Clinical Hours and Relief “Days Off” Policy
Athletic training, like most other professions, is a demanding profession that often requires certified athletic trainers to work more than 40 hours per week. Responsibilities such as morning or evening practices, early morning treatments, post-practice weightlifting, travel, practice on weekends, coaches meetings, physicals, physician visits with athletes, and visits to the emergency room may all extend the work week of a certified athletic trainer (ATC). Thus, it is important for the athletic training student to understand all the responsibilities and commitment of the profession.
Athletic training students are often expected to be present for various clinical rotations that occur prior to, or beyond the normal workday, or during the weekends. These clinical rotations are essential in assisting the student in mastering their educational competencies and proficiencies and truly understanding the commitment of a certified athletic trainer (ATC).
Athletic training students may be at their clinical setting a maximum of 20 hours per week with one day off during each week. Athletic training students are responsible for tracking their clinical hours and recording them on the online website. Clinical education experiences that do not occur during the academic year (pre-season, University vacation or breaks, post-season, summer camps) are voluntary; however, athletic training students are highly encouraged to participate during these times to further enhance their clinical exposure and learning opportunities. Students may log more than 20 hours per week but those hours are constituted as voluntary.
Should students need additional time for exams, papers, or projects, they should make arrangements with their clinical preceptor. However, please plan ahead several days in advance to allow your preceptor the opportunity to provide for adequate scheduling and coverage.