Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Certificate Guide

It is the policy of Bellin College to be nondiscriminatory because of race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability in the admission of students, in student programs and in the employment of College faculty and staff.

Bellin College evaluates applicants on a combination of educational, personal, and health qualifications for admission. Bellin College reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission if an admitted student engages in behavior that brings into question his or her honesty, maturity, or moral character.

Students currently enrolled are held to meet the qualifications and requirements of The Bellin College Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Guide Handbook & Catalog on which they entered. If a student exits the College and then re-enters, the student will be bound by the qualifications of The Bellin College Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Guide Handbook & Catalog in effect at time of re-entry. For more information visit https://www.bellincollege.edu/admissions/

All students must report to class, lab and clinical free of impairment from the use of alcohol and/or drugs, and are thereby judged as fit for class, lab and clinical. The following procedural steps will be followed when there is reasonable suspicion of impairment.

  • If any member of the College community suspects a student may be unfit for class, lab, and clinical, the student should report observations to the person supervising the student. That person must document the observed behaviors prior to leaving class, lab, and clinical that day.
  • Any student suspected of not being fit for duty, based on personal observation of appearance, behavior, speech, or breath odor will be asked to undergo a drug and alcohol test by a faculty member or appropriate College administrator at the time of the observed behavior.
  • The student will be removed from class, lab or clinical with assistance of the faculty member and/or the administrator. Students will not be allowed to leave unescorted.
  • A voluntary signature will be obtained on a consent and release form prior to any specimen collection. Refusal to sign the consent to release information form and/or undergo a drug and alcohol test, when there is reasonable cause for testing, will result in presumed positive test results and an immediate suspension from class or clinical pending further disciplinary action. (Further disciplinary action may include dismissal from the College, independent and regardless of the results of any subsequent drug and alcohol test).
  • Any student involved in a reasonable cause circumstance, whether tested or not, will be transported home by a faculty or administrator. This is to prevent the student from operating their vehicle when possibly under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. If necessary, law enforcement will intervene.
  • Any faculty member or other person who has reasonable cause to suspect that a student is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol will submit a written statement of all observations made.
  • When a student’s drug/alcohol screening is positive and a student assistance program referral is made, the student’s return to school will be based on the following:
    • Evidence of ongoing compliance with the recommended treatment plan as outlined by the student assistance program.
    • A signed return-to-school contract, as coordinated by the Dean of Students & Allied Health Sciences, which may include additional drug and/or alcohol testing prior to returning to class or clinical, as well as additional drug and/or alcohol tests without notice at any time within 24 months from the date.
    • Successful completion of the student assistance program.

Please note: Positive test results for any of the above drug and/or alcohol testing will render the student subject to discipline, up to and including dismissal from Bellin College.

The confidentiality and privacy rights of Bellin College students will be protected. Test results and/or the identities of any student participating in a rehabilitation program will not be revealed to anyone outside this policy without the express written consent of the student.

The DCS program is a certificate program and therefore non-eligible for financial aid.