Master of Science in Athletic Training

Clinical Education Plan


Overview

The Master of Science in Athletic Training curriculum includes over 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. In the second year of study, students collaborate with the Clinical Education Coordinator to determine clinical immersion rotation placements that best fit their individual needs. 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, CAATE required exposures, clinical development needs, and 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 “supplemental” and included in the ATR 5102 Managing Medical Emergencies course. This mini-rotation focuses on understanding the emergency medical system through participating in a ride-along shift with the Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

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 complete a minimum of 200 clinical hours/semester, maximum 300 clinical hours/ semester, participating in an inter-professional sports medicine team providing care to competitive high school athletes, with an emphasis on football and wrestling.

ATR 4845/5345 Collegiate Sports Medicine Clinical Rotation (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 complete a minimum of 200 clinical hours/semester, maximum 300 clinical hours/ semester, 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 student’s request and availability of preceptors). Rotations in the second year are designed as clinical immersion experiences either requiring no coursework or some online coursework with return to campus days. 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 rotation variety and sites, the placement opportunities expand 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 complete a mini-rotation at the Community Clinic of High Point as a requirement of the course. Students will participate in an inter-professional health care team focused on assessment of a variety of non-orthopedic health conditions that often include co-morbidities. The experience will include assessment of vitals, use of basic skills, and patient education and communication with a diverse patient population from 18-60 years of age, different genders, low socioeconomic status, who typically participate in non-sport activities. Students will be required to gain 5-10 hours of patient care experience.

ATR 6145 Orthopedic Sports Medicine Clinical Rotation. (1 credit). This 3-week, clinical rotation occurs in an orthopedic physician practice setting. Students will participate in an inter-professional health care team focused on orthopedic assessment and clinical procedures with patients across the lifespan. This rotation is an immersive clinical experience that is taken independent of other coursework. Students will complete a minimum of 100 clinical hours, maximum 130 clinical hours. Potential clinical placements include:

  • Novant Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine (Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Thomasville, Lexington).
  • Murphy Wainer Orthopedic Specialists (Greensboro)
  • Roper St. Francis (Charleston, SC)
  • Duke Sport Science Institute (Durham)
  • Duke Orthopaedics (Raleigh, Knightdale)
  • Orthopedic Specialists of North Carolina (Raleigh)
  • Barbour Orthopedics (Atlanta, multiple sites)

ATR 6445 Pre-season 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 complete a minimum 200 hours/semester, 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 complete a minimum of 400 clinical hours/semester, maximum 600 clinical hours/semester. Potential clinical placements include:

  • High Point University (Big South Conference – NCAA Division I)
  • Wake Forest University (Atlantic Coast Conference – NCAA Division I)
  • Duke University (Atlantic Coast Conference – NCAA Division I)
  • UNC – Chapel Hill (Atlantic Coast Conference – NCAA Division I)
  • NC State University (Atlantic Coast Conference – NCAA Division I)
  • Virginia Tech University (Atlantic Coast Conference – NCAA Division I)
  • Clemson University (Atlantic Coast Conference – NCAA Division I)
  • Boston College (Atlantic Coast Conference – NCAA Division I)
  • University of Louisville (Atlantic Coast Conference –NCAA Division I)
  • University of Tennessee (SEC – NCAA Division I)
  • University of Florida (SEC – NCAA Division I)
  • Georgetown University (Big East Conference/Patriot League – NCAA Division I)
  • Davidson College (Southern Conference/Pioneer Football League – NCAA Division I)
  • Elon University (Colonial Conference – NCAA Division I)
  • Winston-Salem State University (CIAA and NCAA Division II)
  • Greensboro College (USA South – NCAA Division III)
  • Rochester University (University Athletic Association, NCAA Division III)

ATR 6345 Elective Sports Medicine Clinical Rotation (4 credits)

This full-time clinical immersion 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 practice, primary care, dance medicine, industrial and occupational health, military, and athletic performance, professional sport, high school and collegiate athletics. 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 relative to the specific rotation as part of an inter-professional sports medicine team. Students will complete a minimum of 400 clinical hours/semester, maximum 600 clinical hours/semester. Potential clinical placements include:

  • All collegiate sports medicine rotation sites
  • All pediatric sports medicine rotation sites
  • All orthopedic clinic sites
  • Carolina Panthers (NFL)
  • UNC School of the Arts
  • Louisville Ballet Company (Louisville, KY)
  • NASA
  • Military (North Carolina)
  • Carolina Family Practice and Sports Medicine Clinic/Carolina Sports Concussion Clinic
  • North Carolina Football Club (Youth and Professional)
  • Amazon IPS
  • OrthoCarolina – NASCAR