BSN Additional Policies
In addition to meeting the requirements for admission as stated above under Admission Policies, applicants to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program must provide the following prior to admission to the program:
Proof of Health Exam signed by a medical provider (MD, NP, or PA) with no restrictions.
Students are required to carry health insurance, throughout the duration of their program, at their own cost, and may be asked to provide a copy to program administration or clinical facility.
MMR: Students must submit a titer or proof of immunization. If previously immunized, the student should get a titer drawn before being immunized again. If the titer is positive, the student is immune to the disease. If the titer is negative, the student needs to be vaccinated.
Students who have had measles-mumps-rubella do not need to be immunized, but will need to submit proof of immunity.
Varicella: The student must submit a titer or proof of immunization. If previously immunized, the student should get a titer drawn before being immunized again. If the titer is positive, the student is immune to the disease. If the titer is negative, the student needs to be vaccinated.
Students who have had chickenpox do not need to be immunized, but need to submit proof of having the disease.
TDaP: Students must submit proof of immunization within the last 5 years.
Hepatitis B: Students must submit proof of a 3-shot series of immunization (or proof the series has been started). If the student wishes to decline the Hepatitis B vaccine series, he or she must sign a declination form provided by Stanbridge University.
The student may also present a titer if previously immunized for Hepatitis B.
PPD: Students must submit proof of a PPD skin test within one year. If the student has a previous positive PPD or BCG vaccine, the student will have to submit results from a current chest X-ray. Students must initially provide a two- step TB test unless they can provide proof of previous annual testing. A regular one-step TB test must be updated annually.
Influenza Vaccine or Declination: Students must submit proof of influenza vaccine. If the student wishes to decline the influenza vaccine, he or she must sign a declination form provided by Stanbridge University. Students should be aware that declining the influenza vaccine may result in inability to attend clinical education at some facilities and may lead to delay of graduation.
COVID-19 Vaccine: All students are required to be COVID-19 vaccinated and boosted prior to beginning any clinical or fieldwork site rotation. Failure to receive the vaccination and current booster will lead to dismissal of the student from the program.
Students must be certified in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) from the American Heart Association. Students are responsible for maintaining proof of certification, and its currency, for the entire duration of the program, at their own cost. Students without current certification will be removed from all fieldwork/clinical rotations until certification is renewed. Any absences accrued will have Attendance Policies applied.
BSN Dress Code
Students are expected to comply with the dress code as outlined below. Students who do not comply with the dress code will be given a Notice of Deficiency. In clinical and laboratory, students who are noncompliant with the dress code will be requested to leave, incur an absence, and given a Notice of Deficiency.
- A student ID badge must be worn at all times above the waist and visible when wearing a sweater. Students will not be allowed to take an assessment without a student ID badge. An assessment is defined as a quiz, examination, or ATI assessment.
- All students must be neat and well groomed. Students should bathe daily and use deodorant. Students should have no offensive body odor or cigarette smell.
- Clothing must fit properly and not be tight-fitting. Skinny jeans/pants or tights/leggings are not permitted.
- On campus uniform includes blue polo shirt with the Stanbridge logo; plain white or black under shirt or white “sleeves” to cover tattoos; plain black scrub pants without print , colorful embroideries, or borders; white or black socks or neutral nylons; and white or black shoes.
- All pants must cover the entire length of the legs. No ankles or skin should show between the hem of the pants and the socks.
o Shoes must be closed-toed, closed-heeled, and low-heeled. Crocs are not allowed.
o Shoes must be without print except for the shoe logo.
o Shoes must be clean with only white or black shoelaces.
- Clinical and laboratory uniform includes blue scrubs with the Stanbridge logo, plain white or black under shirt or “sleeves” to cover tattoos, white or black socks or neutral nylons, and white or black shoes. The laboratory uniform is worn for skills and simulation lab.
o Pregnant students must adopt a similar maternity scrub uniform.
o Uniform must be neat and pressed.
o Only clean, solid white or black, closed-toed, closed-heeled, and low-heeled shoes with non-skid soles and white or black vinyl or leather top is acceptable. Shoe logo and shoelaces, if present, must be white or black. Crocs are not allowed.
o Stethoscope, penlight, bandage scissors, watch with second hand, calculator, black or blue pen, and paper are part of the clinical uniform. A “fanny pack” or “apron” may be worn over the uniform to increase the number of pockets.
o Sweaters must be solid color (only black, grey, blue, or white) without print except for the Stanbridge logo.
o Sweaters in clinical may not have a hood.
o A hood on campus may not be worn.
- No hats or scarves are permitted.
- Hair must be pulled back out of the face and off the shoulders.
o In theory courses, hair in a ponytail is acceptable but must be neatly tied without loose hair.
o In clinical or laboratory, hair must be pulled back out of the face and in a neat bun (not on top of the head nor the back of the neck) without loose hair.
o Hair color must be of a natural color. Faddish or unnatural colors or styles are not permitted.
- Facial hair must be neatly trimmed to a maximum length of ½ inch to permit proper fit of personal protective equipment as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. Facial hair must not be of a faddish or unusual appearance.
- Gum chewing is not allowed in the classroom, lab, or clinical facility.
- Makeup must be suitable. Exaggerated or extreme false eyelashes or extensions are not permitted in the clinical, laboratory, or simulation area. Eyelashes must look natural.
- Perfume, cologne or after-shave is not permitted.
- New tattoos and piercings are discouraged while in school due to increased risk of infection and the ability to comply with clinical site policy.
o Tattoos cannot be visible. Plain white or black under shirt or “sleeves” must be worn to cover the tattoos.
o Except for pierced ears, body piercings with jewelry (brow, nose, tongue, and/or lip) are not allowed.
- Jewelry must be kept to a minimum for safety and to be consistent with professional appearance. Jewelry may include only a watch, wedding ring, engagement ring, and small-post earrings if ears are pierced (only one pair of post earrings).
- Nails must be clean, short, and neatly trimmed. Only clear nail polish is permitted. Artificial nails and nail wraps or extenders are not permitted.