Clinical Progression Philosophy

Purpose

  1. To enhance the experiential learning of admitted students throughout all three years.
  2. To embrace the concept of deliberate feedback from multiple preceptors at both traditional and non-traditional sites.
  3. To encourage students to self-determine priorities regarding clinical and academic requirements as well as personal responsibilities.
  4. To provide a framework for progressive clinical learning while reinforcing didactic content.

No sophomore student will participate in pre-season athletic responsibilities. Rather, the focus will be preparing students for experiential learning opportunities by engaging in discussions and simulations with the Program Director and Clinical Education Coordinator upon the commencement of the regular academic term.

Students are expected to participate in up to eight (8), four (4) week rotations (based on a 16-week semester) each semester for a total of eight (8) separate clinical opportunities.

FOCUS: Reinforce previously learned material from Year 1, including completion of proficiencies from material first introduced in Year 1 (rotations 1 & 2). As the sophomore year progresses, students will be assigned to preceptors and locations that emphasize the following:

  • Orthopedic Evaluation (Lower and Upper extremities)
  • Integrative Therapeutic Applications (Therapeutic Modalities and Therapeutic Rehabilitation)
  • Communication
  • Biomechanics
  • Nutrition

Examples of approved clinical sites are as follows:

  • Alfred University Men’s and Women’s Soccer
  • Alfred University Volleyball
  • Alfred University Swimming & Diving
  • Alfred University Cross Country
  • Alfred University Men’s and Women’s Basketball
  • Alfred State College Men’s and Women’s Soccer
  • Alfred State College Volleyball

Logistics

  • Minimum number of hours in a week: 3
  • Maximum number of hours in a week: 20
  • Students and Preceptors must adhere to the seven-day rule mandated by the CAATE.
  • Students will sign-up for time slots one week ahead with their individual preceptors. Preceptors will not make the schedule but will empower students to consider all requirements of the program: didactic, clinical, proficiencies, future endeavors, program assessments, etc.

Students entering their Junior year in the Athletic Training Program may participate in voluntary hours during pre-season and/or the winter break. Students will be responsible for documenting hours but only to ensure the seven-day policy is followed. There are no minimum or maximum hours. Because the hours are STRICTLY voluntary, no competencies or proficiencies can be completed. Students will be supervised by a preceptor at all times; thus, they may engage in Athletic Training skills in addition to basic first aid and CPR.

Students are expected to participate in two (2), eight (8) week rotations (based on a 16-week semester) at a non-Alfred University rotation. One of the 8 week rotations must be completed at a high school. The alternative semester will be a 16-week rotation at an Alfred University site. By requiring off-campus rotations, students will have the opportunity to learn from preceptors not associated with the university in addition to working with student-athletes/patients in non-traditional settings.

FOCUS: Reinforce previously learned material from years 1 & 2 as well as introducing more autonomy in developing diagnoses and rehabilitation plans.

Logistics

  • Minimum number of hours in a week: 3
  • Maximum number of hours in a week: 20
  • Students and Preceptors must adhere to the seven-day rule mandated by the CAATE.
  • Students will sign-up for time slots one week ahead with their individual preceptors. Preceptors will not make the schedule but will empower students to consider all requirements of the program: didactic, clinical, proficiencies, future endeavors, program assessments, etc.

Students entering their Senior year in the Athletic Training Program may participate in voluntary hours during pre-season and/or the winter break. Students will be responsible for documenting hours but only to ensure the seven-day policy is followed. There are no minimum or maximum hours. Because the hours are STRICTLY voluntary, no competencies or proficiencies can be completed. Students will be supervised by a preceptor at all times; thus, they may engage in Athletic Training skills in addition to basic first aid and CPR.

During the Spring semester of the student’s Junior year, students will participate in a formal interview with the Program Director, Clinical Education Coordinator, AT Program Faculty, and an AU Athletics representative. Students will have the opportunity to interview for a 16-week rotation “Immersive Experience”) of their choice for the upcoming Senior year. This will empower students to consider their professional goals and plans once they graduate from AU. Although students may not receive their first choice, attempts will be made to consider the holistic student= didactic performance, clinical performance (including preceptor evaluations), professionalism, etc. The remaining 16 weeks will be determined by the interview committee. If a student is weak in a particular area, the student will be assigned to a preceptor/site to assist in areas of weakness. If a student is identified to be strong in all areas, the student may be assigned to a 16-week rotation that enhances the long-term goals of the student. For example, if a student wants to pursue a career in professional Baseball, the alternative 16-week rotation could focus on rehabilitation.

FOCUS: Develop autonomy and post-graduate skills in addition to opportunities to strengthen areas of weakness either didactically or clinically.

Logistics

  • Minimum number of hours in a week: 3
  • Maximum number of hours in a week: 20
  • Students and Preceptors must adhere to the seven-day rule mandated by the CAATE.
  • Students will sign-up for time slots one week ahead with their individual preceptors. Preceptors will not make the schedule but will empower students to consider all requirements of the program: didactic, clinical, proficiencies, future endeavors, program assessments, etc.