Program applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate. It is preferred that applicants hold a current certification in any healthcare related field (i.e. CNA, EMT, MA, Phlebotomy, ER Tech, Teletech, etc.) Good physical and mental health, good eyesight and good hearing are required. If accepted, a physical examination, immunizations, including the hepatitis series and annual TB skin test, must be current before the program begins.
The applicant must be interested in people, have a pleasant personality and be able to work well with others. Most important is a willingness to follow directions, a mature attitude and good practical judgment. Dependability is a must. The nurse should be an example to others in health practices, it is expected that the vocational nursing student attempt to maintain good health. This will be achieved by following principles of healthful living including:
- Proper diet
- Adequate rest
- Adequate exercise
- Weight control
- Stress control
- Avoidance of harmful agents (smoking, drugs and/or alcohol)
It is recommended that steps be taken prior to entrance into the program to overcome any smoking, drug, alcohol or weight problems.
Random drug tests will be performed.