A documented health examination is required prior to the beginning of classes. Each student must be in good physical and mental health, free of communicable disease when involved in patient care, and have a medical questionnaire and physician’s certificate on file at the University prior to enrollment with proof of tuberculin testing (negative) and immunization against the diseases noted below.
A student who contracts a communicable disease shall notify the director or associate director as soon as possible after learning of same and shall be suspended immediately and indefinitely until the student is free from infection.
Schedule for Immunizations
- Tetanus/Diphtheria (Td): Must have had one dose within past 10 years.
- Measles: Those born since January 1, 1957, must have two doses since 12 months of age. The two doses must be at least 30 days apart.
- Mumps: Those born since January 1, 1957, must have at least one dose since 12 months of age.
- Rubella: At least one dose since 12 months of age.
- Hepatitis B: A complete series or proof of immunity is required prior to beginning direct patient care.
- Varicella (Chickenpox): Positive V/Z titer or documentation of immunization.
- TB Skin Test (within one year): Negative PPD or negative chest x-ray.
- All incoming students under the age of 22 must submit proof of a current meningitis vaccination.
- Seasonal Flu immunization (September through March).
For more information, see www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/ or call the Texas Department of State Health Services, Immunization Division, 1.800.252. 9152.
Providers in anesthesia are advised that several studies find an increase in congenital abnormalities in children of parents exposed to inhalation agents. Results of these studies are questionable. Students of childbearing age are advised to use caution and limit their exposure to inhalation agents. Dorsch, J.A. & Dorsch, S.E. (2008). Understanding anesthesia equipment (5th ed.). Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins.
Students must carry health insurance throughout the program. Although TCU offers a major medical insurance plan for students to purchase, students are advised to evaluate several plans before selection. Proof of coverage is required. Students are not hospital employees and are not covered by Worker’s Compensation.
Nurse Anesthesia Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statement
The following policy is in accordance with the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs’ Statement on admissions inquiries regarding drug and alcohol use.
- Applicants will be asked if they are currently using illegal drugs, abusing prescription drugs or engaging in intemperate alcohol use at the time of application. An affirmative answer is grounds for denial of admission.
- After acceptance into the School of Nurse Anesthesia, but prior to enrollment, the student will be asked about prior illegal drug usage, abuse of prescription drugs and prior intemperate alcohol use. Past users will be monitored, including, but not limited to, drug testing. Failure to comply with this policy or failure of a drug screen will result in dismissal from the program. The University or clinical training facility pays for the drug testing.
- All students are required to submit to random or scheduled drug testing at any point in their training based on the decision of the University or clinical training site. Failure to comply with this policy or failure of a drug screen will result in immediate dismissal from the program. The University or clinical training facility pays for the drug testing.
- In the event of a failed drug screen, the University or clinical training site will provide information about rehabilitation. The University or the clinical training site will not incur any expense in this matter.In Texas, referrals are made to:Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (T-PAPN)
7600 Burnet Road, Suite 440
Austin, Texas 78757-1292
- Following successful completion of a drug rehabilitation program, students may apply for reinstatement in the program. Readmission is not automatic; cases are individually considered.
- Criminal background checks are required for insurance coverage and facility credentialing prior to entering the clinical residency. Students with concerns or questions should contact the director before beginning the program. Prior conviction(s) may result in denial of admission to the clinical residency.