Once a student has been formally accepted into the ATEP, they will then begin clinical experiences. Students will be required to complete 6 clinical experiences total, in general, 2 clinical experiences each year. In most cases, the following model will apply for clinical experiences:
Clinical Levels 1 & 2 – Sophomore Year (or 2nd year in program)
Clinical Levels 3 & 4 – Junior Year (or 3rd year in program)
Clinical Levels 5 & 6 – Senior Year (or 4th year in program)
In addition, all students will enroll in ATTR 2301, Pre-Season AT Clinical Experience concurrently with any fall sport clinical.
6 Clinical Experiences Exposures:
- Upper Extremity Risk Exposure (may have 2 total UE exposures in different settings)
- Lower Extremity Risk Exposure (may have 2 total LE exposures in different settings)
Soccer (Men’s & Women’s)
Indoor / Outdoor Track (Men’s & Women’s)
Basketball (Men’s & Women’s)
- Equipment Intensive Exposure
- Off-Campus Clinical Experience (Clinical Level 4, 5 or 6 only)
Outpatient Sportsmedicine Clinic/Hospital &/or High School
General Medical Experiences (25 hours minimum)
- General Medical Surgery Observation
- Emergency Room / Urgent Care Facility
- Family / General Medical Practitioner Office
- Radiology / Nuclear Medicine
- Physician Specialists (ex. Oncology, Psychiatry, Urology, etc.)
Students are responsible for all costs associated with off-campus clinical experiences, including but not limited to, travel to and from the facility or affiliated sites, a criminal background check (BCI and/or FBI), TB test, health assessment and/or drug screen based upon the requirements of the off-campus clinical facility.
Components of Clinicals:
- Direct supervision by a clinical instructor
- Provide pre-practice treatment & taping with supervision
- Provide practice and game-day event coverage with supervision
- Supervised travel to various intercollegiate athletic contests
- Completion of level-specific clinical proficiencies
- Feedback of performance by a mid-term and final written evaluation from your clinical instructor
- Written peer review of freshmen directed observation students
- Additional exposure to special events on campus (ex. NCAA Division III regional & national championships) as available
Clinical Experience Evaluations
- Each clinical student will receive a written mid-term and final performance evaluation by his/her clinical instructor. Each student will provide a self-evaluation of their performance at this time as well. Students will be required to sign this performance evaluation and may provide any input they feel is essential.
- Clinical students will be required to complete a clinical instructor evaluation at the conclusion of each clinical level 1-6. This evaluation should be reviewed with your clinical instructor at the conclusion of your clinical.
- Clinical students will also be required to complete a written performance evaluation on directed observation students performing sport observations. Performance evaluation forms can be found in the filing cabinet under “Student Information”. Evaluations should be completed and turned in to your clinical instructor the Monday following the observation.
Successful Clinical Completion
Clinical courses 1-6 and Pre-Season Athletic Training Clinical are graded courses. A student may only be enrolled in a clinical if they have successfully completed the prerequisites as listed below. In addition to the prerequisites listed, all students must possess valid First Aid & CPR PR or BLS certifications in order to register for a clinical. Students must maintain valid First Aid & CPR PR or BLS certifications throughout their entire clinical experience. Any student who does not meet this requirement will be removed from their clinical, and will be given an “F” grade for that clinical.
Clinical Course Prerequisites:
Pre-Season AT Clinical (ATTR 2301): ATTR 1001, 1011, 1101, 1201; Admitted to ATEP
AT Clinical Level 1 (ATTR 2401): ATTR 1001, 1011, 1101, 1201; Admitted to ATEP
AT Clinical Level 2 (ATTR 2451): ATTR 2401
AT Clinical Level 3 (ATTR 3401): ATTR 2451, 2651, 2101; EXPH 2301; BIOL 2311
AT Clinical Level 4 (ATTR 3451): ATTR 3401
AT Clinical Level 5 (ATTR 4401): ATTR 3451, 3201
AT Clinical Level 6 (ATTR 4451): ATTR 4401
All students must receive a minimum “C” grade in their clinical to continue through the normal clinical sequence.
- Students who receive a “D” or “F” grade may NOT continue to the next clinical level, and will be required to repeat the failed clinical experience during the next scheduled clinical.
- Grades of “I” (Incomplete) are given only with the dean’s approval for documented reasons generally beyond the student’s control. Students who receive an “I” grade may continue to the next clinical level, but will be required, per university policy, to make up an “I” grade within the first 12 weeks of the following academic semester. Any student who does not complete this requirement will subsequently receive a failing grade for their clinical and immediately be removed from the clinical they are enrolled in, therefore requiring them to repeat both clinicals. All clinical proficiencies associated with the incomplete clinical experience must be successfully completed before any proficiencies for the next clinical experience may be initiated, unless there are special circumstance associated with the incomplete and special permission is given to the student otherwise.