Clinical Accommodations

Red River College Polytechnic is committed to ensuring equal access to education for students with disabilities through the implementation of accommodations. Accommodations for students with disabilities is a shared responsibility between the student, Accessibility Services, faculty and staff and Red River College Polytechnic as a whole.

Just as with academic courses, nursing students with disabilities may require accommodation during clinical rotations. It is important to note that accommodations that have been suited to the classroom environment do not necessarily transfer to the “work-like” clinical environment. All clinical accommodation plans are developed on an individualized basis considering the student’s diagnosed disability and the impact the disability may have in the clinical environment.

When a nursing student with a disability (or disabilities) is eligible for clinical accommodations, Accessibility Services provides information to the Coordinator, Student Advisement and the Coordinator of Clinical Practice, with the student’s consent. When necessary, in person meetings occur with the student, Accessibility Services and the Coordinator of Clinical Practice to develop this plan. The Coordinator of Clinical Practice then forwards this information to the student’s clinical course lead and clinical instructor.

The following includes examples of potential accommodations a nursing student may be eligible for in the clinical environment. Please note this is not an exhaustive list. 

Early patient assignment (discussion will occur with the instructor and student to determine what is possible given the clinical setting in consultation with the course leader)

  • For disability related reasons, students may require the accommodation of additional time for research. The amount of advance/additional time may vary and is dependent on the clinical rotation and placement site.

Sensory Accommodations (sight, hearing, manual dexterity)

  • ASL-English Interpreter
  • Alternate Format – print material in electronic format; use of electronic resource material; enlarged font; Assistive Technology Staff may contact you to discuss the student’s alternate format requirements.
  • Use of Assistive Technology/Equipment (magnifying lens, talking thermometer/calculator, adaptive work station/chair, alternate protective equipment, amplified stethoscope)

Physical Accommodations

  • No solo moves/lifts or transfers 
  • Use of Assistive Technology/Equipment (talking thermometer/calculator, adaptive work station/chair, Alternate protective equipment)
  • Flexibility with how a skill is performed if student or patient safety is not compromised

Take Breaks due to a medical condition

  • For disability related reasons, there may be times a student requires a break outside of their regular break schedule to deal with symptoms related to their disability. In these situations the student will inform their instructor and make sure patient care is not compromised. In most cases the student will need 5-10 minutes and will be able to return and resume their regular activities. If what a student requires is different than this, the specific details should be part of the accommodation plan.


  • For disability related reasons a student may require feedback to be provided in a specific way, for example verbal and written; specific and direct; throughout the day vs the end of the day (or vise versa) etc.


Confidentiality – Students with disabilities have a right to privacy about their disability and their accommodation plan. As an instructor you have the responsibility to protect and maintain student confidentiality by not discussing any aspect of the student’s disability with anyone without the student’s informed consent. Never point out a student’s disability or accommodations in the clinical environment. Please set aside a private time and location to discuss the student’s disability or their accommodation plan as needed. 

Collaboration – To meet the College’s responsibility to accommodate and provide equal access to education for students with disabilities, Accessibility Services strives to collaborate with both students and instructors when developing and implementing accommodation plans. Should you have any questions about a student’s accommodation plan, please do not hesitate to contact Accessibility Services who would be glad to connect with the student’s permission.