Students are expected to present themselves in a professional manner at all times by demonstrating integrity, respect, and compassion. While participating in the practicum portion of the program, students should realize that their behavior may positively and/or negatively affect the reputation of Berkeley College. Students are expected to be thoughtful and professional when interacting with faculty, patients and their families, nurses, attending physicians, preceptors, affiliated institutional staff, other students, other members of the healthcare team, and the general public.
Professional demeanor is also required while students are in virtual sites, such as online social networking sites. Students are required to comply with the Berkeley College Social Media Policy, which governs the use of College and personal social media sites with respect to matters related to the College.
Under no circumstances are students permitted to engage in personal phone conversations or text messaging while participating in the practicum portion of their program. Students are preparing for membership in a profession that serves the public – a public that expects a high standard of professionalism.
If, while enrolled in the practicum course, a student's level of professionalism and/or performance presents a potential harm to the welfare of clients, the faculty will determine, based on written and/or oral documentation, whether or not the student will be permitted to continue in the course. If a student’s performance presents an immediate potential harm to either the student or his/her clients, the program faculty and/or preceptors have the responsibility to remove the student immediately from the practicum.