Alert: Cabarrus College has entered Phase 1 of our Return to Campus Plan. Learn more.

June 11, 2020: Message from President Cruickshank - Delay of Moving to Phase 2

Dear Cabarrus College Students and Teammates,


Two weeks ago, when we announced that Cabarrus College was moving to Phase 1 of our Back to Campus Plan, we had hoped that the public health metrics in Cabarrus County would continue to improve and that we would be able to move to Phase 2 of our plan on Monday June 15, 2020. Unfortunately, the Cabarrus County COVID-19 Data Scorecard took a step backwards yesterday when the weekly report was released. As you can see from the link provided, there has been an increase in lab-confirmed cases over the last 14-days as well as an increase in the percentage of positive tests over the same time period.


Consequently, we are going to delay our move to Phase 2 until a later date. We will continue our operations following Phase 1 protocols until further notice. You may view the Phase 1 protocols by clicking here.


As our community and our local economy “opens back up”, it is important for the Cabarrus College students and teammates to be leaders in safety by following masking, social distancing, and hand-washing guidelines. If we can serve as positive role models in our families, neighborhoods, and social groups, perhaps we can help influence the COVID-19 public health metrics back in the right direction.


Please be safe and well.


May 27, 2020: Message from President Cruickshank - Cabarrus College Begins Phase 1 of the Return to Campus Plan on June 1

I am pleased to announce that Cabarrus College of Health Sciences will proceed to Phase 1 of the Back to Campus Plan on Monday June 1, 2020. Below please find some important information about which you need to be aware.

COVID-Safe Standards

The safety of student, faculty, staff, and visitor is our top priority. Consequently, we are implementing COVID-Safe standards which will guide our behavior.

  1. Maintaining a COVID-Safe educational environment by requiring screening, universal masking, and social distancing of all students and teammates when returning to campus.
  2. Rapid testing and results at Atrium Health Cabarrus for students and teammates who meet COVID testing criteria.
  3. Dedicated facility exclusively for non-COVID students and teammates.
  4. Virtual, online campus for COVID-positive students and teammates, those who are high risk, or have dependents who are high risk.
  5. Leading other institutions with delivery of exemplary healthcare education, even during a global pandemic.


All entrants to the campus building will be subject to screening. Once screened, individuals will be provided a colored wristband or sticker to indicate they have passed the screening protocol. Please plan on arriving 30-minutes prior to your lab session beginning to complete the screening process.


  • College Building – Screening for COVID-19 will occur in the college building within certain time frames. During Phase 1 screening will be provided on campus Monday through Friday in between 7:30 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. and 30-minutes prior to scheduled lab sessions.
  • Atrium Health Cabarrus Hospital – Screening is available 24-hours per day at the hospital for students, teammates, and visitors who wish to enter the college when screening is not being provided at our campus building. Individuals should proceed to the Teammate Entrance (teal blue awning entrance near the Surgery Center) to be screened and to receive a screening sticker or wristband.

Screening Protocol

  • Questions – Entrants will be asked to respond truthfully to a series of questions asked by a Screener:
    • Do you have any of the following symptoms?
      1. Fever, chills, or sweating
      2. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      3. New or worsening cough
      4. Sore throat
      5. Muscle pain or body aches
      6. New loss of taste or smell
      7. Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
      8. New (less than two weeks) significant, unexplained headache
    • In the last 2 weeks, did you do any of the following?
      1. Have close contact with someone who has COVID-19
      2. Travel internationally
      3. Live in or visit a place where COVID-19 is widespread
  • Temperature check – Entrants will have their temperature checked with a touchless thermometer.

Screening Verification

Entrants will need to show their color-coded wristband or sticker to the front desk attendant to enter the building. Individuals who do not have the appropriate wristband or sticker will be denied access and will need to go to the hospital to be screened.

On-Campus Educational Activities Permitted in Phase 1

  • Labs Only - The only on-campus educational activities permitted during Phase 1 will be labs of 10 or fewer students. Lectures will continue to be delivered online. Meanwhile, clinical experiences will continue to vary between in-person and simulation based on facility availability and academic discipline.
  • Furniture and Personal Belongings - The furniture will be arranged to ensure social distancing and students should not move furniture without the permission of the instructor. To maximize safety, it is important to limit the amount of personal belonging you bring to campus. Please consult with your instructor regarding which materials you need to bring into the building and into the lab.
  • Common Areas Closed During Phase 1 - Consistent with the Opening Up America guidelines provided by the Federal Government and Center for Disease Control, all common areas such as the Pavilion, Avenue C, computer labs, study rooms, and unused classrooms will be closed during Phase 1. Please plan accordingly.

More Information

Additional information can be found on this one-page flyer. A comprehensive set of materials in Canvas in the course module called “Coping with COVID & Returning to Campus” located in the COVID-19 Information Canvas Course.

Should you have questions specific to your academic program, please consult your advisor or academic Program Chair. Other questions regarding returning to campus can be directed to

I look forward to seeing some of you on campus next week for lab experiences and am hopeful that we can continue to transition lectures and other educational activities later this summer and into the fall.

Please continue to keep you and your loved ones safe and well.

May 22, 2020: Important Back to Campus Update from President Cruickshank

As our country, state, and county begin to reopen, complete with new safety precautions and a different way of being, Cabarrus College too is ready to move into our first phase of coming back to campus. I’m writing today to share some important updates with you about clinical experiences, on-campus labs, plans for the fall semester, and investments the college has made to ensure you have an exemplary healthcare education.

Clinical Experiences

Our clinical and fieldwork experience partners are slowly allowing more students to enter the clinical setting. We now have approximately 50% of our students in clinicals and fieldwork.

We anticipate these opportunities to continue to increase as hospitals and other health care providers increase the breadth of non-emergency and elective procedures. Please continue to correspond with your faculty and program chairs about your individual situation.

Summer Semester

The summer semester began on Monday May 11 with online lectures, labs, and coursework. The semester is going well, and we have heard positive feedback about student and faculty engagement as well as teaching and learning in the online environment.

It is our intent to move to Phase 1 and to conduct in-person labs effective Monday June 1, 2020. We will do so if we are permitted by the State of North Carolina and if the public health indicators in Cabarrus County demonstrate that it is safe for our students and teammates.

If things go as expected in early June, and the public health indicators are still positive, we intend to move from Phase 1 to Phase 2 on Monday June 15, 2020. Phase 2 activities will include all the educational activities in Phase 1 plus a limited number of on-campus lectures in COVID-Safe lecture sizes.

Please continue to monitor your Cabarrus College email and the college website for official announcements about moving to Phase 1 and Phase 2. We anticipate making an announcement about moving to Phase 1 on Wednesday May 27, 2020.

Plans for Fall Semester

It is our hope that the public health conditions will allow us to transition to Phase 3 of our Back to Campus plan by the beginning of the fall semester. If we can do so, our faculty have developed course-specific plans for the lecture, lab, and clinical components for each of our fall course offerings.

We will continue to work hard to get our students into clinical settings as soon as our facilities allow. Labs that cannot be conducted online will be performed on campus and in small, COVID-safe sections. For some of our courses the lecture component will be conducted online with synchronous (live) lectures or asynchronous (recorded) lectures. The remaining courses will feature on-campus lectures in COVID-safe lecture sizes.

Investments in Online Learning Resources and Tools

In order to ensure that you continue to receive exemplary healthcare education during the COVID-19 crisis, the college has made several investments in software, simulation tools, exam proctoring, and other resources. Some of those include:

  • Zoom Videoconferencing
  • Online Exam Proctoring using ExamSoft and ATI
  • Clinical Experiences with ShadowHealth Digital Standardized Patients
  • Digital 3D Anatomy Medical Visualization with Anatomage Clinical
  • Online Fieldwork Experiences with Simucase Learning Platform

We will continue to invest in new tools and solutions to ensure you have a high-quality learning experience, while delivering on our commitment to achieve high standards for student satisfaction, performance, and learning outcomes.

Other Questions
Should you have questions specific to your academic program, please consult your advisor or academic Program Chair. For billing questions, please contact the Billing Office via email at, and for financial aid please contact

May 12, 2020: COVID Safe Standards - Our Promise To You

Atrium Health COVID Safe Logo

  • Maintaining a COVID-Safe educational environment by requiring screening, universal masking, and social distancing of all students and teammates when returning to campus.
  • Rapid testing and results at Atrium Health Cabarrus for students and teammates who meet COVID testing criteria.
  • Dedicated facility exclusively for non-COVID students and teammates.
  • Virtual, online campus for COVID-positive students and teammates, those who are high risk, or have dependents who are high risk.
  • Leading other institutions with delivery of exemplary healthcare education, even during a global pandemic.

April 24, 2020: CARES Act Funding

Cabarrus College has been awarded funds through the CARES Act by the Department of Education that are intended to provide funding for students whose lives have been disrupted, many of whom are facing financial challenges and struggling to make ends meet.

The Department of Education (DOE) has provided colleges with guidelines of eligibility in order to apply for additional funding.  According to the DOE, students must meet these criteria for eligibility: 

  • Be enrolled in the spring 2020 semester in a program that was not considered fully online. At Cabarrus College this means all programs are eligible except the Bachelor in Nursing and Bachelor in Medical Imaging- Management programs, as they are considered online programs. As such students enrolled in the BSN and BSMI – Management programs are not eligible to apply.
  • You must be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen to apply.

Furthermore, the College has tried to keep the application process simple:

  • Students must complete and submit the attached one-page application by May 8, 2020 in order to be considered for funding.  This application is a fillable PDF with a SUBMIT button at the bottom, please be sure to hit submit once you complete the application.
  • Students will be evaluated for funding based on a rubric (point scale) of six factors: 
  1. Expected Family Contribution (as determined from the FAFSA).  Those who did not complete a FAFSA for the 2019-2020 academic year, will be eligible to apply, but will be awarded the lowest points for this category.
  2. Pell Grant Eligibility – please note that students may be eligible for Pell Grants even if they did not receive a Pell Grant.
  3. Number of credits taken during the spring 2020 semester.
  4. Number of currently working adults in the household.
  5. Number of dependents in the household.
  6. Current situation/circumstances, as informed by the application.

Once all applications are received and evaluated,the College will select the student recipients and determine funding level for each student selected. Submission of the application does not guarantee receipt of funds as the available funding is limited and the number of applicants may be great. Please note, that the College will not be able to disburse the funds until they are received by the Department of Education.  Funds will be sent directly to students at their permanent address on file in Sonis; please log into Sonis to ensure your permanent address is correct.  Once a check has been issued, we will send an email to your Cabarrus College email address so that you can watch for your funds to arrive

April 9, 2020: Coping with COVID - Staying Positive

Dr. Cruickshank put together a short 4-minute video with some strategies you may wish to consider to help keep a positive mindset.

April 7, 2020: Temporary Atrium Health Employment Opportunities for Students

Are you ready and willing to assist in our battle against COVID-19? Atrium Health is temporarily hiring healthcare students throughout the Charlotte region to assist with direct patient care and non-clinical support positions. If this is something you are interested in, there are two job descriptions for you to apply for:

Nurse Aide I

Administrative Clerical Temp

Individuals employed in any of these temporary roles will be deployed throughout Atrium Health based on need and will be on a PRN status with minimum hours required to maintain their employment. Please note that any hours worked at an Atrium Health facility will strictly be for employment purposes and will not count toward any clinical hours for your program of study.

Please review the COVID-19 Student Hire FAQ document to help answer any questions you may have and to learn how to apply. 

April 3, 2020: Cabarrus College COVID-19 Survey - 1:59 p.m.

Students, we know this spring has been challenging with the rapidly evolving nature of the COVID-19 coronavirus. We want to know how you feel about our response to COVID-19 and if there are things we can do to help you. Please click on the link below to access the survey:

The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. Your responses are completely anonymous and your participation is completely voluntary. The survey will be open until Friday, April 10. We look forward to hearing from you,

April 2, 2020: Campus Update from President Cam Cruickshank

March 31, 2020: FAQ and Other News - 2:51 p.m.

We have developed a Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Coronavirus FAQ page. We anticipate adding more questions and answers as issues arise, so please visit the page when you have questions or concerns.

If your question doesn't appear on the FAQ page, please email your question to Your question will be answered by one of our teammates and will be considered for addition to the FAQ page.

We are also preparing a more comprehensive communication to be distributed later this week. We intend to share important information about how we intend to support your mind, body and spirit during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. We will also include information about what to expect in the Summer 2019 semester.

March 30, 2020: Free or Affordable Internet Service Offerings from the North Carolina Department of Information Technology - 11:57 a.m.

Since the Coronavirus has moved our classes online, we at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences want to ensure you have access to high-speed internet so you can work and learn remotely. We are hoping this resource from the North Carolina Department of Information Technology (NC DIT) helps meet any need you may have.

The NC DIT has compiled a list of new and existing free or affordable service offerings from vendors across the state. They also have an interactive map to ensure you can find the service offering closest to you, wherever you are.

Stay healthy Cabarrus College - we are all in this together.

March 24, 2020: Campus Community Update from President Cruickshank - 4:51 p.m.

Based on public health data; guidance from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), the State of North Carolina and Atrium Health; as well as the likely minimum duration of this health crisis, we have made the following important decisions for the months of April and May:

  1. Spring Semester Face-to-Face Classes and Labs - All face-to-face classes and labs will continue to be delivered online and virtually, for the rest of the spring semester.
  2. Spring Semester Clinical Experiences - For students who are slated to complete their program requirements at the conclusion of spring or simmer enrollment terms and have chosen to continue their clinical experiences, they will be able to do so if it is permitted by their clinical site or unless communicated otherwise from college administration.
  3. May Commencement - Commencement means so much to our students, our community and our students' lived ones. Unfortunately, due to the health risks and the prohibition against large gatherings, the May Commencement Ceremony is cancelled. Students who are completing their degree requirements will be ale to participate in the December Commencement Ceremony. This is perhaps one of the greatest disappointments resulting from the Coronavirus outbreak as we were looking forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our graduates.
  4. Degree Conferrals - Students who complete their degree requirements during the spring semester will have their degree conferred so that they will be able to sit for licensure exams, obtain employment or pursue further higher education. Letters of degree conferral will be emailed to student's college email address within three business days of the end of the term. If diplomas are available from the vendor, they will be mailed to the student's permanent address within one month of degree conferral.
  5. Spring Semester Milestone Events - Other milestone events such as capping, the Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremony, years of service awards luncheon, and the faculty/staff awards ceremony are also cancelled or postponed. Specific details regarding the rescheduling or alternative execution of these events will be shared in a forthcoming message and will be posted to the Cabarrus College website.
  6. Summer Semester Classes and Labs - At this point, we should all anticipate that the summer semester will begin with online delivery. We will evaluate this situation if the public health emergency subsides during the summer and we are able to convene face-to-face classes and laboratory experiences.
  7. Summer Semester Clinical Experiences - We are hopeful that students will be able to return to their clinical experiences this summer. In the meantime, our faculty and the Digital and Instructional Innovation Team are collaborating to identify and create as many virtual simulations and digital resources as possible to help keep students on track for skill development and misery.
  8. Teammates Working Remotely - Teammates are asked to continue to work remotely until further notice. Our commitment of educational and service excellence to our students and one another must continue. Please conduct our work as if we are still coming to campus every day. This means that managers should continue to hold individual and group meetings with their teams, standing committees should meet remotely, outreach to prospective students should occur, financial aid packages should be processed, high quality course content should be delivered, and individual conversations between teammates and students should occur.

March 17, 2020: Participation in Clinical Experiences - 8:54 p.m.

Effective immediately, degree-seeking students who are not scheduled to complete their course work by August 2020 will be removed from clinical settings. Incomplete clinical experiences in which students are currently enrolled and are required for program completion will be accommodated in the future.

For students who are slated to complete their program requirements at the conclusion of the current or summer enrollment terms, they will have the choice as to whether they wish to continue with clinical experiences or opt out. Students who wish to opt out of the clinical experiences for the rest of the current enrollment term will need to notify their clinical instructor and Program Chair. Students who wish to remain in their clinical experiences should continue to report to their clinical experiences if the clinical site continues to train students, or until notified otherwise from college administration.

Finally, it is important to note that any student who is on track to complete their program requirements at the conclusion of the current or summer term and elects to remain in a clinical setting should adhere to our policy of wearing appropriate PPE if PPE is required for their clinical experience. If any student does not have a complete set of PPE when PPE is a requirement, it is imperative that you remove yourself from that clinical setting and notify your clinical instructor or Program Chair.

March 13, 2020: Class, Clinical and Services - 7:17 p.m.

Effective Monday, March 16:

  • All face-to-face (on-campus) courses will be moved online until further notice.
  • Labs that can be offered virtually will do so. Instructors will notify students of the arrangements for their courses.
  • The main building will be closed to students and visitors. Badge access to the Library will continue.
  • Student Services, the Business Office, and Library support will offer services remotely. Please contact personnel via email as they will not be in their on-campus offices. Personnel will respond to you as quickly as possible. If you would like to speak by phone, please include your phone contact information in the email.

To make this transition, students with technological need and questions should contact Kaitlyn Reish in the Office of Digital and Instructional Innovation.

  • Clinical and fieldwork experiences will continue as long as facilities will allow. Students and faculty will not be placed with known or suspected cases of COVID-19. As with any infectious disease, facilities are taking important precautions to maintain the health and safety of students, caregivers, and patients.
  • Students are reminded to:
    • Take appropriate infectious disease precautions. Please see attached PDF document for reminders.
    • Avoid travel through or to restricted countries and high-risk areas of the U.S.
    • Complete the Student Travel Form in Sonis as directed in previous emails.
    • Contact instructors and the Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management if you develop respiratory symptoms and fever or are exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Faculty and Staff:
    • Should continue Atrium Health protocol for infectious disease precautions and notifications.
    • Should communicate with students regarding specifics related to course delivery and assignments.
    • Remember to work with students who are unable to attend clinicals/fieldwork or complete online assignments due to illness, quarantines, or unexpected circumstances.
    • Are strongly encouraged to work from home. Alternative work arrangements should be discussed with the direct supervisor.
    • Faculty and staff are encouraged to pack up resources and finalize arrangements for working remotely on Monday, March 16.
    • On March 17, the building will be badge-access only.
    • The Office of Digital and Instructional Innovation will assist faculty and staff with appropriate support.


Letter from Dr. Patchett, Acting President

March 10, 2020: Travel Tracking Update - 4:56 p.m.

As the situation around the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to unfold, we wanted to communicate a new request to monitor and prevent the possible spread of the virus.

We are requesting all students:

  1. Record your travel history over the last two weeks; beginning February 24, 2020. It is important to record any international and out of state travel during this time.
  2. Register any upcoming/planned travel.

Your recent and planned travel may be recorded using the Sonis portal and the Student Travel Tracking Form. Please follow the 4 steps below:

How to access the Student Travel Tracking Form

  1. Log into Sonis using your login credentials
  2. Click on Forms, then Student Forms in the menu on the left.
  3. Click on the Student Travel Tracking Form to open the form
  4. Complete each field and click Submit.

*Please note that some web browsers only allow viewing this form in its entirety when in a narrow-minimized browser view. If your web browser gives you trouble, a mobile or tablet view may work better.

Remember, personal travel through or to restricted countries is extremely discouraged. These areas include: China, South Korea, Japan, Iran and Italy. If you have traveled to a restricted country, you may be subject to a 14-day quarantine before you will be allowed to return. Since the situation may rapidly change with new areas being identified as restricted countries by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), you may be subject to a quarantine if the list of restricted countries changes. Additionally, if you travel to a high-risk area within the U.S., you may be subject to a quarantine period. If you are traveling to Washington state, Oregon, California, or any state that the CDC or Atrium Health identifies as high risk in the future, you may also be subject to quarantine.

At this point, we will continue normal operations of the college. This is an extremely fluid situation, and we are continuing to monitor this closely and work with our partners at Atrium Health to ensure everyone’s health and safety. We’re committed to keeping you informed by providing updates as needed. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the administration, your advisor, instructors or program chair if you have questions or concerns.

March 10, 2020: State of Emergency Update - 4:15 p.m.

The state of North Carolina has declared a state of emergency around the coronavirus (COVID19).

At this time, Cabarrus College classes and clinicals are operating under a normal schedule. We are taking extreme measures to keep all of our students, faculty and staff safe while continuing to monitor the situation along with Atrium Health, Carolinas Health Alliance, and Cabarrus County Schools.

We will continue to update the Cabarrus College community as things unfold.

March 9, 2020: Fast Facts Update - 12 p.m.

A novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 which causes COVID-19) outbreak was identified initially in China, with subsequent spread throughout China and to multiple countries including the United States. The World Health Organization declared this novel coronavirus a global health emergency on 1/30/2020. The CDC, NC DHHS, Cabarrus Health Alliance, and Atrium Health Infectious Disease specialists are monitoring closely as the situation is rapidly evolving.

What are the signs and symptoms of this disease?

Typical symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and difficulty breathing, much like many other respiratory viruses circulating this time of year. Symptoms are likely to appear in two to 14 days after exposure.

How does this disease spread?

Spread of COVID-19 is thought to be happening in the same way that the seasonal flu spreads - mainly from person to person through close contact with someone who is infected. Infected people may be able to infect others up to 14 days after becoming sick.

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick or infecting others?

There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like COVID-19. Take these everyday steps to protect your health:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Use alcohol-based hand cleaners as an alternative.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Throw used tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • If you have any of the symptoms listed above, stay home from work or school for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications).
  • Limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

It is worth noting that most of the cases (as reported by the CDC) have been mild.

What does this mean for you?

Currently there are no plans to change classes, clinical rotations, or the format for events like graduation. We will, however, monitor the situation closely and update you immediately if we need to make any changes based on increased risk of transmission.

If you are either exposed to someone with COVID-19 or must miss classes due to the virus, please notify your instructor(s) immediately with the following information: date of exposure/symptoms and whether exposure occurred in the clinical/fieldwork setting, a personal setting (home/work), or if the setting is unknown. This information will help the College and Atrium Health to monitor and prevent further spread of the virus. It also will help your instructors advise you about assignments and missed work.

For more information

North Carolina residents with questions or concerns about COVID-19 may call the newly established Coronavirus Line (1-866-462-3821). This hotline is available 24 hours/day, 7 days a week. You may also call the Cabarrus Health Alliance with questions (704-920-1213) or send them an email at

For additional, up-to-date information on COVID-19, you may also wish to visit one or more of the following websites:

Also see the fact sheets issued by the Centers for Disease Control:

Cabarrus College cares about your health and that of our patients. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.