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ASN Program FAQ

Clinical Placement and Credentialing Requirements

GHC wants you to be successful in our nursing program and in your future nursing career. In order to do this, attending clinicals for hands-on learning opportunities and maintaining credentialing requirements are very important.

As a nursing student, you will attend clinicals at a variety of clinical sites. Nursing students are required to meet credentialing requirements for our clinical partners. Lack of credentialing will prevent students from attending clinicals, which are required for the nursing courses each semester.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine

Every college in the University System of Georgia recognizes COVID-19 vaccines offer safe, effective protection and urges all students, faculty, staff and visitors to get vaccinated. The University System of Georgia and GHC do not require the COVID-19 vaccine. However, successful completion of the clinical component of the nursing curriculum is required in order to progress and graduate from the program. To participate in clinical experience activities, GHC faculty and students are required to follow credentialing specifications set by clinical partners. At this time, all of GHC’s clinical partners require the COVID-19 vaccine as a part of their credentialing requirements.

 

Credentialing Requirements Exemption

Some clinical partners have processes for exemptions. This information is provided to students only after acceptance to the nursing program. Approval for an accommodation or exemption is made by the medical facility, not GHC. Once accepted in the nursing program, students must follow processes set by the clinical facility regarding desired waivers. USG/GHC do not require the COVID vaccine, and any accommodations or exemptions will be made by the medical facility, not GHC.

Please do not contact clinical partners for information about Covid vaccine policies and waivers. GHC is one of many schools which are granted the privilege of clinical education in local hospitals. We are guests of our clinical partners and work with them to make the credentialing process as smooth and simple as possible.

 

GHC’s Campus Guidelines and Information on the COVID-19 Vaccine

To learn more about GHC’s campus guidelines, please visit chargeahead.highlands.edu. Questions about medical advice should be asked of your healthcare provider so you can make a decision that is right for you. The CDC link related to the COVID-19 vaccine can provide additional information.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/prepare-for-vaccination.html