Aug 07, 2020  
2019-2020 Student Handbook and Undergraduate Catalog 
  
2019-2020 Student Handbook and Undergraduate Catalog

Programs by Division


Division of General Studies

Programs

Associate of Arts

Associate of General Studies

Certificate of General Studies

Division of Technical Studies

The College Drug Policy applies to these programs of study.  

Programs

Associate of Applied Science

Certificate of Proficiency

Technical Certificate

Divisions of Nursing and Allied Health Technologies

The College Drug Policy applies to these programs of study.  

Program Acceptance

Acceptance into nursing and allied health (NAH) technology programs is competitive, and all students who apply for acceptance may not be admitted in the semester of application. NAH students will not be officially accepted for a seat in a specific program until program prerequisites have been met and the program application procedures are completed. See individual program descriptions for specific requirements. Placement is given to those candidates who, in the opinion of program faculty, best meet the published requirements for acceptance into the programs. Students who are accepted for a specific program will be notified by the NAH Division.

Functional Ability Requirements

Due to the nature of health care professions, there are functional ability requirements for acceptance and progression. Applicants with special needs due to a disability must make this fact known and request accommodations prior to being accepted into the program. Individuals with certain physical limitations may not meet the functional ability requirements for safe clinical practice. Functional abilities are those physical and mental activities and attributes needed by a nurse or health care practitioner to practice safely in terms of essential functions, with or without accommodations. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has identified Uniform Core Licensure Requirements for nurses and professionals. https://www.ncsbn.org/667.htm. The Nursing & Allied Health Division has adopted basic functional standards as requirements for all Nursing & Allied Health students. Included in the functional ability category requirements are physical (fine and gross motor skills, physical endurance and strength, mobility, hearing, visual) and mental (emotional stability) activities and attributes. See the documents (www.seark.edu/sites/default/files/documents/nah/NursingFunctionalAbility.pdf):

  • "Functional Ability Requirements for Nursing and Allied Health Students" and
  • "Common Activities Required of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals,"

For acceptance and progression in the curriculum, students must be able to perform all of the functional activities, either with or without accommodations. The College will provide reasonable accommodations, but is not required to make modifications that would substantially alter the nature or requirements of the program. A physician's statement will be required.

Student Conduct

Students enrolled in NAH programs are preparing to become professionals. Each student's personal conduct must reflect behavior appropriate to the profession. Unsatisfactory conduct in the classroom or clinical setting may result in probation and/or dismissal from the program according to Progressive Discipline Policies of the division. Students are expected to follow the policies of the NAH Division, clinical agencies, and the College as outlined in the College Catalog and Student Handbook.

Grades

NAH programs use a grading scale that differs from the College's grading system. If a grading scale used for individual NAH programs is different from below, it will be included in the course syllabus; otherwise, the following scale is adhered to:

  90 - 100 A
  80 - 89 B
  *75 - 79 C
  74 - Below Failing
  * Less than a "C" constitutes failure in all NAH courses.

Evaluation: In addition to theory grades, students are evaluated in clinical. The tool used for clinical evaluation is included with the respective clinical course syllabi and is graded according to the above scale. Students taking a course for audit must also perform satisfactorily. Unsatisfactory clinical performance during an audited course may result in non-progression.

Health Insurance Portability & Accountability ACT (HIPAA) Statement

Students enrolled in Nursing and Allied Health Technology programs will be privy to confidential information. In accordance with the HIPAA, the students are not to disclose Protected Health Information (PHI) that is obtained while in the clinical setting to anyone who does not have a legal need to know. Information that cannot be disclosed under HIPAA guidelines includes the patient's PHI, name, social security number, address, and insurance information. PHI should only be used for the student's learning. Any student who violates this standard will be subject to dismissal from the program and possible federal prosecution. Individual programs will cover the issue of confidentially in more detail.

Criminal Background Checks

17-87-312. Criminal background checks.
(a) (1) Each first-time applicant for a license issued by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing shall apply to the Identification Bureau of the Department of Arkansas State Police for a state and national criminal background check, to be conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
(2) At the time a person applies to an Arkansas nursing educational program, the program shall notify the applicant in writing of the provisions and requirements of this section.
(b) The check shall conform to the applicable federal standards and shall include the taking of fingerprints.
(c) The applicant shall sign a release of information to the board and shall be responsible to the Department of Arkansas State Police for the payment of any fee associated with the criminal background check.
(d) Upon completion of the criminal background check, the Identification Bureau of the Department of Arkansas State Police shall forward to the board all information obtained concerning the applicant in the commission of any offense listed in subsection (e) of this section.
(e) Except as provided in subdivision (l)(1) of this section, a person shall not be eligible to receive or hold a license issued by the board if that person has pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to or has been found guilty of any of the following offenses by a court in the State of Arkansas or of any similar offense by a court in another state or of any similar offense by a federal court:
(1) Capital murder as prohibited in § 5-10-101;
(2) Murder in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-10-102 and murder in the second degree as prohibited in § 5- 10-103;
(3) Manslaughter as prohibited in § 5-10-104;
(4) Negligent homicide as prohibited in § 5-10-105;
(5) Kidnapping as prohibited in § 5-11-102;
(6) False imprisonment in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-11-103;
(7) Permanent detention or restraint as prohibited in § 5-11-106;
(8) Robbery as prohibited in § 5-12-102;
(9) Aggravated robbery as prohibited in § 5-12-103;
(10) Battery in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-13-201;
(11) Aggravated assault as prohibited in § 5-13-204;
(12) Introduction of a controlled substance into the body of another person as prohibited in § 5-13-210;
(13) Aggravated assault upon a law enforcement officer or an employee of a correctional facility, § 5-13-211, if a Class Y felony;
(14) Terroristic threatening in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-13-301;
(15) Rape as prohibited in § 5-14-103;
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(16) Sexual indecency with a child as prohibited in § 5-14-110;
(17) Sexual extortion, § 5-14-113;
(18) Sexual assault in the first degree, second degree, third degree, and fourth degree as prohibited in §§ 5-14-124
-- 5-14-127;
(19) Incest as prohibited in § 5-26-202;
(20) Felony offenses against the family as prohibited in §§ 5-26-303 -- 5-26-306;
(21) Endangering the welfare of an incompetent person in the first degree as prohibited in § 5- 27-201;
(22) Endangering the welfare of a minor in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-27-205 and endangering the welfare of a minor in the second degree as prohibited in § 5-27-206;
(23) Permitting abuse of a minor as prohibited in § 5-27-221(a);
(24) Engaging children in sexually explicit conduct for use in visual or print media, transportation of minors for prohibited sexual conduct, pandering or possessing visual or print medium depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, or use of a child or consent to use of a child in a sexual performance by producing, directing, or promoting a sexual performance by a child as prohibited in §§ 5-27-303 -- 5-27-305, 5-27-402, and 5-27-403;
(25) Computer child pornography as prohibited in § 5-27-603;
(26) Computer exploitation of a child in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-27-605;
(27) Felony adult abuse as prohibited in § 5-28-103;
(28) Felony theft of property as prohibited in § 5-36-103;
(29) Felony theft by receiving as prohibited in § 5-36-106;
(30) Arson as prohibited in § 5-38-301;
(31) Burglary as prohibited in § 5-39-201;
(32) Felony violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, §§ 5-64-101 -- 5-64-510, as prohibited in the former § 5-64-401 and §§ 5-64-419 -- 5-64-442;
(33) Promotion of prostitution in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-70-104;
(34) Stalking as prohibited in § 5-71-229; and
(35) Criminal attempt, criminal complicity, criminal solicitation, or criminal conspiracy as prohibited in §§ 5-3- 201, 5-3-202, 5-3-301, and 5-3-401, to commit any of the offenses listed in this subsection.
(f) (1) (A) The board may issue a nonrenewable temporary permit for licensure to a first-time applicant pending the results of the criminal background check.
(B) The permit shall be valid for no more than six (6) months.
(2) Except as provided in subdivision (l)(1) of this section, upon receipt of information from the Identification Bureau of the Department of Arkansas State Police that the person holding the letter of provisional licensure has pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to, or has been found guilty of, any offense listed in subsection (e) of this section, the board shall immediately revoke the provisional license.
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(g) (1) The provisions of subsection (e) and subdivision (f)(2) of this section may be waived by the board upon the request of:
(A) An affected applicant for licensure; or
(B) The person holding a license subject to revocation.
(2) Circumstances for which a waiver may be granted shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
(A) The age at which the crime was committed;
(B) The circumstances surrounding the crime;
(C) The length of time since the crime;
(D) Subsequent work history;
(E) Employment references;
(F) Character references; and
(G) Other evidence demonstrating that the applicant does not pose a threat to the health or safety of the public.
(h) (1) Any information received by the board from the Identification Bureau of the Department of Arkansas State Police pursuant to this section shall not be available for examination except by:
(A) The affected applicant for licensure or his or her authorized representative; or
(B) The person whose license is subject to revocation or his or her authorized representative.
(2) No record, file, or document shall be removed from the custody of the Department of Arkansas State Police.
(i) Any information made available to the affected applicant for licensure or the person whose license is subject to revocation shall be information pertaining to that person only.
(j) Rights of privilege and confidentiality established in this section shall not extend to any document created for purposes other than this background check.
(k) The board shall adopt the necessary rules and regulations to fully implement the provisions of this section.
(l) (1) For purposes of this section, an expunged record of a conviction or a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to an offense listed in subsection (e) of this section shall not be considered a conviction, guilty plea, or nolo contendere plea to the offense unless the offense is also listed in subdivision (l)(2) of this section.
(2) Because of the serious nature of the offenses and the close relationship to the type of work that is to be performed, the following shall result in permanent disqualification:
(A) Capital murder as prohibited in § 5-10-101;
(B) Murder in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-10-102 and murder in the second degree as prohibited in § 5-10-103;
(C) Kidnapping as prohibited in § 5-11-102;
(D) Aggravated assault upon a law enforcement officer or an employee of a correctional facility, § 5-13-211, if a Class Y felony;
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(E) Rape as prohibited in § 5-14-103;
(F) Sexual extortion, § 5-14-113;
(G) Sexual assault in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-14-124 and sexual assault in the second degree as prohibited in § 5-14-125;
(H) Incest as prohibited in § 5-26-202;
(I) Endangering the welfare of an incompetent person in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-27-201;
(J) Endangering the welfare of a minor in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-27-205;
(K) Adult abuse that constitutes a felony as prohibited in § 5-28-103; and
(L) Arson as prohibited in § 5-38-301.
History
Acts 1999, No. 1208, § 4; 2001, No. 303, §§ 2-4; 2003, No. 103, §§ 1, 2; 2003, No. 1087, § 15; 2003, No. 1386, § 1;
2003, No. 1449, § 1; 2005, No. 1923, § 2; 2011, No. 570, § 121; 2013, No. 302, § 1; 2015, No. 1047, § 1; 2017, No.
367, §§ 17, 18; 2017, No. 492, § 1; 2017, No. 664, §§ 11, 12.

Drug Testing Policy

The Student Drug Testing Administrative Rule of Southeast Arkansas College requires some safety sensitive programs in the Division of Nursing and Allied Health (NAH) to require drug-testing for admission to the program and conduct random drug testing while enrolled. The drug policy applies to the following NAH programs: Emergency Medical Sciences EMT/Paramedic, Practical Nursing, Generic Registered Nursing, and Licensed Practical Nursing/Paramedic to Registered Nursing Transition, Surgical Technology, Respiratory Therapy, Sterile Processing, Phlebotomy and Radiologic Technology.  All applicants to these programs must complete a drug screen prior to entry. Random drug screening of students in these programs may be conducted during the academic year at the students expense. Failure to consent to any requested test will result in immediate withdrawal of the student's offer of admission or recommendation for expulsion from the college. Students enrolled in the College may be required to submit to a drug and/or alcohol testing when it is determined that there is reasonable suspicion that the student is using drugs and/or alcohol. Reasonable suspicion is defined by the College's Drug-Free Campus Policy.

Nursing and Allied Health (NAH) programs require drug testing prior to the acceptance of any NAH program.  Random drug testing may be utilized at any time during the course of the programs at the student's expense.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General and specific requirements listed below:

  1. Completion of all general admissions procedures of the College;
  2. ACT Reading Score of 19 or ACCUPLACER NG Scores: Reading 250+; and
  3. Approval of a Nursing & Allied Health faculty advisor.

Programs

Associate of Applied Science

Certificate of Completion

Certificate of Proficiency

Technical Certificate