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Athletic Training (B.S.A.T.)

Clinical Education


CLINICAL EDUCATION is an important part of the Athletic Training curriculum. It is the time for students to apply and expand the knowledge and skills they have learned in class. Clinical education represents the time when Athletic Training students will acquire, practice, and be evaluated on clinical proficiencies. Formal evaluation of the application and integration of clinical proficiencies are completed by a preceptor who also directly supervises the students.  Clinical education occurs in a minimum period of two academic years (5 semesters) and is associated with course credit.


Students are required to fulfill a clinical experience in each of the four areas listed. There is exposure to upper extremity, lower extremity, equipment intensive, and general medical experiences with both genders.

  • Equipment Intensive Rotation:  Involves a high-risk sport where all participants are required to wear protective equipment for the head and the shoulders.  Traditionally this would include football, ice hockey, and men's lacrosse.
  • Upper Extremity Rotation:  Involves athletes of high-risk sports who have sustained an injury to the upper extremity.  Traditionally this would include throwing sports, swimming, gymnastics, etc. that require extensive stresses of the upper extremity.
  • Lower Extremity Rotation: Involves athletes of high-risk sports who have sustained an injury to the lower extremity based upon injury statistics.  Traditionally this would include soccer, cross-country running, track, basketball, etc. that require extensive stresses of the lower extremity.
  • General Medical Rotation: Involves experiences with a variety of conditions other than orthopedics and includes supervisor by physicians, physician assistants, and/or nurse practitioners.

Clinical Sites

The Athletic Training Program has a variety of clinical education sites for the ATS to complete his or her clinical education. FGCU has affiliations with intercollegiate athletics, local high schools, professional sports, outpatient rehabilitation settings, and with other college athletic programs.

Clinical Site Locations  ← click here for clinical site location & mileage

Some Highlights Include:

  • FGCU Division I Athletics
  • Boston Red Sox
  • Minnesota Twins
  • Florida Everblades
  • Ave Maria University
  • Webber International University
  • Collier and Lee County High Schools


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