Clinical education follows a progressively encompassing educational platform based on the NATA Clinical Proficiencies. Within the five clinical classes in both the undergraduate and graduate ATEP, specific competencies must be assessed to determine if the athletic training student (ATS) has demonstrated proficiency in each of the competencies throughout the time the student is in the Program. The competencies assigned to each level include:
Level 1 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training
Level 2 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training
Level 3 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training
Level 4 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training
Level 5 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training
Clearance for Clinical Education
Level 1 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training allows students to observe athletic trainers at work. For health and safety reasons, each ATS must provide the following documents to the appropriate Program Director prior to the start of observation hours.
Level 2 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training, which is scheduled for the first year fall semester of the professional program, is the first clinical rotation where each ATS is assigned to a clinical supervisor at an affiliated clinical site. To be cleared for this level of clinical education, each student must provide the following documents to the appropriate Program Director:
Level 4 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training, which is scheduled for the second year fall semester of the professional program requires the following documents to be submitted to the appropriate Program Director.
Clinical Education Hour Requirements
The undergraduate Level I Clinical Experience in Athletic Training class requires at least 20 observation hours in addition to those hours required for ATTR 240 Introduction to Athletic Training. The graduate Level I Clinical Experience requires at least 40 observation hours.
Each of the remaining 4 semesters of clinical education requires:200 hours of appropriate clinical experience at approved clinical sites. This translates into approximately 15 20 hours per week during the regular semester. Athletic training students are not required to complete hours prior to the start of school, during holiday breaks, or after the start of the final exam period. If an ATS chooses to volunteer to complete clinical hours prior to, or after the start of the semester, the student must be supervised by their clinical supervisor. Clinical hours will count toward the accumulated hours for that semester provided the student is currently registered for the respective Clinical Education course.
In addition to the quantitative hour requirement, each ATS is required to complete:
Costs Associated with Clinical Education
Students accepted into the ATEP bear all costs associated with admission, didactic, and clinical experiences. These associated expenses may include, but not limited to:
Physical examination and up-to-date immunizations: Physical exams can be performed at BSU Health Services at no cost to the student. Standard immunizations, tetanus (Td), measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and hepatitis B, are also administered free of cost to registered students. Flu and meningitis immunizations are given 'at cost'. Meningitis immunizations are roughly $100; flu immunizations, when available vary depending on market costs. BSU Health Services does not third party bill (submit fees to insurance companies). If your health insurance covers immunization including the meningitis immunization through your primary care provider, that route may be more cost-effective.
CPR and First Aid Cards ($10.00 each if taken on-campus; off-campus classes may exceed $50 and travel costs
Annual Bloodborne Pathogen training and certification - $15.00 done on-line
National Athletic Trainers Association membership - $90.00 (2012 due structure)
Daily travel to/from campus to your clinical site - average 15 - 45 miles one way; students typically have two rotations at sites 35 45 miles away from BSU and two rotations 10 15 miles away from BSU. When possible, students will be paired up to travel to some affiliated clinical sites to reduce travel expenses.
Travel to/from physicians office for orthopedic exams or to watch surgical procedures.
Uniform staff shirts $20 30 each
Background (CORI) checks (if required by your clinical site) will be paid for by the clinical site.
Last Modified: October 23, 2012