Clinical Education

AT group The clinical education component of the Athletic Training Program (ATP) offers both on-campus and off-campus clinical experiences. The educational experiences provide student an opportunity to progress from competency to proficiency in clinical skill work. These clinical skills are directly related to the profession of Athletic Training as outlined by the 5th Edition of the NATA Educational Competencies.

Students will be assigned by the Clinical Education Coordinator to be supervised by a preceptor at one of many on and/or off campus clinical education sites. Each student will be assigned to three different clinical rotations per academic calendar year. Students gain practical clinical educational experiences that will provide direct and regular interactions with various physicians, certified athletic trainers, registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and other relevant members of the sports medicine team.

Clinical Education Requirements:

  1. Adherence to all ATP Policies and Procedures, see the complete ATP Student Handbook
  2. Under the direct supervision of a Heidelberg University ATP Preceptor at an approved ATP affiliate clinical site, ATP students will:
    • Complete a minimum of 800 clinical hours in a variety of settings including but not limited to collegiate, high school, rehabilitation, general medical, and other settings as assigned by the Clinical Coordinator.
    • Completion of 75 clinical observation hours as an Athletic Training Candidate as a requirement of the ATP application. NOTE: observation hours do not count toward the required minimum 800 clinical hours required for completion of the ATP.
    • Complete the six sequential clinical courses including ATR 270, ATR 271, ATR 371, ATR 372, ATR 470, and ATR 471
      • The general medical rotation requirements are outlined in the clinical course syllabus for both ATR 270 and ATR 271found in the AT Student Handbook (see link below)
      • Each clinical course reflects didactic instruction of clinical skills learned in previous semester of academic coursework
      • Each clinical course has specific completion criteria and is appropriate to the ATS level within the ATP (See Item 3 below for more details)
        • If a student does not successfully complete all of the requirements of their clinical course as outlined in each clinical course syllabus, the student will not be allowed to proceed to additional clinical or didactic ATR coursework which will result in the student needing to complete a(n) additional semester(s) at Heidelberg University beyond the traditional 4 year plan to complete the ATP.
  3. Enroll in Athletic Training Clinical Course appropriate to student level and successful completion at 80% of the overall course grade. Additional detail regarding the ATP Clinical Coursework can be found in the AT Student Handbook.

Clinical Education Evaluation Forms

  1. Clinical Site Evaluation Form (ANNUAL ONLY)
  2. Clinical Site Emergency Action Plan Locations
  3. Preceptor Evaluation of ATS Form (MID & END OF SEASON FORM)
  4. ATS Evaluation of Preceptor/Clinical Setting Form (MID & END OF SEASON FORM)
  5. ATS Self Evaluation Form (MID & END OF SEASON FORM)
  6. ATS Leave of Absence Request Form

LaurenStudent Spotlight

ATR major completes internship with the Cleveland Clinic

This past summer junior Lauren Belliveua had a four week internship with the Cleveland Clinic at a physical therapy clinci. She worked with physical therapists and athletic trainers all who used different techniques. She was able to observe evaluations, rehabilitations, and aquatic therapy. 

"It was easy for me to connect aspects of Athletic Training to Physical Therapy. I was able to pick up things that I could bring back and use at school during my clinical evaluations," Lauren said.  

The clinic served a wide variety of patients. Seeing the PT's and AT's work with patients and the different types of treatments helped Lauren narrow down her interests.  

"The children I saw in clinic really confirmed that I want to work with them. The experience was wonderful and taught me a lot," Lauren said. "I would strongly recommended people to go out and shadow a profession they are interested in getting into. It’s a great life experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat."