Students in the King’s College Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program will complete 55 weeks of clinical education experience (CEE) during the two years spent in the professional program, with 19 of these weeks being full clinical immersion. These CEEs are spread across four rotations during the first year that are completed concurrently with didactic coursework and five immersive rotations during the second year in the program. The clinical education curriculum is designed to run parallel to the didactic classroom work and is tiered based on the student’s professional preparation. The clinical education plan is designed to allow students to gain experience in real-life, patient-centered care across the lifespan in both common and emerging athletic training settings. Throughout these experiences our students will become confident, skilled, and competent certified athletic trainers who practice based on current concepts and evidence to strive to be principled healthcare providers.
Professional Year One
During the first year in the program the student will gain CEE at local colleges and high schools. These clinical education and supplemental clinical education experiences are designed to expose the students to a wide variety of real-world patient encounters early in the course of study. They will allow the student to provide patient-centered, evidence-based athletic training services in a supervised environment where they can practice and apply skills learned in first-year classes on actual patients. CEE assignments are made prior to each semester by the Clinical Education Coordinator (CEC). In addition to the Athletic Training Student’s (ATS’s) primary CEE assignment, the ATS will also spend one afternoon per week in each semester of professional year one in the Scandlon Sports Medicine Clinic. This will be referred to as their “Clinic Day.” The Clinic Day schedule is determined by the CEC. Students are not required to attend their regular CEE on their Clinic Day. ATS have a Clinic Day to ensure that they have the opportunity to practice and reinforce therapeutic interventions on patients in a sports medicine clinic setting.
AT 420 Athletic Training Practicum 1: Two (2) 9-week clinical education experiences in the college or high school settings.
AT 425 Athletic Training Practicum 2: Two (2) 9-week clinical education experiences in the college or high school setting.
The student will complete two (2) 9-week clinical education experiences during each of the fall and spring semesters under the guidance of a primary clinical preceptor. Although the traditional semester is 16-weeks in length, a part of the student’s CEE will begin before the academic semester begins during the two weeks of pre-season practice in August, and the two weeks prior to the start of the spring semester in January. The student’s primary clinical preceptor will direct and supervise their CEE based on the specific clinical setting that they work in.
CEE Hours Expectations
The following guidelines are in place with regard to clinical hours that are accumulated during each CEE during the fall and spring semesters of professional year one:
- Students must earn a minimum of 125 hours by the last day of each 9-week rotation.
- Students will not be allowed to accumulate more than 225 hours during a 9-week rotation.
- Students must have a minimum of one day off in every seven-day period. This day does not need to be consistent each week and will be determined by the clinical preceptor based on student input and the educational opportunities available.
- For the entire fall semester, students must earn a minimum of 250 hours and are not allowed to accumulate more than 450 hours combined during their two (2) 9-week CEEs.
- To help students maintain life balance, preceptors should strive to maintain a maximum average of 25 hours per week at their clinical experience. Exceeding 25 hours per week is acceptable if efforts are taken to balance those weeks with weeks where students gain less than 25 hours. The CEC will monitor student hours to ensure that they are within acceptable limits.
Professional Year Two
During year two, the clinical education experiences will follow an immersive format with a total of 19 weeks of immersive clinical education experiences extending over the course of the year. These full-time practice-intensive experiences are designed to allow the student to experience the totality of the athletic training profession and will be customized to the students plans for post-graduation employment. During these immersive clinical education experiences preceptors will provide the student with learning opportunities that span the full skill-set of a practicing athletic trainer including but not limited to evaluation, treatment, emergency care, rehabilitation, administrative duties, interprofessional communication with physicians and other health care providers, and additional experiences communicating with parents, coaches, and administrators. These experiences can occur anywhere in the country and in a variety of settings including the traditional (professional, college, and school-age sports) and emerging (physician’s office, public safety, armed forces, and occupational and industrial health care) settings.
AT 520 Athletic Training Practicum 3:
- Option A: One (1) 3-week and two (2) 4-week immersive clinical education experiences (ICEE)s in the setting of the student’s choice
- Option B: One (1) 7-week and 1(1) 4-week immersive clinical education experience in the setting of the student’s choice
AT 525 Athletic Training Practicum 4: One (1) 8-week immersive clinical education experience in the setting of the student’s choice
ICEE Hours Expectations
Since students will not be enrolled in traditional in-person classes during ICCEs, the expectation is the students will complete approximately 40 hours per week during ICEEs. On occasion, it is acceptable for a student to complete more than 40 hours in one week, how this should not be common practice and in these cases, students may not exceed 55 hours in one week.
Supplemental Clinical Education Experiences
Supplemental Clinical Education Experiences (SCEEs) are clinical education learning opportunities that are supervised by health care providers other than athletic trainers or physicians. You may be required to participate in short-term SCEEs throughout the professional program because the MSAT Program believes that these experiences are beneficial to your education, however, these experiences do not fulfill clinical experience requirements as defined by CAATE.
Transportation to Clinical Sites
Athletic Training Students are expected to assume responsibility for their own transportation to the various CEEs/ICEEs that are off campus. The Athletic Training Program will attempt to work with Athletic Training Students who do not have their own transportation, but keep in mind that the Athletic Training Student has the ultimate responsibility in making sure that they arrive to their CEE/ICEE on time. For those who have CEEs/ICEEs at Betzler Fields, there are buses that leave from campus that will take you to the clinical site.
Housing, Room, and Board at Clinical Sites Outside of the Local Region
Athletic Training Students are expected to assume responsibility for obtaining housing and for all housing expenses (rent/lease), food expenses, and other household expenses when at CEEs/ICEEs that are outside of the local region. “Outside of the local region” will typically be defined as a CEE/ICEE that is so far from King’s College that it requires the student to obtain additional housing. An example is if a student elects to have a CEE/ICEE in California.
For more details regarding Clinical Education, please refer to the King’s College MSAT Clinical Education Program Policies and Procedures Manual.