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Athletic Training Program Clinicals

Our clinical coordinator coordinates the clinical rotations. He/she will be responsible for scheduling student assignments and collecting student/staff evaluations each semester. Also, it is important to note that all ATS have to be enrolled in clinicals, formally instructed and formally assessed on AT clinical skills as part of a required course prior to performing those skills on patients. Both students and supervising staff will be broken down as follows:

Orientation Students - Level 0
The goal for orientation students is to gain a broad exposure to the field of athletic training. Students begin their first rotations when they enroll in the Orientation to Athletic Training (HP 206) class. When assigned to a clinical experience, the students' only function is as an observer. While students may not officially apply for admission to the program until the Spring semester, they are still evaluated. Their evaluations are based on their interest in athletic training, responsibilities of an athletic trainer, and their knowledge of athletic training policies and procedures taught in the Orientation to Athletic Training class.

Sophomore Students - Level I
Once accepted into the athletic training program, as a sophomore, the students enroll in practicum rotations and begin their first level of the AT Program. The course assigned to this rotation is Athletic Training Practicum I - HP 208 (Fall). The students meet as a class and accumulate at least 100 hours of clinical experience per clinical course. Upon admittance into the AT Program, the students are placed into a two and half year clinical experience plan which is posted on the AT Program bulletin board. This allows the students to be aware of where they are each semester in their clinical education plan. The rotations are semester long rotations with a predetermined preceptor. Clinical competencies/proficiencies are coordinated by the instructor of HP 208 and practiced in the clinical setting. These students, having received basic levels of instruction in acute care, emergency plans, taping, wrapping, splinting and weight training, have begun to perform the competencies/proficiencies and now need to initiate their "hands-on" experience.

Junior Students - Level II
The courses assigned to these rotations are Clinical Athletic Training I - HP 308 (Fall) and Clinical Athletic Training II - HP 209 (Spring). The students meet as a class and have to accumulate at least 100 hours of clinical experiences per clinical course. These students received varying levels of instruction in acute care, taping, assessment and evaluation, therapeutic modalities and therapeutic exercise. At this level, the students are encouraged to take a more active role in their "hands-on" experience. The level one clinical experience is conducted on campus for one semester and off-campus for one semester. The off-campus clinical experiences are with preceptors in high school outreach programs, PT clinics or a rotation of their choice. The students are exposed to many different environments in the outreach settings and their modality and rehabilitation skills are reinforced in the physical therapy clinic. The clinical competencies/proficiencies are coordinated by the instructors of HP 308/309 and practiced in the clinical setting.

Senior Students - Level III

The level three courses are Clinical Athletic Training III - HP 409 (Fall) and Clinical Athletic Training IV - HP 410 (Spring). The students meet as a class and have to accumulate at least 100 hours per clinical course. Senior students gain their level three clinical experiences by returning to Louisiana College's campus. Students continued the three year rotational plan by gaining experiences with preceptors in other sport settings and general medical condition exposure that they did not undergo as a level one student. The senior athletic training students assist their preceptors and help by mentoring the younger students. The instructors of HP 409/410 coordinate the competencies and proficiencies of the level three students. The students review for the BOC examination and complete any remedial competencies/proficiencies.

As a senior Athletic Training Student, there also is a general medical exposure expectation which will be incorporated into the two senior clinical classes. These exposures are important as the majority of the clinical education involves musculoskeletal injuries and gets the student familiar with common illnesses and how to deal with them. The sites range from a Family Physician holding a weekly clinic in the Athletic Training Room to going to a physician’s office and shadowing them while they are seeing patients.

Another unique component to our spring senior clinical class will have an opportunity to attend various workshops offered by our district or national organizations to network with other students pursuing certification and professionals in the athletic training profession.

Approved Clinical Rotations Available
Louisiana College Athletic Training Facility
Louisiana College Athletics
Mid-State Orthopaedics
Physical Therapy Clinics
Various Local High Schools

Some clinical rotation are off campus. It is the responsibility of the student to provide their own transportation to the assigned clinical rotation.

It is not uncommon for staff at the various clinical settings to offer jobs to our students. It must be known that any student which receives money for services rendered may not count these hours as "clinical hours." They will have accumulated hours above and beyond the hours that they have already worked.

Evaluations
At midterm and at the end of each rotation, the preceptors are asked to complete an evaluation of each student. It is the student’s responsibility to get the filled out evaluation back to the Clinical Coordinator for evaluation purposes. After the first evaluation is completed, the preceptor and the student discuss the evaluation. Both parties provide feedback to improve the clinical experience and the student signs the evaluation after the conference. The second evaluation is completed in the same manor. The student then meets with an AT Program faculty to discuss their evaluation and clinical experience. Feedback is recorded, and the student signs the evaluation at the end of the conference. The clinical evaluations will help determine each of the clinical final grades. For sophomores, it will equate to 15%, for juniors it will equate to 20%, and for seniors it will equate for 25% for their final grade in the specific clinical class. Students also complete evaluations (anonymous) of each preceptor and clinical site at the end of each rotation. The clinical instructor is provided with a typed feedback summary of the evaluations.

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