Once notified of admittance into the GATP, students must meet the following requirements prior to beginning the clinical education component of the program.
As a student in the GATP, you will be working in a variety of health care settings. The UTC-GATP has established guidelines which comply with the CAATE Accreditation Standards as well as the recommendations of the GATP Medical Director and University Health Services. Students must fulfill these requirements by July 15 (Background Check by May 30) in order to start the clinical education component of the curriculum.
Complete the following requirements:
1) Immunizations and Technical Standards
The UTC-GATP Medical History Form will be accepted. The form consists of the following components:
- Medical history (to be completed by the student)
- Immunization record (completed by the student and reviewed by physician)
Students must complete their immunization information on the medical history form. Failure to do so will result in a delay in the start of the clinical component of the GATP until fulfillment of the requirement. The GATP will not provide nor cover the costs for immunization or laboratory testing. The student can coordinate needed updates (i.e., Hepatitis B vaccine, Tuberculin testing, tetanus booster, etc.) through University Health Services or through your own primary care physician. PPD (Mantoux) for Tuberculin testing can be completed at University Health Services. Test must be read in the UHS within 48-72 hours. This testing is required annually and should be scheduled to cover the entire clinical component time frame (August to the following July).
Technical standards are abilities that a person must possess and be able to perform to be an athletic trainer. These abilities are evaluated by a physician during the physical examination and by yourself on the Technical Standards form. If there are any questions as to whether these abilities can be performed, the Office of Student with Disabilities will be contacted and the student will be evaluated. Technical standards form is available HERE.
2) Current CPR Certification (online CPR courses are not accepted)
Students are required to be certified in CPR prior to entering the GATP. Upon entering the GATP, students will be recertified in CPR prior to the start of the clinical experience.
Recertification will be the Health Care Provider certification for CPR by the American Heart Association as required by our sports medicine and medical partners.
3) Purchase Individual Student Professional Liability Insurance
Coverage of a minimum of $1,000,000 per incidence/ occurrence and $3,000,000 annual aggregate is required. Students can purchase the liability insurance through companies such as HPSO (www.hpso.com) or through the UTC Bursar's Office in the University Center.
4) Criminal Background Check
Must be completed by May 30. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) requires verification of competency of all individuals who have direct contact with patients or employees; this includes students doing clinical rotations in the facility. Competency extends beyond technical skills to an individual's criminal history.
- Cost = $25 to $40
- You will need to bring verification of coverage (not receipt)
5) Health Physical
May be completed on or off campus. If completed off campus, you must use our Physical Health Form. If you choose to complete on campus, we will arrange appointment times once you arrive. You will need a copy of your immunizations! Physical = $25 at University Health Services
6) Drug Screen - 10 panel screen
Cost = $20 at University Health Services
7) OSHA/TOSHA fit-testing for N95 particular respirator mask (includes respirator training)
Conducted at Chattanooga Work Force; Cost = $15
8) TB skin test
Must be negative within the past 12 months and proof of test and test results if test is done prior to coming to UTC. Annually required ($5) at University Health Services.
9) Flu shot
Required annually; Administered during "flu season"
Can receive from University Health Services or elsewhere
10) Signed HIPAA/ Privacy/ Confidential Form
11) Signed Code of Conduct Form
Student Policy Manual and CIP Signature Page
12) OSHA - Blood-Borne Pathogens Training (completed form)
13) Regulatory Orientation Modules on TCPS website
Required annually; Cost = $10
FAILURE TO SATISFY THE PRE-CLINICAL HEALTH REQUIREMENTS MAY RESULT IN DISMISSAL FROM THE UTC-GATP.