Arkansas Hospital Association Health & Science

Passport to Clinical Rotations and the Passport Program

You’re a college student in the health sciences, and it’s time to begin your clinical rotations. Some of your classmates will go to two different hospitals; you’re assigned to three. And then, you find out that orientation for each hospital requires different coursework. That’s quite a challenge. Or, it used to be…

Enter the Passport Program. A common orientation program developed by in coordination with Arkansas hospitals and colleges that provide nurses training, the program consolidates all orientation curricula into one package. Health sciences students can now access one online curriculum that meets the compliance imperatives of all participating hospitals.

Each hospital can also offer supplemental material to meet its individual needs – including content specific to the facility where the student reports. This might include dress code, parking, hospital rules and regulations and other information each student must know in order to begin clinical work at that location.

Paid for by the student, the Passport Common Orientation Program has a once-annual $10 fee in Arkansas. The fee may be paid outright, through a fee awards program or be added to the student’s loan amount. That $10 fee covers all costs for the program, and for that price, the student is able to take any courses needed for the entire year.

The Passport Program was first offered by careLearning in 2009 in Rhode Island. South Carolina added the program in 2012, and St. Louis came on board in 2016.

Arkansas’s program just launched with fall classes that began in August, but the Natural State has the largest group of participating hospitals and colleges to date.

“This is really beneficial for all concerned – the hospitals, the colleges and the students,” says Laura Register, careLearning’s Executive Director. “More than 75 colleges, hospitals and other providers are already participating.”

Students say they like the consolidated nature of the compliance orientation, and they appreciate being able to complete orientation coursework for all of their hospital rotations in one online package. Colleges report a reduction in paperwork and resource coordination hassles.

Last fall, health care organizations and colleges from across the state came together to determine the common curriculum. Topics cover coursework needed to satisfy CMS, OSHA, The Joint Commission and other common regulatory body requirements.

Through its affiliation with the Arkansas Hospital Association and AHA Services, Inc., was selected as the online training vendor for this consolidated orientation program. Students take their orientation coursework as part of the required curriculum at their respective schools and present transcripts as they report to the hospitals where their clinical rotations will be performed.

Among the consolidated orientation topics available are: Disaster Preparedness, Bloodborne Pathogens, Abuse and Neglect, Fire and Electrical Safety, Hand Hygiene, Customer Service, Cultural Competence in the Workplace, Sexual Harassment, Tuberculosis Prevention, Hazard Communication, Workplace Diversity and Workplace Violence.

Outcomes in other careLearning states have shown that, compared to previous methods, the consolidated orientation program has furthered student knowledge and skill. Both students and health care organizations save considerable time during the general orientation process, allowing health care organizations to place students into their rotations more expeditiously. Since the online content is always consistent, up-to-date and convenient, everyone can be confident that orientation requirements have been met.

To learn more about the Common Orientation for Clinical Rotation Programs (Passport), contact Laura Register, Executive Director, careLearning, 866.617.3904,

The above article is from AHA, a custom publication of Vowell, Inc., which also produces Arkansas Money & Politics.

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