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As part of our commitment to the health and safety of AACC employees, students, the greater community and patients and employees at our clinical site affiliates, all employees and students participating in clinicals, fieldwork, externships or internships in a health care or clinic setting within the School of Health Sciences or the School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development will be required to be fully vaccinated. In addition, employees who work on or support federal contracts are required to be fully vaccinated no later than Jan. 18, 2022. Testing will not be permitted in lieu of vaccination for individuals participating in clinicals or federal contracts, unless the individual has requested and been granted an accommodation.

AACC recognizes that some individuals may not be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Students and employees who have a medical condition, disability or sincerely held religious beliefs that prevent them from receiving the COVID-19 vaccination may be eligible for an accommodation, depending on the circumstances. For deadlines to request an accommodation, see the FAQs below. 


Frequently Asked Questions

We will update this webpage regularly with additional information as it becomes available.

Vaccine Mandate

What are the vaccination protocols if I am in clinicals, fieldwork, externships or internships in a health care or clinic setting?

Beginning with the spring 2022 term, all employees and students participating in clinicals, fieldwork, externships or internships in a health care or clinic setting within the School of Health Sciences or the School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development are required to be fully vaccinated. Testing will be not permitted in lieu of vaccination for individuals participating in clinicals, unless the individual has requested and been granted an accommodation.

Students and employees must upload a Vaccine Certification, including proof of vaccination, by the deadline provided by their program. The Vaccine Certification will be sent to students and employees through their college-issued email on Jan. 7.  Vaccine Certifications are due by Jan. 21. Individuals who already submitted proof of being fully vaccinated prior to Dec. 31, 2021, will not be required to resubmit a Vaccine Certification. If you do not receive the email with the link to the Vaccine Certification, or if your vaccine status changes, students must email studentvax@aacc.edu or employees must email employeevax@aacc.edu to have the link with the Vaccine Certification resent to them to update.

In addition to the COVID-19 vaccine, employees and students must agree to COVID-19 testing as determined by the clinical or federal work sites. Refusal of COVID-19 testing may also result in a student’s inability to progress or successfully complete the program of study and may impact an employee’s employment status.

What do I do if my clinical or federal work site also has policies and procedures regarding COVID-19 vaccination and/or testing?

Students enrolled in a course taking place at an offsite location or employees assigned to work at an offsite location must comply with the site’s policies, procedures, rules and regulations regarding vaccination and testing for COVID-19.

If you do not comply with the site’s rules, you may be unable to participate in the course or work at the offsite location and will possibly have to withdraw or fail the course or not be able to meet the essential functions of the employee’s job. Individuals may request an exemption or accommodation directly from the site. If granted by the site, AACC will abide by the site’s determination with respect to the site’s rules; however, the site’s determination does not guarantee that AACC will grant an accommodation with respect to its vaccine mandate for clinicals, fieldwork, externships or internships in a health care or clinic setting or employees working on or supporting federal contracts.

If denied by the site, the individual may not be permitted able to go to the site. AACC will not consider requests for exemption or accommodation to the site’s rules. AACC will also not consider student requests to change site locations based on vaccination or testing requirements of the site. If an employee cannot perform the essential functions of their job without going to the site, the employee may not be eligible for an accommodation, depending on the circumstances, which may impact employment status.

Why do I need to request an accommodation or waiver from both AACC and the clinical site?

AACC and your assigned clinical site may have different rules. In order to participate in clinicals, fieldwork, externships or internships in a health care or clinic setting, an individual must comply with both AACC's protocols and the site’s protocols. AACC cannot make decisions to grant an accommodation or exception to the site’s rules, and the site cannot make decisions to grant an accommodation or exception to AACC's protocols. Accordingly, individuals who are seeking an accommodation must make a request to both AACC and to the site and must be granted an accommodation by both in order to participate.

Do I need to get a booster or additional dose of the vaccine?

At this time, those individuals who are already fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to be vaccinated with a booster or additional dose to comply with the college’s protocols. The clinical or federal site, however, may require a booster or additional dose. 

Who do I talk to if I have questions or concerns?

If you have questions or concerns, direct them to your assistant dean or director.

School of Health Sciences

Nursing and Practical Nursing
Scott Olden, assistant dean
smolden@aacc.edu 

Paramedic and Emergency Medical Technician
Tina Clark, director
Email: clclark@aacc.edu 

Medical Laboratory Technician, Medical Lab Assistant, Physical Therapist, Radiologic Technology, Surgical Technology and Phlebotomy
Dave Thomas, assistant dean
dcthomas@aacc.edu 

Human Services, Medical Assisting and Massage Therapy
Tiffin Bumpass, assistant dean
tlbumpass@aacc.edu

Physician Assistant
Cheri Hendrix, director
cmhendrix@aacc.edu      

School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development

All noncredit programs
MaryLou McQuaide, director
mmcquaide@aacc.edu 

Employees

All programs
Suzanne Boyer, executive director of Human Resources
slboyer1@aacc.edu 

Testing

What are the testing protocols if I'm in clinicals, fieldwork, externships or internships in a health care, clinic setting or on a federal contract?

Students and employees participating in clinical, fieldwork, internships or externships in a health care or clinic settings and employees who work on or support federal contracts are required to be fully vaccinated prior to the start of the clinical. Testing will not be permitted in lieu of vaccination for individuals participating in clinicals or federal contracts, unless the individual has requested and been granted an accommodation. 

In addition to the COVID-19 vaccine, employees and students must agree to COVID-19 testing as determined by the clinical or federal work sites. Refusal of COVID-19 testing may also result in a student’s the inability to progress or successfully complete the program of study and may impact an employee’s employment status. 

If you have been treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma within the last 90 days, you may request a medical deferral using the accommodation request form, providing documentation from your medical provider and noting the last day of the treatment.

Accommodations

Can I request an accommodation if I'm in clinicals, fieldwork, externships or internships in a health care clinic setting or on a federal contract?

Students and employees who have a medical condition, disability or sincerely held religious beliefs that prevent them from receiving the COVID-19 vaccination may be eligible for an accommodation, depending on the circumstances. In order to be considered for an accommodation, employees or students will be required to submit a request form.

For employees participating in clinicals, requests for accommodations were due Dec. 14, 2021. For students, requests must be submitted by the following deadlines:

  • Dec. 14, 2021 – for clinicals beginning between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 
  • Feb. 7 – for clinicals beginning between March 1 and April 30
  • April 7 – for clinicals beginning between May 1 and June 30

Request for accommodations based on a medical condition or disability may be accepted after these deadlines but could result in a delay in the start of a clinical fieldwork, externships or internships in a health care or clinic setting. Requests for medical or disability reasons must be supported by documentation from a health care provider. If you have been treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma within the last 90 days, you may request a medical deferral using the accommodation request form, providing documentation from your medical provider and noting the last day of the treatment.

I have been granted an accommodation. Do I still need to submit weekly COVID-19 testing results?

Yes. If an accommodation is granted, employees and students in clinicals fieldwork, externships, or internships in a health care or clinic setting will still be required to submit to weekly COVID-19 test results to the college by Wednesday each week. Refusal of COVID-19 testing may result in a student’s inability to progress or successfully complete the program of study or may impact an employee’s employment status.

Learn more about our COVID-19 testing protocols.

My accommodation request has been denied. What do I do?

If a student’s request for accommodation is denied, the student will either need to be fully vaccinated (two weeks after the final dose of the vaccine) prior to the first day of the clinical, fieldwork, externship or internship in a health care, clinic setting or supporting a federal contract, or must drop the course prior to its start date to receive a refund. If the student submitted the request form by the deadline and was not notified of the college’s decision prior to the start date of the clinical, the college may consider a refund request. Students may need to take a leave of absence from their program if they cannot complete the clinical, fieldwork, externship or internship in a health care or clinic setting or working on or supporting a federal contract.

If an employee’s request for accommodation is denied, the employee must be fully vaccinated (two weeks after the final dose of the vaccine) prior to the start date of the clinical, fieldwork, externship or internship in a health care or clinic setting or working on or supporting a federal contract. Failure to do so may result in progressive discipline, up to and including termination.

Accommodations

Students and employees who have a medical condition, disability or sincerely held religious beliefs that prevent them from receiving the COVID-19 vaccination may be eligible for an accommodation. Request an accommodation for clinicals, fieldwork, externships or internships in a health care or clinic setting.


COVID-19 Information

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