Feb 20, 2019  
School of Allied Health Professions Student Handbook 2018-2019 
    
School of Allied Health Professions Student Handbook 2018-2019

Admissions & Graduation


Admissions
General Admissions Policies
Method of Application
Acceptance Deposit
Pre-matriculation Tasks
Drug Screen
Federal Healthcare Eligibility
Certification of Selective Service Compliance
Criminal Background Check
Required Immunizations/Vaccinations
Transcripts
Student Health Insurance
Tuition & Fees
Registration
Orientation
Graduation
Requirements for Graduation
Degrees with Honors
Commencement Ceremony

Admissions

General Admission Policies

Please refer to individual program’s websites for their respective admission policies: http://www.lsuhscshreveport.edu/departments/AlliedHealth/index

  1. Admission to the various programs of the School is by competitive application.
  2. Preference will be given to Louisiana residents. Information regarding establishing LA residency may be obtained by the Office of the Registrar or on their website at www.lsuhscshreveport.edu/registrar.
  3. Each program sets minimum admission criteria including required grade point average and pre-requisite coursework.
  4. Applicants must meet technical standards established by the respective programs with or without reasonable accomodations. 
  5. If an applicant is not accepted to a particular program the applicant must submit a new application for each application cycle to be considered for admission.
  6. Prior to the start of their first semester, accepted students are required to complete a pre-matriculation task list which includes a submitting proof of required immunizations and completing a drug screen and criminal background check via the approved university vendor. Failure to complete all pre-matiruclation tasks and forms may result in the applicant not being allowed to register for courses in the student’s respective program.
  7. Any applicant that is not an American citizen and does not have a United States permanent resident card, must meet the following admission criteria:
    1. Post-secondary level or college academic transcripts/records from foreign institutions must undergo a course-by-course, detailed evaluation by the preferred or required vendor set forth by the respective program’s centralized application service (CAS). Upon application, official transcript evaluations must be sent directly from the preferred or required vendor to the respective program’s CAS. If accepted, students must send official transcript evaluations directly from the preferred or required vendor to the Registrar’s Office.
       
    2. All applicants who are non-native speakers of English, regardless of previous language of instruction, are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum TOEFL score of 500 is required on the paper-based exam, 80 on the internet-based exam, or 213 on the computer-based exam. Upon application, official TOEFL scores must be electronically sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the respective program’s centralized application service (CAS). Accepted students must send official TOEFL scores directly from ETS to the Registrar’s Office at institution code 6431.
       
    3. Accepted students seeking an F1 student visa or who have entered the United States on an F1 student visa are required to submit a Financial Declaration Affidavit and Declaration by Financial Sponsor to the School of Allied Health Admissions Office 60 days prior to start date of their first semester. 

Method of Application

Application to the various programs of the School is made through a Liaison International Centralized Application Service (CAS). CAS is a cloud-based resource available to applicants via the Internet. Application materials, e.g. official transcript(s), must be sent directly to the respective program’s CAS. Some programs require supplemental items be sent directly to the school. 

Please refer to individual program’s websites for their respective application instructions-including admission criteria, deadlines, and associated fees-at http://www.lsuhscshreveport.edu/departments/AlliedHealth/index or contact the Admissions and Records Office (SAHP Room 3-342) at (318) 813-2908 or ShvAHStudentAffairs@lsuhsc.edu

Acceptance Deposit

Upon notification of acceptance, a $150.00 non-refundable commitment fee is required. This fee will be credited toward the first semester’s tuition.

Pre-matriculation Tasks

Upon acceptance to the program, incoming students are required to successfully complete a series of tasks prior to matriculating to LSU Health Shreveport. Unless otherwise indicated, the pre-matriculation tasks and pertaining forms are issued to all newly accepted students from the Registrar’s Office. Incoming students should be aware that some records (e.g. transcripts) sent to the Centralized Application Service (CAS) upon initial application must be sent again directly to the Office of the Registrar upon acceptance.

Each pre-matriculation task is explained in further detail below:
a. Drug Screen

LSU Health Shreveport requires all incoming students to complete a drug screen and authorize the release of test results as a condition of initial and continued admission to the University. Moreover, all students enrolled LSU Health Shreveport are subject to drug screening for reasonable suspicion or cause. The 10-panel screen (urine-based) includes: amphetamines, cocaine metabolites, marijuana metabolites, opiates, phencyclidine, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, methadone, propoxyphene, and methaqualone. Incoming students incur no cost for initial testing through the University vendor: Certiphi Screening. 

Incoming students complete the “Student Candidate Agreement and Authorization for Alcohol and Drug Test” form and return the form to the Registrar’s office. Once the consent form for the drug screening is submitted, students will receive an email notification from Certiphi Screening providing details on how to make an appointment for the drug screening. The test results are reported to the Registrar’s office. Should there be questions about the test results, the incoming student will be contacted by the Registrar’s office. A positive drug screen result without legal prescription may deem a student ineligible to enroll at LSU Health Shreveport and be cleared for admission.

Students have access to their drug screen results via their Certiphi Screening user portal. 

b. Federal Healthcare Eligibility

LSU Health Shreveport requires all incoming students to disclose prior ineligibility to participate in the federal healthcare programs. Incoming students are screened after the “Federal Healthcare Program Eligibility” form has been completed and submitted to the Registrar’s Office.  

c. Certification of Selective Service Compliance

Louisiana Law (Section 1,R.S. 17:3151 (A)) requires men to register with the selective service system, in accordance with the Military Selective Service Act, before enrollment at LSU Health Shreveport. Students should complete the “Certification of Selective Services Compliance” form and submit the registration compliance to the Registrar’s Office. This can be done by visiting https://www.sss.gov/Home/Verification .

d. Criminal Background Check

LSU Health Shreveport requires all incoming students to complete a criminal background check through the University vendor: Certiphi Screening. Incoming students assume responsibility for the cost of this service.  Incoming students are prompted to initiate their criminal background check via email. The results of the background check are available within 10 days. Should any questionable, illegal, or negative indicators appear on the check, the School of Allied Health Professions Director of Admissions and Records will confer with the Program Director and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs regarding the most appropriate course of action which may result in a student being ineligible to enroll at LSU Health Shreveport and be cleared for admission. Many considerations are weighed including the effect of state and national licensure. Criminal background re-checks are available upon request to the Director of Admissions and Records, and students assume responsibility for the cost of this service. 

Students have access to their criminal background reports via their Certiphi Screening user portal.

e. Immunizations

To ensure the health of students, faculty, and staff at LSU Health Shreveport and to meet requirements based on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and American College Health Association Immunization Guidelines, all incoming students are required to provide documentation of required immunizations prior to start of classes to the Registrar’s office through the University vendor: Certiphi Screening. Students incur no cost to use this portal for uploading their health information. All required health information must be submitted through the MyRecordtracker portal and is reviewed by the vendor’s medical review team.  Please note that this must be completed before a student is eligible to enroll at LSU Health Shreveport and be cleared for admission.

Students have access to their immunization record via their MyRecordtracker portal. 

Required Immunizations/Vaccinations:     

1. MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) 2 Shots MMR OR Titer: documentation of 2 MMR vaccines OR a positive antibody titer showing immunity (lab report is required). If negative titer is provided; students must repeat the 2 shot series. 

2. Varicella (Chickenpox) 2 Shots of Varicella OR Titer: documentation of 2 Varicella vaccines OR a positive antibody titer showing immunity (lab report is required). History of disease is accepted, but must be documented by a health care practitioner. If the titer provided is negative; students must repeat the 2 shot series. 

3. Hepatitis B 3 Shots AND Titer: documentation of 3 HEP B vaccines AND a positive antibody titer showing immunity (lab report is required). If the titer is negative; students must repeat the 3 shot series and provide a new titer. *For students repeating the HEP B series: Once the 1st shot is provided the requirement will be approved and the expiration date will be set for a month later when the second shot is due. Once the 2nd shot is provided the requirement will be completed and the expiration date will be set for 5 months later when the 3rd shot it due. Once the 3rd shot has been provided the requirement will be approved and the expiration date will be set for 1 month later when the final titer is due. Once the final titer is provided the requirement will be marked completed and an indefinite expiration date will be set. 

4. Meningococcal Vaccine (MCV): documentation of a Meningococcal vaccine. 

5. Tetanus-diphtheria-Acellular pertussis (TDAP): documentation of a TDAP vaccine administered within the last 10 years. If TDAP is older than 10 years, a previous TDAP and a current TD booster must be provided. 

6. Tuberculosis 2 Step PPD: documentation of a 2 STEP PPD, Quantiferon TB GOLD test, OR a T-spot. The Quantiferon TB GOLD Test is highly recommended and can be completed in one visit. If results are positive OR you have a history of a positive PPD test then you must provide a negative chest x-ray. Chest x-rays must be within the last 12 months, and the report must be provided. Upon renewal a 1 step PPD is required OR an annual TB questionnaire for students who have a history of positive PPD results and have already provided a clear chest x-ray. 

7. Influenza: documentation of a current flu vaccine. Students who wish to waive the flu vaccine can provide a declination form. 

f. Transcripts

Incoming students must send official transcript(s) from each college-level institution ever attended (including any high school dual enrollment) to the Registrar’s Office. This is in addition to any transcripts sent to their respective Centralized Application Service (CAS) upon initial application. Students currently enrolled in a college-level institution should request that the transcript be sent AFTER final grades and/or degree conferment and conferment date have been posted.

h. Student Health Insurance

LSU Health Shreveport has a registration requirement that all currently enrolled students must either enroll in the policy endorsed by the school or complete a waiver and provide proof of acceptable insurance coverage by the waiver deadline to the Registrar’s office.  Incoming students receive email notification from the Registrar’s office regarding procedures for complying with this requirement.  Since the student health insurance plan is compliant with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), students should have comparable coverage to the plan that is offered by the University (e.g., aggregate maximum benefit per covered person per policy year should be unlimited).  Thus, all waivers submitted must meet the PPACA guidelines in order to be acceptable. Coverage must be maintained throughout the duration of enrollment.  Non-compliance at any time during a student’s enrollment may result in suspension and/or dismissal. Please visit this website for more detailed information:  http://www.lsuhscshreveport.edu/Education/registraroffice/student-health-insurance .

Tuition & Fees Payment

Please note the following link regarding tuition and fee schedules along with information on payment of tuition and fees: http://www.lsuhscshreveport.edu/Education/registraroffice/tuition-and-fees

Students receive information concerning financial assistance from the Office of Financial Aid. Students are encouraged to visit http://www.lsuhscshreveport.edu/departments/AdministrativeDepartments/financialaid/index and review the Student Rights and Responsibilities, Application and Awarding Process, Fee Payment and Disbursement of Aid, Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress as well as other important topics outlined.

Important reminders from the Office of Financial Aid:

  • The LSU Health Shreveport Title IV school code (for FAFSA and Loan Application Use) is: 00806700 
  • Please contact the Student Financial Aid Office for information at 318-675-5561 or shvfinaid@lsuhsc.edu

Orientation

The School of Allied Health Professions holds a mandatory Orientation for all new students prior to the first semester of coursework. The event is facilitated by the SAHP Admissions and Records Office.  The primary focus is to ensure incoming students are warmly welcomed and supported during their transition to becoming a student on an academic health sciences center campus. Incoming students will learn about LSU Health Shreveport’s administration, important policies, and procedures as well as key student support services on campus. As part of the orientation process, incoming students will receive student identification cards, parking decals, and take their composite photos for the yearbook. 


Graduation

Requirements for Graduation

The student must have fulfilled all requirements of each course, and have maintained at least the minimum scholastic requirements established by the program.

The student must be registered in the semester of anticipated graduation and pay the appropriate diploma fee.

The student must have met all financial obligations to the University at least ten days prior to graduation.

The student must attend commencement ceremonies, unless excused, in writing, by the Dean.

Degrees with Honors

Baccalaureate degrees are awarded summa cum laude to students whose quality point average falls within the range of 3.960 to 4.000, magna cum laude to students whose quality point average falls within the range of 3.860 to 3.959, and cum laude to students whose quality point average falls within the range 3.760 to 3.859. Scholastic honors are based on the overall quality point average for all course work attempted in pursuing the degree.

Commencement Ceremony

LSU Health Shreveport holds its commencement ceremonies in August and May. Students graduating in December will receive their diploma; however, there is not an official ceremony. Instead, these graduates may choose to participate in the spring commencement in May. Graduating students and faculty marshals march in cap and gowns (hoods are required for doctoral-level gradates). Professional photographs are taken of each student receiving a diploma. Purchasing arrangements are negotiated between the students and the photographer following the event. Students may order graduation invitations from the LSUHSC Bookstore two months prior to graduation. Instructions are mailed to graduating candidates regarding cap and gown orders, invitation orders, and general instructions surrounding the commencement ceremony in the months prior to the ceremony.