Page updated April 29, 2021 at 9:51 a.m.
The health and safety of the Ameritech College of Healthcare community is our first priority. Based on updated guidelines by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Utah Department of Health, Ameritech College has temporarily transitioned to virtual instruction. Labs, simulations, and select lectures will take place on campus as of June 1, 2020, with additional modifications to campus operations going into effect on January 11, 2021.
Read Our Phased Campus Activity Guidelines
Read Our Modified Campus Activity Guidelines as of 1/11/2021
Given the fluid nature of the situation, we remain agile and proactive in our response and continue to seek guidance from local and national authorities. Decisions are evaluated on a daily basis, and additional changes will be communicated via your student email, in slack, and through rave alerts. We recommend you stay up to date on information from the CDC and the Utah Department of Health.
UPDATES FROM THE CDC
UPDATES FROM THE UTAH DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Please note that while certain classes have transitioned to synchronous virtual instruction, we will do our best to minimize the impact on your progress in your program. The attendance policy is still in effect. If you have extenuating circumstances, it’s imperative that you request an attendance accommodation.
Faculty will contact students with specifics on how to access courses and other specifics. Lectures will start and stop at their scheduled times.
Students in need of assistance may still come on campus if you do not have the technology resources to attend classes virtually, or if you need additional support. All students coming on campus must adhere to the precautions listed below.
Additional Response Measures:
- To help students with questions related to recent updates, class and clinical schedules, and accommodations, we have established a Student Help Line that will be staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Phone: (385) 455-HELP
Email: [email protected]
- We have created a FAQ page for students, staff, and faculty to address the common questions. The FAQ page can be accessed here. We will update this page as new information is made available.
- Our administration is actively monitoring developments around COVID-19 and will announce any responses by the College via email, Rave alerts (if campus operations are disrupted), and our Website.
- Our campus staff continues to work diligently to conduct additional daily disinfection throughout college.
- Employees and students traveling are encouraged to monitor for updates on domestic and international travel advisories here.
- We have put additional contingency plans in place in the event there are needed modifications to campus operations and/or clinical rotations.
- Ameritech College of Healthcare will align with the State of Utah’s end to the statewide mask mandate (see Utah H.B. 294), discontinuing the mask requirement on campus as of April 28, 2021. The downward trend of new COVID-19 cases in Utah and Salt Lake Counties (see COVID-19 Transmission Index) coupled with the positive vaccination rate of our healthcare worker population on campus lends itself to removing the mask requirement.
- Individuals who choose to continue to wear a mask may do so without prejudice.
- Individuals exhibiting any symptoms of illness should stay home.
- Individuals on campus exhibiting non-infectious symptoms (e.g., seasonal allergies) should wear a mask.
- Masks may still be required at the institution’s discretion, including for individuals that have received the COVID-19 vaccination.
We continue to encourage all members of our community to educate themselves regarding the COVID-19 vaccination (https://coronavirus.utah.gov/vaccine/) and to demonstrate your professional commitment to preserving your health, and the health of all those you encounter by being vaccinated.
Students are expected to adhere to all COVID-19 related requirements, including mask requirements, at partner clinical sites.
- Individuals coming on campus will have their temperature taken. Individuals with a temperature of more than 100.4 will be asked to go home and accommodations will be made.
- Labs, simulation, and any campus-based lectures will be scheduled with the instructor in small groups of typically no more than 10 students.
- While on campus, we ask that students not congregate in common areas before or after labs and simulations in order to limit the number of people in shared spaces. We also ask that our students practice social distancing by staying 6 feet apart from other individuals, where possible.
- If you have tested positive for COVID-19, are awaiting a COVID-19 test result, or have had *direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home and complete our self-reporting form on our Notifications and Reporting page. Student Services will contact you with appropriate next steps.
- If you are sick or displaying symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and contact your primary healthcare provider or the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 . While our attendance policy has not changed, we have remote accommodations and other contingencies in place. Once you have spoken with the appropriate healthcare provider, please contact your Program Director so we can make accommodations (contact information below). You may also complete an Emergency Absence Request Form.
- If you are considered high risk according to the CDC, please contact your Program Director so we can make any needed accommodations.
- While conditions are actively shifting, during this precautionary period, if you have a situation with a family member or otherwise that may impact your ability to make a scheduled class, please contact your Program Director so we can help you make accommodations.
- Staff and faculty who are either sick or considered high risk have also been instructed to stay home.
- Our campus staff is conducting multiple disinfecting rounds throughout campus to sanitize high-touch areas.
- Students should continue to practice good hand hygiene. We continue to admonish each of you to take extra precautions as prescribed by the CDC for Healthcare professionals.
We are coordinating daily with our clinical partners and OTA fieldwork sites. We will work with each student individually and will have a make-up plan in place in the event your clinical rotation is impacted. Please contact our Clinical Relations team if you have questions or have been assigned to a unit with additional restrictions (contact information below).
All health guidelines suggest proper hygiene remains the single most effective method for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Prevention tips include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (contains at least 60% alcohol).
- Avoid touching your face, especially with unwashed hands.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, tables, phones, and keyboards daily using regular household detergent and water. This is a helpful video from NBC Boston on how to clean your phone.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then immediately throw it away. If you don’t have a tissue, cover your cough with your elbow rather than your hand.
- Avoid close contact with those who are ill.
- Practice social distancing.
What to do if you are sick or have had direct exposure:
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, are awaiting test results, or have had *direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home and complete our self-reporting form on our Notifications and Reporting page. Student Services will contact you with appropriate next steps.
If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and contact your primary care provider or the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707.
The Utah Coronavirus information hotline is a resource for those who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19, as well as a central resource for the public’s questions about COVID-19. The line is staffed 24/7 – callers will first hear a recorded options menu before talking to a staff member.
Once you have spoken with the appropriate healthcare provider, please contact your program director so we can make accommodations. If you need to request an emergency absence due to a required self-isolation or positive COVID-19 test, please complete our Emergency Absence Form.
ASN, BSN, and MSN:
Lisa Harper, RN, PhD
Associate Dean of Nursing
Email: [email protected]
Office: (801) 816-8648
Email: [email protected]
Cell: (801) 309-3561
If you have questions related to your clinical rotations, please contact:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (801) 609-1174
*Direct Exposure is being about six feet (approximately two meters) from an infected person for a prolonged period while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment (PPE). Close contact also includes instances where there was direct contact with infectious secretions (like being coughed on), or if you touched a surface or object that may have been contaminated with the virus (shared door handles or tables for instance) without proper PPE. Close contact generally does not include brief interactions, such as walking past a person.