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Clinical Requirements for Athletic Training

Students must demonstrate a willingness to complete the clinical assignments necessary for BOC Certification. To assure proper progress in accruing clinical experiences, the athletic training student must complete the outlined minimal clinical requirements to continue normal progress in the program:
  • First year student: Directed observations (Minimum 7 practices (1 of which can be observation of an upper class student lab) and 3 game observations)
  • Second year student: Two (2) OU clinical rotation assignments or (1) OU rotation with one (1) High school/Clinical, PT clinic, hospital or other ATC supervised internship
  • Third year student: Two (2) OU clinical rotation assignments or (1) OU rotation with one (1) High school/Clinical, PT clinic, hospital or other allied health supervised internship
  • Fourth year student:Two (2) OU clinical rotation assignments or (1) OU rotation with one (1) High school/Clinical, PT clinic, hospital or other allied health supervised internship

Transfer Students
Transfer students will be advised on an individual basis and should meet with the Athletic Training Program Director to outline his/her clinical requirements. Any student wishing to transfer into the Athletic Training Program (ATP) will be required to complete the traditional first year process.

Transfer students must also complete a minimum of three (3) clinical years of experience in the ATP. Transfer students also must complete a minimum of six (6) clinical experiences. The inability to acquire the required clinical experiences will result in academic disciplinary action. Clinical rotation assignments will not be made until the athletic training student has successfully completed all ATP requirements for their appropriate year listed in the Athletic Training Student Manual.

Clinical Hours During Pre-Seasons and Breaks
Students should be aware that clinical hours completed outside of the scheduled academic term (pre-season in the fall, winter break, and spring break) still count and are considered a part of the respective clinical rotation's grade. Students should talk with their assigned preceptor if there are any concerns with completing any portion of the hour requirement associated with their clinical rotation.

Clinical Education Policy

The following is an explanation of the Clinical Education Policy of the ATP. Along with the required clinical proficiencies that you will perform in each respective athletic training course. Each student will be required to complete one of the two options each quarter:

1.) Clinical Rotation
**ONLY if you are assigned to a clinical rotation does this apply to you.**
Each student will be evaluated on his or her respective clinical rotation. Each evaluation is divided by year in the program; therefore, each student will only be graded on the courses they have had to date in the ATP.

The complete evaluation process includes:

  • Learning Contract
    This sheet will be completed at the beginning of each clinical rotation and will be used as a guide to help evaluate your progress with your clinical rotation. The learning contract will serve as your goal sheet that will delineate specific athletic training goals you would like to develop throughout the course of your clinical rotation. Each learning contract will be discussed with your preceptor. The learning contract has no point value but will serve as a valuable tool for the planning process for your clinical rotation. The learning contract will be completed on your first day of each new clinical rotation and will be kept in your academic folders.
  • Mid-Season Evaluation
    At the mid-way point of your clinical rotation, your supervising preceptor will conduct an evaluation of your progress to date. It is the same evaluation form that will be used for your final clinical evaluation. This evaluation will serve as a guide that will identify general areas, respective of your level in the program, which will provide you with an opportunity to discuss your overall clinical progress as well provide specific direction to help meet your goals and gain expertise with your clinical skill development. The Mid-season evaluation has no point value yet it will provide valuable feedback to you to ensure that you have a positive clinical experience.
  • Final Clinical Evaluation
    The final clinical evaluation has three parts:
    • Part 1 assesses your professional development. These skills will be evaluated during every clinical rotation and are not dependent on your level in the program. The expectation is that by the end of your first year, you will be earning the top point value (5 points each) for all skills in this section for the remainder of your academic career.
    • Part 2 assesses your "evolving skill development." These skills will be evaluated with every clinical rotation yet they will be graded according to your academic level in the program. As you progress through each level in the program these evolving skills increase in point value which is indicative of your skill development. The point value also increases as you progress through the program because your responsibilities increase with each rotation.
    • Part 3 of the final evaluation serves to measure specific skills that will be learned during your clinical rotations. As you progress through each level, another page of skills will be added to the evaluation process. The evaluation sheets will be reviewed with you on your first day of each new clinical rotation. Please make sure you understand this evaluation form and ask questions if you are unsure about your specific responsibilities for your rotation. Both evaluation tools are attached to this syllabus.

Grading Scale for Clinical Rotation Evaluation

Second Year A=90-100% B=80-90% C=70-80%
Third Year A=90-100% B=80-90% C=70-80%
Fourth Year A=90-100% B=80-90% C=70-80%

Any student receiving a grade below 70% will need to repeat that clinical assignment. Therefore, the clinical assignment where any student receives a grade below 70% will not count towards one of the six required clinical rotations of the major.

Clinical Hour Requirement
The minimum number of hours required for each clinical rotation is 120 with a maximum of 300; however, each student should be aware that in order to receive licensure in Ohio you need a minimum of 800 clinical hours over the course of your three years of clinical rotations. For each specific clinical rotation that the student is assigned, they will be required to fulfill the practice, clinical, and contest requirements for that team and preceptor.

2.) Field Requirement (100 points)
**ONLY if you are NOT assigned to a clinical rotation does this apply to you.**
In order to ensure that the students are exposed to a variety of health care settings, they will be required to complete weekly times in the Freeman Athletic Training Center.

Students will be assigned to spend two hours per week in the FATC; this schedule will also be posted on the website and e-mailed to all students. It is the student's responsibility to notify the ATC on duty when they arrive and leave. Any student that misses an assigned time will lose 10 points for each absence.

/ Department of Health and Sport Sciences

Annette Boose
Rike Center
p / 614.823.3528
e / aharting@otterbein.edu


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