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Health Science Clinicals

A Health Science Clinical is a structured component of the Career and Technical Education Health Science curriculum that provides a supervised experience in an approved setting. These experiences are designed to be completed in a hospital, extended care facility, rehabilitation center, medical office, imaging laboratory, or other approved setting(s). 

Definition

Health Science Clinical is a structured component of the Career and Technical Education Health Science curriculum that provides a supervised experience in an approved setting.  Health Science Clinical is designed to be completed in a hospital, extended care facility, rehabilitation center, medical office, imaging laboratory, or other approved setting(s). The Health Science Clinical standards are identified in the Alabama Course of Study: Career and Technical Education as part of the coursework for Health Science.

Purpose/Objective:  Occupational Preparation

Health Science Clinical provides an opportunity for students to gain knowledge and apply previously learned theory and skills in an actual health care setting. These experiences are uniquely designed to meet students’ career objectives through supervised experiences, which are coupled with related classroom instruction. 

Roles and Responsibilities

Health Science Clinical requires time, commitment, collaboration of the following partners:

  • Students must arrive at the clinical site at the appropriate time and in the appropriate dress.  Students must comply with the rules and regulations of the school district, school, and clinical site. 
  • Parents/Guardians should provide ongoing support to the student and assume the responsibility for the conduct of the students.  Parent/guardian is responsible for transportation arrangements for the student to and from the clinical site and will be responsible for any liability involved.
  • Health Science Teachers shall secure appropriate clinical site(s) based on the student’s career objective.  The teacher shall work with the clinical site(s) to develop a training plan for the student.  The teacher will monitor student progress through visits and/or communication with clinical site preceptor(s) or their designee. The teacher shall meet with the student regarding his/her progress, behavior, attitude, academics, etc. and is responsible for the student’s final grade for clinical experience.  The teacher is also responsible for reinforcing clinical site experiences with related classroom instruction.
  • Healthcare Clinical Preceptor(s) shall provide opportunities and placements for students to apply previously learned theory and skills in healthcare settings, as well as a safe learning environment. Clinical Preceptor(s) will evaluate student performance and report to Health Science teacher.  

Prerequisites

Successful completion of a minimum of one credit in Health Science coursework is required prior to placement of a student in Health Science Clinical.

Related Instruction

Students must be enrolled in a Health Science course.

Student Selection/Qualifications                                                   

Health Science Clinical student must:

  • Be at least sixteen years of age.
  • Be enrolled in a Health Science course.
  • Complete a Health Science Program Application for Clinical Enrollment.
  • Be capable of performing the tasks of the clinical placement.
  • Be classified as an eleventh or twelfth grader.
  • Be in good academic standing and have an acceptable discipline record as determined by the Health Science teacher.

Appropriate Placement

Health Science Clinical provides opportunities for a student to meet their career objective and train in areas outside of their primary objective in order to gain a broader perspective. Clinical placements must also meet federal and state labor laws.

Credits Earned 

Credits will reflect the course requirements in which the clinical is incorporated.

Supervision/Coordination Requirements

The Health Science teacher will monitor student progress through visits and/or communication with clinical site preceptor(s) or their designee.

Placement Restrictions or Limitations 

Student may not participate in a hazardous occupation as defined by state and federal labor laws.  Student may be rotated to a different clinical site based on a student’s career objective or area of interest at the discretion of the Health Science teacher.

Required Documentation and Forms

The following documentation or forms must be completed and placed in the student file with the Health Science teacher for each student participating in Health Science Clinical. The documents and forms must be kept on file a minimum of 5 years. 

Prior to Placement of Student:

  • CPR Certification (American Red Cross or American Heart Association
  • Health Science Clinical Training Agreement
  • Health Science Clinical Time Sheet
  • Health Science Clinical Evaluation of Student Performance
  • Student Confidentiality Statement
  • Other Forms/Documents as required by the Health Science Teacher, Local Education Agency, or Training Site

Prior to Enrollment:

  • Career Interest/Aptitude Inventory (Assessment used to be determined by the LEA)
  • Health Science Program Application
  • School/LEA Clinical Regulations and Policies (To be established and approved by the LEA)
 

Insurance Coverage/Immunizations

All participants in Health Science Clinical must provide proof of the following:

  • Current health insurance coverage
  • Liability insurance coverage
  • Automobile liability insurance (if student provides own transportation)
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • Varicella Vaccine (or diagnosis of varicella or verification of history of varicella disease)
  • Current TB Skin test
  • Other Forms/Documents as required by the Health Science Teacher, Local Education Agency, or Training Site