Clinical Requirements

Clinical Field-Based Experience

Once admitted to the Entry-level Master's Athletic Training Education Program, the student will obtain most of the clinical hours as part of course requirements. Additional hours will be necessary to complete the educational competencies and engage in the clinical field-based experience. Students must be available between the hours of noon and 7 p.m. to accumulate the required structured learning opportunities. Clinical experience does include some nights, weekends and travel.

Each student is afforded equal clinical experiences at collegiate level (male and female sports), orthopedic rotations, and high school while being exposed to upper- and lower-extremity equipment-intensive sports. Each clinical site is supervised by one or more approved clinical instructors or allied health care professionals to provide one-on-one instruction. In addition, the general medical instruction is threaded throughout the clinical experience at on-campus athlete health-care facility physician offices and off-campus family practice health-care clinics. Clinical experience is obtained over a minimum of 2 years (4 academic semesters).

The student will be evaluated each semester in terms of academic performance, clinical performance, reliability, productivity, communication skills and progression of athletic training skills. Failure to perform at a satisfactory level may result in probation, suspension or dismissal from the Athletic Training Education Program. To be recommended for graduation, students must have a cumulative and major GPA of at least 3.0, no grades lower than "C" in required courses.