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Athletic Training Clinical Education Information

 Athletic Training Clinical Education

The intercollegiate athletic training clinics are the designated physical facilities where comprehensive health care is provided to student athletes. These same facilities are used by athletic training students to develop their clinical skills in a structured laboratory environment. Each semester students are assigned to one of the two athletic training clinics supervised by a staff member providing athletic training services to an assigned athletic population. Each semester a specific clinical emphasis is implemented utilizing the facility and sports most likely to enhance development in those clinical skills. The clinical emphasis and sports coverage are: upper extremity - baseball, football, volleyball, tennis, track (throwers), and cheerleading; lower extremity - football, soccer, cross-country, track, and basketball; general medical - all sports ; and equipment intensive - football. Athletic training students are directly supervised by a staff athletic trainer providing athletic medicine services to these sports including but not limited to the following: practice preparation, practice coverage, game preparation, game coverage, first aid, injury/illness evaluation, follow up care, therapeutic modalities, rehabilitation, and other athletic medical services. Students are evaluated on their clinical skill development and proficiencies through written tests, skill tests, and oral practical tests.

Clinical Education Requirements

The clinical education experience within the profession of athletic training is an opportunity for students to practice and refine skills and knowledge learned throughout the education process. Therefore, students are required clinical experiences of 5-7 hours per week as a freshmen and 10-20 hours per week in the professional phase while enrolled in the program. The intent of the clinical education is to expose students to various components of the athletic training profession (e.g., coaches, athletes, equipment, clinical settings, injury/illnesses). At no time are the athletic training students expected or required to take the responsibilities of a certified athletic trainer. Clinical rotations will vary in length and settings.

Pre-Professional Phase Procedures

Students are assigned two eight week rotations within clinical sites at Emporia State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer (preceptor). Students must obtain a minimum of 60 clinical education hours and be enrolled in PE 271 and PE 272, Introduction to Athletic Training Injuries and Lab as the associated courses. There is a $30 laboratory fee associated with PE 272 used to purchase materials used for the class, the fee will automatically be paid along with tuition and any other required fees.

Professional Phase (Sophomore - Senior Year)

Sophomore Clinical Procedures

Students are assigned two clinical rotations, one per semester.  Each of these rotations is 16 weeks in length and students must be enrolled in PE 274 and 275, Clinical Education I and II as the associated course. There is a $25 laboratory fee for each of the listed clinical education courses.  This fee is used to purchase the blanket liability insurance policy for the students and for purchasing lab materials used.  This fee will automatically be paid along with tuition and any other required fees. Students must obtain a minimum of 150 clinical education hours per semester, which is about 10 hours/week. The students are supervised by a preceptor.

Junior Clinical Procedures

Students are assigned two main clinical rotations on-campus, one per semester, which last 16 weeks.  During the main clinical rotations students will be assigned to one of two off-campus clinical rotations, 1 per semester, which last approximately 4 weeks.   Students must be enrolled in PE 346 and 347, Clinical Education III and IV as the associated courses. There is a $20 laboratory fee for each of the listed clinical education courses.  This fee is used to purchase the blanket liability insurance policy for the students and for purchasing lab materials used.  This fee will automatically be paid along with tuition and any other required fees.  Students must obtain a minimum of 225 clinical education hours per semester, which is about 15 hours/week. The students are supervised by a preceptor.

Senior Clinical Procedures

Students are assigned to a preceptor to work mainly with one sports team as the head athletic training student.  This rotation lasts the entire sports season and the student must be enrolled in PE 483 and 484, Clinical Education V and VI as the associated courses. There is a $15 laboratory fee for each of the listed clinical education courses.  This fee is used to purchase the blanket liability insurance policy for the students and for purchasing lab materials used.  This fee will automatically be paid along with tuition and any other required fees.Additionally, students will be assigned to a short general medical rotation which will take them off campus to the local emergency department.  Students must obtain a minimum of 225 clinical education hours per semester, which is about 15 hours/week. The students are supervised by a preceptor.

Upon completion of all six clinical education courses (I-VI), students will have amassed the program required 1200 hours of clinical education experience.

Clinical Education rotation plan

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