Clinical Education

The primary purpose of clinical education is to provide a dynamic educational experience for athletic training students, as it plays a critical role in their intellectual and professional development.

Through clinical education, students have the opportunity to observe and apply the theories and skills learned in the classroom and laboratory. As an extension of the classroom, a student’s scheduled clinical experience can be viewed as a hands-on laboratory in which the student is instructed and supervised by a credentialed health care provider.

Clinical experiences give students the opportunity to develop entry-level clinical proficiency and professional behavior required of an athletic trainer as defined by the BOC’s Practice Analysis, 7th Edition (2015). 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 different 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 sexes, different socioeconomic statuses, diverse age groups, 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 in the profession (CAATE Standards for Accreditation of Professional Athletic Training Programs).

Clinical experiences are accomplished through multiple clinical rotation assignments, with an exposure to a variety of athletic training settings, client/patient populations, and health conditions. To ensure that each student has a variety of exposures, each site has been identified with the following information (see example below):

Clinical experiences
Site Throughout the Lifespan Different Sexes Different Socioeconomic Statuses Varying Levels of Activity and Athletic Ability Nonsport Activities
Azusa Pacific University X X X

Azusa Pacific University is a private evangelical Christian university (NCAA Division II) with 19 athletics teams, two athletic training facilities, four staff certified athletic trainers, four graduate assistant certified athletic trainers, and two CARE clinical research coordinators who are also certified athletic trainers. APU Sports Medicine provides the following opportunities:

  • Spring: acrobatics and tumbling, baseball, basketball, softball, swim and dive, tennis, track and field, and water polo
  • Fall: acrobatics and tumbling, basketball, cross country, football, soccer, and volleyball

Bonita High School is a public high school in La Verne with multiple sports, one athletic training facility, and two certified athletic trainers.

California Institute of Technology is a four-year university (NCAA Division III) in Pasadena with multiple athletics teams and two athletic training facilities. Two athletic trainers are APU preceptors.

Chaffey College is a community college located in Rancho Cucamonga. APU has two preceptors at the site who are certified athletic trainers.

Chapman University is a private four-year university (NCAA Division III) located in Orange. The sports medicine staff includes four certified athletic trainers.

Citrus College is a community college located in Glendora. APU has two preceptors at the site who are certified athletic trainers.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Sports Medicine serves three colleges (NCAA Division III) in Claremont. APU has three preceptors who are certified athletic trainers, and there is a newly built athletic training clinic at Roberts Pavilion.

Cypress College is a community college located in Cypress. APU has one preceptor who is a certified athletic trainer.

Damien High School is an all-boys private high school in La Verne. Specifically, this clinical site offers experience with boys’ lacrosse. Students assigned to the DHS head athletic trainer also gain experience with other traditional sports.

Diamond Bar High School is a public high school in Diamond Bar with multiple athletics teams, one athletic training facility, and one certified athletic trainer.

East Los Angeles College is a community college located in Monterey Park. APU has two preceptors at the site that are certified athletic trainers.

Evergreen Physical Therapy Specialists is a private physical therapy clinic in Pasadena. APU has four dual-credentialed preceptors at the site.

Foothill High School is a public high school in Santa Ana with multiple athletics teams, one athletic training facility, and one certified athletic trainer.

Grizzly Baird Fitness is a personal training facility in Chino that provides performance enhancement and correct exercise for its clientele. The APU preceptor is a dual-credentialed certified athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist.

Iron Spikes Training is a training facility in Upland that provides athletic development training to baseball and softball athletes. The APU preceptor is a certified athletic trainer.

The Los Angeles Chargers are a professional football team in Costa Mesa. The APU preceptor is a certified athletic trainer.

Mt. San Antonio College is a community college in Walnut with multiple athletics teams, several athletic training facilities, three staff certified athletic trainers, and numerous part-time certified athletic trainers.

Ontario Christian High School is a private high school in Ontario, California. The high school has one certified athletic trainer serving multiple sports.

Podium Sports Performance is a facility in Upland that provides training, therapy, and recovery for elite and professional athletes. The facility has three dual-credentialed preceptors at the site including a physical therapist, chiropractor, and strength and conditioning coach.

Rancho Cucamonga High School is a public high school in Rancho Cucamonga with multiple athletics teams. The APU preceptor is a certified athletic trainer.

Rio Hondo College is a community college in Whittier with multiple athletics teams and two certified athletic trainers.

San Bernardino Valley College is a community college in San Bernardino. The APU preceptor is a certified athletic trainer.

Santiago Canyon College is a community college in Orange. The APU preceptor is a certified athletic trainer.

Select Physical Therapy is a physical therapy clinic in Glendora. The APU preceptor is a physical therapist.

St. Francis High School is an all-boys private high school in La Cañada with multiple athletics teams, two athletic training facilities, and two certified athletic trainers.

Susan Miller Dorsey High School is a public high school in Los Angeles with multiple athletics teams, one athletic training facility, and one certified athletic trainer.

The University of Southern California is a large university (NCAA Div. I) in Los Angeles. The APU preceptor is a certified athletic trainer working with football.

Upland High School is a public high school in Upland with multiple athletics teams, one athletic training facility, and two certified athletic trainers.

Western Christian High School is a small private Christian high school in Upland with multiple athletics teams, one athletic training facility, and one certified athletic trainer.

Whittier College is a small college (NCAA Division III) in Whittier. This site offers experience with men’s lacrosse in the spring semester.

Note: This information is current for the 2020-21 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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