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CLINICAL EDUCATION EDUCATION PLAN
The athletic training students (ATS) clinical skills and proficiencies are developed based on the Learning Over Time Model. Clinical education experiences are assigned based on the ATS progression through three specific phases: Observation Student (first year), Pre-professional student (second year), and Professional student (third and fourth year). Pre-professional and Professional students are assigned to clinical education experiences that are part of six clinical practicum courses. The ATS will participate in choosing the type of experience by completing a Preferred Clinical Experience Form. The clinical coordinator will attempt to accommodate the ATS requests when appropriate taking into consideration the availability of the experience and the need of the student.
Advancement through each phase of clinical education is dependent upon the ATS completing all of the clinical proficiencies in their particular practicum level at a minimum of 70%.
Phase 1: Observation Student – basic skill acquisition and application
Phase 1 of the ATS directed clinical observation involves an orientation to the athletic training profession and to the policies and procedures of Waynesburg University Athletic Training Department. Each ATS who has declared athletic training as a major of study will be required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of directed clinical observation in the Waynesburg University Athletic Training facility. In the spring semester of this phase ATSs are enrolled in ATP 105 Introduction to Athletic Training and ATP 207 Emergency Response. During the directed clinical observation experience the ATS will have the opportunity to observe and practice basic skills that are supervised by an ACI and have been taught in ATP 105 & 207. The Clinical Coordinator will assist in structuring the observational experience for each ATS, but it is the responsibility of the ATS to complete the 100 hours of directed clinical observation time.
Phase 2: Pre-professional Student – intermediate skill acquisition and application
Phase 2 of the ATS clinical experience involves instruction and evaluation of fundamental athletic training skills specific to an intermediate ATS. A minimum of 17 weeks of directed clinical experience is required during the academic year (7 weeks during the first semester and 10 weeks during the second semester). These experiences will consist of approximately 15 hours a week in the Waynesburg University Athletic Training facility. Each ATS is assigned to clinical experiences that are concurrent with the clinical practicum courses (ATP 201, 7 weeks and ATP 202, 10 weeks). These pre-professional ATSs have limited abilities and are permitted to practice and/or assist with tasks that are supervised by an ACI. During these clinical experiences ATSs are enrolled in clinical practicum’s ATP 201 and ATP 202, where the ATS will be assessed in Athletic Training Clinical Proficiencies specific to transporting, medical care and emergency procedures, taping techniques, pre-physical exams, protective equipment, environmental conditions, and injury management.
Phase 3: Professional Student – advanced skill application and integration
Phase 3 of the ATS clinical experience takes place in the final four semesters (15 weeks each) when the ATS engages in clinical experiences focused on advanced skill application and integration under the direct supervision of an ACI/CI. Each ATS will be assigned to the Waynesburg University Athletic Training facility and off-campus affiliated sites during this phase. The ATS is assigned by the Clinical Coordinator to these clinical experiences based on the type of clinical exposure the ACI provides. These experiences will consist of approximately 20 hours a week where each ATS will have a minimum of one day a week without clinical experience. During a clinical experience with an ACI with a University football program, the student may spend more than the approximate 20 hours a week for that experience. If during that time the student has difficulty completing course work or studying for classes, the ATS should discuss this with the ACI and modify a clinical experience schedule if necessary. During these clinical experiences, the ATS will have the opportunity to demonstrate integrated knowledge and skills while enrolled in Athletic Training Practicum (ATP 301, 302, 401 and 402), specific to assessment and evaluation of the human body, therapeutic modalities, therapeutic exercise, general medical, nutrition, pharmacology, psychosocial, professional development and administration.
CLINICAL FIELD EXPERIENCE SETTINGS
• On-Campus Clinical Experience Settings
• Equipment intensive (football, men's lacrosse, ice hockey)
• Off-Campus Clinical Experience Settings