​Athletic Training Clinical Education


Clinical Education represents the athletic training student’s formal acquisition, practice, and assessment of the Entry-Level Athletic Training Clinical Proficiencies through classroom, laboratory, and clinical education experiences under the direct supervision of a preceptor. Clinical education shall occur in a minimum period of two academic years (4 semesters) and must be associated with course credit. Courses shall include academic syllabi that include measurable educational objectives and specific clinical proficiency outcomes that can be documented over time. Related to clinical education is the field experience, in which students have the opportunity to practice clinical proficiencies under the supervision of a preceptor.


Clinical education experience provides an opportunity for integration of psychomotor, cognitive and affective skills, and clinical proficiencies within the context of direct patient care. A preceptor must directly supervise formal clinical education experiences. A clinical instructor or a preceptor must supervise other clinical education experiences such as during the field experience.


Clinical Education Mission

Clinical education provides a structured patient care experience to synthesize and apply knowledge that prepares students for practice in a variety of patient-care surroundings.


Clinical Education Goals & Objectives

  • Recognize the scope of practice of athletic trainer's in the healthcare environment.

  • Expose students to a variety of clinical surroundings.

  • Variety of preceptors and incorporate their teaching specialties.

  • Students demonstrate clinical competence "skill sets".

  • Develop professional behavior.

  • Socialization of athletic training students into healthcare environment.

  • Maximize independent decision making grounded in evidence-based practice/best practices.

  • Permeate basic behaviors into professional practice non-discriminatory with respect to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, political, or religious affiliation.

















Clinical Education Plan (under construction)


Costs Associated with Clinical Education














Preceptor Appreciation Breakfast

Registration Link

BSU Symposium

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Moakley Center

100 Burril Ave,

Bridgewater, MA 02325

May 29, 2019


Optional Narcan Training:


Clincial Experience Required

Level 1 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training

20-40 Hours


Level 2 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training

~ 200 Hours

Level 3 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training
Level 4 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training
Level 5 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training

~ 200 Hours

~ 200 Hours

~ 200 Hours

Cumulative Total


~ 800-850+ Hours

Clinical Education Exposure Requirements


Students must gain clinical education experiences that address the continuum of care that would prepare a student to function in a variety of settings with patients engaged in a range of activities with conditions described in athletic training knowledge, skills and clinical abilities, Role Delineation Study/Practice Analysis and standards of practice delineated for an athletic trainer in the profession.

Examples of clinical experiences must include, but should not be limited to: Individual and team sports; Sports requiring protective equipment (e.g., helmet and shoulder pads); Patients of different sexes; Non-sport patient populations (e.g., outpatient clinic, emergency room, primary care office, industrial, performing arts, military); A variety of conditions other than orthopedics (e.g., primary care, internal medicine, dermatology)

Learning Over Time


Learning over time is the documented continuous process of skill acquisition, progression and student reflection. Learning over time involves the demonstration of systematic progression through the cognitive, psychomotor and affective taxonomies within different contextual environments (e.g., athletic training room, practice field). Assessment of learning over time is built around multiple indicators and sources of evidence such as observations (student affective behaviors, interviews); performance samples (clinical skill demonstration); and tests or test-like procedures. All athletic training students must demonstrate that each proficiency/competency is first taught and practiced in a formal classroom setting, and then demonstrated as competent on each proficiency/competency within the professional clinical setting at least one semester or more after the formal instruction.

Retention Exam Testing Sequence


To demonstrate learning over time and to intellectually challenge the student in critical thinking and problem solving, each student will complete a practical and/or computer generated examination at the end of each semester as part of the clinical experience. Each level is progressive and will cover all previous competency information. The final exam will be the BOC exam, which is recommended to be taken in February to serve as your culminating experience required for graduation. Scores on any retention exam will be calculated into the appropriate clinical semester grade, and must surpass a 70% passing rate.

Clinical Affiliations

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