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Health and Safety 

The Upper Iowa Athletic Training Program is committed to protecting the health and safety of the athletic training students, prospective athletic training students, preceptors, faculty, and patients. Several policies have been developed to protect the health and safety of those involved in the ATP. 

Technical Standards

Athletic training students are required to meet the technical standards for admission or show potential for meeting the standards with reasonable accommodations as determined by the UIU Director of Disability Services. Prospective students seeking reasonable accommodations to meet the technical standards must meet with the Director of Disability Services to review the technical standards and identify reasonable accommodations, taking into account patient and clinician safety. For additional information regarding the programs technical standards, please contact the Director of Athletic Training Education.

Preventing Disease Transmission

The ATP recognizes the importance of minimizing the exposure to infectious disease in the clinical education setting. All students involved in the ATP, including prospective athletic training students, receive annual training in preventing disease transmission prior to completing clinical education or directed observation hours. As a part of this training, students review the program’s Infectious Disease Policy. Students are expected to understand the policy and the additional guidelines required due to the potential exposure to infectious disease in the clinical setting. The Infectious Disease Policy is available to students on the ATrack database and the ATP Student Handbook.

Immunizations

Upper Iowa values the health and safety of its students. Following vaccination recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for healthcare providers, students accepted into the ATP are required to provide documentation of the following vaccinations by August 1 of the year they begin clinical experiences: Hepatitis B vaccination series; Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination; Varicella vaccination or proof of disease; Tetanus Diphtheria and Pertussis (DTap) vaccination; and meningococcal vaccination.

All students in the ATP will be required to show documentation of the influenza vaccination prior to November 1 of each year.

Athletic training students may be required to obtain a Tuberculosis (TB) Test for clinical rotations outside of Upper Iowa University. 

Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan

During the course of completing clinical education or directed observation hours, there is the potential for an infectious exposure to occur. If an exposure should occur, the student should notify their supervising preceptor or the clinical education coordinator immediately. The preceptor will activate the Bloodbourne Pathogen Exposure Plan and assist the student with the acquiring appropriate post-exposure care and completing appropriate documentation. The Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Plan is available to students on the ATrack database.

Emergency Action Plans

Athletic training students must review the emergency action plan (EAP) for their assigned clinical rotation with their preceptor prior to beginning any clinical education rotation. These EAPs are accessible on the ATrack Database and the ATP Student Handbook.

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