IN ORDER TO be eligible TO REGISTER FOR THE
ONSITE CLINICAL AND/OR ADMINISTRATIVE INTERNSHIPS AND EXTERNSHIPS,
YOU MUST COMPLETE ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:
Due to blood and body fluid exposure during skills lab, and because of the health and screening requirements of the healthcare facilities in which students are placed for their internships and externships, all students must comply with the entry requirements (listed below), before receiving an add code for the restricted classes:
5. Pay the $103.75 Package Fee
1. Negative urine drug screen* (facilitated by CastleBranch, and done in a local lab). Typical turn around time is 1-2 weeks, but it can take up to 4 weeks to process, once the student has submitted the urine sample.
*PLEASE NOTE:completely clean not
2. Negative background check* (done by CastleBranch). Typical turn around time is 1-2 weeks, but it can take up to 4 weeks to process, once the student has submitted the information.
3. Clear health evaluation - use 4-page SRJC Health Eval Packet below.
- Click Health Care Resources to see a list of local Sonoma County Health Care Resources
The student fills out page 1 and page 4*, and then the student brings ALL 4 pages to the students primary care provider.
*PLEASE NOTE: On page 4 of the health eval packet, if the student checks "I can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodations....." then the student MUST make an appointment with the Disability Resources Department (DRD) at SRJC as soon as possible to be evaluated for the need for an accommodation. Go here for more information: https://drd.santarosa.edu/.
*PLEASE NOTE: The MA program welcomes students with disabilities.
- The provider reads the bottom of page 1, and all of page 2, and fills out, signs, and stamps page 3.
- The student then uploads ALL 4 pages to their CastleBranch account profile.
- The student should keep the original, completed 4 page packet for their records.
4. Two-Step PPD* (Tuberculosis skin test). The 1st TB skin test is placed and read, then the 2nd test is placed and read from a week to a month later. (Do not have the MMR immunizations immediately before this test.)
*PLEASE NOTE: The Quantiferon Gold (TB blood test) is NOT accepted.
*PLEASE NOTE: If the student has a history of positive TB skin tests, and/or has received the Bacille Calmette Guerin (BCG) vaccines, the student must submit the report from a chest xray that was done with in the last 12 months (NOT the xray picture) AND a completed Annual TB Clearance/Symptom Form that a licensed provider has signed. Click here for an example of an Annual TB Clearance/Symptom Form. Most provider offices have a variation of this form, but if yours does not, feel free to print out and bring this form to your provider to use as your official TB form. Only use this form if you have had a history of positive TB skin tests, and/or have ever received the BCG vaccines.
5. Positive hepatitis B titer (date of titer can be any date - no recency requirement) OR a complete hepatitis B series with positive titer after last dose (takes 4-6 months to complete).
- First 2 doses must be complete in order to receive the add code or be placed on the waiting list, and the 3rd dose must be completed when it's due.
6. Positive varicella (chicken pox*) titer (date of titer can be any date - no recency requirement) OR complete varicella series.
*PLEASE NOTE: If you have had chicken pox, either as a child or adult, this does NOT meet the requirement, and you must get a blood titer drawn.
7. Complete series of Tdap vaccines (if given more than 10 years ago, booster must have been completed within the last 10 years).
8. Positive titer for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) (date of titer can be any date - no recency requirement) OR a complete series of MMR vaccines.
9. Current, 2-year American Heart Association (AHA) endorsed ‘BLS Provider’ certification card (formerly known as ‘Healthcare Provider’).
- Must include AED, infant, child, adult.
- CPR cards without the AHA seal are NOT accepted.
- ‘Heartsaver’ card is NOT accepted.
- American Red Cross is NOT accepted.
- Click BLS Providers to see a list of local companies that provide AHA approved BLS Provider training
10. Current annual flu vaccine, see letters A and B below for specific deadline dates. If the student completes all of the above and is given an add code, then staying in the clinical/administrative internship/externship is PROVISIONAL upon completion of the flu vaccine requirement by the deadline date.
- Declinations are not accepted unless there is a documented written medical contraindication to the flu shot. Written declinations* will be accepted if provided and signed by a licensed medical professional, and on company letterhead. Flu shot declination statements written by students will not be accepted.
*PLEASE NOTE: If a student provides a valid flu shot declination (as described above), then the student will be required to comply with the clinical/administrative agencies “Flu shot declination policy” which usually involves wearing a face mask at all times while onsite during the flu season – September to April.
A. To fulfill the current annual flu shot requirement for clinical rotations starting in the Fall semester**, the student must obtain the flu shot between August 1st and October 15th of that same Fall semester. October 15th of the same Fall semester is the deadline to submit proof of the flu vaccine, or declination, to CastleBranch. If the proof is not submitted to CastleBranch by that date, the student will be dropped from the class.
**PLEASE NOTE: The flu virus is constantly changing. Experts at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) must pick which viruses (strains) to include in the upcoming years vaccines many months ahead of time, in order for the vaccines to be produced and then delivered on time. This is why obtaining the flu shot only between August 1st and October 15th for the Fall semester is required. If the flu shot is obtained earlier that that, then the strain is from last years batch, and may not be as effective in preventing the spread of the flu, and is not considered valid by our clinical sites. Source: CDC Flu Facts
B. To fulfill the current annual flu shot requirement for administrative rotations starting in the Summer semester, the student can obtain the flu shot anytime in the current year's flu season (August to April), but far enough in advance to submit the documentation to be given an add code. It is recommended that the student receive the vaccine in January or February at the latest, for the summer class.
11. As you submit items to CastleBranch, they will notify you if the item is pending review, approved/met, or rejected. You cannot consider items complete until CastleBranch has accepted and approved each item.
12. For help with CastleBranch, call Client Services at 888-850-4314, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
13. For further questions, please contact Katherine Slusser, Medical Assisting Coordinator, at KSlusser@SantaRosa.edu or (707) 524-1720 (email is preferred).
D. Once CastleBranch has approved ALL of your items, and you've turned in your signed MA Student Handbook forms, please email the MA Coordinator, Katherine Slusser, RN, at KSlusser@SantaRosa.edu and let her know that you have completed all of the eligibility requirements. At this point:
- The Coordinator will then check that you have completed all of the items above.
- If ALL items above are complete, and it is during, or past, your Priority Registration period, the Coordinator will give you an add code. However, if the class is full at the time you send the email, you will be placed on the first-come-first-served waiting list. See this link for more information on Priority Registration: https://admissions.santarosa.edu/priority-registration
****MA classes can only take a maximum of 30 students. When the class reaches its registration limit, students will be placed on the first-come-first-served waiting list.
****All students on the wait list are encouraged to come to the first day of class to see if seats open up.
E. Once you receive an add code, please register for the class on your Priority Registration (or open registration) day.
F. After you are successfully registered for the class, go to these links for your next steps:
For MA 163L (fall) & MA 176 (spring) CLINICAL intern/externship: https://medical-assisting.santarosa.edu/steps-after-registering-clinical
For MA 166.1 (summer) ADMINISTRATIVE externship: https://medical-assisting.santarosa.edu/steps-after-registering-admin