Clinical Education Expectations

These policies apply for ALL clinical education experiences associated with the MATR program.

  1. Complete clinical site paperwork which may include: EAP (emergency action plan), BBP safety review, communicable and infectious disease policy, HIPAA and FERPA protections, CPR documentation, clinical rotation rules and regulations (dress code, immunization policy, name badge), and electronic medical record-keeping system or injury log procedures.
  2. Athletic training students act under the direct supervision of the assigned clinical preceptor. This includes supervision as defined by CAATE. Supervision allows a student to move from interdependent to independent based on the student’s knowledge and skills as well as the context of care. All clinical hours must be directly supervised by a preceptor.
  3. Athletic training students may elect to drive patients during their clinical experience after completing the required Iowa State University motor vehicle record check verification (used for driving on campus Gators and golf carts) or required policies at their assigned clinical experience. Driving may be restricted following results of the annual background check. Athletic training students are never permitted to transport athletes in their private vehicles.
  4. Attendance is expected. Students need to be responsible for all clinical experience assignments, tracking clinical hours, completing site and clinical preceptor evaluation forms in a timely fashion, manage their time wisely, and if a student will be late or absent, they are responsible for contacting their clinical preceptor. Students also need to utilize the clinical time to practice skills and take advantage of the experience as a learning opportunity.
  5. Patient confidentiality must be maintained during ALL clinical experiences, in compliance with HIPAA, FERPA, the NATA Foundational Behaviors of Professional Practice, the NATA Code of Ethics, and the BOC Standards of Professional Practice. At no time is it acceptable to give out information to anyone regarding a patient’s personal or medical information, unless this is approved by your supervising preceptor and patient. Medical records should not be left unattended or removed from the clinical site without permission from the preceptor.

Clinical experience courses commonly run outside of the normal academic calendar (pre and post season, holidays, weekends, evenings). Students are expected to complete their clinical rotation as assigned for the ENTIRE rotation and do not stop once the minimum hours are met for the class. Students need to expect fluctuation in the number of hours per week and they are to be provided at least one day off per 7- day period from their clinical experience and hours spent in the act of traveling (bus, drive, flight) do not count as clinical experience. This relief day is to be mutually agreed upon between the Preceptor and student. The scheduled relief day may vary within the seven days but it should be indicated on the students’ recorded hours’ log. This policy is to be consistent across all clinical sites.

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