• TCD NATP Clinical Orientation Guidelines


    Students will need to complete 40+ of clinical hours. The clinical portion of the course, is outside of TCD school hours. It requires students to attend assigned clinical hours with a TCD clinical instructor at local skilled nursing facilities. Clinical hours will be offered on weekends and weekday evenings. Students will be assigned a clinical once all requirements are completed and receive by the instructor. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the clinical sites.


    Clinical Requirements

    Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the clinical experience:

    1. Physical exam completed successfully. Students must be able to participate in the clinical experience without restrictions. All physical exams are due by 10/4/2019.
    2. 2-step TB skin tests within one (1) year with negative results or appropriate blood test within one (1) year. Results must be to TCD by 10/4/2019.
    3. Completed Urine drug screen test by 10/4/2019.
    4. A photocopy if the student’s valid state issued ID (state ID or driver’s license) and social security card to TCD by 09/04/19
    5. Completed Parent/Student Signature Acknowledgement Form returned by 10/4/19
    6. Fingerprint criminal background check completed. This will be done at TCD prior to the start of clinical. If a student is absent on the day that background checks are done at TCD, the student is responsible for having their background check completed.  A student must have a valid state issued picture ID (state ID or driver's license) and a social security card to complete the background check process.  Results must be available prior to clinical start in November 2019.
    7. Successful CPR - BLS certification through the American Health Association class offered at TCD
    8. Students must maintain a 78% or higher average, for each grading period throughout the year, to participate in clinical and remain eligible for clinical and certification
    9. Students must also maintain a 78% or higher test score average at the end of semester one and prior to state registration to remain eligible for clinical and certification
    10. Students must pass the final exam with an 78% or higher

      ***FAILURE TO MEET ANY OF THE ABOVE CRITERIA #1-10, WILL RESULT IN THE STUDENT NOT BEING ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND THE CLINICAL EXPERIENCE.


    Students must meet the following criteria to remain enrolled and complete the Clinical experience:

    1. Students must maintain a 78% or higher average, for each grading period throughout the year, to participate in clinical and remain eligible for clinical and certification
    2. Students must also maintain a 78% or higher test score average at the end of semester one and prior to state registration to remain eligible for clinical and certification
    3. Students must pass the final test with an 78% or higher
    4. Successfully perform skills tested in the classroom lab /clinical setting. Three (3) attempts at passing are allowed for each of the 21 required skills. If 3 failures of any skill occurs the student will not be eligible for the clinical experience.
    5. Consistent classroom attendance (that meets the attendance guidelines) is required. Classroom absent days cannot exceed 12 days for the year. If a student exceeds 12 absent days, they will not be eligible for the clinical experience.
    6. Clinical Attendance is mandatory. Missing a clinical day will result in the student not having the amount of clinical hours required by the state to take the certification exam. If a student is absent from clinical, there will NOT be a guarantee of a make-up session for the absence.   

      *** FAILURE TO MEET ANY OF THE ABOVE CRITERIA #1-6 WILL RESULT IN THE STUDENT NOT CONTINUING WITH THE CLINICAL EXPERIENCE.


      Inability to complete the clinical experience portion of the class will result in the student not being eligible to take the CNA certification exam.  However, the student will be allowed to remain in the class for high school credits only.


    Physical Requirements for Clinical Performance


    Students will be bending, stretching, lifting, walking much of the day and will be on their feet for long periods of time. A student will also be listening to resident’s blood pressures, and feeling pulses. These occupational standards are consistent with the duties of an entry-level position in healthcare. Students must have the ability to perform the following to provide safe and effective care at the clinical setting:

    1. Lift and carry 50 pounds of weight.
    2. Lift and transfer patients to and from wheelchairs, stretchers, chairs, beds, toilets and commodes.
    3. Move, adjust and manipulate equipment.
    4. Position patients for exams.
    5. Respond appropriately to sounds, such as the resident’s voice and movements, at a normal conversational volume. Be able to evaluate the sounds associated with measuring blood pressure.
    6. Respond appropriately to equipment signals such as sound and light.
    7. Manipulate the necessary hospital equipment for patient care such as dials, switches, push buttons and keyboards.
    8. Perform for a prolonged period without breaks in a typical shift of eight hours.
    9. Communicate orally and in writing with residents, patients, clients, physicians and other personnel clearly and effectively.
    10. Must be able to follow verbal and written directions.

    *The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) requires all students to perform all of the above in order to pass the clinical portion of the course. Students who are unsure whether they can meet these requirements, are advised to speak to their instructor.