The primary aim of the JFK Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Schools is to provide a quality educational experience. The learning atmosphere at our school is built on the vision and mission of the Hackensack Meridian Health system. Our distinctive programs are rich in expert nursing and medical imaging resources.
Our faculty is part of a community of scholars and clinicians who refine the curricula annually to reflect changes in practice, advancing technology and input from our students’ experiences. Within the framework of this commitment, the Schools grant certain rights to, and require certain responsibilities from, each student in the educational community so that every student may pursue his/her educational goals in a supportive environment.
The Office of Registration and Enrollment is available to all enrolled students wishing academic counseling. The Registration Office works with students in matters related to planning for courses (at the request of the student), covering new students with admission requirements and with students on probation/continued probation. Students should go online to https://www.ucc.edu/techsupport/selfservice/ and use the Student Planning feature to track their progress. In matters relating to work in specific courses, students are encouraged to see the course Professor.
The SON/SMI offers support in critical thinking, learning strategies and test-taking skills. Individual or group sessions are posted on a list outside the Skills/Simulation Laboratory. JFK Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder School students may also use the tutorial services at Union College’s Academic Learning Centers.
Address or Name Change
When an applicant’s or student’s home address, telephone number, email address and/or name is changed during the application process or enrollment at the Schools (even as an extended student or student on a Leave-of-Absence), he/ she must provide written notification to the Schools’ Student Billing Office as soon as the change is effective. Legal documentation must be provided. Names on correspondence, transcripts and diplomas will be the same as the name with which the student enrolled, unless legal documentation of name change is provided.
Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification
All students enrolled in courses with a clinical component must have a current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification prior to their first clinical day.
BLS courses are available at Hackensack Meridian JFK University Medical Center. You may schedule your course by visiting www.jfkmc.enrollware.com. If you have any questions, the EMS Training Center may be reached by phone at (732)379-2794 or email at: EMSTraining@hmhn.org.
The course title is “BLS Provider CPR”. It’s a 4 ½ hour course and the cost is $65.00. You may take the course at another facility, but it must be a “Health Care Provider CPR (BLS)”, or “Professional Rescuer” course sponsored by the American Heart Association “AHA”.
The Catalog and Student Handbook
The regulations and procedures set forth in the Catalog and the Student Handbook (Nursing Student Handbook and Medical Imaging Student Handbook) constitute the student rights and responsibilities. It is the responsibility of each student to be acquainted with the regulations and procedures. The Student Handbook is reviewed and revised annually and is distributed to new students at the opening of each academic semester. It is the responsibility of each student to know and to follow the regulations and procedures. Failure to note the regulations will not excuse noncompliance. The Schools reserve the right to change any provisions, requirements, charges, programs, offerings or services without notice or obligation. The faculty reserves the right to make decisions in situations of unusual complexity. Announcements published in the Catalog and the Student Handbook may not be regarded in the nature of binding obligations on the Schools. The information contained in this catalog officially supersedes information found in catalogs published in previous years. All policies and procedures, and rights and responsibilities found herein are in effect for all students enrolled in any status in the Hackensack Meridian Health JFK University Medical Center Muhlenberg Snyder Schools/Union College Cooperative programs or who seek entry or reentry into the Program.
There is an Interfaith Chaplaincy Service which may be utilized by all students at any time. If you have need for pastoral services or counseling, please refer to the Interfaith Chaplaincy Service list by calling the main number for Hackensack Meridian Health JFK University Medical Center. The telephone number is 732-321-7000, extension 67512.
Criminal Background Report
Once a candidate is accepted into the Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Muhlenberg Snyder Schools and the candidate confirms their attendance to the School, they will require an annual Criminal Background Check.
The State of New Jersey Professional Responsibility and Reporting Enhancement Act (N.J.S.A. 18A:6-7.1 et. seq.) requires all health care professionals to have a criminal history record background check. Therefore, in order to complete your educational program at Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Muhlenberg Snyder Schools, the performance of a completed criminal background check is required prior to a student's first clinical course, and annually thereafter, and/or before moving into the School Residence.
The Schools engage the services of a consumer-reporting agency (TABB Inc.) to conduct this background check. Students must order the background check and results deemed favorable by Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Muhlenberg Snyder Schools and/or clinical facilities are conditions for continued enrollment.
Please note the fee for the criminal background check will be paid directly to TABB Inc. The fee will cover charges for annual background checks.
If you have any questions, please contact:
- Janet Cillo – Tabb Representative
- Kate Fredericks – Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Muhlenberg Snyder Schools
Students may purchase food or snacks from vending machines located in the Schools and in JFK University Medical Center’s cafeteria. Union College operates a student cafeteria and snack bar.
All clinical students and dorm residents are required to show evidence of personal health insurance. Failure to provide this evidence may affect continued enrollment in the JFK Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Schools.
It is the policy of the JFK Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Schools to comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Older Americans Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991. These laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability in all educational programs and activities as long as the disabled person does not present a safety hazard to himself/herself or clients. Hackensack Meridian Health JFK University Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The School does not discriminate in the recruitment, admission or treatment of students. Students with documented disabilities may request modifications, accommodations, or auxiliary aids which will enable them to participate in and benefit from all activities for the program they are enrolled. Students must be able to meet the minimum requirements listed on the Consumer Information Sheet for the program they wish to pursue. It is the responsibility of the student to self-identify to make his/her need known. Individuals with concerns regarding accommodations should contact the Dean. March 2007, Updated 2010, 2018 Reviewed 6/25/12, Reviewed 06/10/18 Students with Disabilities (ADA). Policy: JFK Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing and Medical Imaging is committed to a total educational experience and mainstreams students with disabilities into the regular program and activities. It is the student’s responsibility to self disclose and to provide appropriate documentation of special disability needs to the Associate Dean. At the point of acceptance into the program, the Disability Support services application must be submitted to the Office of the Dean. Students with disabilities must supply documentation that is current and less than 3 years old. See Standard Documentation Requirements.
The orientation program of the Hackensack Meridian Health JFK University Medical Center Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Schools creates a relaxed atmosphere in which each student begins to meet fellow students, has questions answered, attends presentations, and learns more about the Schools, Hackensack Meridian Health, and Union College. Orientation is required for all entering students.
At the beginning of the academic year, each student is provided information about personal counseling services available at Union College.
Student Government Association
All students belong to the Student Government Association, which governs certain student activities. It meets on a regular basis during the academic year to conduct business and sponsor a variety of activities including social events, fund raising projects, group discussions, and community service activities. Association members participate in the state and national student professional organizations. Representatives of the Association have the opportunity to participate in the state and national conventions of these organizations. Also, representatives of the Student Government Association serve on Faculty Organization, Student Services and Curriculum Committees and bring student concerns to these groups.
The school of Nursing does not have a physical bookstore. Lead Teachers will distribute a textbook list each semester with a list of required and recommended textbooks. Students are required to purchase the correct edition of all required textbooks. Textbooks are to be purchased at the book distributor of the students choice. The Union College Library carries all required course textbooks.
Transportation and Parking
Each student is responsible for providing his/her own transportation to and from Union College, agencies used for clinical experiences, and other places of learning or recreation. Each student assumes full responsibility for any risk, loss, injury and/ or damages incurred relative to the use of any means of transportation and the parking of bikes and motor vehicles. Day students with cars must park their vehicles in the spacious, well-lighted parking lot immediately across the street from the main entrance of the JFK Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Schools. Evening and resident students may use the parking lot in front of the Schools, but may not use the parking spaces immediately adjacent to the school. Parking is also provided at Union College. Every student attending Union College must purchase the Union College parking decal at the Union College Student Accounts Office. Each student owning or operating a motor vehicle at JFK Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder School of Nursing must register it through the Student Accounts Office. If a new vehicle is purchased, a new registration is required.
Union College Activities
All JFK Muhlenberg Harold B. & Dorothy B. Snyder Schools students hold full status as Union College students and are encouraged to participate in student activities at the college. Recently, JFK Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Schools’ students have been active members of the college’s athletic team, student government, radio station, various student clubs and the Union College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for students attending community colleges. Union College also provides English-as-a-Second-Language counseling and courses to develop proficiency in the English language. In addition, EOF counseling and provisions are available at Union College. Free movies are regularly shown at Union College on the Cranford campus. Plays, concerts and sports events are regularly sponsored by Union College at much reduced rates. All JFK Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Schools students are eligible to take part in these events, and encouraged to do so as they pay general fees which contribute to student activities. Students must show their validated Union College identification card to participate.