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 athletic training students' formal acquisition, practice, and ACI evaluation of the Entry-level Athletic Training Clinical Proficiencies. Formal evaluation of the application and integration of clinical proficiencies are completed by an ACI and may be in conjunction with additional clinical instructors. Related to clinical education is field experience, in which students have the opportunity to practice clinical proficiencies under the supervision of a clinical instructor. 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 shall be exposure to upper extremity, lower extremity, equipment intensive, and general medical experiences of both genders.
The Athletic Training Education 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.
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