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Master of Science in Athletic Training

Clinical Education Plan


Overview

The Master of Science in Athletic Training curriculum includes 60 weeks of patient care experiences spread across six clinical rotations and two mini rotations. Patient care experiences begin early in the curriculum and culminate in clinical immersion rotations that allow students to participate in the full scope of athletic training clinical practice. Clinical rotations are sequenced based on the professional knowledge progression presented in the didactic component of the curriculum. The clinical curriculum is designed to ensure that students are optimally prepared to provide patient care across the lifespan in the most common athletic training practice settings. The ultimate goal of clinical education is that the student will utilize critical judgment, problem solving, clinical reasoning, and evidence in the delivery of patient care and enhancement of patient/client health and well-being.

Summer – Professional Year 1Fall – Professional Year 1Spring – Professional Year 1
ATR 5102 Managing Medical Emergencies (includes a mini rotation)ATR 5245 Pediatric Sports Medicine Clinical RotationATR 5345 Collegiate Sports Medicine Clinical Rotation I
Summer – Professional Year 2Fall – Professional Year 2Spring – Professional Year 2
ATR 6101 General Medical Conditions
(includes a mini rotation)

ATR 6145 Orthopedic Sports Medicine Clinical Rotation
(clinical immersion rotation)
ATR 6245 Collegiate Sports Medicine Clinical Rotation II
(clinical immersion rotation)
Or
ATR 6345 Elective Clinical Rotation
(clinical immersion rotation)
ATR 6245 Collegiate Sports Medicine Clinical Rotation II
(clinical immersion rotation)
Or
ATR 6345 Elective Clinical Rotation
(clinical immersion rotation)

Clinical Rotation Assignments

Clinical rotations in the first year of study are assigned by the Clinical Education Coordinator in collaboration with the preceptors and faculty. In the second year of study students request immersion rotations from a list of predetermined clinical sites. Students have the option to complete immersion rotations in the immediate High Point area or branch out to other clinical sites across the country. Clinical immersion rotations will be assigned based on the student’s professional goals and interests as well as overall fit with the clinical site and preceptor.

Description of Clinical Rotations

Professional Year 1 – Clinical rotations in the first professional year of study occur in the local Piedmont Triad area and are completed concurrently with weekly coursework. As such the clinical contact hours are controlled to ensure classroom and clinical success. All students are required to complete the following:

Mini rotation – The student’s first clinical experience is included in ATR 5102 Managing Medical Emergencies and focuses on understanding the emergency medical system. Students will complete a mini rotation in the emergency department in the local hospital as well as participate in a ride-along shift with Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

  • UNC Healthcare System – High Point
  • Cone Health – High Point and Greensboro

ATR 5245 Pediatric Sports Medicine Clinical Rotation (2 credits) This clinical rotation focuses on the health care needs of pediatric/adolescent athletes. This rotation is completed concurrently with other weekly courses required in the first professional year of study. Students will average 14 hours per week (200 total) participating in an inter-professional sports medicine team providing care to competitive high school athletes.

ATR 5345 Collegiate Sports Medicine Clinical Rotation I (2 credits) This  clinical rotation focuses on the health care needs of collegiate athletes. This rotation is completed concurrently with other weekly courses required in the first professional year of study. Students will average 14 hours per week (minimum 200 total) participating in an inter-professional sports medicine team providing care to competitive collegiate athletes in the immediate Piedmont Triad region. Potential clinical placements include:

  • High Point University (Big South Conference- NCAA Division I)
  • Wake Forest University (Atlantic Coast Conference – NCAA Division I)
  • Elon University (Colonial Conference – NCAA Division I)
  • Winston Salem State University (CIAA and NCAA Division II)
  • Greensboro College (USA South Division III)

Professional Year 2 – Clinical rotations in the second professional year of study occur in either the local Piedmont Triad area or locations that are further away in-state and out-of-state based on the student’s request and availability of supervising preceptors. Rotations in the second year are designed to be more of a clinical immersion experience with no courses or concurrent online courses. Clinical immersion rotations are intended to provide students experience in the athletic trainers’ full scope of clinical practice; as such the clinical demands and time commitment are greater. In order to provide students with a wide selection of rotations clinical site placement is expanded beyond the immediate High Point region. All students are required to complete the following:

Mini rotation – Students enrolled in ATR 6101 General Medical Conditions will learn how to evaluate common non-orthopedic medical conditions present in physically active patients across the lifespan. Included in this course students will complete a mini rotation collaborating with other health care providers in local community health, primary or urgent care clinics.

  • Novant Health Pineview Family Medicine
  • Kernersville Family Practice
  • Piedmont Centre Family and Sports Medicine
  • Cornerstone Healthcare
  • Forsyth Pediatrics

ATR 6145 Orthopedic Sports Medicine Clinical Rotation. (2 credits) This full-time clinical immersion experience occurs in an orthopedic physician practice. Students will participate in an inter-professional health care team focused on orthopedic assessment, clinical procedures, and surgical observations with patients across the lifespan.  Students have completed rotations in the following physician practice settings:

  • Wake Forest Baptist Health
  • Novant Health
  • Murphy Wainer Orthopedic Specialists
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • University Orthopaedic Associates
  • Roper St. Francis
  • Duke Sports Science Institute
  • Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic

ATR 6445 Preseason Clinical Rotation. (2 credits). This 4-week clinical rotation focuses on the health care needs of athletes during the summer pre-season training period. This rotation is an immersive clinical experience that is taken independent of other coursework. Students will average 50-75 hours per week (minimum 200, maximum 300 clinical hours/rotation).

ATR 6245 Collegiate Sports Medicine Clinical Rotation II. (4 credits) This full-time clinical immersion rotation focuses on the health care needs of collegiate athletes. The course is designed to facilitate synthesis and the integration of knowledge, skills, and clinical decision-making into patient care. This rotation allows students to participate in the full scope of athletic training clinical practice (e.g., emergency and acute care, assessment and diagnosis, rehabilitation, reconditioning, return to sport) as part of an inter-professional sports medicine team. Students will be required to gain a minimum of 300 hours of patient care experience with physically active individuals and includes team travel. Students have completed clinical rotations at the following institutions:

  • High Point University (Big South Conference- NCAA Division I)
  • Wake Forest University (Atlantic Coast Conference – NCAA Division I)
  • NC State University (Atlantic Coast Conference – NCAA Division I)
  • Duke University (Atlantic Coast Conference – NCAA Division I)
  • UNC Chapel Hill (Atlantic Coast Conference – NCAA Division I)
  • Virginia Tech (Atlantic Coast Conference – NCAA Division I)
  • Boston College (Atlantic Coast Conference – NCAA Division I)
  • Clemson University (Atlantic Coast Conference – NCAA Division I)
  • University of Tennessee (SEC – NCAA Division 1)
  • Georgetown University (NCAA Division I)
  • Elon University (Colonial Conference – NCAA Division I)
  • Greensboro College (USA South Division III)

ATR 6345 Elective Clinical Rotation. (4 credits)  This clinical rotation provides the athletic training student the opportunity to gain experience in a specific area of clinical practice. Areas of interest are chosen from a variety of practice foci including but not limited to out-patient rehabilitation, orthopedic assessment, primary care, emergency and acute care, dance medicine, industrial and occupational health, and athletic performance. The course is designed to facilitate synthesis and the integration of knowledge, skills, and clinical decision-making into actual patient care. Students will be required to gain a minimum of 300 hours of patient care experience with physically active individuals.

  • All collegiate sports medicine rotation sites
  • All pediatric sports medicine rotation sites
  • Carolina Panthers (NFL)
  • UNC School of the Arts
  • Louisville Ballet Company (Louisville, KY)
  • Camp Lejeune Military Base
  • Carolina Family Practice & Sports Medicine
  • Carolina Sports Concussion Clinic
  • Carolina Courage (Professional Women’s Soccer)

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