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Clinical Clearance

The agencies and hospitals where students are placed for clinical have policies about what is required of nursing students. Before your first clinical rotation, you’ll need to submit a number of requirements in order to be initially cleared. After this initial clinical clearance, it is each student’s responsibility to remain in compliance.

Instructions, deadlines and forms below do not apply to Nursing@Simmons online students.

Process and Deadlines

Initial clinical clearance happens before a student’s first clinical experience. You’ll work on gathering, completing and submitting these requirements during the semester before this first clinical course. The Clinical Coordination Office will make a formal announcement. While some requirements can be done ahead of this time, some really need to be done during this semester ahead of the first clinical experience.

Initial Clinical Clearance Deadlines

  • Direct Entry MSN students in NURS 426 during the Fall semester: August 15
  • 16-month Dix Scholars in NURS 332-AC during the Fall semester: August 15
  • BSN students in NURS 295 during the Fall semester: November 1
  • Graduate Students in NURS 500 during the Spring semester: April 1
Clinical Requirements

Initial Clearance

  • Health Clearance – Specific immunization requirements can be found under Health Clearance tab below
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification – Current certification in infant, child and adult CPR. Must be BLS for Healthcare Providers (American Heart Association or American Red Cross). We do notaccept online CPR certifications.
  • Mandatory Clinical Orientation – Required once per academic year (July 1st-June 30). Modules cover topics like patient privacy and infection control/prevention. 
  • Background and criminal history checks – Includes national check and Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI). All completed through CastleBranch.
  • Student Information Form/Pledge – Collects demographics information and asks you to sign off that you reviewed the clinical education policies included in the Nursing Student Handbook
  • Resume, copy of RN license and proof of RN employment – Required for students in the MSN/FNP curriculum only. 

Once given a clinical placement assignment

  • Agency-specific pre-clinical Requirements  Any hospital-specific paperwork required – once a student knows their clinical setting. Details/deadlines communicated by Clinical Coordination Office.
  • Demonstration of Medication Calculation and Administration Safety Competency – Required for undergraduate/pre-licensure direct entry students only. 
Health Clearance

Documentation of the following immunizations will be scanned/uploaded by the student to their myCB account. (When you place your background check order on CastleBranch, you will automatically receive a myCB account).

TB Skin Test/PPD
For initial clinical clearance, Two-Step Tuberculin Skin Test Method required (per CDC Guidelines for health professionals), meaning one TB Skin Test (planted/read) and then a second TB Skin Test (planted/read) after one week but before three weeks. After the initial two-step, an annual TB Skin Test is required while in the Nursing Program. If more than one year passes without a TB Skin Test, the student must complete a two-step again.

If a student has a history of positive TB Skin Test results they will need to submit documentation of the year of the positive result, treatment received, and the date of a negative chest x-ray. The student is then required to complete an annual symptom review with a health care provider.

Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)
Documentation of two MMR vaccinations OR positive Measles and Mumps antibody titers required.

Rubella Titer
All nursing students must have a positive rubella antibody titer.

Varicella (Chicken Pox) 
Two vaccinations OR proof of immune titer is required. A history of the disease is not sufficient. If a student’s titer results come back negative, two vaccinations are required. The second vaccination should administered one month following the first.

Hepatitis B
Completion of the Hepatitis B vaccine series (three vaccines) AND the HBsAB titer is required. A HBsAB titer is also required for students whose series is in process or within last two years. If the series is incomplete at the start of clinical nursing courses, the student will receive temporary health clearance. Full health clearance is granted when the immune titer is complete. Students must be current in the Hepatitis B vaccination series to continue with clinical.

Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis)
Documentation of Tdap required. A Td booster is also required if 10 years has passed since the Tdap.

Influenza
Students are required to have an annual flu vaccination (no FluMist). The season’s flu vaccine is typically available around September and is usually due by October 1st. Date is subject to change based on affiliating agency requirements. Simmons typically hosts flu clinics during the fall semester.

Uniforms

These mandatory items must be ordered through McGill’s, our designated supplier. Keep in mind that you may have two clinical experiences per week. 

  • 1 navy scrub top (comes with pre-embroidered Simmons emblem) 
  • 1 navy scrub pant
  • 1 name pin with Simmons logo 

Other mandatory items:

  • Stethoscope 
  • For undergraduate and Dix scholars: Littman Classic II SE
  • For Direct Entry students: Littman Cardiology IV stethoscope 
  • Watch with a sweep second hand 

Optional item:

  • 1 white jacket (comes with pre-embroidered Simmons emblem)
Forms, Links and Instructions

If you are a Traditional UG or a 2-3 Year DIX Scholar Student, please complete this Student Information and Pledge Form.

If you are a Direct Entry or a 16 Months Accelerated BSN Student, please complete this Student Information and Pledge Form.

CastleBranch – To place your order for the required background and CORI checks, visit this URL. For initial clearance use package code found under “Nursing” IO34: Background Check – Compliance Tracker. For classification select program and the semester you’re completing initial clearance.

CORI Release Form – Print, fill out and sign. Submit to S-329 with a photocopy of the front of your driver’s license or passport. The only requirement you’ll submit in hard copy. This authorizes CastleBrach to run your CORI check – Simmons sends these forms to CastleBranch in batch at the deadline.

myCB – Once you’ve completed your order on CastleBranch, you’ll receive a myCB account (https://mycb.castlebranch.com/). This where you upload your health records and CPR card (front, back and signed). CastleBranch will review your documents and approve and set renewal dates. If something is not approved, they’ll let you know why.

Immunization/Health Form – Students may have their health care provider fill out this form and use it to upload to myCB. Any documentation from your health care provider should work – it doesn’t have to be on this form.

MCN Online Orientation – Completed once per academic year (July 1st-June 30). Detailed instructions on orientation homepage. No need to print/submit certificate of completion.

Resources

Clinical Coordination Office
Park Science Center, S-329
Email: clinical@simmons.edu
Fax: 617-521-3045

CPR Course Resources
CPRBoston.org (American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers Course in Dorchester, MA)
American Red Cross Take a Class (American Red Cross BLS for Healthcare Providers Classroom Course – Various Locations)

Simmons University does not endorse a specific CPR course offering or organization.