MPAS students’ learning experiences occur in a variety of settings and, like the healthcare professionals in these settings, MPAS students are at risk for health and safety issues including exposure to blood-borne or air-borne pathogens, chemical and toxic drug exposures and other personal injury. Students will gain knowledge and experience in preventing, minimizing and responding to exposure through:
- annual OSHA training;
- clinical laboratory activities (e.g., suturing, IV starts, surgical skills); and
- didactic coursework.
Clinical agencies may also require students to attend/complete a site-specific orientation regarding infection control and environmental safety in preparation for supervised clinical practice experience.