Pregnancy Policy

STUDENT PREGNANCY POLICY 8.7

Information defining and explaining the “Declared Pregnant Worker” has been established by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in 10 CFR Part 20.1003.  This information is on the program’s website and reviewed during advising and included in the clinical orientation component of the program. Information explaining protection measures to employ if pregnant are provided during the program’s orientation.

The decision as to whether a female student declares pregnancy is considered to be voluntary. Should a student declare pregnancy, the declaration must be in writing and document the estimated date of conception. (Form 8.7.1)  Upon receipt of this statement, the student will be required to purchase a second personnel radiation monitoring device to be positioned under the protective apron at waist level.  The badge will be labeled fetal dose.  The fetal dose shall not exceed .5 rem (5 mSv) during the entire gestation as stated in the NCR guidelines.

The Program faculty, upon notification of student pregnancy, will provide further information (outlined on Form 8.7.2) and counseling to the student. (Form 8.7.3)  The counseling  reviews with the pregnant student acceptable practices of radiation protection, specifically: 1) ALARA and principles of radiation protection; 2) minimize exposure time; 3) maximize distance; 4) utilize available shielding; 5) do not turn back to x-ray while wearing apron or wear a wraparound apron.

In addition the student must submit a statement from their physician which provides the date of confinement and that the student can continue to meet all technical standards.  This statement will be documented in the student file and the student continues without modification.

If at any point the declared pregnant student decides to undeclare pregnancy (which is possible under 10 CFR Part 20) that decision must also be in writing to the Program Director/Chair which sets forth the effective date of the change in declaration so that fetal monitoring may be discontinued.

Pregnant students that are unable to meet the program’s technical requirements are subject to the terms outlines in the department’s leave of absence policy. All pre-requisites and co-requisite requirements of the program curriculum must be met.  Absence of more than one year will require the student to reapply to the program.  Consideration will be given to previous coursework successfully completed.

Counseling also involves a review of the pregnant student’s clinical rotation schedule reassignment options may be agreed upon in order to reduce any potential exposure.