensure
orcertificationexam.
Studentswhoareemployedorvolunteerinagencieshaveapersonalandprofessional
responsibilitytoengageonlyinthoseactivitiesthatfallwithintheirjobdescriptionsas
nonprofessionalworkers(i.e.,aides,techs).
Theyhavearesponsibilitytorefusetoparticipateinactivitiesthattheyhavenotbeenlegally
licensedtodo(i.e.,givingmedications,planningcare,assumingtotalresponsibilityforateamor
unit,etc.).
Studentswhoareemployedorworkingasvolunteer,shouldseekinformationregardingliability
coverage,lawsgoverningvolunteers,etc.,fromtheiremployer(s).
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EPCC- EMERGENCY AND DISASTER PREPARDNESS GUIDELINES
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HEALTH‐RELATEDPROCEDURES
HEPATITIS“B”STUDENTINFORMATIONPACKET
DearHealthCareerStudent:
YouareeitherenrolledinorwillsoonbeenteringoneoftheHealthCareerprogramsatElPaso
CommunityCollege.Becauseyouareenteringahealthcareprofession,youmaybeatincreasedrisk
forHepatitis“B”.(Notethatsomehealthcareerareasareathigherriskthanothers).
Followinstructionsincompletingattachedpages:
ReadattachedinformationsheetonHepatitis“B”Vaccineandpharmacologicalliterature.
IfyouneedtoreceivetheHepatitis“B”vaccine:Makeanappointmentwithyourprivatephysician
orscheduleanappointmentattheRioGrandeBorderHealthClinic,(915)831‐4016.
Verificationofatotalofthreedosesmustbesubmittedtoyourprogramcoordinator.
NOTE:Youareresponsibleforthecostofvaccines.Ifyouareemployedbyahealthcare
agency,thevaccinemaybeavailablefromthatagencyatnocost;costmayalsobecoveredbysome
healthcareinsurancepolicies.
HEPATITIS“B”VIRUS/VACCINE(HBV)‐INFORMATIONSHEET
Bloodbornepathogensaremicroorganismsthathavethepotentialforcausingavarietyofdiseases,
twoofwhicharetheHepatitis“B”virus(HBV)andtheHumanImmuneDeficiencyVirus(HIV).
OtherformsofHepatitisalsoexist(e.g.HepatitisCandHepatitisD).Bloodbornepathogensare
transmittedfromonepersontoanotherviatheexchangeofbodyfluids,suchasblood,saliva,
semen,vaginalsecretionsandcerebrospinalfluid.
Hepatitis“B”,alsoknownas“serumhepatitis,(HBV)”canbetransmittedprenatallyandthrough
needlesticks,sexualintercourse,intravenousdruguse,dialysis,andbloodtransfusions.Itcanalso
bespreadbycontaminatedbloodenteringaperson’sbodybywayofabreakintheskin(e.g.,cuts,
abrasions).HBVisalsotransmittedbyunidentifiedmeanssinceitcansurviveoutsidethebody,on
environmentalobjects,forseveraldays.
Hepatitis“B”damagestheliverandcanevenleadtolivercanceranddeath.Symptomsofinfection
mightincludefatigue,lossofappetite,nausea,abdominalpain,fever,darkurine,andjaundice.
Itisestimatedthathealthcareworkersare20timesmorelikelytocontractHepatitis”B”thanthe
normalpopulationandthatatleast200healthcareworkersdiefromHBVoccupationallyacquired
Hepatitis“B”eachyear.ThereisnoknowncureforHepatitis“B”.
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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.
Heptavaxuseislimitedtohemodialysispatients,otherimmunecompromisedpersons,andpersons
withknownallergytoyeast.Possiblesideeffectsarepainatinjectionsite,swellingatinjectionsite,
rednessatinjectionsite,dizziness,lowgradefever,nausea/vomiting,malaise,headacheandjoint
pain.
(Note:HeptavaxisnolongerbeingproducedintheUnitedStates,soitsavailabilitymaybelimited.)
Recombivaxmadewithcommonbaker’syeast.Possiblesideeffectsincludetendernessatinjection
site,swellingatinjectionsite,rednessatinjectionsite,itching,cramps,diarrhea,low‐gradefever,
malaise,headache,nausea/vomiting,constipation,dizziness.Personswithallergiestoyeastand/or
aluminumhydroxideshouldnotreceivethisproduct.
Persons with active/serious diseases, fever, or who are pregnant or nursing should consult their
physicianbeforereceivingthisproduct.Thedurationofimmunityisunknownatthistime,butadults
with normal immune status do not routinely need a booster within 7‐9 years after vaccination.
Vaccinationisnotnecessaryincasesofbloodscreeningwhichdisclosesimmunity,previousHepatitis
Bvaccination,andmedicalcontraindications.
(Note:Pre‐screeningforimmunityisnotrequired,butifyoudesiretobescreenedpleaseconsultyourprivate
physician.IfyouareaHBVcarrier,youwillreceiveneithertherapeuticnoradverseeffectsasaresultofreceiving
thevaccine,otherthanthepreviouslylistedpossiblesideeffects).
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.
Thevaccine(whenadministeredinthedeltoidmuscleofthearm)providesprotectiveantibodiesin
over 90% of healthy persons, but El Paso Community College offers no guarantee relative to the
efficacyofthevaccine.
ThevaccinemightnotbeeffectiveifyouarealreadyincubatingtheHepatitis“B”virus,i.e.already
carryingthevirus.Abloodtestwilldetermineifyouhaveimmunity.
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TARGET VACCINATION POPULATION, HEALTH CARE PERSONNEL
Thefrequencyofbloodcontactratherthanthefrequencyofpatientcontactseemstobethemost
importantfactorintheacquisitionoftheinfection.ThoseemployeesworkingintheLaboratory,
EmergencyRoomorEmergencyMedicalServices(ambulances)IntensiveCareUnit,Operating
Room,Laboranddelivery.RespiratoryTherapyandAnesthesiahavesignificantcontactwithblood
andthereforeareatgreatestrisk.
PRE-IMMUNIZATION SCREENING
YoumayrequesttobescreenedforantibodytoHepatitis“B”surfaceantigen.Ifitispositive,this
meansyouareimmunetotheHepatitis“B”virusandvaccinationisunnecessary.Noadverse
effectshavebeennotedwhenchroniccarriers(HBsAGpositive)wereimmunized.Screeningisnot
required.
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STUDENT’S HEALTH
PHYSICAL EXAM
Itisthestudent'sresponsibilitytoinsurethatacurrent"healthhistoryandphysical
examination"formisonfilewithineachdivision/discipline.Thephysicalexammustbe
updatedevery3years(unlessotherwiseindicated),andmustbeperformedbyahealth
provider(PA,NP,MD,DO)licensedtopracticemedicineintheUnitedStates.Seeexemptions
underEPCCpolicy7.01.03.10.Theseguidelinesalsoapplytohealth‐relatedfacultyandstaffin
clinicalassignments.Physician’sletterandReportofHealthEvaluationformsareunder:
www.epcc.edu/InstitutionalEffectiveness/PoliciesandProcedures/7.02.01.10
VACCINATIONS AND IMMUNIZATIONS
A. MENINGITIS VACCINATION
MeningitisVaccination.EffectiveJanuary2012,allcollegestudentsarerequiredtosubmit
evidenceofreceivingvaccinationagainstmeningitisorevidenceofreceivingaboosterdose.
SeeexemptionsunderEPCCpolicy7.01.03.10attheendofHandbook.
Whatismeningitisandwhyitissodangerous?
Meningococcalmeningitisisabacterialinfectionthatcancausesevereswellingofthebrain
andspinalcord.Thisdiseaseispotentiallyverydangerousbecauseitisrelativelyrareand
itisoftenmistakenforaminorcoldorthefluand,asaresult,isignored.Thebadnewsis
thatupto1outof5peoplewhodevelopmeningococcaldiseasewilldie(Thiscaseis
representativeofcausesthathaveoccurred).Ofthosewhosurvive,upto1in5willsuffer
frompermanentdisabilitiessuchasamputation,braindamage,hearingloss,andseizures.
Recognizingthecharacteristicsignsandsymptomsofmeningococcaldiseasearecriticaland
potentiallylifesaving.Mostcommonearlysymptomsofmeningitisaresimilartotheflu.
Manypeoplecomplainabouthavingheadache,fever,stiffneck,extremefatigue,nausea,
vomiting,andsensitivitytolight.Somepeoplealsodevelopapurplishredrashofsmalldots
(petechiae),mainlyontheirarmsandlegs.
Thegoodnewsisthattoday’smeningococcalvaccinecanhelptoprotectyouandyourchild
againstthemostcommonformsofmeningitis(bacteriastainsA,C,Y,andW‐135)Infact,
experienceintheUnitedStatesmilitarywherevaccinationismandatory,hasproventhat
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vaccinationreallyworkstopreventoutbreaksofmeningitisandmeningococcaldisease
worldwide.
B. IMMUNIZATIONS AND TITERS
Studentsarerequiredtosubmitevidenceofadequatelevelsofimmunity,acquirednaturally
orbyimmunizationagainstthefollowingdiseases.SeeadeclinationformforAnnual
InfluenzaVaccinationandPPDSkinTestInterpretationorChestX‐rayAnnualFollow‐upfor
HealthCareerStudentandFaculty.
TdapwithperiodicTetanusbooster
Diphtheria
Measles/Rubella
Mumps
RubellaVaricela
Tuberculosis(PPDorTine,orChestX‐ray)
HepatitisBVaccineisrequiredforHealthprofessionals,includingstudents
InfluenzaisrequiredorCompletedDeclinationForm.(NOTE:Ifdeclined,willhavetoweara
maskinclinical)
Ifage65orolder,aHerpesZosterisrecommended.Thiscansubstitutefortheabovelisted
Varicella.
PleaserefertotheimmunizationscheduleandHepatitis“B”Immunizationpacketsfoundelsewherein
thehandbook.
C. 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.
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1. Additional information
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•Additional guidance for the use of the vaccines described
•Adults aged 65 years or older can receive the standard-
in this supplement is available at
dose IIV or the high-dose IIV (Fluzone High-Dose).
www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/acip-recs/index.html.
•A list of currently available influenza vaccines can be
•Information on vaccination recommendations when
found at
vaccination status is unknown and other general
www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/vaccines.htm.
immunization information can be found in the General
3. Tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis
Recommendations on Immunization at
(Td/Tdap) vaccination
www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr6002a1.htm.
•Administer 1 dose of Tdap vaccine to pregnant women
•Information on travel vaccine requirements and
during each pregnancy (preferably during 27 to 36 weeks’
recommendations (e.g., for hepatitis A and B,
gestation) regardless of interval since prior Td or Tdap
meningococcal, and other vaccines) is available at
vaccination.
wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.
•Persons aged 11 years or older who have not received
•Additional information and resources regarding
Tdap vaccine or for whom vaccine status is unknown
vaccination of pregnant women can be found at
should receive a dose of Tdap followed by tetanus and
www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/pregnant.html.
diphtheria toxoids (Td) booster doses every 10 years
2. Influenza vaccination
thereafter. Tdap can be administered regardless of interval
•Annual vaccination against influenza is recommended for
since the most recent tetanus or diphtheria-toxoid
all persons aged 6 months or older.
containing vaccine.
•Persons aged 6 months or older, including pregnant
•Adults with an unknown or incomplete history of
women and persons with hives-only allergy to eggs can
completing a 3-dose primary vaccination series with Td-
receive the inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV). An age-
containing vaccines should begin or complete a primary
appropriate IIV formulation should be used.
vaccination series including a Tdap dose.
•Adults aged 18 years or older can receive the recombinant
•For unvaccinated adults, administer the first 2 doses at
influenza vaccine (RIV) (FluBlok). RIV does not contain
least 4 weeks apart and the third dose 6 to 12 months after
any egg protein and can be given to age-appropriate
the second.
persons with egg allergy of any severity.
•For incompletely vaccinated (i.e., less than 3 doses)
•Healthy, nonpregnant persons aged 2 to 49 years without
adults, administer remaining doses.
high-risk medical conditions can receive either intranasally
•Refer to the ACIP statement for recommendations for
administered live, attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV)
administering Td/Tdap as prophylaxis in wound
(FluMist) or IIV.
management (see footnote 1).
•Health care personnel who care for severely
4. Varicella vaccination
immunocompromised persons who require care in a
•All adults without evidence of immunity to varicella (as
protected environment should receive IIV or RIV; health
defined below) should receive 2 doses of single-antigen
care personnel who receive LAIV should avoid providing
varicella vaccine or a second dose if they have received
care for severely immunosuppressed persons for 7 days
only 1 dose.
after vaccination.
•Vaccination should be emphasized for those who have
•The intramuscularly or intradermal administered IIV are
close contact with persons at high risk for severe disease
options for adults aged 18 through 64 years.
(e.g., health care personnel and family contacts of persons
with immunocompromising conditions) or are at high risk
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for exposure or transmission (e.g., teachers; child care
•HPV4 is recommended for men who have sex with men
employees; residents and staff members of institutional
through age 26 years for those who did not get any or all
settings, including correctional institutions; college
doses when they were younger.
students; military personnel; adolescents and adults living
•Vaccination is recommended for immunocompromised
in households with children; no pregnant women of
persons (including those with HIV infection) through age
childbearing age; and international travelers).
26 years for those who did not get any or all doses when
•Pregnant women should be assessed for evidence of
they were younger.
varicella immunity. Women who do not have evidence of
•A complete series for either HPV4 or HPV2 consists of 3
immunity should receive the first dose of varicella vaccine
doses. The second dose should be administered 4 to 8
upon completion or termination of pregnancy and before
weeks (minimum interval of 4 weeks) after the first dose;
discharge from the health care facility. The second dose
the third dose should be administered 24 weeks after the
should be administered 4 to 8 weeks after the first dose.
first dose and 16 weeks after the second dose (minimum
•Evidence of immunity to varicella in adults includes any
interval of at least 12 weeks).
of the following:
•HPV vaccines are not recommended for use in pregnant
— Documentation of 2 doses of varicella vaccine at least
women. However, pregnancy testing is not needed before
vaccination. If a woman is found to be pregnant after
4 weeks apart;
— U.S.-born before 1980, except health care personnel
initiating the vaccination series, no intervention is needed;
the remainder of the 3-dose series should be delayed until
and pregnant women;
— History of varicella based on diagnosis or verification
of varicella disease by a health care provider;
— History of herpes zoster based on diagnosis or
completion or termination of pregnancy.
6. Zoster vaccination
•A single dose of zoster vaccine is recommended for adults
verification of herpes zoster disease by a health care
aged 60 years or older regardless of whether they report a
provider; or
prior episode of herpes zoster. Although the vaccine is
— Laboratory evidence of immunity or laboratory
licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use
among and can be administered to persons aged 50 years
confirmation of disease.
5. Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination
or older, ACIP recommends that vaccination begin at age
•Two vaccines are licensed for use in females, bivalent
60 years.
HPV vaccine (HPV2) and quadrivalent HPV vaccine
•Persons aged 60 years or older with chronic medical
(HPV4), and one HPV vaccine for use in males (HPV4).
conditions may be vaccinated unless their condition
•For females, either HPV4 or HPV2 is recommended in a
constitutes a contraindication, such as pregnancy or severe
3-dose series for routine vaccination at age 11 or 12 years
immunodeficiency.
and for those aged 13 through 26 years, if not previously
7. Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccination
vaccinated.
•Adults born before 1957 are generally considered immune
•For males, HPV4 is recommended in a 3-dose series for
to measles and mumps. All adults born in 1957 or later
routine vaccination at age 11 or 12 years and for those
should have documentation of 1 or more doses of MMR
aged 13 through 21 years, if not previously vaccinated.
vaccine unless they have a medical contraindication to the
Males aged 22 through 26 years may be vaccinated.
vaccine or laboratory evidence of immunity to each of the
three diseases. Documentation of provider-diagnosed
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disease is not considered acceptable evidence of immunity
with 2 doses of MMR vaccine at the appropriate interval
for measles, mumps, or rubella.
for measles and mumps or 1 dose of MMR vaccine for
Measles component:
rubella.
•A routine second dose of MMR vaccine, administered a
8. Pneumococcal (13-valent pneumococcal conjugate
minimum of 28 days after the first dose, is recommended
vaccine [PCV13] and 23-valent pneumococcal
for adults who:
polysaccharide vaccine [PPSV23]) vaccination
— Are students in postsecondary educational
•General information
institutions,
— When indicated, only a single dose of PCV13 is
— Work in a health care facility, or
recommended for adults.
— Plan to travel internationally.
— No additional dose of PPSV23 is indicated for adults
•Persons who received inactivated (killed) measles vaccine
vaccinated with PPSV23 at or after age 65 years.
or measles vaccine of unknown type during 1963–1967
— When both PCV13 and PPSV23 are indicated, PCV13
should be revaccinated with 2 doses of MMR vaccine.
should be administered first; PCV13 and PPSV23
Mumps component:
should not be administered during the same visit.
•A routine second dose of MMR vaccine, administered a
— When indicated, PCV13 and PPSV23 should be
minimum of 28 days after the first dose, is recommended
administered to adults whose pneumococcal
for adults who:
vaccination history is incomplete or unknown.
— Are students in a postsecondary educational
institution,
•Adults aged 65 years or older who
— Have not received PCV13 or PPSV23: Administer
— Work in a health care facility, or
PCV13 followed by PPSV23 in 6 to 12 months.
— Plan to travel internationally.
— Have not received PCV13 but have received a dose of
•Persons vaccinated before 1979 with either killed mumps
PPSV23 at age 65 years or older: Administer PCV13
vaccine or mumps vaccine of unknown type who are at
at least 1 year after the dose of PPSV23 received at
high risk for mumps infection (e.g., persons who are
age 65 years or older.
working in a health care facility) should be considered for
— Have not received PCV13 but have received 1 or more
revaccination with 2 doses of MMR vaccine.
doses of PPSV23 before age 65: Administer PCV13 at
Rubella component:
least 1 year after the most recent dose of PPSV23;
•For women of childbearing age, regardless of birth year,
administer a dose of PPSV23 6 to 12 months after
rubella immunity should be determined. If there is no
PCV13, or as soon as possible if this time window has
evidence of immunity, women who are not pregnant
passed, and at least 5 years after the most recent dose
should be vaccinated. Pregnant women who do not have
of PPSV23.
evidence of immunity should receive MMR vaccine upon
— Have received PCV13 but not PPSV23 before age 65
Completion or termination of pregnancy and before
years: Administer PPSV23 6 to 12 months after
discharge from the health care facility.
PCV13 or as soon as possible if this time window has
Health care personnel born before 1957:
passed.
•For unvaccinated health care personnel born before 1957
— Have received PCV13 and 1 or more doses of
who lack laboratory evidence of measles, mumps, and/or
PPSV23 before age 65 years: Administer
rubella immunity or laboratory confirmation of disease,
—
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health care facilities should consider vaccinating personnel
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Footnotes—Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults Aged 19 Years or Older: United States, 2015
8. Pneumococcal vaccination (continued)
•Adults aged 19 through 64 years who smoke cigarettes or
— PPSV23 6 to 12 months after PCV13, or as soon as
reside in nursing home or long-term care facilities:
possible if this time window has passed, and at least 5
Administer PPSV23.
years after the most recent dose of PPSV23.
•Routine pneumococcal vaccination is not recommended
•Adults aged 19 through 64 years with
for American Indian/Alaska Native or other adults unless
immunocompromising conditions or anatomical or
they have the indications as above; however, public health
functional asplenia (defined below) who
authorities may consider recommending the use of
— Have not received PCV13 or PPSV23: Administer
pneumococcal vaccines for American Indians/Alaska
PCV13 followed by PPSV23 at least 8 weeks after
Natives or other adults who live in areas with increased
PCV13; administer a second dose of PPSV23 at least
risk for invasive pneumococcal disease.
5 years after the first dose of PPSV23.
•Immunocompromising conditions that are indications for
— Have not received PCV13 but have received 1 dose of
pneumococcal vaccination are: Congenital or acquired
PPSV23: Administer PCV13 at least 1 year after the
immunodeficiency (including B- or T-lymphocyte
PPSV23; administer a second dose of PPSV23 at least
deficiency, complement deficiencies, and phagocytic
8 weeks after PCV13 and at least 5 years after the first
disorders excluding chronic granulomatous disease), HIV
dose of PPSV23.
infection, chronic renal failure, nephrotic syndrome,
— Have not received PCV13 but have received 2 doses
leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin disease, generalized
of PPSV23: Administer PCV13 at least 1 year after
malignancy, multiple myeloma, solid organ transplant, and
the most recent dose of PPSV23.
iatrogenic immunosuppression (including long-term
— Have received PCV13 but not PPSV23: Administer
systemic corticosteroids and radiation therapy).
PPSV23 at least 8 weeks after PCV13; administer a
•Anatomical or functional asplenia that are indications for
second dose of PPSV23 at least 5 years after the first
pneumococcal vaccination are: Sickle cell disease and
dose of PPSV23.
other hemoglobinopathies, congenital or acquired asplenia,
— Have received PCV13 and 1 dose of PPSV23:
splenic dysfunction, and splenectomy. Administer
Administer a second dose of PPSV23 at least 5 years
pneumococcal vaccines at least 2 weeks before
after the first dose of PPSV23.
immunosuppressive therapy or an elective splenectomy,
•Adults aged 19 through 64 years with cerebrospinal fluid
and as soon as possible to adults who are newly diagnosed
leaks or cochlear implants: Administer PCV13 followed by
with asymptomatic or symptomatic HIV infection.
PPSV23 at least 8 weeks after PCV13.
9. Meningococcal vaccination
•Adults aged 19 through 64 years with chronic heart
•Administer 2 doses of quadrivalent meningococcal
disease (including congestive heart failure and
conjugate vaccine (Men ACWY [Menactra, Menveo]) at
cardiomyopathies, excluding hypertension), chronic lung
least 2 months apart to adults of all ages with anatomical
disease (including chronic obstructive lung disease,
or functional asplenia or persistent complement component
emphysema, and asthma), chronic liver disease (including
deficiencies. HIV infection is not an indication for routine
cirrhosis), alcoholism, or diabetes mellitus: Administer
vaccination with Men ACWY. If an HIV-infected person
PPSV23.
of any age is vaccinated, 2 doses of Men ACWY should be
administered at least 2 months apart.
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•Administer a single dose of meningococcal vaccine to
an international adoptee during the first 60 days after
microbiologists routinely exposed to isolates of Neisseria
arrival in the United States from a country with high
meningitidis, military recruits, persons at risk during an
or intermediate endemicity. (See footnote 1 for more
outbreak attributable to a vaccine serogroup, and persons
information on travel recommendations.) The first
who travel to or live in countries in which meningococcal
dose of the 2-dose hepatitis A vaccine series should
disease is hyperendemic or epidemic.
be administered as soon as adoption is planned,
•First-year college students up through age 21 years who
ideally 2 or more weeks before the arrival of the
are living in residence halls should be vaccinated if they
adoptee.
have not received a dose on or after their 16th birthday.
•Single-antigen vaccine formulations should be
•Men ACWY is preferred for adults with any of the
administered in a 2-dose schedule at either 0 and 6 to 12
preceding indications who are aged 55 years or younger as
months (Havrix), or 0 and 6 to 18 months (Vaqta). If the
well as for adults aged 56 years or older who a) were
combined hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccine (Twinrix) is
vaccinated previously with Men ACWY and are
used, administer 3 doses at 0, 1, and 6 months;
recommended for revaccination, or b) for whom multiple
alternatively, a 4-dose schedule may be used, administered
doses are anticipated. Meningococcal polysaccharide
on days 0, 7, and 21 to 30 followed by a booster dose at
vaccine (MPSV4 [Menomune]) is preferred for adults aged
month 12.
56 years or older who have not received Men ACWY
11. Hepatitis B vaccination
previously and who require a single dose only (e.g.,
•Vaccinate persons with any of the following indications
travelers).
and any person seeking protection from hepatitis B virus
•Revaccination with Men ACWY every 5 years is
(HBV) infection:
recommended for adults previously vaccinated with Men
— Sexually active persons who are not in a long-term,
ACWY or MPSV4 who remain at increased risk for
mutually monogamous relationship (e.g., persons with
infection (e.g., adults with anatomical or functional
more than 1 sex partner during the previous 6
asplenia, persistent complement component deficiencies,
months); persons seeking evaluation or treatment for a
or microbiologists).
sexually transmitted disease (STD); current or recent
10. Hepatitis A vaccination
injection drug users; and men who have sex with men;
•Vaccinate any person seeking protection from hepatitis A
— Health care personnel and public safety workers who
virus (HAV) infection and persons with any of the
are potentially exposed to blood or other infectious
following indications:
body fluids;
— Men who have sex with men and persons who use
injection or noninjection illicit drugs;
years as soon as feasible after diagnosis; persons with
— Persons working with HAV-infected primates or with
HAV in a research laboratory setting;
diabetes who are age 60 years or older at the
discretion of the treating clinician based on the
— Persons with chronic liver disease and persons who
likelihood of acquiring HBV infection, including the
risk posed by an increased need for assisted blood
receive clotting factor concentrates;
— Persons traveling to or working in countries that have
high or intermediate endemicity of hepatitis A; and
— Unvaccinated persons who anticipate close personal
contact (e.g., household or regular babysitting) with
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— Persons with diabetes who are younger than age 60
glucose monitoring in long-term care facilities, the
likelihood of experiencing chronic sequelae if
infected with HBV, and the likelihood of immune
response to vaccination;
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— Persons with end-stage renal disease, including
12. Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccination
patients receiving hemodialysis, persons with HIV
•One dose of Hib vaccine should be administered to
infection, and persons with chronic liver disease;
persons who have anatomical or functional asplenia or
— Household contacts and sex partners of hepatitis B
sickle cell disease or are undergoing elective splenectomy
surface antigen–positive persons, clients and staff
if they have not previously received Hib vaccine. Hib
members of institutions for persons with
vaccination 14 or more days before splenectomy is
developmental disabilities, and international travelers
suggested.
to countries with high or intermediate prevalence of
•Recipients of a hematopoietic stem cell transplant
chronic HBV infection; and
(HSCT) should be vaccinated with a 3-dose regimen 6 to
— All adults in the following settings: STD treatment
12 months after a successful transplant, regardless of
facilities, HIV testing and treatment facilities,
vaccination history; at least 4 weeks should separate doses.
facilities providing drug abuse treatment and
•Hib vaccine is not recommended for adults with HIV
prevention services, health care settings targeting
infection since their risk for Hib infection is low.
services to injection drug users or men who have sex
13. Immunocompromising conditions
with men, correctional facilities, end-stage renal
•Inactivated vaccines generally are acceptable (e.g.,
disease programs and facilities for chronic
pneumococcal, meningococcal, and inactivated influenza
hemodialysis patients, and institutions and
vaccine) and live vaccines generally are avoided in persons
nonresidential day care facilities for persons with
with immune deficiencies or immunocompromising
developmental disabilities.
conditions. Information on specific conditions is available
•Administer missing doses to complete a 3-dose series of
at: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/acip-recs/index.html.
hepatitis B vaccine to those persons not vaccinated or not
Footnotes—Recommended Immunization Schedule for
completely vaccinated. The second dose should be
Adults Aged 19 Years or Older: United States, 2015
administered 1 month after the first dose; the third dose
should be given at least 2 months after the second dose
(and at least 4 months after the first dose). If the combined
hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccine (Twinrix) is used, give
3 doses at 0, 1, and 6 months; alternatively, a 4-dose
Twinrix schedule, administered on days 0, 7, and 21 to 30
followed by a booster dose at month 12 may be used.
•Adult patients receiving hemodialysis or with other
immunocompromising conditions should receive 1 dose of
40 mcg/mL (Recombivax HB) administered on a 3-dose
schedule at 0, 1, and 6 months or 2 doses of 20 mcg/mL
(Engerix-B) administered simultaneously on a 4-dose
schedule at 0, 1, 2, and 6 months.
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IMMUNIZATION AND TITER REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIALIZED ADMISSION PROGRAMS
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D. PREGNANCY AND RADIATION EXPOSURE
TheCollegeprovidesguidelinestoinsuretheprotectionofthestudentandofthefetusfor
studentswhoareenrolledinhealthcareerprogramswitharadiologycomponentandwho
arepregnantatthetimeofenrollment,orwhobecomepregnantwhileenrolled.Any
student,whobecomespregnantwhileenrolledinahealthcareerprogram,shouldnotifythe
programdirector/coordinatorimmediately(voluntarywrittendeclaration).Ifthestudent's
courseworkincludesdirectradiologyexperience,theRadiationSafetyOfficerwillprovide
informationtothestudentrelatedtotheUSNRCRegulatoryGuide“InstructionConcerning
PrenatalRadiationExposure.”Thestudentwhoelectstocontinueintheprogrammust
presentwrittenpermissionfromherobstetricianforcontinuationinanyclassesthatmight
presentrisk.Itmayberecommendedthatthestudentwithdrawfromtheprogramuntilshe
isnolongerpregnant.Ifdirectclinicalradiologyexperienceisarequiredportionofthe
student'scourseobjective,andnoalternativeclinicalsitecanbeidentifiedtoplacethe
student,thestudentwillberequiredtowithdrawfromthecourse.Toreturntothe
program,thestudentwouldfollowtheprocedureforreadmission.
E. SICKNESS AND/OR INJURIES WHILE ON DUTY
Studentsareresponsiblefornotifyingtheclinicalinstructororaffiliatesupervisorof
illnessesorinjuries.Aninjuryoccurringatanaffiliatingagencymaybetreatedatthat
agency,iftherearefacilitiestoprovidesuchcare.Thestudent,however,isresponsible
forallexpensesrelatingtosuchtreatment.Anincidentformshouldbecompletedatthe
affiliatingagencyandacopysubmittedtothedirector/coordinatorofthestudent'sprogram.
F. STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Studentswithpermanentortemporaryverifieddisabilitiesareinvitedtoregisterwiththe
CenterforStudentswithDisabilitieswherecounseling,registrationassistance,adaptive
equipmentandavarietyofsupportservicesareavailable.Supportservicescanbearranged
forallcampuslocations.Formoreinformation,call(915)831‐2426.Should
accommodationbeneededtocompleteprogramcompetencies,aplanwillbedevelopedto
helpstudentstomeetcourse/programcompetencieswheneverpossible.
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G. MEDICAL/DENTAL INSURANCE
Itisrecommendedthatstudentspurchasetheirownmedical/dentalinsurancepolicy.
Studentsenrolledinhealthcareerprogramsmaybeexposedtocontagiousdiseasesthat
mayrequirehealthcare.Studentswillberesponsibleforthepaymentoftheirownmedical
expenses.Studentprofessionalpracticeinsurancepurchasedasacourserequirementdoes
notcoverpersonalmedicalexpenses.Whenpossible,arrangementswillbemadetoprovide
studentsopportunitytopurchasestudenthealthinsuranceatspecialrates.
H. OTHER HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
Studentswillberequiredtomeetanyadditionalrequirementsofeachassignedclinical
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 makeup.
Noncompliancewiththeaboverulingmayresultinthestudentnotbeingallowedtousetheclinical
facilityasaclinicalrotationsite.Thus,allstudentsdocumentedproofofcompletiontoassigned
programcoordinatorisrequested.
CLINICAL ASSIGNMENTS
AsanessentialcomponentoftheHealthCareerPrograms,studentsareassignedtoavarietyof
clinicalaffiliates,(e.g.,hospital,medicalclinic,physician'soffice,dentaloffice,dentalclinic,public
school,nursinghome,orambulance).
Itistheresponsibilityofeachstudenttobecomefamiliarwiththeinstitutionalpoliciesand
proceduresfortheclinicalaffiliatetowhichhe/sheisassigned.Someclinicalaffiliatesrequireor
provideanorientation,duringwhichtheyfamiliarizethestudentwithproceduresconcerningcode
arrests,fire,anddisasterprocedures.Iftheclinicalaffiliateinwhichthestudentisassigneddoes
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notprovideascheduledorientation,theprogram'sclinicalinstructorwillprovidethenecessary
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
Certification at a Professional Level (Must be American Heart Association-Health Provider) Must include
AED. (Online CPR courses are not acceptable). This must remain current throughout the course of the
program.
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.
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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
Therearespecialskills,knowledge,andattitudesthatarenecessaryforahealthcareteammember
tobeeffectiveincarryingoutresponsibilitiesintheclinicalorpracticalenvironment.Facultyof
HealthCareers’Programshasdevelopedabrieflistofsomeattitudeguidelinesthatwillprovidea
basisforyourroleasamemberofahelpingprofession.
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.
B. TOWARD SELF
1. Dependable
Prompt
Team-worker
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2.Responsible
Keepallappointments/attendance
Notifyappropriateindividual(e.g.coordinator,instructor,affiliatesupervisor)ofany
absence.
3.
Professionalappearance
Cleanhair,nooffensivebodyodors,goodoralhygiene,trimmedfingernails
Followthedresscodewithoutexception
C. TOWARD CLASSMATE
Showrespectforclassmate'stimeandproperty
Assistclassmateswhenneededwithoutbeingasked(teammember).
Shareequipment
Returnallsuppliesandequipmentinthesameconditionasreceived
Itisalwayspolite‐toaskforhelp,neverdemandit
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:
Thisprocedureistoprovideguidelineandprotectionofthestudentandoftheirfetusenrolledin
HealthCareerProgramswithradiologycomponentsatthetimeofenrollmentorwhobecome
pregnantwhileenrolled.
General:
Scientificevidenceindicatesthatrapidlydividingcellsaremoreradiosensitivethanothercells
withinthebody.Thecellsintheembryostageofdevelopmentareofparticularconcernbecauseof
thepotentialconsequencesthatcanresultfromdamagecausedattheearlystagesoffetal
development.Therefore,specialconsiderationisprovidedtothoseindividualswhoare
occupationallyexposedtosourcesofradiationandmaybepregnantorareconsideringbecoming
pregnant.
Definitions:
1. PregnantorPossiblyPregnant:Anindividualisconsideredtobepregnantorpotentially
pregnantonlyuponvoluntarywrittendeclarationtotheRadiationSafetyOfficer.
2. RadiationSafetyOfficer(RSO):ARadiationSafetyOfficerisaqualifiedindividualwho
establishesandoverseesoperatingandsafetyproceduresandassuresconformitytothe
rulesinthe25TexasAdministrativeCode(TAC)§289(formerlyTRCR).Theserulesare
compatiblewiththoseoftheUnitedStatesNuclearRegulatoryCommission.TheTexas
DepartmentofStateHealthServicesdeterminesthequalificationsfortheRSO.Currently
theRSOforElPasoCommunityCollegeistheInstructionalCoordinatorfortheRadiologic
TechnologyProgram.
Procedure Statement:
1. RadiologicTechnologyProgramstudentswillbeinformedofthespecialrisksassociated
withreproductionandradiationexposureduringthe“BasicRadiationProtection”unit
taughtintheIntroductiontoRadiographycourse,thefirstprogramcourseofthecurriculum.
Dentalstudentswillreceivethisinformationpriortoperformingdentalradiography.
Specialemphasiswillbeplacedonthevoluntarydeclarationthatshouldbethe
responsibilityoftheindividual.
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2. Iftheindividualdecidestodeclareherpregnancyorpotentialpregnancy,itmustbein
writingtotheRadiationSafetyOfficer.
3. TheStudenthastheoptiontocontinueintheprogramwithoutmodificationafterdeclaring
herpregnancy.
4. DeclarationinformationprovidedtotheRadiationSafetyOfficerwillremainconfidential
amongtheappropriateprogramfaculty.TheRadiationSafetyOfficerwillinformthe
individualifitisdeemednecessarytorelaytheinformationtootherparties,andthe
informationwillonlyberelayedifconsentisgranted.
5. Uponnotificationofpregnancyorpotentialpregnancy,theRadiationSafetyOfficerwill
provideanoralsummaryoftheinformationcontainedintheUSNRCRegulatoryGuide8.13
“InstructionConcerningPrenatalRadiationExposure.”Acopyofthedocumentwillbe
providedalongwithanopportunitytoaskquestionsandreceiveanswers.
6. 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.
7. A student may undeclared her pregnancy at any time, and this information must be presented to
the Radiation Safety Officer in writing. 8. The pregnancy declaration form in no way absolves the institution from the responsibility of
providing a safe workplace. 9. 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.
10. Declared pregnant individuals found to have doses nearing or at the dose limit will be contacted so
that the limit will not be exceeded.
11. 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
Allinformationlearnedduringapatientcareexperienceorfrompatientrecordsiscompletely
confidential.(Exceptions:instructorsandagencystaffmembersmaybenotifiedofallconfidential
matters)
Nocommentshouldbemadeaboutthepatientthatcouldbetakenasnegativeorcritical.Such
commentscouldeasilybetakenverypersonallybythepatientorfriendsifoverheard.Theattitude
takenaboutthepatientandthetreatmentshouldalwaysbeinthebestinterestofthepatient.
CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT
Iunderstandandagreethatintheperformanceofmydutiesasastudentinthe
________________________Program.
Imustholdpatientinformationinconfidence.Further,Iunderstandandagreethatintentionalor
voluntaryviolationofthepatient'sconfidentialitymayresultinrefusalbythehealthcarefacilityto
allowmetoparticipateinpatientcare.Violatingpatientconfidentialitymayplacethepatientin
emotionaljeopardy,oneformofunsafeclinicalpractice,andmayresultinfailuretomeetcourse
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
ThestudentsrepresenttheElPasoCommunityCollege‐HealthCareerProgramsandtheir
appearancewillreflectonboththeprogramsandthemselves.TheHealthCareerProgramsare
designedtoeducatestudentstobecomeamemberofaprofession,andaprofessionalappearance
shouldbereflectedintheirdailygroominganddress.
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

Theseitemsmaybepurchasedatlocalbusinesses.

Check with the coordinator of the program as to color and wording on the pins.
Shoes

Whitedutyshoesmayberequired.

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.
A. Oral hygiene

Avoidhighlyseasonedfoods,alcoholandsmokingbeforedealingwithpatients.

Establishgooddentalhabits.
B. Shower or bathe and use a deodorant daily.
C. 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.
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D. Nails: Short, clean, and rounded for safety.

Nail polish, clear color, may be permitted in some programs. Check with Program
Coordinator.

Remember:handwashingisveryeffectiveinreducingthetransferofbacteriafrom
patienttopatientandinremovingoffensiveodorsfromhands.
E. Jewelry wedding rings and watches may be acceptable in some programs. Small conservative
earrings may be worn, depending on the program.

Remember:jewelrycanharborbacteria.
F. Cosmetics

May be used in moderation.
G. 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.
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. Alaborwhitemedicalcoat,withaschoolpatchwornontheleftarm,mayberequiredby
someprograms
B. Thelabcoatshouldbecleanandpressed
C. Thelabcoatisalwayswornwhenengagedinaclinicalactivity,andmayberequiredina
laboratorysitting
D. Hoseandunderclothesvisiblethroughtheuniformsarenotappropriate.
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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.
5. 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 course (s) objectives for which he or
she is officially enrolled.
Instructor (s) for each course will give 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 StudentswhobeganattendingTexaspublicinstitutionsofhighereducationforthefirsttimeduring
theFall2007semesterorlateraresubjectto6‐Droplimitforallundergraduateclasses.
Studentsshouldconsultwiththeirinstructorbeforedroppingaclass.Studentsareencouragedto
seeCounselingServicesifdropping,becauseexemptionsmayapply.
(RefertotheEPCCcatalogandwebsiteforadditionalinformation)
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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 CAREER PROGRAMS
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 EPCC 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 EPCC Catalog for this information.
Non progressing students who intend to re-enter the program later must follow the procedure for “Student
Readmission to Health Career & Technical Education Math & Science Programs”. 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
Physical Therapist Assistant
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Pharmacy Technology
Emergency Medical Services
Radiologic Technology
Health Information Management
Respiratory Care Technology
Health Professions and Related Courses
Surgical Technology
Medical Assisting 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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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 Coordinator. Program
Coordinator (s) will review the readmission applications each semester and will prioritize the requests
according to the following criteria:
1. Withdrawal for a documented acute illness or pregnancy.
2. Withdrawal for personal reasons.
3. Withdrawal for support course failure.
4. Low or poor performance in major courses.
5. 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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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. Copying from another student's test paper.
2. Using test materials not authorized by the person administering the test.
3. Unauthorized collaborating with or seeking assistance from another student.
4. Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, or soliciting, in whole or in part, the contents of a test.
5. The unauthorized transportation or removal, in whole or in part, of the contents of a test.
6. Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for one's self; to take a
test.
7. Bribing another person to obtain a test or information about a test.
8. "Collusion" shall be defined as the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing
written work for fulfillment of course requirements.
9. 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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PROGRAM COORDINATORS’ DIRECTORY
Program Name
Coordinator’s Name
Phone
E-Mail
Dental Assisting
Maria D. Garduno
831-4048
[email protected]
Dental Hygiene
Elia M. Mendez
831-4094
[email protected]
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Nora Balderas
831-4141
[email protected]
Emergency Medical Services
Tony Ayub
831-7079
[email protected]
Jean Garrison
831-4074
[email protected]
Helga Carrion
831-4341
Mathematics
Gabriel Mendoza
831-4403
[email protected]
Medical Assisting
Andrea Ceron
831-4139
[email protected]
Medical Laboratory Technology
Dr. Victoria 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 Tomacelli-Brock
831-4172
[email protected]
Radiologic Technology
Christl Thompson
831-4098
[email protected]
Respiratory Care Technology
Frederick Torres
831-4422
[email protected]
Alejandro Vazquez
831-4004
Cynthia Rivera
831-4086
Health Information Management,
Medical Transcription, Medical
Coding and Billing
Health Professions & Related
Courses
Science (Biology, Chemistry,
Physics, Geology and Kinesiology)
Surgical Technology
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
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Counselors - Health Career Programs 831-4636
Veronica Cena, Counselor
RG Campus, 103 Montana 3rd Floor 831-4123
RN Nursing
LVN (General Information)
LVN - RN Transition (General Information)
Paramedic to RN Option (Lead)
Pat Duran, Counselor
Mission Del Paso, 10700 Gateway East
RM C 154 831-7092
Emergency Medical Services (Lead)
Vocational Nursing (LVN) (Lead)
RN Nursing General Information
Argelia S. Duarte, Counselor
RG Campus, 103 Montana 3rd Floor 831-4040
Border Health Issues
Dental Assisting
Dental Hygiene
Health Information Management
Medical Coding
Medical Transcription
Physical Therapist Assistant
Surgical Technology
Martha Brown, Counselor
RG Campus 103 Montana 3rd Floor 831-4020
General Information of Health Occupation Majors
Ricardo Lopez De Lara, Counselor
RG Campus, 103 Montana 3rd Floor 831-4447
RN Nursing
LVN (General Information)
LVN - RN Transition (Lead)
Nursing Advanced Placement
Paramedic to RN Option
International RN Students
Priscilla Gutierrez, Counselor
RG Campus 103 Montana 3rd Floor 831-4022
General Information of Health Occupation Majors
Dub Satterfield, Counselor
NW Campus, 6701 S. Desert Blvd. RM M 79 831-8817
General Information of Health Occupation Majors
Celina Gomez, Counselor
VV Campus, 919 Hunter SSC-130 831-2524
General Information of Health Occupation Majors
Debbie Knapp, Counselor
VV Campus, 919 Hunter SSC-127 C 831-2419
General Information of Health Occupation Majors
Robert Pandy, Counselor Coordinator
RG Campus, 103 Montana 3rd Floor 831-4064
RN Nursing
LVN (General Information)
LVN - RN Transition
Nursing Advanced Placement (Lead)
Paramedic to RN Option
International Students (All Students)
Diana Medina, Counselor
VV Campus, 919 Hunter SSC-137 831-3318
General Information of Health Occupation Majors
Patsy Saenz, Counselor
RG Campus, 103 Montana 3rd Floor 831-4608
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Medical Assisting Technology
Medical Laboratory Technology
Pharmacy Technology
Radiologic Technology
Radiation Therapy Technology
Respiratory Care Technology
Yvonne Melchor, Counselor
Mission Del Paso 10700 Gateway East
RM C155-C 831-7141
General Information of Health Occupation Majors
Ruben Gomez, Counselor
Mission Del Paso, 10700 Gateway East
RM C 155 831-7141
General Information of Health Occupation Majors
Patty Ortega, Counselor
TM Campus, 9570 Gateway Blvd. North
RM 1054 831-5143
General Information of Health Occupation
Vanessa Bretado-Monroy, Counselor
TM Campus, 9570 Gateway Blvd. North
RM 1057 831-5807
General Information of Health Occupation Majors
HEALTH CAREERS OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM RG Campus, 831-4143
For Health Occupations Admissions Information, Call the HOTLINE 831-2249
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DIRECTORY OF IMPORTANT CONTACTS
Name, Title & Department
Campus & Room Number
Phone
Steven E. Smith
ASC Building, Room 1027
831-6471
Rio Grande Campus, Room A240C
831-4030
Rio Grande Campus, Room A240B
831-4029
Director of Admissions
Valle Verde Campus, Room 039
831-2580
Denise Schirmer,
Valle Verde Campus, Room 005
831-2588
Rio Grande Campus
831-4198
Mission Del Paso
831-7024
Northwest Center
831-8815
Transmountain Campus
831-5808
Valle Verde Campus
831-2426
Rio Grande Campus
831-4194
Mission Del Paso
831-7020
Northwest Center
831-8833
Transmountain Campus
831-5112
Valle Verde Campus
831-3134
VP of Instruction
Dr. Paula Mitchell,
Dean, Health Careers & Technical Education,
Math & Science
Marta De La Fuente,
Director of Continuing Education
Manager Specialized Admissions
Center for Students with Disabilities
Financial Aid Department
Health Career Hot Line
831-2249
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AGENCIES ACCREDITING HEALTH CAREER PROGRAMS
PROGRAM
AGENCY NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE#, E-MAIL ADDRESS AND FAX #
AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION, COMMISSION ON DENTAL ACCREDITATION
DENTAL ASSISTING
(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
DENTAL HYGIENE
(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:
DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL
SONOGRAPHY
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
Phone (512) 834-6700
78756-3199
Fax: (512) 834-6736
E-mail: www.DSHS.state.tx.us/EMSTRAUMASystems
EMERGENCY MEDICAL
OFFICE OF EMS/TRAUMA SYSTEMS
SERVICES
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 FOR HEALTH INFORMATICS AND INFORMATION
MANAGEMENT EDUCATION (CAHIIM)
HEALTH INFORMATION
MANAGEMENT
Address:
233 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 2150, Chicago. IL 60601-5800
Phone (312) 233-1100
Fax: (312) 233-1090 E-Mail: www.cahiim.org
COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION OF ALLIED HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMS
(CAAHEP)
Address:
MEDICAL ASSISTING
Fax: (727) 210-2354,
1361Park St., # 2, Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone (727) 210-2350
E-mail: www.caahep.org
MEDICAL ASSISTING EDUCATION 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
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AGENCIES ACCREDITING HEALTH CAREER PROGRAMS
PROGRAM
MEDICAL
LABORATORY
AGENCY NAME, ADDRESS, TELEPHONE#, E-MAIL ADDRESS AND FAX #
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
TECHNOLOGY
PHARMACY TECHNICIAN ACCREDITATION COMMISSION (PTAC)
PHARMACY
TECHNOLOGY
PHYSICAL THERAPIST
ASSISTANT
RADIOLOGIC
TECHNOLOGY
Address:
7272 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301)664-8877
Fax: (301) 652-8278 E-mail: [email protected]
COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION IN PHYSICAL THERAPY EDUCATION (CAPTE)
Address:
Phone (703) 706-3245
1111 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandra, Virginia 22314-1488
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: http://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
COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION FOR RESPIRATORY CARE (CoARC)
RESPIRATORY CARE
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
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY
Address: 6 W. 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 AND CERTIFICATION AGENCIES
AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Program
Dental Assisting
Licensure/Certification
Professional Organizations
Dental Assisting National Board
American Dental Assistant Association
215 E. Ontario, Chicago, Illinois 60611
919 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
Phone: (312) 643-336
60611
Phone: (312) 664-3327
Dental Hygiene
Texas State Board of Dental Examiners
American Dental Hygiene Association
8317 Cross Park Drive, Suite 400
444 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
Austin, Texas 78754-5124
60611
P.O. Box 13165 Capital Station
Phone: (312) 440-8900
Austin, Texas 78711
Phone: (512) 834-6021
Diagnostic Medical
Sonography
American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (Diagnostic
Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
Medical Sonographers)
12770 Coit Road, Suite 508, Dallas, Texas
32 E. Holister Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219
75251
Phone: 1-(800) 541-9754
Phone: (972) 239-7367
National Registry of EMTs
Emergency
P.O. Box 29233, Columbus, Ohio 43229
Texas Association of Emergency Medical
Technologist
Medical Services
Texas Department of Health (EMT)
6070 Gateway East, Suite 401, PO Box 9428,
El Paso, Texas 79984-0428
Phone: (915) 774-6220
Texas Health Information Management
Health Information
Management
American Heath Information Management Association (AHIMA)
Association (TxHIMA)
857 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1850, J.H. Center, Chicago,
18382 FM 306, Suite 103
Canyon Lake, Texas 78133-3336
Illinois 60611
Phone: (312) 787-2672
District III-Mountain View Health Information
Management Association
P.O. Box 971235
El Paso, TX 79997
Medical Transcription
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The Association for Healthcare Documentation
Integrity (AHDI) (formerly, The American
Association for Medical Transcription)
4230 Kiernan Avenue, Suite 120
Modesto, CA 95356
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LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION AGENCIES
AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Program
Licensure/Certification
Professional Organizations
Medical Assisting
American Medical Technologists (AMT)
American Association of Medical Assistants
Technology
10700 West Higgins, Suite 150, Rosemont, IL
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1575,
60018
Chicago, Illinois 60606
Phone: 847-823-5169
Phone: 1-800-228-2262
www.amst.asp
Medical Laboratory
Technology
American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
33 West Monroe St. # 1600
2025 M. Street NW, Suite 800, Washington DC 20036
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: 202-367-1174
[email protected]
Texas Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
P.O. Box 474, Edinburg, TX 78540-0474
American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists
Pharmacy Technology
7272 Wisconsin Avenue
Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
(PTCB)
Association Pharmacist Association
2215 Constitution Avenue NW, Suite 101
2215 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20037
Washington, DC 20037
The National Pharmacy Technician Association
P.O. Box 683148
Houston, TX 77268
Phone: 888-247-8700, Fax: 888-247-8706
Physical Therapist
American Physical Therapy Assistant
Texas Board of Physical Therapist
Assistant
1111 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria,
333 Guadalupe Str., Suite 2-510,
Virginia 22314
Austin, Texas 78701-3942
Phone: (703) 684-2782
Phone: (512) 305-6900
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LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION AGENCIES
AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Program
Licensure/Certification
Professional Organizations
Radiologic Technology
American Registry of Radiologic Technologist
Texas Department of State Health Services MRT
1255 Northland Drive, St. Paul,
Program
Minnesota 55120-1155
1100 West 49th Street, Austin, Texas 78756-3183
Phone: (612) 687-0048
Phone: (512) 834-6617
Respiratory Care
American Association of for Respiratory Care
Texas Department of Health (Respiratory Care)
Technology
11030 Ables Lane, Dallas, Texas 75229
1100 West 49th Street, Austin, Texas (512) 458-7631
Phone: (214) 243-2272
Surgical Technology
Association of Surgical Technologists
National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical
6 West Creek Cr., Littleton, CO 80120
Assisting
Phone: 1- (800) 637-7433
6 West Creek Cr., Suite 100, Littleton, CO 80120
Phone: 1- (800) 707-0057
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FORMS
Pages 74-80
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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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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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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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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. Copying from another student's test paper with somebody else
2. Using test materials not authorized by the person administering the test
3. 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.
4. The unauthorized transportation or removal, in whole or in part, of the contents of a test.
5. Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for one's self; to take a
test.
6. Bribing another person to obtain a test or information about a test.
7. "Collusion" shall be defined as the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing
written work for fulfillment of course requirements.
8. 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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