Winthrop University: COE - Athletic Training - Clinical Experience

Athletic Training

Clinical Experience Policies and Guidelines

Clinical experience is a key factor in the development of an athletic training student's skills. Research indicates that up to 30% of a student's knowledge is obtained in the clinical setting. For a student to gain the most from clinical experience, he/she should have complimentary didactic course work prior to or concurrent with the clinical exposure. Students are required to enroll in a clinical experience course each semester that they are enrolled in the WU-ATP. The clinical experiences are designed to allow the student the opportunity to move from classroom theory and laboratory practice to application of skills with actual athletes/patients.

Each athletic training student is assigned to a particular clinical instructor for a specified amount of time in an effort to increase the opportunities for the student to work on specific clinical skills and receive consistent feedback and correction. Such assignment allows the clinical supervisor to measure the student's skill development over time. While each semester has a particular clinical focus, it is recognized that review of skills and information gained in previous experiences will occur each semester.

CAATE requires that the educational process for athletic training students includes clinical experiences with a variety of populations both male and female, varying levels of risk, protective equipment intensive, and general medical. Equipment intensive experience is gained with outstanding certified athletic trainer supervisors working with local high school football programs. General medical exposure is obtained during rotations at the Winthrop University student health services, Shiland Family Practice, OrthoCarolina, and Piedmont Emergency Medical Services. All other experiences are obtained with certified athletic trainers at Winthrop University or at a local high school.

Clinical Experience Course Guidelines

General Responsibilities & Guidelines

  • Student: observe, organize, practice, perfect, and teach
  • Injury Care: record all treatments, evaluations, treatment, monitor reconditioning programs
  • Maintenance: maintain clean, neat organized athletic training room
  • Modalities: maintain cleanliness of all modalities including hydrocollators and whirlpools
  • Supplies: be familiar with location of supplies and re-stock if necessary
  • Administration: maintain injury records, update files
  • Mentoring: assist less experienced students with their duties and skill acquisition
  • Rules: abide by rules and enforce when necessary
  • Traditional settings attend at least 4 days/week, must have 1 day off/week

Specific Course Guidelines

Clinical Experience in Athletic Training I (ATRN 202). This course is the introductory clinical experience for students admitted into the Athletic Training Program and provides opportunities for application of skills in a clinical setting. All experiences are obtained under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer. Emphasis will be on assessment and recognition of lower extremity injuries and skills appropriate to caring for such injuries.  The student will demonstrate proficiency in basic taping/wrapping skills and the application of heat and ice.  Notes: Lab Fee: $20. This course may require participation in pre- and/or post-semester responsibilities that follow the competitive season of the sport(s) being covered in the assigned clinical setting. Approximately 166 hours of field work will be completed for this course. Offered in fall and spring. Prerequisites: ATRN 201 or permission of instructor.

Specific Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will apply knowledge concerning integrated evaluation techniques of lower extremity injuries.
  2. Students will apply knowledge and demonstrate proficiency in taping/wrapping skills.
  3. Students will apply knowledge and demonstrate proficiency in application of heat and ice.
  4. Students will maintain complete patient records.
  5. Students will gain supervised professional experience in the field of athletic training.
  6. Students will participate in a clinical setting.
  7. Students will demonstrate professional responsibility.

Attendance Requirements:

Minimum 12 hours/week in setting (13 weeks x 12 hours = 156 hours)
Maximum 15 hours/week in setting
1 weekly age level meeting (10 weeks x 1 hours = 10 hours)
Total: 166 hours

 

Clinical Experience in Athletic Training II (ATRN 301). This course provides opportunities for application of skills in a clinical setting. All experiences are obtained under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer. Emphasis will be on assessment and recognition of upper extremity injuries and skills appropriate to caring for such injuries. In addition, students will demonstrate proficiency in the application therapeutic modalities. Prerequisites: ATRN 201 and ATRN 202 or permission of instructor. Notes: This course may require participation in pre- and/or post-semester responsibilities that follow the competitive season of the sport(s) being covered in the assigned clinical setting. Approximately 205 hours of field work will be completed for this course. Offered in fall and spring.

Specific Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will apply knowledge concerning integrated evaluation techniques of upper extremity and cervical spine injuries.
  2. Students will apply knowledge and demonstrate proficiency in the application of therapeutic modalities.
  3. Students will demonstrate the understanding of maintaining patient records.
  4. Students will gain supervised professional experience in the field of athletic training.
  5. Students will participate in a clinical setting.
  6. Students will demonstrate professional responsibility.

Attendance Requirements:

Minimum 15 hours/week in setting (13 weeks x 15 hours = 195 hours)
Maximum 18 hours/week in setting
1 weekly age level meeting (10 weeks x 1 hours = 10 hours)
Total: 205 hours

 

Clinical Experience in Athletic Training III (ATRN 302). This course provides opportunities for observation in general medical, orthopedic, and/or physical therapy settings. All experiences are obtained under the direct supervision of a physician, nurse practitioner, EMT, or physical therapist. Emphasis will be on general medical conditions, orthopedic conditions, and therapeutic exercise and rehabilitation. Notes: Offered in fall, spring, summer. Prerequisites: ATRN 201, 202 or permission of instructor.

Specific Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will apply content knowledge to the recognition of general medical and orthopedic conditions.
  2. Students will describe the role of a physician or nurse practitioner.
  3. Students will demonstrate entry level proficiency with general medical evaluation instruments including, but not limited to, otoscope, ophthalmoscope, and stethoscope.
  4. Students will describe and observe the role of an EMT professional and physical therapist.
  5. Students will participate in a clinical setting.
  6. Students will demonstrate professional responsibility.

Attendance RequirementsSpecific settings scheduled hours in setting
Minimum 5 EMS ride alongs (5 rides x 12 hours = 60 hours)
Shiland Family Practice (20 hours)
Student Health Service (20 hours)
Physical Therapy Setting (15 hours)
OrthoCarolina (20 hours)
1 weekly age level meeting (10 weeks x 1 hours = 10 hours)
Total: 145 hours

 

Clinical Experience in Athletic Training IV (ATRN 401). This course provides opportunities for application of skills in an equipment intensive clinical setting. All experiences are obtained under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer. Emphasis will be on: 1) assessment and recognition of head and trunk injuries and skills appropriate to caring for such injuries; 2) fitting and maintenance of protective equipment; and 3) development and implementation of rehabilitation programs. Notes: This course may require participation in pre- and/or post-semester responsibilities that follow the competitive season of the sport(s) being covered in the assigned clinical setting. Approximately 270 hours of field work will be completed for this course. Offered in fall and spring. Prerequisites: ATRN 301.

Specific Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will apply knowledge concerning integrated evaluation techniques of head and trunk injuries.
  2. Students will apply knowledge and demonstrate proficiency in the fitting and maintenance of protective equipment.
  3. Students will apply knowledge and demonstrate proficiency in the development and implementation of rehabilitation programs.
  4. Students demonstrate proficiency in advanced taping/wrapping skills.
  5. Students will maintain patient records.
  6. Students will participate in a supervised clinical experience in athletic training.
  7. Students will participate in a clinical setting.
  8. Students will demonstrate professional responsibility.

Attendance Requirements:

Minimum 20 hours/week in setting (13 weeks x 20 hours = 260 hours)
Maximum 23 hours/week in setting
1 weekly age level meeting (10 weeks x 1 hours = 10 hours)
Total: 270 hours

 

Clinical Experience in Athletic Training V (ATRN 402). This course provides opportunities for application of skills in a clinical setting. All experiences are obtained under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer. Emphasis will be on utilizing all skills obtained in the Athletic Training Program. Students will demonstrate proficiency in the following areas: taping and wrapping, lower extremity evaluation, upper extremity and cervical spine evaluation, head/trunk evaluation, recognition and evaluation of general medical conditions, application of therapeutic modalities, development and implementation of rehabilitation programs, fitting and maintenance of protective equipment, and the maintenance of patient records. Notes: This course may require participation in pre- and/or post-semester responsibilities that follow the competitive season of the sport(s) being covered in the assigned clinical setting. Approximately 244 hours of field work will be completed for this course. Offered in fall and spring. Prerequisites: ATRN 301.

Specific Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will apply knowledge and demonstrate proficiency in taping/wrapping skills.
  2. Students will apply knowledge concerning integrated evaluation techniques of lower extremity injuries.
  3. Students will apply knowledge concerning integrated evaluation techniques of upper extremity and cervical spine.
  4. Students will apply knowledge concerning integrated evaluation techniques of head and trunk injuries.
  5. Students will apply knowledge concerning the recognition and evaluation of general medical conditions.
  6. Students will apply knowledge and demonstrate proficiency in the application of therapeutic modalities.
  7. Students will apply knowledge and demonstrate proficiency in the development and implementation of rehabilitation programs.
  8. Students will apply knowledge and demonstrate proficiency in the fitting and maintenance of protective equipment.
  9. Students will maintain patient records.
  10. Students will participate in a supervised advanced athletic clinical experience.
  11. Students will participate in a clinical setting.
  12. Students will demonstrate professional responsibility.

Attendance Requirements:

Minimum 17 hours/week in setting (13 weeks x 18 hours = 234 hours)
Maximum 20 hours/week in setting
1 weekly age level meeting (10 weeks x 1 hours = 10 hours)
Total: 244 hours

Last Updated: 8/1/19