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Idaho State University

Health Programs Guide

This Health Programs Guide is intended to provide general information and assist ISU's health related programs with the procedures for placement of students in clinical internships, externships, and field experience.


Affiliation Agreements

Affiliation agreements are contracts which set forth clinical and educational arrangements between ISU on behalf of its programs and Hospitals, Clinics, or other sites which allow students to perform internships/externships at the sites according to each student's specific program requirements. Each Program Coordinator is responsible for initiating, processing, and tracking his/her Program's affiliation agreements. The role of the Office of General Counsel (OGC) is to facilitate the review, negotiation, approval, and signature stages of the agreement process. For procedural guidelines link to the "Affiliation Agreement Overview of Process" below.

Master agreements may include all or several of the health related programs at ISU. Such master agreements are initiated, negotiated, processed, and tracked by the OGC. All master agreements are available to Program Coordinators, faculty, and staff via the OGC's share folder. Contact the OGC in order to request access to this share folder. See the Overview of Process and Master Agreements links below for more information.



ISU through the State of Idaho provides general liability insurance which includes professional (malpractice) coverage for its officers, employees, faculty, and agents. Health program students must purchase their own professional (malpractice) liability insurance at the time of registration which provides the students coverage for negligence and wrongful acts while in the performance of clinical internships and program required activites. ISU provides students who are performing internships with workers' compensation coverage. Students are required to have health insurance, at their own cost, when going into Hospitals and Clinics to perform clinical internships.


Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Several of the University's clinics have been designated as health care components which means they must must comply with HIPAA rules and regulations. Additional clinics may be designated if they begin performing HIPAA covered transactions. The University is committed to protecting confidentiality of protected health information and in complying with Federal and State regulations regarding privacy and security of protected health information.