[Case Study] How CNI Is Successfully Bringing Students Back To Campus

[Case Study] How CNI Is Successfully Bringing Students Back To Campus

CNI College is a Vocational and Allied Nursing School located in Santa Ana, California. It has been in operation since 1994 and offers programs in Nursing, Surgical Tech, and MRI Tech, in addition to online BSN programs. CNI is ABHES and CCNE accredited.

When the COVID-19 pandemic first struck the United States, CNI, along with most other colleges and universities, had to put their on ground learning on hold. As the pandemic progressed, many schools worried about how they would survive, and some have already been forced to close permanently, but not CNI. In fact, CNI actually experienced enrollment growth due to increased demand for their healthcare programs.

When it became evident that the emergency move to online programs would not be short-lived, CNI’s accreditors mandated that a percentage of student hours must be completed on ground for students to earn their credentials. With this in mind, CNI prioritized creating secure policies and a safe environment for students to return to campus and complete their on ground hours.

Daily Health Surveys To Foster Feelings Of Safety

Because their students work in a healthcare setting and interact with hospital patients, CNI knew they needed a top tier plan to minimize the risk of an outbreak in their learning environments.


One of their initial steps to creating a safe on ground learning environment was consulting students and faculty about what would make them feel safe returning to campus. CNI uncovered that students and faculty would feel safest with a daily health check survey in place. That way, anyone indicating even the slightest health risk would be kept off campus and staff and students could feel comfortable being in close proximity to each other.


For compliance purposes, CNI also wanted to adopt daily health checks to keep a running record of the health risks of everyone coming on site. By gathering daily records, CNI could prove to accreditors if need be that the learning environment was indeed safe.


Knowing that they wanted to implement a daily health survey, CNI weighed options including paper surveys, Google Forms, Surveymonkey, and CourseKey’s digital surveys. Ultimately, CNI implemented CourseKey’s daily health check surveys.

Instilling Peace Of Mind

Since implementing CourseKey’s health check surveys in June to bring students back to campus, CNI staff and students have experienced zero health concerns.


CourseKey’s daily health checks alert administrators immediately if a student fills out the survey in a way that indicates any risk. This system makes it easy and reliable for CNI admins to monitor the health status of students coming to campus in real-time.


CNI appreciates that they could make completing the daily health check survey quick and easy for students to submit each day. And because students at CNI are using CourseKey’s attendance tools to check in and out of class, admins could verify that each student accruing hours on site had filled out the questionnaire.

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Faculty are particularly appreciative of the daily health checks because they like knowing that any student they’re working closely with on campus has been cleared to be there. When faculty look at their class roster, they can see an indicator next to the name of each student that they have indeed passed the health check.


Additionally, at any point, accreditors might ask CNI what they have done to meet CDC guidelines and ensure safety of staff and students. When that happens, CNI can easily export a CourseKey report with self-reported student health data and pair it up with the daily logs that instructors write.


With the added layer of security that the daily health check survey provides, CNI externship partner sites have also welcomed students on site. Externship sites know that students are completing the survey before they arrive and only those that pass will be working on site. Knowing that the surveys are designed in line with CDC guidelines, site preceptors can be confident that students visiting the site are not putting site staff or patients in danger.

Focusing On Education

With students and staff having the peace of mind of not feeling in danger while they’re on site, they can focus on working together to hone students’ skills. With the safety measures CNI has put in place, their students have felt comfortable coming to campus to complete their on ground hours and finish their programs.

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