Communicable Disease Policy
Students in the graduate (and graduate track) Athletic Training Program (ATP) must demonstrate protection against communicable diseases before being allowed to participate in patient care. This includes completion of a comprehensive vaccination/communicable disease record and verification that the athletic training student meets the technical standards of the ATP. The vaccination record will be kept in the athletic training student’s permanent file at the University of Lynchburg Health Center. Students must also complete yearly training in the handling of blood-borne pathogens and infectious agents as specified by the Occupational and Safety Health Administration and documented by the ATP.
The University of Lynchburg ATP wishes to ensure a healthy and safe environment for all students, faculty members, preceptors, and their respective patient/athletes. In addition to prevention, MSAT students can experience communicable diseases (a disease that may be transmitted directly or indirectly from one individual to another, cdc.gov). Exposure to pathogens causing disease and illness occurs in daily life but may increase as a health care provider. Common transmission methods include direct contact with contaminated fluids or indirect contact such as airborne.
Technical Standards for Admission
The Master of Science in Athletic Training is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. The technical standards set forth by the Athletic Training Department establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program’s accrediting agency (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education [CAATE]). All students admitted to the Athletic Training Department must attest that they are able to meet the following abilities and expectations. In the event a student is unable to attest that he/she is able to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted into the program.
Compliance with the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for the BOC certification exam.
The purpose of the technical standards is to inform students of realistic expectations of completing the Athletic Training Department. The Athletic Training Department consists of both didactic (classroom) and clinical (hands-on experience) education. The curriculum simulates the physical, intellectual and emotional demands of the profession so that students get a realistic picture of the profession and so that students can be appropriately evaluated on their athletic training knowledge and skill. It is the responsibility of the University of Lynchburg to inform all admitted and prospective students of these expectations. It is also the responsibility of the University of Lynchburg to develop and follow retention policies that are consistent with the demands of the technical standards listed above. It is also the responsibility of the University of Lynchburg to make reasonable accommodations to ensure that students can meet the demands of the Athletic Training Department. It is the student’s responsibility to reveal any special accommodations that are needed in the Athletic Training Curriculum in order for the student to complete all requirements of the Athletic Training Department. All students are then held to the same retention standards.
All requests for accommodations must go through the University of Lynchburg Academic Advising Office. The support services coordinator will review the request for reasonable accommodations with input from the dean of the College of Health Sciences, and the Athletic Training Department chairperson, as needed. The support services coordinator may ask the student to provide appropriate documentation as evidence of disability in making a decision about the reasonableness of a request.
Candidates for selection into the Athletic Training Department will be required to acknowledge that they understand and meet these technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet the standards.
If a student states he/she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, then the University will determine whether it agrees with the student. This includes a review of whether the accommodations requested are reasonable, taking into account whether an accommodation would jeopardize clinician/patient safety, or the educational process of the student or the institution, including all coursework, clinical experiences and internships deemed essential to graduation.