Clinical education experiences provide students with the opportunity to practice and integrate their cognitive learning with the associated psychomotor skill requirements of the profession, to develop entry-level clinical proficiency and professional behavior required of an athletic trainer as defined by the Athletic Training Education Competencies, 5th edition (NATA, 2011). These clinical experiences are completed under the direct supervision of a qualified preceptor in an appropriate clinical setting. The primary settings for clinical experiences include athletic training and allied health care facilities, athletic practices, and competitive events. Ample opportunities are provided for students to gain clinical experience associated with a variety of populations including both genders, diverse age groups, and varying levels of risk, protective equipment, and medical experiences that address the continuum of care that would prepare a student to function in a variety of settings and meet the domains of practice delineated for a certified athletic trainer.
During the Master’s in Athletic Training program, clinical experiences are accomplished through several clinical rotation assignments that expose students to a variety of athletic training settings, sports, and patient populations. Clinical rotations include a diversity of professional settings such as on-campus varsity athletics, high schools, colleges, professional sports, physician offices, and rehabilitative clinics. Students complete multiple rotations purposefully scheduled to complement coursework, introduce students to several types of employment settings, and provide perspectives from multiple professionals.
As required by CAATE, specific policies governing minimum and maximum clinical hours requirements have been established. Students are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours per semester in each Clinical Integration course and achieve a minimum of 1,000 hours total of clinical experience for graduation.
Opportunities and Sites
Each athletic training degree student will be required to have at least one clinical rotation in each of the following categories:
|Upper Extremity||Lower Extremity||Equipment Intensive||Clinic/
|Aquatics||Basketball||Football||Casa Colina (Azusa)|
|Baseball||Soccer||Men’s Lacrosse||E.T. Physical Therapy
|Softball||Track and Field||Men’s Ice Hockey||Peachwood Physical Therapy (Glendora)|
|Volleyball||Acrobatics and Tumbling|
|Acrobatics and Tumbling|
Azusa Pacific University is an NCAA Division II Christian university with multiple sports, two athletic training facilities, four certified athletic trainers on staff, and four graduate assistant certified athletic trainers. APU Sports Medicine provides the following opportunities:
- Spring: track and field, tennis, swimming and diving, administration, acrobatics and tumbling, basketball, softball, baseball
- Fall: football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, acrobatics and tumbling, cross country, volleyball
Casa Colina (Azusa) is a large sports medicine complex staffed by numerous specialists. The APU preceptor is a physical therapist, athletic trainer, and strength and conditioning specialist.
Chaffey College is a community college in Upland, California. There is one certified athletic trainer providing coverage to all athletes.
Chivas USA is a professional soccer team located at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The preceptor is a certified athletic trainer.
Diamond Bar High School is a public high school in Diamond Bar, California, with multiple sports, one athletic training facility, and one certified athletic trainer.
E.T. Physical Therapy is a private, community-based clinic in San Dimas, California. The preceptor is a physical therapist.
Mt. San Antonio College is a community college in Walnut, California, with multiple sports, several athletic training facilities, two certified athletic trainers on staff, and numerous part-time certified athletic trainers. APU has four preceptors at this site.
The Ontario Reign is a professional ice hockey team located at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. The preceptor is a certified athletic trainer.
Pasadena City College is a community college in Pasadena, California, with multiple sports and several certified athletic trainers. APU places students with only one of the ATCs.
Peachwood Physical Therapy is a clinic in Glendora, California. APU has two preceptors at this site, both physical therapists.
South Hills High School is a public high school in Covina, California, with multiple sports, one athletic training facility, and one certified athletic trainer.
Walnut High School is a public high school in Walnut, California, with multiple sports, one athletic training facility, and one certified athletic trainer.
Whittier College is a small college in Whittier, California. This site offers experience with football in the fall and men’s lacrosse in the spring.