If an athletic training student is ill, the student will report to the Student Health Center or a healthcare provider of this/her choice. The physician or the nurse practitioner (NP) at the Student Health Center will determine the appropriate treatment and the amount of time the student will be absent from clinical activity. Specific guidelines for various illnesses, based on recommendations of the Control of Communicable Diseases Manual by Bendenson (an official report of the American Public Health Association), will be used by personnel in the Student Health Center to make a decision regarding suspension from clinical activity. For each communicable disease, the manual contains information regarding:
- Infectious agents
- Mode of transmission
- Period of communicability
- Susceptibility and resistance
- Methods of control
- Epidemic measures
If the student has a communicable disease, the student will notify the preceptor with whom he or she is working as soon as possible. The student will notify the preceptor on the length of time he/she will be absent from their clinical rotation. The student will not return to a clinical setting until the physician or NP at the Student Health Center has released the student to work in the clinical setting. The student may request the Student Health Center personnel to send an email notice to verify that a student has been treated in the Student Health Center to on-campus faculty. No information about the student’s condition will be released because of confidentiality issues.
Signing this downloadable form indicates that the student understands and takes responsibility for abiding by the Communicable Disease Policy also located in the Athletic Training Student Handbook on Moodle.