Congdon School of Health Sciences
Athletic Training

Internships and Experiential Learning

The athletic training education program provides a unique opportunity for experiential learning through formalized clinical education. Students complete field experience coursework under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer who serves as a clinical preceptor. During field experience coursework, students participate in providing direct patient care in a variety of athletic training and allied health settings. The ratio of students to clinical instructors is 2:1.

Athletic training students may also have the opportunity to volunteer for service learning experiences. During service learning experiences, students volunteer alongside clinical instructors in providing athletic training services. Events may include, but are not limited to, Special Olympics, state games, tournaments, 5K road races, charity events and community service projects. In addition, students may choose to complete summer internship experiences. Previous internship experiences include working with patients in a variety of settings such as with the Carolina Panthers (NFL), New York Giants (NFL), Richard Childress Racing and NASA.

Students studying athletic training at High Point University are afforded extraordinary experiential learning opportunities in a variety of health care settings. Our students develop proficiency in evidence-based clinical decision making under the supervision of board certified athletic trainers and physicians. Students have hands-on opportunities across the spectrum of healthcare provided by athletic trainers – from on-field injury assessment and emergency management through rehabilitation and return to participation.

Henning-teaching Students complete an average of 20 hours of clinical experience once admitted into the professional phase of the athletic training program. Clinical experiences are completed both on and off-campus under the direct supervision of certified athletic trainers. Required clinical experiences occur with a variety of Division I intercollegiate and high school athletic teams. Students also complete clinical experiences in orthopedic, urgent care, emergency medicine and out-patient rehabilitation centers.

This approach to education allows for synergy and assimilation of information as students learn in the classroom and laboratory settings and have the opportunity for immediate application in the clinical patient care setting.

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The HPU clinical education plan follows the guidelines set forth in the CAATE “Standards and Guidelines for an Accredited Educational Program for the Athletic Trainer.” For more information of policies and procedures specific to clinical education expectations at HPU please review our Student Handbook.


Clinical Rotation Assignments

8269831115_2abf7a4a91_o-1The athletic training faculty and clinical preceptors collectively determine the clinical rotation assignments for all students. Rotations for first year students are determined during the summer semester. Subsequent rotation assignments are determined during the semester prior to the rotation.

The Department of Athletic Training is fortunate to have clinical affiliation contracts with the following entities in order to afford our students the most comprehensive clinical experience possible. Through the extensive network of clinical placements students gain experience in making healthcare decisions for patients with varying physical activity levels across the lifespan.

 Division I Intercollegiate Athletics

  • High Point University
  • Elon University

Division II Intercollegiate Athletics

  • Winston-Salem State University

Public High Schools

  • High Point Central (High Point, NC)
  • Southwest Guilford (Greensboro, NC)
  • Southern Guilford (Greensboro, NC)
  • Mt. Tabor (Winston-Salem, NC)
  • RJ Reynolds (Winston-Salem, NC)
  • West Forsyth (Winston-Salem, NC)

Private High Schools

  • Forsyth Country Day School (Winston-Salem, NC)

Outpatient Rehabilitation Centers

  • O’Halloran Rehabilitation (Greensboro, NC)
  • High Point Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine (High Point, NC)

Primary Care & Emergency Medicine

  • Cornerstone Healthcare (High Point, NC)
  • Piedmont Centre Family & Sports Medicine (High Point, NC)
  • Kernersville Family Practice (Kernersville, NC)
  • Pineview Family Medicine (Winston-Salem, NC)
  • Novant Healthcare (Winston-Salem, NC)
  • High Point Regional Health System (High Point, NC)

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