The goal of the School of Health Careers is to provide quality education. The faculty believes in the philosophy and purpose of Angelina College, and: (1) that education in health occupations can be provided through a framework of higher education; (2) that our communities provide suitable clinical/practicum experiences; and, (3) that through a carefully designed curriculum, the graduate of these programs can be gainfully employed.
The Health Careers Programs, because of excessively high demand, have additional admission requirements. The School of Health Careers does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.
A person must show evidence of good physical and mental health, a medical record with specific health requirements and immunizations are required upon admission, followed by an annual TB test. Each student who registers is required to purchase liability insurance yearly.
As a student enrolled in a Health Careers program, you will encounter certain risks while you are in a classroom or laboratory experience, or in a clinical or practicum setting. In the event that you sustain an injury and/or require any medical testing or care, all resulting medical expenses (hospital, ambulance, or physician fees), are your financial responsibility and not the responsibility of Angelina College or the clinical/practicum site.
All students accepted into a Health Careers Program are required to provide proof of a negative drug
screen prior to clinical/practicum participation..
Angelina College and Health Careers Programs strictly prohibit any student from being in a clinical/practicum educational setting or on the campus under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or controlled substances. Students should be familiar with the institutional alcohol and drug policy as provided in the Angelina college Student Handbook.
If a student is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the clinical/practicum setting, the assigned clinical affiliate reserves the right to require a random drug test in accordance with its institutional policy. A student’s participation in the clinical/practicum program is conditioned upon the student willingness to waive any rights that the student may have and to consent to the initial drug testing, and subsequent random drug testing, if required by a clinical affiliate.
All applicants selected for a Health Careers Program at Angelina College will be required to have a successful background check prior to full admission to a health careers program. In each subsequent semester, background checks will be done for all re-entry students in each program.
Angelina College will designate the agency selected to do the background screening. The results of the background check will be sent directly to the School Health Careers Dean and Program Directors. All background information will be kept in confidential electronic files and archived as indicated by each program’s accrediting and approval agency requirements.
Upon conditional acceptance into one of the health career programs, a letter will provide the student with the procedure to follow. The student will also sign a form indicating knowledge of the policy. The cost of the background check to the designated agency is dependent on the program and the program’s accrediting and approval agency requirements. These cost are made available to students during information sessions prior to application to the programs.
The purpose of the background check policy is to:
1.) Promote and protect patient/client safety.
2.) Comply with clinical affiliates who require a student background check as a condition of their contract as stipulated by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAAHO).
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAAHO) requires verification of competency of all individuals who have direct contact with patients or employees. Competency extends beyond technical skills to an individual’s criminal history.
3.) Provide early identification of students who may have difficulty meeting licensing/certifying/registry agencies eligibility for licensure/certification/registration requirements.
4.) Promote early submission by students of petition for a declaratory order by the licensure/certification/registration agency.
As a student enrolled at Angelina College, you will encounter certain risks while your are enrolled in a classroom or laboratory experience, or in a clinical or practicum setting. In the event that you sustain an injury and/or require any medical testing or care, all resulting medical expenses (hospital, ambulance, or physician fees) are your responsibility and not the responsibility of Angelina College or the clinical/practicum site. It is recommended that you purchase a student/personal health insurance plan (medical/hospitalization) if you are not covered by a group health insurance plan.
A student wanting to join a Health Careers program must attend an information session before applying.