Student Health Policies

The health of our students is very important to success in and out of the classroom. All students must maintain and adhere to the student health policies and procedures.

Degree- and Certificate-Seeking Students

Prior to enrolling, all degree- and certificate-seeking students admitted to NMC must have a pre-entrance health exam and must complete the required forms. Although students are welcome to use a healthcare provider of their choice, the NMC Campus Health Center will provide the exam and necessary immunizations at greatly reduced costs. The pre-entrance health exam at the Campus Health Center is $30. The Health Center is located in Room 1233 of the Clark Center on the Josie Harper campus.  Students are encouraged to make appointments by calling (402) 354-7211 or (402) 354-7217.  Documentation must be submitted to the Campus Health Center. Students who are not compliant with health record requirements will be withdrawn from classes.

Updated: July 2013

Online Students

Online students (students enrolled in online programs who will not attend class on campus at any time) are not required to complete the NMC student health form but are advised that they must abide by clinical or agency health requirements for preceptorships or externships.

Updated: July 2013

Immunizations

All NMC students are required to keep all necessary immunizations up-to-date. This is in accordance with the policies recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health. All NMC students must show proof of immunization prior to enrollment at the College. Students must report their immunization status with their pre-entrance health forms. Any changes in status must be reported to the Campus Health Center. Failure to do so may result in an ineligibility to enroll and/or continue in NMC courses.

Updated: July 2013

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Tuberculosis Policy

All Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) students will be required to undergo annual TB skin testing (TST).  A complete TST is one which has been placed and read 48-72 hours after placement. Students will be allowed 1 year plus 7 days from their previous TST to complete the annual requirement.  If more time has elapsed since the previous test, the student will not be allowed to attend clinical until the TST is placed and read.

Procedure:

  • All students will be screened for active signs and symptoms of disease as well as risk factors
  • Inject 0.1ml of purified protein derivative (PPD) containing 5 tuberculin units (TU) intradermally into the volar surface of the forearm
  • History of BCG vaccination does not preclude TST
  • If a student has recently received a live-virus vaccine (varicella, MMR, for example) skin testing should be delayed for 4-6 weeks.  However, a TST can be performed the same day as live-virus vaccine administration

Interpretation of TST results:

  • The TST should be read 48-72 hours after injection
  • Measure the transverse diameter of the induration across the forearm, perpendicular to the long axis.
  • Induration is measured and recorded in millimeters (mm).  If no induration is present, record as "0 mm"
  • Redness or bruising is not measured
  • Interpretation of results depends on both millimeters of induration and the factors related to risk of exposure to TB disease and risk for progression once infected.
  • >5mm is positive in the following:
  1. Persons with HIV/AIDS
  2. Recent close contacts of and individual with infectious TB disease
  3. Persons with an X-ray suggestive of previous TB
  4. Immunosuppressed persons-organ transplant or other
  • >10mm is positive in the following:
  1. Persons born in  a high prevalence country (see Appendix A)
  2. IV drug users
  3. Mycobacteriolgy lab workers
  4. Resident or worker in high risk congregate settings
  5. Persons with high risk clinical conditions including
    1. Diabetes Mellitus
    2. Chronic renal failure
    3. Hematology disorders
    4. Carcinoma of head or neck, lung cancer
    5. Gatrectomy or intestinal bypass, chronic malabsorption syndromes
    6. Low body weight
  • >15mm induration is positive in persons with no known risk factors

Positive TST:

Students with positive TST must undergo chest radiography and medical exam

  • If chest X-ray and exam are normal, treatment for latent TB infection (LTBI) is recommended.  It is the responsibility of the Campus Health Center (CHC) to coordinate and document whether the student completes treatment.  It is also the responsibility of the CHC to document if a student begins treatment but does not complete, or refuses treatment altogether. In these instances, the student is required to complete an annual symptom evaluation by a medical professional before being allowed to register for subsequent academic terms.
  • If any chest X-ray or exam abnormality, active TB disease must be excluded.  It is the responsibility of the CHC to notify the local Health Department that a student has a positive TST and abnormal chest X-ray and to seek its guidance on further evaluation.
  • If the student is diagnosed with active TB disease but determined to be non-contagious (as determined by the Health Department) the student must undergo treatment to remain enrolled at Nebraska Methodist College.  The student may continue to attend classes as long as he adheres to treatment.  It is the responsibility of the SHC to document that a student has completed treatment.
  • If upon further testing a student is diagnosed with active TB disease that is contagious, the CHC will work closely with the Health Department to isolate and treat the infected student and to identify and test people who have come into contact with the infected student. The college with implement appropriate communication efforts with students, parents and the community.  All students who have been diagnosed with active TB must be certified by the Health Department as non-contagious and in adherence with their treatment before they are allowed o return to campus.  The SHC is responsible for documenting this in the student's file.

Updated September 2013

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Infectious Disease Policy

NMC policies and procedures for control of infectious diseases are adapted from the American College Health Association and the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control. They are in compliance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Within the clinical experience, students are required to employ standard precautions in working with all clients in order to minimize the risk of disease transmission from student to client or from client to student. In some settings, due to infection control standards, specific clinical experiences may not be available to students who are infected with blood-borne viral diseases or other communicable diseases. In those cases, the College will work with students to make efforts to redesign a student's curriculum and to provide the student with appropriate educational experiences consistent with a student's academic and career goals. Students or prospective students with concerns in this area or any related concerns should familiarize themselves with the College's policies as they consider their career choices and are welcome to discuss their concerns with the College's administration or counseling staff.

For more specific information regarding College policies, refer to the campus safety & health pages.

Updated: July 2013

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Student Exposure to Illness

As healthcare providers, Nebraska Methodist College students are at increased risk of exposure to communicable and blood borne illnesses (including, but not limited to: influenza, hepatitis, pertussis).

Students are required to maintain complete and current health and immunization records with Student Health Services. This requirement ensures the well-being of students, clients and the NMC community.

Please refer to your Program Handbook and Campus Health Center policy for guidance should an exposure occur.

Updated: July 2013

Health & Dental Insurance Policy

With the exception of nursing assistant, medication aide, and phlebotomy students, all other Nebraska Methodist College students registered for three or more credit hours (not including online courses) are required to have health insurance and will automatically be enrolled in the Nebraska Methodist College Insurance Plan upon matriculation and at the beginning of each academic year. The premium is added to the student's account.

If a student has other insurance coverage, they must waive the coverage by completing the online waiver prior to the posted deadline. If the waiver is submitted prior to the deadline, the student's account will be reimbursed. No exceptions will be made to the waiver deadline.

Information on the policy benefits and waiver option can be found on the Campus Health page.

Updated: July 2013

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Important Forms

Students must submit the completed health form as soon as possible so required immunizations can be verified. Students must have all requirements completed for entry into classes/clinicals. For questions or clarification, please contact Roni Gray at (402) 354-7210 or Crystal Lush at (402) 354-7211.

Completed forms should be returned to:
Nebraska Methodist College - the Josie Harper Campus
Campus Health Center
720 N. 87th Street
Omaha, NE 68114

Updated: July 2013

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