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Program Information Disclaimer

This program information is published for that purpose only; however, the information in this packet is not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the student and the program. The program reserves the right to change, at any time, without notice, graduation requirements, fees and other charges, curriculum, course structure and content, and other such matters as may be within its control, notwithstanding any information set forth in this program information packet in accordance with College of DuPage policies and procedures.

Note: Please see specific program registration or admission packets for detailed information on when to begin completing health requirements, drug tests, CPR, criminal background checks and proof of insurance submission. Timing varies depending upon either entrance to or participation in the clinical component of a given program. Funds paid to Edward Corporate Health or to a personal health care provider/ source, CastleBranch.com, insurance companies, and funds used towards CPR completion are not eligible for any sort of refund from College of DuPage if the required course(s) are not successfully completed.

Essential Functions

These are generally required for all College of DuPage Health Career Programs. Variations of this will be addressed in program or course specific information. If the ability to perform these essential functions with or without reasonable accommodations result in the inability to meet identified student learning outcomes, the student may be at risk of not successfully completing the course and/or program. Revised 2017

Motor Capability:

  1. Move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces
  2. Squat, crawl, bend/stoop, reach above shoulder level, use standing balance, and climb stairs
  3. Lift and carry up to 50 lbs., and exert up to 100 lbs. force or push/pull
  4. Use hands repetitively; use manual dexterity; sufficient fine motor function.
  5. Must be able to walk and stand for extended periods of time
  6. Perform CPR
  7. Travel to and from academic and clinical sites 

Sensory Capability:

  1. Coordinate verbal and manual instruction
  2. Auditory ability sufficient to hear verbal communication from clients and members of the health team; includes ability to respond to emergency signals
  3. Discern soft sounds, such as those associated with taking a blood pressure
  4. Visual acuity to acquire information from documents such as charts
  5. Comfortable working in close physical proximity to patient 

Communication Ability:

  1. Communicate effectively in English with patients, families, and other health care providers, both verbally and in writing
  2. Effectively adapt communication for intended audience
  3. Interact; establish rapport with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds
  4. Assume the role of a health care team member
  5. Function effectively under supervision
  6. Sufficient command of the English language in order to read and retrieve information from lectures, textbooks, as well as understand medical terminology
  7. Skills include computer literacy 

Problem Solving Ability:

  1. Function effectively under stress
  2. Respond appropriately to emergencies
  3. Adhere to infection control procedures
  4. Demonstrate problem-solving skills in patient care (measure, calculate, reason, prioritize, and synthesize data)
  5. Use sound judgment and safety precautions
  6. Address problems or questions to the appropriate persons at the appropriate time
  7. Organize and prioritize job tasks 

Behavioral Skills and Professionalism:

  1. Follow policies and procedures required by academic and clinical settings
  2. Adheres to College of DuPage Academic Honesty Policy (per College Catalog)
  3. Adheres to College of DuPage Code of Conduct (per College Catalog)
  4. Abides by the guidelines set forth in the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA, i.e., the national privacy act)


Statement of Health Requirements and Drug Testing

Applicants admitted to Health Career programs must complete and submit a physical history and physical examination, certifying that their health status will allow them to safely pursue the education objectives of the program. Do not complete the requirements in the Health Requirements Packet until you are accepted into a program and you are instructed to do so. 

Annual drug testing is mandatory for all College of DuPage Health Career students. The drug test must be completed prior to the start date of the program. Do not complete this requirement until you are accepted into a program and you are instructed to do so.

Statement on Criminal Background Check

All health care workers and student health care workers are required to undergo a criminal background check in order to work in a clinical setting. A student with a positive background check containing disqualifying conditions as defined by Federal and State law will not be allowed to enter the clinical portion of the program. A student with a positive background check containing disqualifying conditions as defined by Illinois State Law (225ILCS46/25) will not be allowed to enter the clinical portion of this program, thus preventing the student from obtaining mandated certification and/or licensure in the program. The disqualifying conditions are listed below.

NOTE: You may have been convicted and not sent to jail. People are often fined or given probation or conditional discharge rather than jail time, but these are still considered convictions. If you are unsure as to whether an arrest resulted in a conviction, contact the county in which you were arrested and speak to a representative in the Circuit Clerk's office, State's Attorney's office or your attorney.

Disqualifying Criminal Convictions

Criminal convictions (both felonies and misdemeanors) that disqualify (which means a person cannot work in a direct patient care position with these convictions) an individual from working in a direct care position include:

  • Battery,domestic battery,aggravated battery
  • Assault
  • Forgery
  • Receiving or using a debit or credit card of another, without permission
  • Financial identity theft
  • Theft, retail theft
  • Robbery, armed robbery, aggravated robbery
  • Burglary, residential burglary
  • Armed violence
  • Criminal trespass to a residence
  • Financial exploitation of an elderly or disabled person
  • Murder, homicide, manslaughter
  • Kidnapping, child abduction
  • Unlawful restraint, forcible detention
  • Indecent solicitation of a child, sexual exploitation of a child
  • Aggravated stalking
  • Tampering with food, drugs or cosmetics
  • Home invasion
  • Sexual assault, sexual abuse
  • Endangering the life or health of a child
  • Abuse or gross neglect of a long-term care facility resident
  • Criminal neglect of an elderly person
  • Ritual mutilation, ritualized abuse of a child
  • Vehicular hijacking, aggravated vehicular hijacking
  • Arson, aggravated arson or residential arson
  • Unlawful use of a weapon
  • Manufacture and delivery of controlled substances (drugs) or cannabis (marijuana)
  • Possession with intent to deliver (either drugs or marijuana)
  • Illegally receiving, selling or using credit or debit cards

Falsification of Documents or Other Information

Falsification of any information, including but not limited to falsification of application information, health care information, background check information, insurance information or clinical performance information, will not be tolerated. Prospective students found to have falsified any application information will not be admitted to the program and may not reapply or be considered for admission at a later date. Students enrolled in the program found to have falsified any documents or other information related to the program will be dismissed without possibility of reapplication or readmission.

Statement on Application Materials

All documents delivered to the College of DuPage pertaining to a health sciences admissions file become the property of the College of DuPage and will not be returned to applicants. This includes but is not limited to, transcripts, letters of recommendation, clinical evaluation forms or outside test reports.

Statement on Medical Care and Health Insurance

Students are responsible for their own medical care and must carry personal health insurance. The student is responsible for any costs that may be incurred related to personal injuries acquired while performing routine activities at the clinical affiliate. The affiliating clinical facility and/or College of DuPage cannot be held liable for such injuries. Please visit the Center for Access and Accommodations website additional details.
Students are required to provide evidence of current health insurance coverage. Please follow specific guidelines as instructed for submitting proof of insurance. 

Statement on Medical Malpractice Insurance

Malpractice insurance is required and is included in the clinical education tuition costs on an annual basis. That is, the cost of the insurance is included with the tuition costs. Students must be officially registered and listed on the instructor's class roster to be covered by the malpractice insurance. 

Statement on Transportation

Students are responsible for finding their own transportation to and from the College and Clinical Site. No special accommodations will be made for students with transportation problems. Students who accept a position in the program should be willing and able to travel to any site to which they may be assigned including those outside of District #502. 

Statement on Refunds

Completion of Health Requirements, CPR completion, criminal background checks, and proof of insurance is an independent activity to prepare for entrance into health programs at College of DuPage and/or participation in clinical sites within health programs. Funds paid to Edward Corporate Health or to a personal health care provider/ source, CastleBranch.com, insurance companies, and funds used towards CPR completion are not eligible for any sort of refund from College of DuPage if the required course is not successfully completed. 

Statement on Health and Public Service Program Discipline Procedures

All students must have a signed acknowledgement of the Discipline Procedure on file with the Program upon admission. Students will also receive specific rules and policies for the Program to sign upon admission.

Non-discrimination Statement

The College prohibits discrimination in its admissions, employment, and educational programs or activities on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, creed, national origin, age, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, arrest record, military status or unfavorable military discharge, citizenship status, and physical or mental disability. The College will protect an individual's right to express their viewpoint or opinion, so long as it does not violate State or Federal law and is not detrimental to the College.

This Policy against discrimination applies throughout all College environments, whether on campus, at work assignments off campus, at College-sponsored social functions, or otherwise.

Procedures to facilitate the College's prohibition of discrimination will be promulgated consistent with the Policy. (Board Policy 20-5).

Student E-Mail Policy

College of DuPage will send all official communications to you through your official COD email (dupage.edu). You will no longer be able to use a preferred email account. You do have the option to forward these communications to a personal email account if you wish.

Check out your COD email to get the message about:

    • Official COD communications
    • Financial aid communications
    • Petition to graduate
    • Transfer credit evaluation
    • Prerequisite proof Sensitive
    • FERPA-related communications
    • Transcript order Important messages from instructors

Read more about COD Student Email Policy

Citizenship/Visa Status

If you are not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S., and if you have any questions or concerns regarding your eligibility to participate in health sciences programs, please contact the International Student Office, SSC 2225, (630) 942-3328, e-mail: intlstdt@cod.edu.
Qualified applicants will be considered out-of-district in the admissions ranking process if they are not a:
     - U.S. citizens
     - Permanent residents

Program Admission Preference & Policy Regarding Cooperative College District Applicants

Preference in admission is given to residents of District 502 who meet the stated minimum acceptance criteria for the program. Priority for admissions are a) In-district applicants; b) Out-of-district applicants working full-time in-district (proof of in-district employment will be required each semester); and c) Out-of-district applicants including those students with a joint or chargeback agreement and International students.

Policy for Professional Conduct

All applicants must review and abide by the Policy for Professional Conduct in Classrooms, Lab, Simulation and Clinical Sites. A signed acknowledgement of this form will be collected from all admitted students during orientation.


Contact Information

Office of Admissions and Outreach
(630) 942-2626

Health Science Program Advisors
(630) 942-2882

To make an appointment with a program advisor, call (630) 942-2259

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

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