From President Joseph P. D. Stiefel

While we as a nation and an academic community continue to adjust to the challenges of these uncertain and unprecedented times, we understand and respect the need for accurate information, delivered in a timely manner.

The format of our COVID-19 information page is centralized, succinct, and will be updated as often as possible. We hope you will find this structure to be helpful, as well as thorough and informative.

For more than 100 years, National University has remained steadfast in our commitment to broad-scope, integrative medicine, and our focus on training students to not just stay at the forefront of today's health care landscape, but be well prepared to meet the demands of the future. 

Your continued support of National University and each other is important at all times, but paramount during this time. Thank you for your cooperation as we continue to work together to keep all healthy and safe. 


Latest Updates

Oct 22, 2020

DuPage and surrounding counties will be undergoing increased public health restrictions and mitigations as outlined by the Illinois governor.  While the majority of the mandated changes relate to bars and restaurants, the university will be implementing a few changes that will mainly focus on the Illinois campus. The changes are as follows:

  • The few courses in Illinois that meet on campus for in-person lectures will be moved on-line for the two-week period corresponding with heightened measures in DuPage county.  Your instructor will contact you regarding this change.
  • Laboratories and laboratory courses and schedules, on both campuses, will remain the same and in-person. 
  • Clinics will remain open as they are now.
  • The fitness center on the Illinois campus will be closed for the two-week period corresponding with public health restrictions in DuPage county.  Re-opening the fitness center will be reconsidered at that time.

As we continue to follow CDC, state and local guidance, and in light of the recent DuPage County executive order, we are asking that employees continue remote working, when possible.  We understand that many are ready to return to campus and support the NUHS community through face to face interaction, but we ask that you remain vigilant as we continue to navigate the ongoing challenges. Your supervisor will contact you to discuss departmental needs, while maintaining a safe work environment.

At this time, we simply do not have complete or appropriate data to make any decisions regarding the Spring 2021 semester.  Our ability to shed light on the upcoming semester will be determined over the next several weeks as the situation is incredibly fluid. We hope to provide further information by the end of week 13.

Given the current global situation, we are in the best situation possible as the university balances the need for the health and safety of our community and the ability to provide the access to your continued education.  This can only continue as each member of the university continues to be diligent about your own personal health and safety both on and off campus. Failure to do so will result in a drastic change to what the university will be able to accomplish with regard to course completion and graduation.  Please continue to keep each other well.

 

 

Past Updates

Aug 7, 2020

COVID -19 UPDATE

National University of Health Sciences is very much looking forward to the upcoming trimester which may look different than any other in our 114-year history. We have worked hard to ensure its success and continue to provide outstanding opportunities for our students to achieve their academic goals.

This Fall we will continue to limit the number of students, faculty and staff on campus to the greatest and most reasonable extent possible.  Since the beginning of the pandemic the university, at all levels, has been working to adjust the delivery and sequence of the various programs to ensure continued progress in their academic programs.  This has been a very extensive and complicated process.  We will continue to assess and modify our programs such that the required competencies remain intact.

Generally speaking, the Fall trimester will look very much like what the university has put in place during the current Summer Semester.  The majority of our lecture courses will remain at a distance, while a modified laboratory schedule will now persist for the entire fifteen-week semester.  The Bachelor's degree program will remain on-line.  Clinical education will continue as it is now. This will give both students and faculty the most flexibility should a member of the NUHS community contract or become exposed to the novel coronavirus. Due to the nuances of each program and requirements of each program's accrediting body, further information regarding the format of individual courses and specific schedules will be communicated by email within the upcoming week.

In order for the university community to continue successfully navigating these challenging times, we must remain diligent and act responsibly.  Social distancing and the donning of correctly worn face masks will continue to be mandated while inside buildings, including classrooms and laboratories.  If physical distancing is difficult to maintain in outdoor settings, masks will also be required.  Additionally, all employees and students will continue to complete the virtual self-certification screening prior to coming to campus.  The established enhanced cleaning protocols will remain in place.  NUHS continues to recognize and utilize CDC protocols. In the event that an exposure happens on campus or to a member of the NUHS community, the university will respond with established protocols including cooperation with local health authorities. 

Persistence, tenacity and resourcefulness have always identified National University as a leader.  We will continue to meet the upcoming challenges in the same way. Please continue to keep each other well.


 

July 31, 2020

COVID -19 UPDATE

The university continues to plan for the upcoming trimester. Our goal is to provide a plan that is effective for achieving campus community safety and affording for the opportunity of our students to continue their education. We are also aware that many of our students will have continued complications to their normal routines based on the changing conditions of the COVID-19 situation. These might include childcare solutions, household work schedules, and school schedules for children. To that end, we hope to provide a schedule solution for our students which is as insulated from change as is possible in these times.

We have been collecting information on the current procedures and processes to help inform the decisions that will impact the Fall Trimester. This data also includes adherence to protocols from students while they are on campus. Additionally, as was mentioned in a previous update, the university is still waiting on authorization and direction from outside agencies regarding possible approaches to the fall.

We hope to share the plan for the upcoming trimester next Friday, August 7th. This should help our student body plan and present a schedule that will be sustainable through the fall. However, final plans are contingent upon State and county officials, accreditation and licensing bodies, and other key agencies as well as adherence to NUHS safety protocols.

NUHS continues to thrive because of the hard work, dedication and flexibility of our faculty, students, and staff in these unprecedented times.

Keep up the good work.

 

July 24, 2020

COVID -19 UPDATE

As we are well underway with the face-to-face laboratory portion of the trimester, congratulations are in order for the university community. NUHS continues to meet the challenges and uncertainty in these extraordinary times, all thanks to student, staff, and faculty innovation. As always, safety is of the upmost concern and we appreciate the adherence to the protocols that are in place on each campus. Each of us understands that many of these processes are new, and will evolve accordingly. We will of course continue with the prescribed and mandated protocols for the foreseeable future and modify them as necessary or when improvements have been identified.

Every member of the NUHS community is aware of the fluid, changing nature of the COVID-19 situation. As we look to finalize the direction for the Fall Trimester, we also have to receive approval and guidance from agencies outside of the university. To date, we have not received that level of information. What we hope to achieve this fall is a hybrid level of instruction that allows for a similar level of on campus interaction as we are currently experiencing. This would include reliance on both face-to-face, small group laboratory instruction as well as education at a distance. We anticipate receiving that information in the next couple of weeks.

Please continue to keep each other well.

 

June 26, 2020

COVID -19 UPDATE

The university is closely monitoring changes in the COVID-19 situation in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. We are also evaluating the impacts of the change from Phase 3 to Phase 4 in Illinois and the guidelines that were released earlier this week. As we determine what changes should or may be made, we will further update the university community.

May 29, 2020

COVID -19 UPDATE

As we move into a new phase in Illinois, there are a few updates that we wanted to relate. The campus fitness center and the playground will remain closed until further notice per Illinois guidelines. Other outdoor areas on the Illinois campus will be limited to gatherings of ten people or less with appropriate social distancing and personal preparedness measures in place as is consistent with the governor's reopening plan.

At this time, we are assessing the possibilities of both the white coat and graduation ceremonies for this semester. Holding these ceremonies relies heavily on state and municipal mandates. We will send out information regarding these two ceremonies in a forthcoming update.

Students and employees are still not permitted on the Florida campus.

The university remains on track for the current semester schedule and format for program delivery. Employees will receive guidance regarding their individual department needs/schedule for the return to campus in July and the support of our students.

The university community is working on several contingencies for the Fall semester schedule and format for program delivery. Currently, we anticipate an in-person format for the Fall semester. However, the university will be monitoring state and local municipality guidelines/best practices to inform our decision. We will update our stakeholders as those decisions are made.

May 8, 2020

COVID -19 UPDATE

The first priority of NUHS is to provide the opportunity for students to continue to progress competently in your program without delay. In general, all programs, which includes lecture and lab content, will be online (Weeks 1 - 9). On the Academic tab below, you will find a more detailed description of individual programs as schedule details will vary. The deans, assistant deans, chairs and faculty will hold regular student meetings through phone, email or video conferencing for students to ask questions or voice concerns. The Students Services office is also available for your questions.

The current guidelines put forth by the governors of Illinois and Florida are expected to be phasing back to some sense of normalcy. As the mandates phase out, it is the NUHS commitment to keep all students, faculty and staff safe. Social distancing will be incorporated into the academic plans when returning to face-to-face learning and interactions. The use of face coverings will initially be mandated for all students when returning to campus for any face-to-face interactions. For all laboratories and the clinic, the use of gloves, hand sanitizer and dis-infective wipes will be utilized. Students will be required to provide their own face coverings. Anyone found to have an illness will be required to stay home.

Students will return to campus for the face-to-face laboratories and clinic experiences in the week noted below for each program in bolded text. The schedule outlined provides the opportunity for students to meet necessary competencies through an altered sequence and varied learning format. Therefore, students will be ready for boards, clinic, licensure and practice thereafter. The general schedule listed below serves as an outline for the summer term. Specific details regarding your program will be provided by the appropriate dean and your course syllabi.

Please refer to the Academic Program tab below to access the General Schedule for the summer term.

 

April 24, 2020

COVID -19 UPDATE

As the rest of the world continues to work on getting back to normal, we too are keeping a watchful eye on how the events are unfolding. At this time, we see no necessary changes to the on-line format for the end of this term or the beginning of the summer trimester. As many of you are aware, the discussions continue as to which restrictions will remain in place as local, state, and federal governments look to ease social mandates. NUHS will take into account best practices and requirements while developing a plan for when we return to an in-person format for the academic programs. We continue to work with our accrediting agencies to determine near term and future planning with regard to face-to-face laboratory and clinical education.

We feel confident that the best plan for our incoming and current students' academic progress is to stay with an on-line format for the first three weeks of the summer trimester. Regardless of what is determined for our eventual transition back to normal, we will provide students, faculty, and staff adequate time to facilitate their return to campus. That is to say, the format for week four and beyond of the summer trimester will be communicated no later than Friday, May 8. We will continually be assessing the plan and updating the university community always keeping in mind the need to provide information as quickly and accurately as possible.

As a reminder, if students have not yet registered for classes, they should please do so. While NUHS has waived the late fee to accommodate the current situation, prompt registration will be important to ensure timely disbursement of federal financial aid. As we will be in an on-line format at the beginning of the summer trimester, federal financial aid checks will be mailed. Students sheltering in place elsewhere from their residences on file, should reach out to the Office of the Registrar to update their contact information.

Illinois graduates who would like to pick up their diploma please make arrangements with Student Services. For all other graduates, the diplomas will be mailed to the address currently on file. Please make sure that the university has the correct information as to where to send the diploma.

Congratulations to the Spring 2020 graduates! For all other students, good luck on finals and enjoy the term break!

Esse Quam Videri

 

April 17, 2020

COVID -19 UPDATE

As the rest of the world continues to work on getting back to normal, we too are keeping a watchful eye on how the events are unfolding. At this time, we see no necessary changes to the on-line format for the end of this term or the beginning of the summer trimester. As many of you are aware, the discussions continue as to which restrictions will remain in place as local, state, and federal governments look to ease social mandates. NUHS will take into account best practices and requirements while developing a plan for when we return to an in-person format for the academic programs. We continue to work with our accrediting agencies to determine near term and future planning with regard to face-to-face laboratory and clinical education.

We feel confident that the best plan for our incoming and current students' academic progress is to stay with an on-line format for the first three weeks of the summer trimester. Regardless of what is determined for our eventual transition back to normal, we will provide students, faculty, and staff adequate time to facilitate their return to campus. That is to say, the format for week four and beyond of the summer trimester will be communicated no later than Friday, May 8. We will continually be assessing the plan and updating the university community always keeping in mind the need to provide information as quickly and accurately as possible.

As a reminder, if students have not yet registered for classes, they should please do so. While NUHS has waived the late fee to accommodate the current situation, prompt registration will be important to ensure timely disbursement of federal financial aid. As we will be in an on-line format at the beginning of the summer trimester, federal financial aid checks will be mailed. Students sheltering in place elsewhere from their residences on file, should reach out to the Office of the Registrar to update their contact information.

Illinois graduates who would like to pick up their diploma please make arrangements with Student Services. For all other graduates, the diplomas will be mailed to the address currently on file. Please make sure that the university has the correct information as to where to send the diploma.

Congratulations to the Spring 2020 graduates! For all other students, good luck on finals and enjoy the term break!

Esse Quam Videri

 

April 10, 2020

COVID -19 UPDATE

We continue to monitor events as they unfold regarding the COVID-19 situation. The academic schedules for the remainder of this trimester and the summer trimester, shared in the March 27 update, remain unchanged. Our primary focus continues to be the health and safety of the NUHS community and ensuring the academic progress of our student body.

We are pleased that so many students and faculty have taken advantage of the options made available to create flexibility and provide support during finals and the completion of the term. We recognize that individual circumstances may continue to change, so students should reach out to their instructors if they need additional assistance. For those students with no other personal technology options who have already requested a Chromebook, they should be arriving shortly.

Registration is open and we encourage students to register for classes as soon as possible. While NUHS has waived the late fee to accommodate the current situation, prompt registration will be important to ensure timely disbursement of federal financial aid. As we will be in an on-line format at the beginning of the summer trimester, federal financial aid checks will be mailed. Students sheltering in place elsewhere from their residences on file, should reach out to the Office of the Registrar to update their contact information.

To stay current and updated on the COVID-19 situation, please take advantage of the following resources:

Florida Campus

https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/96dd742462124fa0b38ddedb9b25e429

Illinois Campus

https://www.dupagehealth.org/610/DuPage-County-COVID-19-Dashboard

Center for Disease Control (CDC) - Situation Summary

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html

 

Good luck with final exams!

 

April 3, 2020

COVID -19 UPDATE

Our university community continues to respond to the COVID-19 situation in outstanding ways. Our students and employees have shown amazing support for one another in this unprecedented time. During this time of social distancing, the importance of staying connected cannot be emphasized enough. Please continue to help and take care of each other.

We are all experiencing changes to our communities, our personal lives, and the increased challenges of just getting around today. We understand how all of this is further compounded by the additional stress of the end of the term. We hear you. We have worked to provide the best solutions for as many of our students, faculty and staff as possible. We know these are not perfect solutions, nor permanent solutions, and do not perfectly fit every individual situation or circumstance. As a result, faculty and staff are continuing to develop additional options for students and we are finalizing solutions which will address academic needs. We have also been working with individual faculty and students regarding technical issues that we have been made aware of.

On Monday, we expect to be able to share additional options and support information. We have heard from many of you that the solutions implemented thus far are working as well as from those who have requested additional information or assistance. In the meantime, if you are having issues with individual quizzes or assignments, please make your instructors aware. Again, we understand that your individual needs may require individual solutions.

Please continue to monitor your email as more specific information regarding your program will be forthcoming.

We appreciate your continued support of National University and each other. We continue to work toward solutions that balance the current challenges we all face and keeping our students on track in completing their academic goals without delay.

ESSE QUAM VIDERI

 

March 27, 2020

COVID - 19 Update

We are providing this continued communication to update the university community regarding the current coronavirus situation. As of this time, the university, which includes our on-campus housing, has no confirmed cases of COVID-19. We appreciate the university community's adherence to social distancing practices and shelter-in-place and safe-at-home mandates.

Academic Schedule

As information has unfolded and been made available to the university, we have tried to stay as close to the normal academic schedule as possible. This has been done to provide the best possible academic experience that can be offered. This has also allowed us to make necessary changes to meet the accommodations of our current community situation.

Current trimester:

• Weeks 12 - 13 remain unchanged in their on-line format.

• Weeks 14 and 15 (Final Exams) will be moved to an on-line format. As usual and customary, a final exam schedule will be posted on the student portal and shared via email.

• Clinic intern rotations will remain in an on-line format through week 17. Interns who were expecting to graduate on April 24th, will graduate without a commencement ceremony as long as all requirements have been completed.

 

Summer Trimester

For the first three weeks of the summer trimester, we will continue with our on-line learning format. We are mindful of the need to update the campus community as quickly as possible regarding changes in academic delivery. Based on current information, the decision was made to afford faculty and staff time to prepare. Again, our goal is to maintain as normal an academic experience as possible. We will continue to assess the opportunity to return to a face-to-face learning format as we gain information on the COVID-19 situation. We are reluctant at this time to speculate beyond the first few weeks of the summer term.

 

Graduation

In lieu of travel bans, social distancing and mandates regarding congregating, earned diplomas will be mailed. Students should provide the Department of Student Services with the appropriate information. As commencement is the culmination of your academic journey and held in the highest of regard by the university, we understand your disappointment. We apologize for this unfortunate circumstance but we must consider not only the current mandates but the resources required to carry out the actual ceremony or other alternative formats that have been suggested. Graduates are welcome to participate in a future commencement ceremony.

 

Employee Update

We ask that all staff and faculty please continue to coordinate schedules with their supervisors. We appreciate the flexibility of our university employees as we work through the current situation and remain productive.

 

March 20, 2020

COVID - 19 Update

University Community,

We are providing this continued communication to update the university community regarding the current coronavirus situation. As of this time, the university has no confirmed cases of COVID-19.

We are incredibly proud of the way the university community has come together in this unprecedented time. Our faculty and staff have been steadfast in addressing and solving the many challenges put before us.

 

Academic Schedule

Next week begins the on-line phase of our academic plan. The on-line portion of the plan, as you know, continues through week 13 of the trimester. With that said, this afternoon, we expect to hear from the Illinois governor regarding a possible change in guidance for the state. This may in fact outline stricter guidelines for the residents of Illinois.

At this time, we do not anticipate that such a change would disrupt our on-line academic plan for either campus. Should the governor's address necessitate changes to the current plan, those changes will be communicated as quickly as possible. We cannot stress enough that we continue to reassess and reevaluate the university's plan for the remaining portion of the trimester.

 

Employee Update

At this time, we are not certain as to the impact of the governor's address on next week's altered employee schedule. Your supervisor will reach out to you today regarding the necessary changes.

 

March 18, 2020

COVID - 19 Update

We are providing this continued communication to update the university community regarding the current coronavirus situation. As of this time, the university has no confirmed cases of COVID-19.

 

Clinic Update

Effective Thursday, March 19, all NUHS clinics on the Florida and Illinois campuses will be closed. This includes Lombard, Aurora, Pinellas Park, HEC, and Salvation Army clinics. All clinical internships including outside preceptorships and hospital clerkships will be paused until Monday, April 6. We have been in communication with programmatic accreditors regarding state and federal mandates/guidelines and at this time, there is no indication that these changes will affect students' ability to graduate on schedule.

Information is being shared with clinicians regarding student requirements during the temporary clinical shutdown. Interns who have been out on clinical internships will return to the purview of their original NUHS clinician. Interns and clinicians will be participating in on-line educational experiences. Please understand that this plan outlines the next two weeks, however, the fluid nature of this situation may mandate additional changes. At this time, we cannot ignore that other states have implemented increased measures to curtail public gatherings and in some instances directed their population to shelter-in-place. Therefore, the plan we are sharing here is informed by the most current information available to the university.

 

Academic Schedule

On Friday March 13, we outlined the special schedule for the remainder of the trimester. For Weeks 11-13 (March 23 - April 10), laboratory classes were to be held face-to-face. This format is now changing to an on-line structure. Therefore, all face-to-face laboratories are cancelled for the same time period, Weeks 11-13 (March 23 - April 10), and all labs will continue in an on-line format.

Final exams, as previously outlined, will be held on campus. Lab exams will be held during week 14 and lecture exams will be held during week 15. Detailed schedules will be communicated at a later date.

 

Campus Facilities

The following buildings on the Illinois campus will be available:

• Lombard library - students and employees only, weekdays only

• Lombard clinic - employees only, contact campus security for access

• Janse building - students and employees only, weekdays only with limited access

• Residence halls - open as normal

All Florida campus facilities are closed.

 

Commencement Ceremony

In response to state and federal guidance regarding COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the April commencement ceremony. At this time, this should not affect your ability to graduate on schedule if you have met all graduation requirements by April 24th. Additional details regarding commencement will be communicated at a later date.

 

March 16, 2020

We continue to reevaluate the plan as proposed on Friday, March 13 as governmental guidelines are developing, sometimes by the hour. As of this time, the university has no confirmed cases of COVID-19.

This past weekend, we very much appreciate that the NUHS community was very active in sharing information and reaching out with questions. As such, we want to provide the following update.

 

Federal Work Study Update

The University understands that Federal Work Study (FWS) is an important resource to many students as it is used to supplement the federal and institutional aid that had been awarded. As we do not want this crisis to become a financial burden to students who rely on their FWS earnings, the University will be paying students their remaining FWS eligibility during the upcoming payroll periods of the trimester. Remaining eligibility has been calculated as of the last payroll period (payroll date 3/13/20) and is based on the FWS voucher completed by the student and department which will be split and paid equally during the upcoming payroll periods of the trimester. To be eligible, students must have been paid for at least one pay period during the current trimester. All paychecks will be mailed to the address on file with the Payroll Coordinator. Please email Fran Morgan, Payroll Coordinator (fmorgan@nuhs.edu), for address verification.

 

Employee Update

We understand and appreciate that employees need clarity regarding the upcoming days and weeks of their work environment and how this can be complicated by their individual situation and family. Therefore, on Tuesday, all employees will be meeting with their budget center managers to discuss how their individual departments will be meeting the needs of the university in the foreseeable future while on the special schedule outlined in the March 13 update. Budget center managers will outline several options available to employees which will allow the university to be productive while maintaining a safe work environment. The university continues to underscore the CDC guidelines which emphasizes the importance of personal preparedness and enabling social distancing.

 

University Facilities

Enhanced cleaning of high traffic areas is taking place on the Illinois campus which includes more frequent attention by custodial services. Special attention is being placed on high touch areas such as doors, door knobs and work surfaces. Our current cleaning products have been verified to be effective by our suppliers. Facility personnel have been reassigned as needed to support these efforts. At the Florida campus, St. Petersburg College department of facilities planning and institutional services is using disinfectant cleaners in all high exposure areas, including restrooms, cafes, and areas where people congregate.

We have received multiple inquiries regarding the decision to close the Fitness Center on the Illinois campus. We recognize the importance of exercise in maintaining a healthy person and how this serves our on-campus community, however, the extremely high-touch nature of the equipment necessitated this decision. Key facilities personnel were directed to prioritize the cleaning efforts of the essential academic areas.

 

Clinic

We have received inquiries regarding what is being done in our clinics. Interns have been asked to practice social distancing while in the clinic and therefore are encouraged to spread out and utilize other locations in the clinic while not with patients. Personal preparedness cannot be stressed enough and when coupled with the below measures provides for an effective protective strategy for both clinic staff/interns and patients.

Additional protocols for screening patients have been implemented and include:

  • Calling patients before their treatment time with appropriate screening questions. If the patient is deemed at risk, they will be asked to reschedule their appointment.
  • All patients, and those accompanying them, will be screened for fever in the reception area.

Lombard Whole Health Center access will be limited to the front door.

Interns have been instructed to follow enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols. In addition, interns should not report to clinic if they're experiencing cough, fever, and/or shortness of breath.

 

We continue to appreciate the hard work from all of the university departments and will be providing more updates as information changes and or becomes available.

 

March 13, 2020

NUHS Community

NUHS is closely monitoring COVID-19 actively and is committed to the health and safety of our students, employees, and patients. The administration is carefully monitoring updates from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the State of Florida Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO). As future decisions are made regarding this issue, we will communicate the most up-to-date information available via the website and email.

While there are currently no known cases of COVID-19 within the National University of Health Sciences community, we must do our part to combat the spread of this coronavirus. Our goal right now is to FLATTEN THE CURVE in order to limit the spread of the disease.

The finite resources of our national healthcare system can only handle a certain number of sick patients at any given time. If we are able to "Flatten the Curve" this will spread the number of cases over time which will help to keep our healthcare systems within capacity.

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With the information we know at this time, we have developed a plan that will address weeks 10 - 15. It is important to note that this a rapidly evolving situation and we will continue to update the university community. Going forward, we will provide a weekly update each Friday. However, additional updates will be made as the situation warrants.

In-person classes will be cancelled from March 16 - 20 (Week 10)
In order to address the need for social distancing, the university is cancelling classes during Week 10. To maintain the academic standards of the university, faculty and staff will be dedicating time to successfully transition in-person classes to an on-line format. Note: Clinical shifts and observations will continue as scheduled.

Note: Current on-line courses will continue as scheduled.

On-line classes and in-person labs will be held March 23 - April 17 (Weeks 11-14)

Lecture classes will be delivered in an on-line format. Laboratory classes and laboratories will continue in a face-to-face format. However, the schedule will be modified in order to reduce risk from social interaction. Schedules are being developed and will be available by the end of week 10. Note: Clinical shifts and observations will continue as scheduled.

Final Exams (Weeks 14 and 15)
It is currently planned for laboratory finals to be held on campus during week 14 and lecture finals during week 15. Detailed schedules will be communicated at a later date.

Commencement
In response to state and federal guidance regarding COVID-19, a decision regarding the April 24thCommencement will be made in the near future. Details will be communicated as soon as they are finalized. We encourage individuals to refrain from making travel arrangements until that time.

Faculty and Staff
Faculty and staff are expected to report to work as per their normal schedule until further notice. All university sponsored travel is suspended until further notice. All future travel will be evaluated by the appropriate vice president. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who is a confirmed COVID-19 patient and/or recently traveled to a location with a Level 2 or 3 travel notice, please stay home, contact a health care provider and notify NUHS Human Resources.

Campus Facilities and Services

Clinic
Whole Health Centers in Lombard, Aurora, Salvation Army, Stroger, Pinellas Park and SPC will remain open and clinic shifts will continue as scheduled. For those students currently participating in preceptorships or planning to participate in a preceptorship they should contact the Dean of Clinics for important information and guidelines.

Campus Housing
Campus housing will remain open. Students are encouraged to follow the Personal Preparedness guidelines listed below.

LRC
Hours during week 10 - 8:30am-5:00pm The LRC will be closed to the public until further notice.

Fitness Center
Closed until further notice.

Campus Services
Employees in the business office, financial aid office and the registrar's office will be available via email or phone during normal business hours. Please use email or phone to request services when possible. Campus security in Illinois will be maintained as usual. Security in Florida will be determined by St. Petersburg College.

Personal Preparedness
We strongly encourage NUHS students and employees to follow the recommendations provided below to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and all respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • If you are concerned about your symptoms, seek advice from your primary care provider or other appropriate healthcare professional.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when a household member is sick with respiratory disease symptoms.
  • Stay isolated at home if you have been in contact with anyone who has recently traveled to a Travel Health Notice country.
  • If you may have been exposed, contact the county health department for instruction before proceeding to a physician or hospital.

Non-Discrimination Notice
NUHS is committed to maintaining an environment of respect and freedom from discrimination and to supporting all members of our community. Please be mindful not to make any assumptions or comments about others' perceived symptoms (a cough or fever is not uniquely associated with COVID-19) or based on someone's national origin, race, color, or other identities. If someone you know has experienced discrimination, please contact Student Services and/or Human Resources.

Questions
Questions regarding the following:

  • Classes and laboratories should be directed to the appropriate faculty
  • Clinic shifts and observations should be directed to the programmatic chief clinician
  • Accommodations or other student services should be directed to the Dean of Students
  • Employee questions should be directed to Human Resources

Resources
Ongoing updates are available from:

Please remember that this is a dynamic situation and we appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we work to keep our community safe and healthy.

Student Service Office

The Office of Student Services remains available to assist you via phone and internet. To arrange a call or virtual meeting call (630) 889-6548 or email studentservices@nuhs.edu.

 

Personal Safety Precautions

In order to ensure a smooth transition as we move back to a portion of onsite "face-to-face" classes and clinic on Monday, July 13, everyone should be familiar with and in adherence with the guidelines stated below:

  • If you are sick or do not feel well, please do not come to the campus. Please let your instructor and student services know of your absence and contact your medical professional for further guidance. In addition, if you have tested positive for COVID-19, you will need to provide a negative test result before returning to campus.
  • If you are returning from out of the country, your self-quarantining process should have begun as of Monday, June 29th, 2020. If you have not self-quarantined in Illinois or Florida, you must present verification of a negative recent COVID-19 test to the respective clinic.

Reducing Exposure

  • NUHS will implement social distancing measures in labs between tables and include sanitation stations to ensure hands and tabletops can be constantly sanitized. In addition, students will be encouraged to partner with the same person each session to reduce the potential for spread and everyone must wear face coverings.
  • Workspaces, including student classrooms, will utilize a modified seating pattern, rotation seating plans and other necessary actions to maintain social distancing.
  • Prior to entry to the University, all individuals entering the NUHS Academic buildings are required to complete the virtual self-certification screening daily. The screening is available by Clicking Here. An email confirmation will be sent directly to your NUHS email. Show this confirmation email on your device (such as your cell phone) to your instructor or clinician upon entering the classroom or clinic.  The university will be verifying that individuals are completing the screening survey and temperature checks will be administered in clinic and in some classes. If you are not able to access the health screening link, screening will be available at the clinic during clinic hours.
  • Face coverings, which must be correctly worn, are required in ALL NUHS ACADEMIC BUILDINGS.. Any person not abiding by the face covering requirement may be asked to leave the facility and security may be contacted. Repeated non-compliance with face coverings or virtual self-certification screening may be referred to the Dean for disciplinary action.
  • Students are asked to provide their own disposable or reusable face coverings.
  • Wash and/or sanitize hands frequently. Sanitizer, soap and/or wipes will be made available throughout the campus.
  • Avoid high-touch surfaces.
  • We encourage students to sanitize areas they will be touching. Sanitization supplies will be available throughout the campus.
  • Follow all COVID-19 related hygiene tips, such as coughing into your elbow.

 

Learning Support

Are you new to online learning? Are you concerned about doing well in a course that has now been moved online? If so, we can help.  Here are a few strategies to help with online learning.

 

Peer Tutoring Assistance

At National University, we support your academic success with free peer tutoring at both our Illinois and Florida locations. Peer tutoring is rendered by instructor approved students who are proficient within specific subjects. Having already completed the course, they have insight on what will be expected of you in your exams. Tutors act as facilitators for student learning, while the student remains responsible for completing all actual coursework. Students can logon to Cygnet, our online learning platform to access current Peer Tutor contact information or contact Student Services at  studentservices@nuhs.edu .

 

Counseling and Mental Health Resources

Self-care amid this novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is very important, here are tips on coping - Mental Health and dealing with COVID.

The University is able to provide referrals for independent counselors not affiliated with the University's clinical services. Sessions are strictly confidential; records are not shared with NUHS personnel.

 

Disability Support Services

The Office of Student Services works with student who have a documented disability to assure that the student's needs are accommodated in the classroom environment to the greatest extent possible. Students seeking services or accommodations must identify themselves to the Dean of Students with documentation completed by a licensed or credentialed specialist who establishes the existence of a life-limiting disability and the need for reasonable accommodation in the post-secondary setting. To arrange a call or virtual meeting call (630) 889-6546 or email ymaldonado@nuhs.edu.

 

Financial Aid

On March 27, 2020, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act). One element of the CARES Act was a provision that provided funds to institutions of higher education to be distributed to students in the form of emergency grants. The funds are to help students with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

The Department of Education (ED) has required institutions receiving these funds to make certain disclosures. NUHS's disclosures are as follows:

  1. NUHS has signed and returned to ED the Certification and Agreement, which includes our assurance that NUHS has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. The total amount of funds that the institution has received from ED pursuant to the institution's Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $145,318.
  3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of this report is $145,304.
  4. The number of students at the institution verified to be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of this report is 458 (as of 7/2/2020). Additional verification is ongoing.
  5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 443.
  6. The institution provided Emergency Financial Aid Grants to all eligible students. Each student received $328.
  7. The institution advised students:

On May 29th, the university received an initial allocation of $145,318 from the Department of Education to distribute to students for expenses specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first round of CARES act funds will be disbursed to students who have completed the FAFSA for the 2019-2020 year and awarded Title IV funds.

Eligible students must have been enrolled during the Spring 2020 trimester, enrolled in an on-campus program, and completed the 2019-2020 FAFSA. We anticipate the checks being mailed to students with in the next two weeks. The methodology used to identify who will receive funds during this first distribution was determined using the eligibility and guidance from the Department of Education.

As additional funding is awarded, we encourage students to complete the current year's FAFSA to ensure consideration and determination of eligibility for CARES grant funding. 

 

Tuition and Fees

All tuition and fees still apply, and there have been no changes to payment due dates.

Student Account balance information is available via the MyNUportal by selecting the option Student Accounts, View Billing Statement.

Payment by phone is available on Thursday from 8:30am to 1pm by calling 630-889-6557.

Payments can also be mailed to:
National University of Health Sciences
Attn: Student Accounts
200 E Roosevelt Rd
Lombard, IL 60148


The Office of Student Accounts cashier window is open for in person transactions from 8:30am to 1pm daily.

For more information, please visit the Office of Student Accounts FAQ page or contact Josie Extrom at jextrom@nuhs.edu.

 

Textbook Purchases

There are numerous resources available online where you can purchase or rent textbooks needed for your classes.

Facility Cleaning and Maintenance

Cleaning of high traffic areas continues to take place on the Illinois campus. Special attention remains on high touch areas such as doors, door knobs and work surfaces. Our current cleaning products have been verified to be effective by our suppliers. Facility personnel have been reassigned as needed to support these efforts.

We will continue our enhanced cleaning processes in common areas, classrooms and high touch areas. Additional cleaning supplies will be available for students and instructors to clean learning spaces before use. Please review the "Facilities" tab for additional guidelines, building entrance access, and safety precautions.

At the Florida site, St. Petersburg College department of facilities planning and institutional services is using disinfectant cleaners in all high exposure areas, including restrooms, cafes, and areas where people congregate.

 

Work Environment 

We understand and appreciate that employees need clarity regarding their work environment and how this can be complicated by their individual situation and family. Therefore, budget center managers will continue to work with employees to allow the university to be productive while maintaining a safe work environment. The university continues to underscore the CDC guidelines which emphasizes the importance of personal preparedness and enabling social distancing. When it is not possible to maintain at least 6 feet of space between you and another person, you should wear a face covering. If you do not have your own face covering, please contact your supervisor.

All university sponsored travel is suspended until further notice. All future travel will be evaluated by the appropriate vice president.

 

Health Concerns 

If you or anyone in your household is experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or has been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient please stay home, contact a health care provider and notify NUHS Human Resources.

You should not report to work if you are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), including fever (100.4° or above), cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, chest tightness, extreme fatigue, loss of sense of taste or smell, diarrhea, muscle aches, or headaches.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, stay home, call your doctor and notify NUHS Human Resources. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you will need to provide a negative test result to HR before returning to campus.

 

Reducing Exposure:

  • Prior to entry to the University, all individuals entering the NUHS Academic buildings are required to complete the virtual self-certification screening.This must be done every time you come to campus(i.e., an employee comes to campus daily - that employee must complete the self-certification screening daily). The screening is available by Clicking Here. An email confirmation will be sent directly to your NUHS email.  The University will be verifying that individuals are completing the screening. If you are not able to access the health screening link, screening will be available at the clinic during clinic hours. You will receive a paper document upon completion of the clinic screening. For those working non-traditional business hours, your supervisor will have a paper document. Return all paper documents to either your supervisor, human resources, the executive office, or a department designee at the end of your shift.
  • All NUHS employees are required to correctly wear a face covering when entering and exiting all buildings.
  • It is the employee's responsibility to provide their own covering.  Employees should contact their immediate supervisor if mask/covering cannot be sourced.
  • Employees do not have to wear a mask when they are at their own cube or in their own office.
  • Employees will need to wear a mask when employees enter another employee's space; they are both expected to wear their masks. 
  • Wash and/or santize hands frequently. Sanitizer, soap and/or wipes will be made available throughout the campus.
  • We encourage employees to sanitize areas they will be touching and avoid high-touch surfaces when possible. Sanitization supplies will be available throughout the campus.
  • Follow all COVID-19 related hygiene tips, such as coughing into your arm.

 

COVID-19 and the Workplace General Guidance Checklist Training

Upon your return to campus, all NUHS employees are required to review and acknowledge the COVID-19 Checklist Training. A separate email will provide additional details on requirements. Paper copies are available in human resources and the executive office for those that do not have access to a computer.

Alumni Resources

The Alumni Department continues to share pertinent email resources and guidelines regarding COVID-19 updates that we hope you find beneficial. If you have not received one of our emails, please contact our department at  alumni@nuhs.edu  or 630-889-6702 to update your records. We are in  this together!

 

Alumni Department Travel

Unfortunately, as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, the Alumni Department is refraining from all travel. We look forward to connecting with you later in the year and will share details as soon as possible!


Homecoming Cancelation Notice

Due to the phased reopening of Illinois, social distancing mandates and travel concerns, we have made the exceedingly difficult decision to cancel Homecoming 2020.  We are wholeheartedly disappointed to share this announcement with you. NUHS remains steadfast in ensuring the health and safety of our alumni, faculty, staff, students and community. We look forward to the next time we can be together! Esse Quam Videri.

 

Spring and Summer Graduates

Due to on-going health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic and state regulations, the University has made the difficult, but necessary, decision not to hold a live in-person commencement ceremony this August.

Graduates are welcome to participate in a future commencement ceremony. Please contact the Alumni and Development office at 630-889-6701 or alumni@nuhs.edu for further information.

Illinois graduates who would like to pick up their diploma, please make arrangements with the Office of the Registrar. For all other graduates, diplomas will be mailed to the address currently on file. Please make sure that the university has the correct information as to where to send the diploma.

 

Postgrad/Continuing Ed

Important message regarding license expiration dates:

ILLINOIS:

Governor JB Pritzker has publicly announced, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, a series of necessary and appropriate measures to be taken by the State of Illinois to protect the public's health and welfare.

In accordance with the Governor's commitment to the well-being of the people of Illinois, the Secretary of the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has signed a Variance providing that all current licensees whose license renewal deadlines fall within the period beginning March 1, 2020 through and including, July 31, 2020 shall have up to, and including, September 30, 2020, to renew their licenses . These and all of the Department's licensees must continue to comply with all pertinent provisions of their respective licensing Acts.

FLORIDA: 

As part of the response efforts to the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), Governor Ron DeSantis extended the licensure renewal expiration date until May 31, 2020 for any health care practitioner with licensure renewal deadlines between March 21 and April 30, 2020.

Info on FL Chiropractic License Renewal Postponement

OTHER STATES: Please check your state licensing board's website for information.

 

The State of Illinois has mandated that all professionals covered under the Medical Practice Act must attend at least one hour pertaining to sexual harassment prevention . This course will train doctors and their employees on what is considered sexual harassment, prevention training, and what to do if they see or experience sexual harassment.

This training is now available online for your September 30, 2020 renewal deadline!

Please check out our  online courses!


Summer Trimester

In order to ensure a smooth transition as we move back to "face-to-face" classes and clinic on Monday, July 13th, as outlined in the email from the President on May 8th, everyone should be familiar with and in adherence with the guidelines stated below.

A portion of the DC, ND, AOM and MT classes from the Summer course schedule will be held on campus, including labs, health care, public safety, and other programs that require hands-on learning, as well as some general education courses where research has shown students are more likely to be successful in a face-to-face format.  These face-to-face, hands-on labs and clinic experiences cannot be taught exclusively in a virtual format because it would negate that intent of the lab and the clinic.  The hands-on experiences are a requirement and must be taught in the face-to-face format to ensure student competence in specific skills and to meet accreditors requirements so that these classes can be counted towards graduation.  NUHS will implement social distancing measures in labs between tables and include sanitation stations to ensure hands and tabletops can be constantly sanitized.  In addition, students will be encouraged to partner with the same person each session to reduce the potential for spread and everyone must wear face coverings.

Workspaces, including student classrooms, will utilize a modified seating pattern, rotation seating plans and other necessary actions to maintain social distancing.

As stated previously, a portion of summer lectures, lab and clinic will be held on campus. Please remember, other coursework will continue to remain in an on-line format. For program specific information, please refer to the email communications sent to you by your respective assistant dean.

Students and interns will be expected to participate in all face-to-face labs, classes, or clinic shifts since they will be very in-person concentrated to allow for the meetings of skill standards.  Therefore, if you are not able to attend classes in-person, you have the option to withdraw, request an incomplete for those specific classes (upon approval from the appropriate dean) or utilize the week 13 stop-out option.  Each of those options have different effects on your financial aid so please consult the financial aid office.

Those students that do not return to campus or choose to utilize one of the options noted above will finish face-to-face lectures, labs, and clinic in the fall or spring trimester.

Please review the "Personal Safety Precautions" and "Reducing Exposure" sections on the Current/Future Students and Faculty/Staff tabs for additional information.

 

Fall Trimester

All lecture courses will remain at a distance, while a modified laboratory schedule will now persist for the entire fifteen-week semester.  The Bachelor's degree program will remain on-line.  Clinical education will continue as it is now. This will give both students and faculty the most flexibility should a member of the NUHS community contract or become exposed to the novel coronavirus. Due to the nuances of each program and requirements of each program's accrediting body, further information regarding the format of individual courses and specific schedules will be communicated by email  within the upcoming week.


Spring Trimester (2021)

At this time, we simply do not have complete or appropriate data to make any decisions regarding the Spring 2021 semester. Our ability to shed light on the upcoming semester will be determined over the next several weeks as the situation is incredibly fluid. We hope to provide further information by the end of week 13.

Illinois Facility Access

Access to following buildings on the Illinois campus will be available, on a limited basis:

  • Lombard library - students and employees only, closed Sunday
  • Janse building - students and employees only, weekdays only with limited access
  • Residence halls - open as normal.  The university continues to underscore the CDC guidelines which emphasizes the importance of personal preparedness and enabling social distancing. When it is not possible to maintain at least 6 feet of space between you and another person, you should wear a face covering.  All residents are expected to abide by the measures outlined in the  Illinois Executive Orders as they pertain to COVID-19 as well as local municipality  guidelines.    
  • Campus Store - open limited hours
  • Eagles Nest - closed until further notice
  • Fitness Center - closed until further notice
  • Playground - closed until further notice. Other outdoor areas on the Illinois campus will be limited to gatherings of ten people or less with appropriate social distancing and personal preparedness measures in place as is consistent with the governor's reopening plan.

We have received multiple inquiries regarding the decision to close the Fitness Center on the Illinois campus. We recognize the importance of exercise in maintaining a healthy person and how this serves our on-campus community, however, the extremely high-touch nature of the equipment necessitated this decision.

 

All Florida campus facilities are closed.

 

Facility Cleaning and Maintenance

Cleaning of high traffic areas continues to take place on the Illinois campus. Special attention remains on high touch areas such as doors, door knobs and work surfaces. Our current cleaning products have been verified to be effective by our suppliers. Facility personnel have been reassigned as needed to support these efforts. We will continue our enhanced cleaning processes in common areas, classrooms and high touch areas. Additional cleaning supplies will be available for students and instructors to clean learning spaces before use.

Additionally,

  • Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected no less than two times daily.
  • Avoid using the elevators; if you must, limit capacity to two people per ride.
  • If a building has two stairwells, one may be designated as "up" and the other "down."
  • Keep three steps between you and the next person on stairs.
  • Only water bottle filling is permitted at drinking fountains.
  • Social distancing posters, space indicators and other signage will be displayed in areas throughout the building. Wayfinding signs and floor markers will be strategically placed to encourage social distancing and direct traffic to minimize congregation in areas.
  • If a positive case of COVID-19 is identified in a NUHS facility, the area will be temporarily closed to allow for appropriate cleaning of areas and contact actions will be initiated.

At the Florida site, St. Petersburg College department of facilities planning and institutional services is using disinfectant cleaners in all high exposure areas, including restrooms, cafes, and areas where people congregate.

 

Illinois Bulding Entrances:

The University will practice social distancing protocols. Therefore, building entrances may be limited to a single-entry point where possible. To ensure safe egress, building exits will not be limited or closed. Additionally, all students need to adhere to social distance guidance when entering and/or exiting classrooms and buildings. Congregating in buildings will not be permitted.

 

Commencement

Due to on-going health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic and state regulations, the University has made the difficult, but necessary, decision not to hold a live in-person commencement ceremony this August.

Graduates are welcome to participate in a future commencement ceremony. Please contact the Alumni and Development office at 630-889-6701 or alumni@nuhs.edu for further information.

Illinois graduates who would like to pick up their diploma, please make arrangements with the Office of the Registrar. For all other graduates, diplomas will be mailed to the address currently on file. Please make sure that the university has the correct information as to where to send the diploma.

 

Campus Events

To ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, all on-campus events have been canceled until further notice.

 

Prospective Student Visit Events

On-campus visit events have been suspended until further notice in order to ensure the health and safety of all participants.  We encourage you to  register  for one of our virtual events or experiences.

 

Homecoming Cancelation Notice

Due to the phased reopening of Illinois, social distancing mandates and travel concerns, we have made the exceedingly difficult decision to cancel Homecoming 2020.  We are wholeheartedly disappointed to share this announcement with you. NUHS remains steadfast in ensuring the health and safety of our alumni, faculty, staff, students and community. We look forward to the next time we can be together! Esse Quam Videri.

 

Alumni Department Travel

Unfortunately, as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, the Alumni Department is refraining from all travel. We look forward to connecting with you later in the year and will share details as soon as possible!

 

Postgrad/Continuing Ed Events

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