Clinical education represents the athletic training student’s formal acquisition,
practice, and preceptor evaluation of the Entry-Level Athletic Training Clinical
Proficiencies through classroom, laboratory, and clinical education experiences
under the direct supervision of a clinical preceptor. Formal evaluation of the
application and integration of clinical proficiencies are completed by a preceptor
and may be in conjunction with additional clinical instructors. Related to clinical
education is field experience, in which students have the opportunity to practice
clinical proficiencies under the supervision of a clinical preceptor. Clinical
education shall occur in a minimum period of two academic years and be associated
with course credit. Courses shall include academic syllabi that have measurable
educational objectives and specific clinical proficiency outcomes that can be documented
Clinical education experiences provide an opportunity for the integration of psychomotor,
cognitive, and affective skills, and clinical proficiencies within the context
of direct patient care. A clinical preceptor must directly supervise formal clinical
In effect, clinical education is the process of presenting the clinical competencies,
which are the building blocks of the education, to the athletic training student
in such a manner that they are able to combine and implement them into use as clinical
proficiencies in their clinical setting.
Clinical education is intended to be a learning experience. The athletic training
student will acquire, practice, and implement skill and proficiency in the Athletic
Training setting while they are concurrently learning the same components in the
classroom or laboratory. They will build upon structured education by the addition
of application, communication, and critical thinking in the clinical setting.
Where Can Clinical Education Occur?
Clinical education begins in the classroom and laboratory environments. This is where
the athletic training student will be exposed to the basic cognitive and psychomotor
components of Athletic Training knowledge and skill. These components are individually
acquired and practiced in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical setting to achieve
mastery of each skill.
Athletic Training; however, requires that the student can take each individual skill
and perform a complete task upon demand. This is where the field experience, clinical
setting, and clinical education aspect is imperative. The ability of the athletic
training student to perform combined skills into a major task (clinical proficiencies)
must be practiced and evaluated in the clinical setting.
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