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 physical 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 exam at the Campus Health Center is $30. The Health Center is located on the second floor of the 501 building on the Josie Harper campus. An appointment is required. Call (402) 354-7211 or (402) 354-7260.
Updated: July 2017
Health Insurance Policy
Health Insurance Requirement:
Nebraska Methodist College requires that all students be covered by a comprehensive health insurance plan for the entire academic year and summer. A comprehensive health insurance plan must include the following:
- National coverage for inpatient and outpatient medical care. (Emergency only coverage does not satisfy this requirement.)
- National coverage for inpatient and outpatient mental health care. (Emergency only coverage does not satisfy this requirement.)
- Coverage is currently active and maintained for the entire academic year and summer.
- Offers an unlimited lifetime maximum.
Proof of insurance:
The documentation listed below is required for proof of insurance:
A copy of the insurance card (with student name). If student's name is not on the card, request an enrollment verification letter (on company letterhead and signed, proof of payment from insurance company with coverage dates effective).
VA credible coverage letters are acceptable. Valid Military ID is acceptable for Tricare/Deers health insurance. Please submit a copy front and back of a valid military ID. If submitting as an active duty member or retiree and you have a TRICARE Card, you must submit a letter (a letter from DEERS is acceptable) from your carrier along with your card. Contact numbers for DEERS-800.538.9552 and/or TriWest-1-877-988-9378.
Preferred Provider of Individual Insurance
Todd Beran, Account Growth Manager, of OCI in Omaha would welcome any questions regarding obtaining insurance and providing a quote. OCI is willing to provide a discount to NMC students. You are under no obligation to purchase insurance through OCI. You may reach him at:
Todd Beran, LUTCF
17445 Arbor St, Suite 310 | Omaha, NE 68130
P: (402) 330-8700 | F: (402) 330-8706
OCI SERVICES WEBSITE
Individual Coverage through Affordable Care Act Marketplace
How to get or stay on a parent's plan?
- If a parent's health insurance plan covers dependents, you usually can be added to their plan and stay on it until you turn 26.
- If you're a dependent under 26 living in a different state from your parents, see your options here.
Medicaid and CHIP
Fill out a Marketplace application any time of year to find out if you qualify for Medicaid and CHIP.
Individual Coverage through Independent Insurance Companies
Insurance companies such as, but not limited to, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Nebraska, UnitedHealth, Aetna, Humana, and/or Cigna, may offer cost-effective individual health insurance coverage for students and young adults.
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 students must show proof of immunization prior to enrollment at the College. 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 2017Immunizations >
Students must submit completed health forms 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 Crystal Lush at (402) 354-7211.
Completed forms must be uploaded into the CastleBranch compliance tracker (myCB).Campus Health Forms >
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 2013Campus Safety >
Return to Clinical, Class, and Lab Following Illness or Injury Policy
To determine the student's ability to return to normal academic activities in the classroom, lab, and/or clinical to ensure the health and safety of the student, as well as their faculty, classmates and patients.
The student must present documentation from their personal healthcare provider to the Campus Health Center prior to returning to the College following an absence caused by orthopedic pain/injury, including back/neck pain, surgery, pregnancy, delivery or other health related situation that may impact the student's ability to engage in normal classroom, laboratory or clinical experiences. Documentation must indicate the date that the student may return to normal academic activities, and must specify any restrictions if applicable.
Students who are enrolled in any clinical or laboratory experience must provide evidence that they satisfactorily meet the technical standards of performance for the program in which they are enrolled. Students with restrictions or who no longer satisfy the technical standards of performance will not be permitted to return to the clinical setting. Participation in the laboratory setting may be restricted depending on the nature of the experience. Restrictions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Before returning from an absence related to an actual or probable infectious condition including, but not limited to, pink eye, diarrhea/vomiting, rash, draining wounds or influenza, the student may need to be seen by the Campus Health Center for clearance to return to the academic setting (classroom, lab, or clinical). The student may also be requested to present documentation from their personal healthcare provider stating that they are no longer infectious and may return to normal academic activities in the classroom, lab, or clinical settings.
All documentation related to the issues above shall be presented to the Campus Health Center where it will be placed in the student's medical file. Misrepresenting your personal circumstances to a member of the Campus Health Center, clinical agency, faculty, or College official constitutes academic dishonesty and is grounds for disciplinary action.
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
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. A two-step TB test may be required.
- 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:
- Persons with HIV/AIDS
- Recent close contacts of and individual with infectious TB disease
- Persons with an X-ray suggestive of previous TB
- Immunosuppressed persons-organ transplant or other
- >10mm is positive in the following:
- Persons born in a high prevalence country (see Appendix A)
- IV drug users
- Mycobacteriolgy lab workers
- Resident or worker in high risk congregate settings
- Persons with high risk clinical conditions including
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Chronic renal failure
- Hematology disorders
- Carcinoma of head or neck, lung cancer
- Gatrectomy or intestinal bypass, chronic malabsorption syndromes
- Low body weight
- >15mm induration is positive in persons with no known risk factors
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 2013Immunizations