Clinical education experiences provide students with authentic, real-time opportunities to practice and integrate athletic training knowledge, skills, and clinical abilities, including decision-making and professional behaviors required of athletic trainers. Starting early, clinical experiences are planned sequentially to build on the academic knowledge and skills students acquire through coursework.
Clinical rotations may be semester long or shorter (mini-rotations) to provide a variety of experiences over the 2-year program. Clinical experiences are part of academic courses (ATTR 651, 652, 653, 655 and 656) for which students receive academic credit. Students are assigned an average of 15-20 hours/week of clinical experience to provide a semester average of 225-300 hours.
Please Note: Clinical experiences occur both on and off campus. Students are expected to provide their own transportation and incur the cost of mileage. Clinical education sites may require a criminal background check and drug screening. Students who are prevented from attending clinical experiences due to the results of a background check and/or drug screening may be prevented from progressing in the MSAT program.
CLINICAL ROTATION PLAN AND SCHEDULE
Students are assigned to clinical preceptors and sites by the clinical education coordinator (CEC). The CEC develops a rotation schedule through the various experience categories. All students will complete each category but a student’s preferences, career interests, strengths and weaknesses, goals, and prior experience are taken into consideration for placements.
Depending on the competitive season for the sport, students may end a rotation prior to the end of a semester and begin another rotation prior to the beginning of the next semester, (i.e., basketball, post-season football, etc.). Rotations may also continue over school breaks (winter, spring, etc.), or beyond the regular academic semester (i.e., August pre-season football, soccer, cross country and May-June post-season softball, baseball, track, etc.).
Clinical Experience Categories
|INDIVIDUAL SPORTS||TEAM SPORTS||PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (TAMU OR HS)||MALE PATIENTS (TAMU OR HS)||FEMALE PATIENTS (TAMU OR HS)||NON-SPORT PATIENT POPULATIONS||NON-ORTHOPEDIC CONDITIONS||PEDIATRIC OR ADOLESCENTS|
|Track and Field||Basketball||Football||Football||Soccer||Emergency Room||TAMU Primary Care Physicians||HS Sports|
|Cross Country||Volleyball||Basketball||Volleyball||Surgical Observation||Central Texas Sports Medicine & Orthopedics||Central Texas Sports Medicine & Orthopedics|
|Swimming and Diving||Football||Baseball||Track and Field||Texas A&M Dance Science Program||Brazos Valley Sports Medicine||Brazos Valley Sports Medicine|
|Tennis||Baseball||Track and Field||Cross Country||Central Texas Sports Medicine & Orthopedics|
|Equestrian||Softball||Cross Country||Swimming and Diving||Brazos Valley Sports Medicine|
|Golf||Soccer||Swimming and Diving||Basketball||Aggie Corps of Cadets|