Health Sciences Learner Responsibilities in the Clinical Setting

The following responsibilities were developed to keep health sciences learners safe and protect patients. Please understand that when you are in a clinical setting, you are not only representing your profession, but also Virginia Commonwealth University and your College/School/Department/Program. 

Expectations for Participating in a Clinical Setting

  • Dress appropriately according to the site’s dress code
  • Wear your VCU student ID and a site ID, if one is issued
  • Follow all the site’s rules and regulations, in accordance with Federal and Virginia Code law.
  • Be discreet, don't share information that isn't yours to share (like patient or business information)
  • Do not post about your preceptor, patients, or site on social media, blogs, or websites
  • Understand that when you are in a clinical setting that you are in a student role, not an employee role.
  • Provide the site with your background check and drug screen results, if asked.
  • If the information on your background check report could change, please report this information to your department/school.
  • Students should never refer patients.
  • Keep your immunization records up to date with Student Health.
  • Submit all required documents in a timely fashion.
  • Do not use your cellphone for personal calls, texts, or picture taking while at a clinical site.

Immunizations and Health Insurance

In accordance with Code of Virginia section 23-7.5, all full-time students entering a public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth must provide a health history that includes documentation of required immunizations. Prior to enrollment, all students shall be immunized by vaccine against all diseases specified by the Code of Virginia according to the guidelines of the American College Health Association.

Additionally, to foster the health of our students and to minimize the potential risk for transmission of communicable diseases within our community, VCU requires all Health Sciences students whose academic program requires patient contact to show evidence of immunity to varicella (chicken pox), Hepatitis B, and to be tested for tuberculosis and, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, be vaccinated annually against influenza. See VCU's immunization requirements for health sciences students policy.

Health Insurance

Many health sciences programs require students who will contact with patients to have additional health insurance. Check with your program and plan accordingly.

Background Checks and Drug Screens

Health sciences learners may be expected to complete background checks and drug screens in order to participate in clinical placement requirements. Check with your program for requirements and next steps. 

Recommended Health Sciences Learner Resources and Training

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