Program Specific Information

Human Services and Behavioral Health Packet
TEAS Policy
Prerequisites into limited enrollment courses
TEAS Policy and Procedures
Background Check Requirement
Immunization and Vaccination Requirements
Student Health Insurance Coverage
Mental and/or Physical Requirements

Prerequisites into limited enrollment courses

  • DEV 0025 Basic Mathematics
  • DEV 0035 Integrated Developmental Reading & Writing II
  • Take TEAS assessment test. The TEAS test is required after developmental courses have been completed and prior to starting any ‘limited-enrollment’ courses.
  • MHT 1101 Introduction to Human Services & Behavioral Health
  • Mandatory orientation during MHT 1101
  • Mandatory interview with faculty advisor
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. Students must receive a ‘C’ grade or better in all courses required for Human Service or Chemical Dependency programs.

Background Check Requirement

It is the policy of the Health Sciences division for students enrolled in HSBH programs to obtain a BCI/FBI background check as part of the pre-practicum planning process. Please be advised that most community human service and behavioral health agencies set their own policies regarding the acceptance of student interns and hiring of employees with documented criminal histories. Some practicum agencies have a zero tolerance policy. This means they will not accept students or hire graduates with any documented criminal history. Other practicum agencies make these decisions on a case-by-case basis depending on the date and nature of the crimes committed. In some cases, students with recent or extensive criminal histories may not be able to be placed for practicum training; making graduation impossible. Practicum agencies also conduct in-depth interviews and may require screening for illegal drug use and tobacco use. Community agencies have the final word about whether they will accept or retain a student for practicum training.

Immunization and Vaccination Requirements

PPD Skin Test: A two-step PPD skin test should be completed within one to two months prior to starting HSBH practicum courses. In addition, completion of the Student Health Certificate form is required prior to practicum placement.

Student Health Insurance Coverage

Students enrolled in Sinclair health care programs are expected to have in effect personal health insurance prior to enrolling in any course which includes a clinical experience requirement. This requirement for having health insurance is in place because most clinical sites that accept Sinclair students require it. If a student does not have health insurance, he/she may not be admitted into a clinical course, and therefore, not be able to complete the program. Sinclair provides accident insurance for students injured in clinical settings. However, the insurance carrier decides what treatment is eligible for reimbursement, and any treatment denied for reimbursement is the responsibility of the student, not Sinclair or the clinical site. Information about obtaining health insurance can be found at: or

Mental and/or Physical Requirements

Functions and Requirements
Physical Functions
  • Tolerate practicum schedule (14 hours/week)
Illegal Drug and Tobacco Free
  • Must not be physically dependent on non-prescription drugs. Students may be required to pass drug screens at practicum sites.
  • Some practicum site require employees and student interns to be tobacco-free.
Communication Functions
  • English oral language
  • English written language
  • Professional terminology
  • Understand and follow verbal instructions and directives
  • Respond to environment safety alarms
  • Understand communication from team members
  • Clear, legible handwriting
  • Accurate and timely computerized documentation
  • Write using proper English
  • Read and understand documents
  • Read and understand manuals/forms
  • Read and understand research material
  • Respond to and communicate with others with communication disorders (i.e. aphasia, mental illness, hearing loss)
  • Respond to and communicate with others from different backgrounds /cultures
  • Accurately report findings/results/plans to other team members one-to-one, and in team meetings using proper English and correct terminology
Cognitive/Behavioral and Social/Behavioral Functions
Critical Thinking
  • Use critical thinking, problem-solving, and sound clinical reasoning in the delivery of human services including, but not limited to the following:
  • Planning and implementing appropriate client-centered interventions
  • Making appropriate modifications to therapeutic interventions based on the client’s physiological and psychological responses
  • Identifying the need for consultation and determining the appropriate resource (i.e.: supervision, co-workers, practicum instructor)
Stress Management
  • Cope effectively with stress in order to function safely and calmly under demanding educational and changing clinical environments
  • Be aware of surroundings and alert to potential emergencies; respond appropriately to client situations including pain, changes in physical and/or mental status, and risk for falls
Time Management
  • Manage time effectively; prioritize multiple tasks; maintain composure in situations that require multitasking
  • Maintain concentration and focus to attend to demanding and continuous tasks throughout the entire class/lab and/or practicum hours
  • Demonstrate interpersonal functions required to build rapport and effectively interact with clients, families, caregivers, supervisors, coworkers, and members of the community; exhibit cultural awareness and sensitivity to members of the same or different cultures; treat others with respect, compassion, politeness, and discretion; exhibit social functions necessary for effective collaboration and teamwork
Ethical Practice
  • Demonstrate attitudes/actions consistent with the core values and ethical standards of the human service profession
  • Demonstrate accountability, responsibility, and maturity in the classroom and the practicum environment when giving/receiving constructive feedback
  • Demonstrate accountability, responsibility, and maturity in the classroom and the practicum environment when engaging in conflict management and problem resolution
Professional Practice
  • Abide by established policies and procedures of educational and practicum environments