Drug Screening

Drug and Alcohol Screening

Please contact Clinical Affairs Specialist at 956-872-3022 or email at ccamacho@southtexascollege.edu for a list of the participating sites.

Drug/Alcohol Screening Requirements (on “For Cause” basis)

A clinical affiliate reserves the right to remove a student from the facility for suspicion of substance use or abuse (including alcohol). The clinical affiliate will immediately notify the instructor/college to facilitate immediate removal of the student.  In all instances, the clinical affiliate will provide written documentation of the student’s behavior(s) to the college.  The student will be asked to consent to a “for cause” drug test at a vendor site identified by the college.  Given the issue of safety and impairment, all reasonable attempts shall be made to contact someone to provide transportation to assist the student in safe exit from the clinical site. Testing must be completed on the same clinical day as the suspected drug or alcohol use/abuse was identified.  In all instances of “for cause” testing, written documentation of the student’s behavior(s) by a faculty member, will be provided, and a referral made to the Director of Student Life for action in accordance with the college student code of conduct guidelines. Failure to comply will result in the student’s immediate expulsion from the program.

Type of Test

The 10 panel Drug Screen.  This analysis is done at the vendor’s location with a secure restroom and complete supervision so no tampering of urine sample possible. 

Method of Urinalysis
An unobserved collection of urine should be collected at a facility that follows Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) guidelines.

Results

Vendor will submit results to college according to established procedure. If student has a positive (non-negative) rapid screen, they may request a lab analyzed drug screen.  If the lab analyzed screen is positive, the student may request to have the results reviewed by a certified Medical Review Officer prior to sending final results to the college.  The student is responsible for any costs related to this review or additional testing. An individual with a positive drug screen may be denied enrollment and participation in clinical or practicum rotation for a minimum of 12 months. After 12 months, the student is eligible to reapply one time to the program and will again be subject to prescreening requirements.

Allocation of Cost

Each student must individually bear the cost of these requirements.