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Student Clinical & Observation Requirements

Hendrick Health welcomes many types of students and observers to its facility. Hendrick has policies in place to protect its students, employees, and patients. These policies include the following requirements for students and observers who must be at least 17 years of age:

  • Criminal background check with company whom Hendrick Health designates
  • Urine drug screening
  • Immunization history
  • Flu vaccine (during flu season)
  • Tuberculin skin test

Please do not begin any of these processes until you have been contacted by a Hendrick Department of Education staff member. Hendrick does not perform screenings, nor does it provide reimbursement for any costs associated with the above requirements. Placement is dependent upon availability of Hendrick employees and associated licensed independent practitioners.

In order for students to receive school credit during their time at Hendrick, an affiliation agreement between Hendrick and the learning institution must be in place prior to meeting the above requirements. If a current agreement is not in place, one can potentially be generated by Hendrick. This legal process may take several months to complete. If you have questions/concerns regarding an affiliation agreement, please state in the comments section of the online request form.

COVID-19 Update

On November 16, 2021, Hendrick Health implemented a new COVID-19 vaccine policy for the purpose of compliance with CMS Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Interim Final Rule (effective November 5, 2021). Observers new to Hendrick Health must receive, at minimum, one of the following prior to first observation date.

  1. The first dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine
  2. A one-dose COVID 19-vaccine, or
  3. Submit an exemption request prior to attending clinicals in the facility.

*Hendrick allows Medical or Religious exemptions only.

Please note that observers must complete the 2nd dose of the two-dose vaccine within 30 days of their clinical rotation start date. Proof of immunization may include:

  • CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card (or a legible photo of the card),
  • Documentation of vaccination from a health care provider or electronic health record, or
  • State immunization information system record.

Observers not in compliance with the implementation deadline will be suspended from clinical/observation for a period of up to two (2) weeks and not allowed to observe services at any Hendrick Health facility. If not in compliance at the end of the two-week period, the observer will be subject to being prohibited from observing.

*Current Hendrick Health employees completed these requirements upon hire, but they are still required to complete the Application for Clinical Observation form below and must have completed annual mandatory Joint Commission training.

Begin the Application for Clinical Observation