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Clinical Education

There are six clinical courses (HAL 581-586) that provide a logical progression of increasingly complex and autonomous patient-care and client-care experiences. Clinical education will include clinical practice opportunities with varied client/patient populations throughout the lifespan with varied sexes, socioeconomic status, levels of activity, and athletic ability.  Students will also have opportunities to work with populations who participate in nonsport activities.

AT Clinical I commences in the fall of year I and includes evidence based principles and foundations of athletic training as well as the clinical diagnosis and treatment of lower extremity injuries.

In the spring of year I AT clinical II will expand on that knowledge by including the skills learned in critical care and clinical and diagnosis and treatment of injuries to the upper extremity and cervical spine.  

AT Clinical III occurs during summer II of year II, and is the first immersive clinical.   An athletic training immersive clinical is a practice-intensive experience that allows the student to experience the totality of care provided by athletic trainers. Students will participate in the day-to-day and week-to-week role of an athletic trainer. This clinical experience will build on the previous two clinical courses as students will practice skills associated with the thoracic and lumboscaral spine and introduce advanced therapeutic intervention techniques into their clinical practice.  These skills will continue into AT clinical IV in the fall of year II allowing students to advance their clinical skills in all of the previously studied areas. 

AT Clinical V & VI occur during spring of year II, and are also immersive clinical experiences with a focus on general medical conditions, nutrition & supplements.  The goal of this last experience is to encourage students to develop critical thinking skills and increased autonomy in making clinical decisions.  
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