Clinical Education


Clinical education experiences provide students 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 healthcare 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 number of hours per semester in each Clinical Integration course and achieve a minimum total of 1,000 hours of clinical experience for graduation.

Opportunities and Sites

Each athletic training degree student is required to have at least one clinical rotation in each of the following categories:

Upper Extremity Lower Extremity Equipment Intensive Clinic/Rehabilitative Services
Aquatics Basketball Football Casa Colina
Baseball Soccer Men’s Lacrosse Evergreen Physical Therapy
Softball Track and Field Select Physical Therapy
Tennis Cross Country Rozina and Smith Physical Therapy
Volleyball Acrobatics and Tumbling Riverside Medical Clinic
Acrobatics and Tumbling

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 II) with multiple athletics teams and two athletic training facilities. Two athletic trainers are APU preceptors.

Casa Colina is a large sports medicine complex staffed by numerous specialists. This facility has two APU preceptors. One is a physical therapist, athletic trainer, and strength and conditioning specialist, and the other is a physical therapy aide and athletic trainer, specializing in aquatic therapy.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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 sports and two certified athletic trainers.

Riverside Medical Clinic is a sports clinic that serves the athletic populations of Riverside, California. The APU preceptor is a certified athletic trainer.

Rozina and Smith Physical Therapy is a physical therapy clinic in Upland. APU has two preceptors who are hysical therapists at this location.

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

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 2019-20 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.