General Policies and Program Statements

  • The Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions retains the right to make modifications in its program/policies as deemed necessary by its faculty based on recommendations and mandates from the Alabama Board of Nursing and the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education. Students currently enrolled in the nursing program will be required to adhere to any modifications made during their enrollment as a nursing major.
  • To progress in the professional nursing courses, students must possess a functional level of competence to perform the basic skills of a professional nurse. Skills include (but are not limited to):
    • Hearing ability (e.g., must be able to discern various health assessment sounds with a stethoscope);
    • Visual ability (e.g., must be able to read small print or medication vials);
    • Fine and gross motor skills (e.g., must possess physical stamina to perform full range of required client care activities for the duration of work role)
    • Emotional stability (e.g., must be able to assume responsibility and accountability for own actions);
    • Critical thinking (e.g., must demonstrate sound judgment regarding the provision of safe, ethical care in a variety of health care settings).
  • Students are expected to adhere to standards of professional conduct as described in the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses and the Code of Conduct delineated in the UNA Catalog and the current Nursing Student Handbook (available on the campus nursing server). Other sources for information can be obtained at ANA The Center for Ethics and Human Rights Code of Ethics for Nurses Provisions Approved as of June 2001, http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/EthicsStandards.aspx, and the International Council of Nurses Code for Nursing Ethical Concepts Applied to Nursing 2001, http://www.nursing world.org/.
  • Students may be denied approval for an Alabama Board of Nursing license as identified in the “Grounds for denial” statements by the Board (Refer to: Code of Alabama, 1975, Section 34-21-25; Alabama Board of Nursing Administrative Code 610-X-8-.01 and 610-X-8-.05). http://www.abn.state.al.us.
  • Following admission to the ACONHP, students must:
    • Provide proof of physical examination
    • Present current immunization records (including Hepatitis B series). (An administrative clinical “unsatisfactory” grade will be issued to any student who fails to submit these requirements on time).
    • Demonstrate proof of CPR certification, nursing student liability insurance (purchased through the ACONHP approved vendor), tuberculosis testing (PPD) results, and OSHA updates.
    • Undergo an initial drug screening prior to beginning classes.
      • Additional drug screenings may be required at any time while the student is in the nursing program.
  • Standard achievement exams are given at various intervals throughout the nursing program at the student's expense.
  • The ACONHP strongly encourages students to have personal health insurance as students are responsible for health related costs incurred when clinical accidents (i.e., needle sticks) occur.
  • Students may refer to information published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dhqp/guidelines.html and the Occupational Safety Hazards (OSHA) guidelines https://www.osha.gov/law-regs.html.