Student Health

Student Health

Although every effort is made to instruct students in appropriate procedures and standard precautions, there remains an inherent risk of exposure to infectious diseases and/or pathogens that could cause illness or injury to the student.  We require immunizations, vaccines, and a tuberculosis skin test as preventive strategies and to meet the requirements of the clinical agencies where the students’ clinical experiences occur. (Please refer to health requirements both for enrollment at Kettering College and in specific programs. Information can also be obtained by contacting the admissions office.)

Even with preventive measures, there is no guarantee that students will not acquire an infection or illness resulting from exposure in the care of clients.  Healthcare risks inherent in health care professions are the responsibility of the student. All enrolled students must have personal health insurance coverage and must maintain coverage during the time they are enrolled students. If you do not have health insurance coverage on your own, or through a spouse’s, or a parent’s policy, we encourage you to seek coverage through the health insurance marketplace. Failure to obtain and/or maintain personal health insurance coverage may result in dismissal from the College.

Health Care Resources

Kettering Workers’ Care, with three locations, is equipped to provide necessary health immunizations and primary health consultation for students.  You are responsible for the cost of any immunization, consultation, or treatment at Kettering Workers’ Care.  Should emergency medical care be required, you may use the 24-hour medical services available in the Kettering Medical Center emergency department.  Payment for treatment in the emergency department is your responsibility.

Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs on Campus

We are committed to your health and well-being.  All College and Kettering Medical Center facilities and premises and the adjacent neighborhood areas are designated a smoke-free environment. The use or possession of alcoholic beverages and illicit drugs or the abuse of harmful substances is prohibited everywhere within the all College facilities or the Kettering Medical Center campus. Violators will be prosecuted in accordance with applicable laws and ordinances and also will be subject to disciplinary action by the College.  Because drugs or alcohol can adversely affect your health and clinical performance, we reserve the right to test you if you are suspected of using or being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  (Refer to the substance abuse policy in the Student Handbook.)  Information on “Promoting Health, Not Drugs” can be obtained from the student services office.

Restrictive Health Conditions

We want to safeguard the health and well-being of students in clinical and Residence Hall settings as well as the health of those patients with whom they have contact. For this reason, you are responsible for reporting to the instructor and/or Residence Hall dean (if a Residence Hall student) any restrictive health condition* as soon as the condition is known.

Restrictive health conditions are any health condition lasting longer than one week, which may temporarily limit full participation in required educational experiences or which may threaten your life.

Restrictive health conditions of physical origin may include but are not limited to back injuries, fractures, pregnancy, immunocompromised status, surgery, etc.  Conditions involving mental and emotional states are of particular concern because of their life-threatening potential.  These conditions include, but are not limited to, suicide attempts, severe depression, chemical dependency, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and psychotic behavior.  If a staff or faculty member becomes aware of a life-threatening situation involving a student, the confidentiality privileges are suspended in order to obtain necessary assistance for the student.  Life-threatening situations involving students under the age of 18 are cause for immediate notification of the students’ parents/guardians by the College.

Once a restrictive health condition is reported, a written recommendation from a licensed health care provider may be requested. Continued participation in the clinical/laboratory experience or in Residence Hall life will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Failure to report a restrictive health condition to the instructor (or to the Residence Hall dean if appropriate) and/or failure to comply with the restrictive health procedure may result in immediate suspension from course activities or dismissal from the Residence Hall.

Note:  For the purpose of definition, individuals with restrictive health conditions are not necessarily considered to be “disabled”, in that the impairments are not considered to cause substantial limitations in major life activities.

Preventive Health and Immunizations

Kettering College requires students to obtain immunizations as preventive measures and to meet the requirements of the affiliating clinical agencies. Even with all of the preventive measures, students cannot be guaranteed they will not acquire an infection or illness resulting from exposure. Students are expected to use reasonable precautions and must obtain adequate personal health insurance to provide appropriate coverage for illness or injury.

The healthcare profession, by its very definition, assists those whose health is compromised by disease, trauma, and/or other physical or psychosocial illnesses and problems. Although every effort is made to instruct students in appropriate procedures and standard/universal precautions, there is still an inherent risk of exposure to infectious diseases and/or pathogens that could cause illness or injury.

Students must be current with the health requirements stipulated for their program of study. Failure to meet health requirements, specific to the individual program. The program policy will be followed, and students may be held from clinical based on program policy.

Students who wish to reside in student housing must present proof of the following immunizations:

  • Menomune/Menactra (Meningococcal Meningitis)
  • Yearly flu vaccination

Students in a professional programs having clinical requirements must meet individual program requirements.


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