Documentation and Certification Requirements - Juniors and First-Year Accelerated
Prior to starting clinical courses, there are requirements that students must complete. First, the students must purchase access to a package from Castlebranch.com. The package includes: background check, an order for a 9-panel drug test, and access to a document management to upload forms. There is a letter of explanation for your healthcare provider. Students submit this documentation to Castlebranch where it is reviewed. To begin the process go to portal.castlebranch.com/HC54.

Required Documentation

Item School of Nursing Form Supporting Documentation

Uploaded into Immunization Tracker

Background Check No No No
9 Panel Drug Screen No No No
Immunizations Yes Yes, it Titer required Yes
Certification of Clinical Readiness Yes No Yes
Annual PPD Yes No Yes
Flu Shot Yes Yes Yes
CPR Certification No Yes, copy of CPR card (front and back) Yes

All submitted requirements must be valid for the entire academic year.

Documentation and Certification Requirements - Juniors, Seniors and Second-Year Accelerated
Prior to starting clinical courses, there are requirements that the student must complete and document.  There is a letter of explanation for your healthcare provider.   

Students will need to renew their immunization tracker access.

Required Documentation  

Item School of Nursing Form Supporting Documentation Upload into Immunization Tracker
Certification of Clinical Readiness Yes No Yes
Annual PPD Yes No Yes
Flu Shot Yes Yes Yes
CPR Certification No Yes, copy of CPR card (front and back) Yes

All submitted requirements must be valid for the entire academic year.

All students must report, immediately in writing, any changes in health status which impact their safety, the safety of patients or those whom the student encounters, or which significantly affect their progression in the program to the pertinent Assistant Dean.

Students are expected to comply with all agency requirements for placement in the clinical setting.

Failure to comply with these requirements may result in withdrawal from clinical courses with resultant effect upon the progression in the program.

Licensure: Registered Nurses in any clinical nursing program may be required to obtain licensure as Registered Nurses in the jurisdiction of their clinical placement.

Expectations for Professional Attire When In Clinical Placements/ Practica

The following information outlines the School of Nursing expectations for professional attire in the clinical setting. Students who appear for clinical inappropriately attired or groomed may be sent home and the absence treated as a non-excused clinical absence.

A professional appearance is expected of students in all clinical experiences. Students should consider the impact of cosmetics, tattoos, and decorative hair style/colors upon patient, staff, and other individuals' responses to and perception of them as professionals. The clinical agencies and faculty have the discretion to require modification of these factors when students are in the clinical setting.

A specific uniform, available in the University bookstore, is required in settings where street clothes are not permitted and where the clinical agency does not require a specific alternate uniform (i.e., in pediatric settings).

Attire

  • Uniform in clinical setting:
    • Navy blue scrub tops and pants
    • White jacket with Catholic University emblem on breast pocket of jacket.
    • White lace shoes.
    • Name (laminate) badge stating indicating student name, CUA School of Nursing Student
  • For students at INOVA
    • Red jacket over blue scrubs. A Catholic University emblem patch on the sleeve of the jacket.

All uniforms and patches can be purchased at the University bookstore.

Stethoscope: A stethoscope will be needed for clinical. For undergraduate students, information on suggested types will be given in the Health Assessment and Skills class. Students will receive a basic stethoscope and hip pack in Health Assessment.

The following are for safety and infection control purposes and in support of institutional policies:

  • Hair Covering: Students who need to cover their hair for religious reasons should consult with the faculty member to ensure that the cover selected meets safety and infection control standards.
  • Jewelry: One pair of stud earrings worn ONLY in the ears is acceptable, if allowed by the agency. No other jewelry may be worn except a flat wedding band. Students should avoid long necklaces or lanyards which may become entangled in IV equipment.
  • Body piercing: removal of all nose, lip, and eyebrow rings while at clinical sites,
  • Nails: Nails must be short (fingertip length). NO NAIL POLISH OR NAIL TIPS.
  • Perfumes: Strong perfume should not be worn because of scent allergies and sensitivities.
  • Hair: Hair which does not clear the collar should be tied back; students should take measures to ensure that bangs and facial hair do not contaminate clean/sterile fields.
Additional restrictions maybe enforce per institution policy or request.