BACKGROUND CHECKS AND DRUG SCREENING
Criminal background checks and drug screening are becoming mandatory at medical institutions as a requirement of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Individuals working in health care facilities often must consent to and be cleared to work through criminal background investigations and/or drug screenings.
To ensure patient safety and security, South College requires a criminal background check and drug screening prior to any applicant being admitted. Additionally, background checks and drug testing will be conducted during program quarter 5, and drug screening will be conducted as needed per the discretion of the program and our clinical affiliates. Applicants should be aware that a prior criminal background MUST be disclosed upon application to the program and could restrict the ability to obtain professional licensure. Acceptance into a South College program does not imply or guarantee that a resident will be able to obtain such licensure.
All DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program residents are required to carry health insurance (including hospitalization coverage) throughout the entire program. It is the responsibility of the resident to purchase health insurance and provide proof of insurance. Health concerns should be addressed with your primary care provider.
Prior to entering the South College DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program, residents must submit proof of a health exam by a qualified provider and updated immunization records.
Specific related requirements include:
First year, quarter 1:
- Provide proof of a satisfactory and current physical examination;
- Provide proof of 2-step TB test series (within the past year). Records of unbroken yearly negative PPDs, CXR and TB questionnaire for students who cannot have PPD testing, and Quantiferon assay will be considered compliant;
- Provide proof of Hepatitis B vaccine or acceptable Hep B titer;
- Provide proof of MMR vaccine or immunity;
- Provide Varicella titer;
- Influenza vaccine (required annually to be given during influenza season: October through May);
- Provide proof of Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine within the last 10 years;
- Provide proof of flu vaccine (within the past year)
Second year, quarter 5:
Prior to entering clinical practicum courses, students must again update their immunization and health certificate and provide proof of the following:
- Provide proof of current BLS/ACLS/PALS certification through the American Heart Association;
- Provide proof of updated annual 1-step TB test, blood titer, CWR/questionnaire, or Quantiferon assay;
Additional requirements may be imposed by our clinical affiliate partners and are subject to change at any time.
Computer & Tablet Requirements
Residents are required to have a laptop computer and tablet device that meet the following specifications.
Laptop computer, with Windows or Apple/Macintosh operating systems are acceptable. Chromebooks or similar devices using the Chrome operating system do NOT work with our examination software; Therefore, they are not recommended nor acceptable for use while in the DNP NAP.
The following is a list of minimum requirements:
|Processor||i5 or faster||i5 or faster|
|Display||13 inch display (or larger recommended)||13 inch display (or larger recommended)|
|Hardware||Webcam capabilities required||Webcam capabilities required|
|Operating System||Windows 10 or higher||Apple OS 10.13 (High Sierra) and OS X 10.14 (Mojave)|
|RAM||8GB (or larger)||8GB (or larger)|
|Hard Drive||256GB (or larger)||256GB (or larger)|
|Networking||Wireless: 802.11g (or higher)||Wireless: 802.11g (or higher)|
|Bandwidth||Minimum 20Mbps Download/2 Mbps Upload Speed||Minimum 20Mbps Download/2 Mbps Upload Speed|
|Carrying Case||Quality case suggested for your protection||Quality case suggested for your protection|
|Warranty||3 Yr. Limited Warranty with Next Business Day On-Site Service is suggested||AppleCare Protection Plan for up to 3 years is suggested|
|Flash Drive||1 TB (or larger) USB Flash Drive/external storage||1 TB (or larger) USB Flash Drive/external storage|
|Software2||Microsoft Office 365 (Available for free download from South College student email account.)||Microsoft Office 365 (Available for free download from South College student email account.)|
|Anti-Virus & Malware Software||Anti-Virus & Malware Software|
Other computer software/ applications required by the program
Other computer software/ applications required by the program
Android and Apple products are acceptable. Please see below for example products:
- Android – Example products include tablets from Acer, ASUS, Google, HTC, and Samsung. Android operating system version 8.x or higher is required.
- Apple -Example products include the iPad of various generations. Apple operating system version 1O.x or higher is required.
- Microsoft – Products such as Surface, Surface Pro, and Lumia devices.
- Students are required to have the laptop computer and tablet device in their possession at the time of the DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program Orientation.
- Software is required that enables viewing and editing frequently used file types including Microsoft files (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) and portable document files (PDFs). Even while using the most compatible applications, some software and applications may not be fully compatible with all hardware and across all platforms. For example, Adobe Flash files may not run on some Apple and Android operating systems. In these situations where incompatibility results, it is the student’s responsibility to view any required files utilizing compatible hardware or utilizing the South College computer laboratory. All assessments, with the exception of certain lab exams, contributing to >5% of the final course grade will be administered via a secure-testing computer software. At the beginning of the student’s first quarter of the program, they are required to download and register ExamSoft testing software. Tablets and mobile devices cannot be used for computer-based testing.
- It is recommended that students load Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers on their computers. Canvas works best in these internet browsers.
The practice of anesthesia is mentally, physically, and psychologically demanding. Throughout the DNP NAP curriculum, students acquire the foundation of knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors that are necessary for a successful career as a CRNA. Technical standards reflect those abilities that a CRNA must possess for safe and effective clinical practice.
A candidate for the DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program must possess abilities and skills in five areas: I) observation; II) communication; III) motor; IV) intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative; and V) behavioral and social. Prospective and current students must meet the following technical requirements with or without reasonable accommodation for admission, progression, and graduation in the DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program. The DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program operates in compliance with the nondiscrimination policies established by South College.
The candidate must be able to accurately make observations at a distance and close at hand. Observation necessitates the functional use of the sense of vision and somatic sensation and is enhanced by the functional use of all the other senses.
The candidate must be able to communicate effectively, efficiently, respectfully, and sensitively in English in both oral and written form and be able to perceive nonverbal communication with other healthcare providers and patients of all ages.
Candidates must be able to coordinate both gross and fine muscular movements, maintain equilibrium and have functional use of the senses of touch and vision. The candidate must possess sufficient postural control, neuromuscular control, and eye-to-hand coordination to perform anesthesia specific skills and tasks, including airway instrumentation and management, administration of regional anesthesia, and establishment of vascular access.
Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities
The candidate must be able to problem solve, measure, calculate, reason, analyze, record, and synthesize large amounts of information in a timely manner. The candidate must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand spatial relationships.
Behavioral and Social Abilities
The candidate must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, and the consistent, prompt completion of all responsibilities and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships. Candidates must be able to tolerate physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. The candidate must be able to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, effective interpersonal skills, willingness and ability to function as an effective team player, and the interest and motivation to learn are all personal qualities required during the educational process.
Reasonable accommodation will be considered and may be made to qualified students who disclose a disability, so long as such accommodation does not significantly alter the essential requirements of the curriculum and the training program, or significantly affect the safety of patient care. Students who disclose a disability are considered for the program if they are otherwise qualified. Qualified students with a disability who wish to request accommodation should provide appropriate documentation of disability and submit a request for accommodation to the Director of Student Affairs. Students will review these technical standards during the final stage of admission to the program and attest to their ability to function within these outlined parameters.
Students who indicate verbally and in writing (with medical documentation) that they cannot meet one or more of these requirements will be reviewed by South College to determine what, if any reasonable accommodations might be possible to facilitate successful completion of the degree requirements if admitted to the program. Applicants who cannot meet the program technical standards, even with reasonable accommodation, are not eligible for admission. Any previously made offer of admission may be withdrawn if it becomes apparent that the student cannot complete essential tasks even with accommodation, or that the accommodations needed are not reasonable and would cause undue hardship to the institution, or that fulfilling the functions would create a significant risk of harm to the health or safety of others. If you have any further questions or concerns regarding these technical standards, please contact the DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program.