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Clinical Experiences

Once a student has been formally accepted into the ATP, they will then begin clinical experiences the following academic year. Students will be required to complete 6 clinical experiences total, in general, 2 clinical experiences each year. Clinical experiences are approximately 11 weeks in length, and may begin prior to the start of fall semester classes or extend beyond the end of the institution’s academic calendar in the spring.  In most cases, the following model will apply for clinical experiences: 

  Sophomore Year (or 1st year admitted into program)

  • Clinical Level 1 (ATTR 2401) – 2 credits*
  • Clinical Level 2 (ATTR 2451) – 2 credits*

  Junior Year (or 2nd year admitted into program)

  • Clinical Level 3 (ATTR 3401) – 2 credits*
  • Clinical Level 4 (ATTR 3451) – 2 credits*

  Senior Year (or 3rd year admitted into program)

  • Clinical Level 5 (ATTR 4401) – 2 credits*
  • Clinical Level 6 (ATTR 4451) – 2 credits*

*All clinicals are 2 credit hour courses. Winter clinicals (ex. basketball, wrestling and indoor track) are registered as a 1 credit fall semester clinical and a 1 credit spring semester clinical, for a total of 2 credit hours, beginning in November, and ending the following February. Students will be given specific directions for registering clinicals (ex. section numbers, credit hours) by their faculty academic advisor. Students should understand that the clinical grade is cumulative for the entire clinical period, and should the final grade in the spring differ from the final grade given in the fall, students WILL have their fall grade changed to reflect the appropriate grade, per the Change of Grade Policy in the Faculty Handbook at ONU. Change of grades must be completed within the first 12 weeks of the spring semester, per the Faculty Handbook.

6 Clinical Experiences Exposures:  

Upper Extremity (UE) Risk Exposure (may have 2 total UE exposures in different settings)

  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Softball
  • Baseball
  • Women’s Lacrosse

Lower Extremity (LE) 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 (must have 1 or the other or may have both)

  • Football
  • Men’s Lacrosse

 Off-Campus Clinical Experience‡ (Taken concurrently with AT Clinical Level 3, 4, 5, or 6)

  • Outpatient Sportsmedicine Rehabilitation Clinic/Hospital &/or High School (140 hours minimum)

*Also includes a 25 hr. minimum (for a total 165 minimum clinical hour requirement) General Medical Experience Observation in 4 of the following areas:

  • 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 internships, practicums or clinical experiences, including, but not limited to, travel to and from the facility or affiliated sites, a criminal background check (BCI &/or FBI), TB test, a health assessment, vaccinations, or drug testing, as required by the facility.

Components of Clinicals:

Clinical experiences are an opportunity for students to apply valuable hands-on skills that have been learned, practiced and evaluated throughout the academic program. This is a unique opportunity for students to integrate the cognitive learning that takes place in the classroom with the psychomotor skills that have been developed. Students are ONLY permitted to perform those skills on actual athletes/patients that they have been formally instructed on and assessed by a preceptor (instructor) in either a class or clinical. In addition, students will learn to incorporate personal and professional behaviors that are essential to developing competency as an entry-level athletic trainer. 

Clinical experiences MUST be directly supervised by a qualified preceptor at all times. The preceptor MUST be physically present at all times, consistently interact with the athletic training student, and have the ability to intervene on behalf of the athletic training student at the site of the clinical experience.  AT NO TIME should an ATS be in an unsupervised role or performing a skill that they have not yet been formally taught and evaluated by a preceptor.  

The following are components of the clinical experience:

  • Provide pre-practice clinical skills with direct supervision from a preceptor
  • Provide practice and game-day event coverage with direct supervision from a preceptor, utilizing level-specific clinical skills
  • Accompany a preceptor on travel with athletic teams
  • Completion of course objectives and level-specific clinical proficiencies
  • Feedback of performance by a mid-term and final written evaluation from your preceptor
  • Written peer review of freshmen directed observation students
  • Completion of clinical portfolio as designated on clinical syllabus
  • Completion of preceptor evaluation (and facility evaluation during an off-campus clinical experience)

Clinical Experience Evaluations

  • Each clinical student will receive a written mid-term and final performance evaluation by his/her preceptor. 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 preceptor evaluation at the conclusion of each clinical level 1-6. This evaluation should be reviewed with your preceptor 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 the ATP Director the Monday following the observation.

Successful Clinical Completion

AT Clinical Level 1-6 courses and ATTR 2301, Pre-Season AT Clinical are graded courses (A, B, C, etc.).  ATTR 3501, Off-Campus AT Clinical Experience is an S/U course.  S/U courses are not computed in calculating grade point averages at ONU.  Students should refer to their syllabus for specific grading and successful completion criteria.

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 begin a clinical experience. 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 given 1 week to meet this requirement, or will be removed from their clinical, and will be given an “F” grade for that clinical.

Clinical Course


Pre-Season AT Clinical (ATTR 2301) – optional course

ATTR 1001, 1011, 1101, 1201

AT Clinical Level 1 (ATTR 2401)

ATTR 1001, 1011, 1101, 1201

AT Clinical Level 2 (ATTR 2451)

ATTR 2401

AT Clinical Level 3 (ATTR 3401)

ATTR 2451, 2651, 2101; EXPH 2301; BIOL 2321

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

Off-Campus AT Clinical Experience (ATTR 3501)

ATTR 2451; 2651; 2101; EXPH 2301; BIOL 2321

Please see “Retention of Students”  for further information on successful clinical completion.