Rehabilitative Science

Field Observations

The purpose of field observations is to provide the student with opportunities to observe in work settings with credentialed professionals. This allows the student to observe professional behaviors, client interactions, and gain better understanding of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for that particular setting. Normally field observations are related to freshman and sophomore level coursework and is related to service learning.

The purpose of the internship is to provide the student with an opportunity to work with credentialed professionals and apply knowledge, skills, and abilities from coursework from the major.

Individual settings and agencies have specific guidelines regarding observation, volunteer, and/or interns and patient interactions. The student is expected to follow the guidelines discussed in their facility orientation.

Requirements

To ensure compliance with the affiliation agreements with external agencies, the program has established requirements for participation in field observations and/or internships. The follow identifies the academic and administrative requirements for field observations and/or internships.

The student must either be

    • Enrolled in an course where observations or service learning with identified field observations and/or internship outcomes are expected (e.g. ATHP 1310 - Introduction to Patient Care)
    • Enrolled in either ATHP 1099: Observation or ATHP 4388: Professional Internship

All students placements must be approved by the program director. Due to requirements of affiliation agreements with external agencies, the following are required for students wanting to complete observations in various health care areas:

    • Health and Immunization Packet (includes health history form, immunizations form, and physical examination for completed by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant)
    • Current Health Care Provider CPR and First Aid certifications
    • Completion of HIPAA/FERPA Confidentiality Training
    • Completion of Blood-borne Pathogen, OSHA, and/or Universal Precautions Training
    • Proof of Occupational Exposure "Needle Stick" Insurance
    • Completion of favorable criminal background screening

Note: Some agencies or settings may require a drug screening and/or have additional health requirements prior to participation.

Further information about the above requirements and forms can be found on the program requirements section of the web page.

Field Observations and/or Internship Approval Process

The student must complete the following each semester in which they intend to complete field observations and/or internship opportunities:

  1. Complete and submit the following to the program director:
    • Field Observation and/or Internship Application
    • Health and Immunization Packet
    • Health care provider CPR and First Aid certifications
    • Proof of Occupational Exposure "Needle Stick" Insurance
    • Completion of favorable criminal background screening (only needs to be submitted once)
  2. Attend and complete the following:
    • HIPAA/FERPA Confidentiality Training
    • Blood-borne Pathogen, OSHA, and/or Universal Precautions Training
    • Field Observation and/or Internship Orientation
  3. Approval E-mail from Program Director with handbook.

Documentation of Field Observations and/or Internship - Document/Form

The program requires students to officially document all field observations, service learning opportunities, and or internship clock hours.

All hours logs should be submitted to the program director. Deliver to the program director office location (Nursing Building 225) or mail it to Athletic Training and Rehabilitative Science Program Director, Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of the Incarnate Word, 4301 Broadway – CPO 472, San Antonio, Texas 78209.


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