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Clinical Requirements

The AT program’s philosophy is that students are allowed to gain clinical competency through assigned clinical rotation experience. These experiences shall be distributed over seven clinical semesters (with each semester averaging 14 weeks).  AT students are expected to obtain a minimum number of clinical hours per semester, but shall not exceed a maximum number of hours per semester for a total of 1160 hours (min) and 1760 hours (max) as outlined below::

Level I (Freshman Year) – 40 hours

Fall semester: Any student with an interest in athletic training (sports medicine) should be enrolled in ATTR 101 – Careers in Sports Medicine.

Spring semester: Students interested in a career in athletic training will be enrolled in ATTR 102 – Clinical Introduction to Athletic Training. Students will be required to obtain a minimum of 5 hours a week of clinical observation of the staff athletic trainer(s) in the athletic training room(s) and will also observe the staff athletic trainer for EACH sport in season with at least one contest. Students will then need to apply for acceptance in the professional (clinical) phase by April 1st.

Level II (Sophomore Year) – 280 hours

Fall semester: All athletic training students accepted into the program will be assigned and required to obtain a minimum of 10 hours a week of clinical rotations to include: Nicholls Football, Women’s Soccer, and Women’s Volleyball.

Spring semester: All athletic training students will be required to obtain a minimum of 10 hours a week of clinical rotations to include: Nicholls athletic training rooms and spring football.

  • Assigned hours in athletic training room may change slightly according to the staff athletic trainer(s) assignment.
  • Responsibilities will include observing and/or assisting the staff athletic trainer with his/her assigned responsibilities to team practices and events, or during scheduled athletic training room hours.
  • Athletic training students will complete taping and bandaging skill proficiency evaluations.
  • Validation of the skills to be applied in clinical setting(s) is evaluated in a lab-based controlled environment. Athletic training students must score a minimum of 90 percent on laboratory proficiencies to meet the competency requirement for placement in a clinical setting.

Level III (Junior Year) – 420 hours

1. All athletic training students will be required to obtain a minimum of 15 hours of clinical rotations with lower extremity, equipment intensive and/or general medical experiences of both genders following the clinical rotation schedule.

2. Athletic training students may be allowed to schedule up to 24 hours per semester of off-campus clinical experiences. Placement at clinical affiliated sites will depend upon the skill level and experiences of individual students.

  • Athletic training students will also complete taping/bandaging and padding/bracing skill clinical proficiency evaluations.
  • Validation of skills applied in clinical setting(s) is evaluated in a lab-based controlled environment. Athletic training students must score a minimum of 90 percent on laboratory proficiencies to meet the competency requirement for placement in a clinical setting.

Level IV (Senior Year) – 420 hours

1. All athletic training students will be required to obtain a minimum of 20 hours of clinical rotations following the clinical rotation schedule to include: off-campus clinical experiences (physical therapy clinics and physician’s offices) and a specialized sport rotation which involves upper extremity, lower extremity, equipment intensive or general medical experiences.

  • Validation of skills applied in clinical setting(s) is evaluated in a lab-based controlled environment. Athletic training student must score a minimum of 90 percent on laboratory proficiencies to meet competency requirement for placement in a clinical setting.
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