Nyack College School of Social Work Field Education

Process for Safe Return to Clinical and Fieldwork Experiences

  1. Shelter in Place/Stay at Home orders lifted to the extent that return is allowed.
  2. Documented completion of required student educational modules.   
  3. Confirmation by Field Office and Faculty Liaison any documentation that clinical or fieldwork site meets the following guidelines:
    1. Willing and able to provide a quality educational experience
    2. Screening and policies in place for individuals presenting with signs and symptoms
    3. Infection control measures confirmed
    4. Protocol or policy for students related to COVID positive patient care OR high-risk situations where high-risk exposure to yet undiagnosed patients is likely (ER or urgent care settings)
      1. No contact
      2. Contact with appropriate PPE consistent for their staff
  4. Student completes a  Self-Screening Survey (https://landing.google.com/screener/covid19) to identify higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 according to CDC guidelines including:
    1. 65 years and older
    2. Underlying medical condition, including
      1. Students with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
      2. Students with serious heart conditions
      3. Students who are immunocompromised (e.g. cancer treatment, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, prolonged use of corticosteroids or other immune weakening medications)
      4. Students with severe obesity (BMI of 40 or higher)
      5. Students with diabetes
      6. Students with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
      7. Students with liver disease
  5. Students and Faculty Liaison discussion to review the survey and understanding of risk. Group meetings for students who do not identify themselves to be at high risk are acceptable. Individual meetings should be held with students in the high-risk category.
  6. Student waiver/signed informed consent to return
    1. Students who have self-identified higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and who do want to return to their clinical experience, must also sign that they have spoken with their health care provider and are cleared to participate in clinical rotations where exposure to COVID-19 is likely.

Nyack College School of Social Work

Required COVID-19 Education in Preparation for Return to 

Clinical and Fieldwork Experiences

All of the modules below, except for the PPE module, must be completed by all Social Work Field students and faculty prior to engaging in clinical or fieldwork experiences. The PPE module must be completed by any students who will be engaged in experiences in a healthcare setting. These videos and readings represent minimum requirements related to novel respiratory disease education for students in the Nyack College School of Social Work.. Individual programs may have additional educational requirements. 

Background/Overview of COVID-19 (all students)

Read and Watch: “What is Coronavirus?”


Hand Hygiene (all students)

Read: “Clean Hands Count for Healthcare Providers”


Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seA1wbXUQTs

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (for students placed in healthcare settings)

Watch:  https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/hcid/videos.html

What To Do If You Are Exposed (all students)

Read: “What to do if you are Sick”


Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nrkthZYkzQ

Please Note: We ask any member who has been given a presumed diagnosis of COVID-19 by a health care provider OR tested positive for COVID-19 to fill out the COVID-19 Diagnosis Notification Form so that we are able to monitor how this is affecting our community. This information is confidential and will be kept in the HR Department.

  • A presumed diagnosis means that based on your symptoms, your healthcare provider tells you that it is very likely that you have COVID-19.  More people will be getting presumed diagnosis due to the lack of available testing.