COVID-19 Preparedness at St. Luke's College

November 10, 2020

Due to difficulties in testing, St. Luke's College is temporarily waiving ACT/SAT examination requirements for admission into the Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 classes.  This will be reevaluated May 1, 2021 for admission into the Spring 2022 classes.  

June 22, 2020

COVID-19 CARES Act Funding

May 11, 2020

Universal Masking will be required for faculty, staff, and students when on campus and/or within the medical center buildings starting immediately.

The expectation will be that masks will be worn in most situations including walking to and from your vehicle, with a few exceptions when it can be removed such as when eating or alone in an office.

Just like wearing your name badge, please be advised that wearing the face mask while on campus is now the policy at UPH.

If anyone will be removing their face mask while on campus, you may need to move classroom tables and chairs to ensure at least 6 feet of distancing is practiced.

April 2, 2020

COVID-19 Announcement:

St. Luke's College leadership has just extended the continuation of course delivery in an online format through the remainder of the spring semester.  Labs and testing will continue on campus in groups of 10 or smaller, similar to current practice.  St. Luke's College will continue to suspend all direct patient care clinical/fieldwork activities at all sites for all programs until further notice.  Students will be notified in the event any program is able to resume direct patient care clinical/fieldwork.  

In the event there are changes to this schedule or plan, the College will communicate as soon as possible.  

March 28, 2020

Campus Screening Process

 As a result of the March 26th proclamation by Governor Reynolds, beginning Monday, March 30th St. Luke's College will implement a screening process for all faculty, staff and students entering campus.  Each day, everyone entering the campus must check in and be screened before being allowed to continue into the facility.  The check-in area will be staffed from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday until further notice.


All faculty, staff and students will be required to enter the main door of the College.  If you have the means to take your temperature at home prior to coming to campus you should do so. The screening procedure will consist of answering the following questions:

  • Do you have a cough?

  • Do you have shortness of breath?

  • Do you have a fever?
  • Have you taken your temperature today?  If so, what was it? (temperatures will be taken for individuals who have not taken their temperature prior to coming to campus)

The check in desk will be setup right inside the door, in the atrium.  In an effort to provide privacy for the person being screened, only one person shall be at the check in desk at a time.  If someone is at the desk, please practice social distancing until that person has been successfully checked in. 


Because of the time involved in screening individuals arriving on campus, it is recommended that you arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of any lab/sim/testing session. 


Restrictions for St. Luke's College Faculty and Staff: St. Luke's College is following UnityPoint Health's guidance on Team Members returning to work.  Team Members must complete the "Return to Work" form and comply with all UPH guidance on returning to work. 

General Campus Restrictions:  St. Luke's College is following the Center for Disease Control and IDPH's guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19.  All faculty, staff and students shall not come to campus for any reason if showing symptoms of any illness.  Class sizes for Laboratory/Simulation/Testing sessions will be limited to 10 persons or less.  Adequate space will be available to allow for social distancing.  Some lab/sim sessions may require individuals to be within 6 feet of one another. Anyone who has a mask and wishes to wear one is encouraged to bring it with. 


Procedure if someone does not successfully get screened

Anyone answering "yes" to any of the screening questions and/or has a temperature greater than or equal to 100.4F or 38C will not be permitted on campus.  The person who screens positive shall:

  • Leave the facility immediately.  Students: call or email the faculty of the lab/sim/exam you were scheduled to attend.  Faculty/staff:  call or email your immediate supervisor.


March 27, 2020

As of Friday, March 27, 2020, St. Luke's College has made the determination to extend the online course format through April 17th.  Labs and testing will continue to be allowed on campus in groups of 10 or smaller. St. Luke's College will continue to suspend all direct patient care clinical/fieldwork activities at all sites for all programs through April 3rd.  

In the event there are changes to this schedule, the College will communicate as soon as possible.  St. Luke's College is committed to keeping your education on track to as timely of a completion as possible.

March 23, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic advances and impacts more people every day,  St. Luke's College has implemented the next phase of preparedness in order to keep our staff healthy so that we can be here for you and your needs. 


As of Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the offices of Students Services and Library departments will be closed to the public until further notice.  It is important to note that the College is still operating and available to assist you remotely.


Student Services Department - Please call (712) 279-3149 to discuss your needs over the phone or send an email.  Staff are available in the areas of admissions, financial aid, billing, registrar, and technology support.  For individual contact information, please see the faculty/staff link on the College's website.  If your needs require a face-to-face meeting, we can discuss the options available to you.


Library Department - Current students who do not have internet service or a computer at home to complete online coursework, can utilize the College's computer lab, located in the library.  Please contact the Library at (712) 279-3156 to schedule an appointment during the following hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Social distancing will be practiced and please make sure you are symptom free per CDC guidelines


Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to continuing to assist you.

March 19, 2020


In an effort to keep students informed, St. Luke's College is providing updated information on the College's COVID-19 planning and preparation efforts.  College Administration places the safety of our entire campus, and the community, as the ultimate priority when making measured decisions on how to proceed.  

The College will continue to follow the CDC Guidelines to ensure that students, faculty, staff, and visitors remain safe during this time of preparedness and planning for COVID-19.  After carefully considering our options, the College is going to proceed as follows until further notice:

March 23 - all face to face classes will be delivered fully online.  Faculty will be reaching out to students regarding course and clinical schedules and course activities.  Students should check their College email and Blackboard courses regularly.  Students may be asked to come to campus for testing (testing groups will be limited to 10 individuals including the proctor).  

March 23 (week of) - clinical s/labs will resume.  Students may be asked to come to campus for lab, or possibly simulation in lieu of clinical.  Groups will be limited to 10 individuals including the instructor(s).

Note: While the situation evolves each day, currently we do not plan to extend the length of the semester nor reschedule commencement.

Other Information

  • In order to minimize traffic on campus, access to the College has been limited to students and necessary College personnel.
  • ID badges must be worn at all times while on campus and at clinical.  Entrance to the hospital must be through the tunnel.
  • Street parking is prohibited.  Students should park in designated areas in the ramp.
  • College email will continue to be the primary method of communication for students, faculty and staff.
  • Even though the College will remain open to provide academic advising, financial aid, admission, registrar and library services, we encourage you to reach out through email or telephone prior to coming to campus.
  • The College reminds everyone to practice everyday preventative health behaviors.  Please review the information provided by the CDC on how to protect yourself and others.
  • If you feel sick, please follow the CDC recommendations.  
  • We recognize this situation may have created some challenges for our campus community.  As a reminder, the Life Assistance Program (CIGNA) continues to be a resource for students.

St. Luke's College values the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.  Thank you for your patience as we navigate this evolving situation.   We will do our best to provide timely notifications of changes to this plan.