Infectious Disease Policy
The purpose of this policy is to protect the healthy and safety of the students enrolled in the Athletic Training Education Program as they participate in didactic and clinical education experiences required by the program.
All students must attend required OSHA and blood-borne pathogen training annually to learn, practice, and be evaluated as successfully performing all skills and tasks that will assist them in limiting their exposure in health care settings. To limit exposure, students are required to use proper hand washing techniques and practice good hygiene at all times. Students are required to use universal precautions at all times when functioning as an athletic training student in a health care setting and/or when working with potential sources of infectious disease.
Students with contagious or potentially contagious illnesses should inform their clinical instructor of their condition to discuss participation in classroom, laboratory, or clinical experiences. If the students feel ill enough (e.g. fever, diarrhea, other acute symptoms) to miss more than one day or class or clinical experience, that student should be evaluated by Student Health Services or his/her family physician. Upon review by Student Health Services or a physician, the student must furnish the athletic training education program with notification of his/her health status and ability to participate in the required academic and clinical activities of the program. If a student develops a debilitating medical condition that may impact the safety of the student or patient, the student must inform the program director prior to direct patient care. The athletic training education program technical standards for admission will be used as a guide for determining the ability of a student to continue to provide care safely.