Nursing Clinical Requirements
Nursing Program Clinical Requirements
The clinical rotation schedules are arranged by the host facility and are outside of the direct influence of West Coast University's academic program leaders. Accordingly, students should anticipate potential inconvenience in the assignment of these hours and plan accordingly. Students assigned to clinical or practicum sites:
- Are expected to abide by all site requirements;
- Must arrange and pay for their own transportation to and from their assigned clinical or practicum experience, including any parking charges at the host site;
- Should expect the hours and days to vary depending on the host site;
Clinical rotation assignments are final and non-negotiable, and a student jeopardizes his or her continued status in the academic program if he or she refuses a clinical or practicum site assignment.
Prior to nursing clinical assignments, nursing students must:
- Obtain a criminal background clearance (information on how to obtain this clearance will be provided to students during the enrollment process). Failure to disclose a misdemeanor or felony may interfere with clinical placement and subsequent licensure as a Registered Nurse;
- Provide and maintain a current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (CPR) for Health Providers;
- Provide a current Fire Card, where required;
- Meet the requirements as outlined in the "Essentials of RN Job Functions" as documented by a licensed Physician, Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant;
- Obtain and maintain Student Registered Nurse-level malpractice insurance;
- Undergo drug screening and other requirements as applicable to the respective clinical site or county.
Nursing Program Disclosure
The California Board of Nursing requires that applicants for a nursing license must provide a United States-issued social security number. This requirement will prevent anyone from applying for RN licensure in California without a United States-issued social security number. Furthermore, prospective students who do not meet this requirement will be unable to sit for the Nursing Board Examination (NCLEX) in California, since the California Board of Nursing will not issue an Authorization to Test (ATT) without a valid social security number.
Students who do not have a social security number are ineligible for licensure in California, and therefore are ineligible for employment as a Registered Nurse in this state.