Clinical Participation

Each student should expect to accumulate approximately 500-1,000 clinical field experience hours as part of the Athletic Training Education Program. This experience will take place in the athletic training room; varsity athletic game and practice venues at Culver-Stockton College; as well as various physical therapy, physician, and other allied health care facilities in Canton, MO; Quincy, IL; and surrounding areas. Students will be required to purchase professional liability insurance prior to beginning their clinical experience. Students should be aware of licensure/registration requirements for the state(s) in which they intend to practice, as the hours accumulated during the student’s time in the C-SC ATEP may be well below that of some state requirements.

Pre-Program Admission/Transfers

(Freshman Year or first two semesters for transfers)

Students who have not been accepted to the program or who are transferring to Culver-Stockton College are required to have a minimum of 100 supervised observation hours as a program admittance requirement. Students must complete at least 50 of the required 100 observation hours at the C-SC athletic facilities. A maximum of 50 hours is allowed to be transferred from approved sites other than C-SC. In addition, students must also successfully complete the following courses with a grade of "C" or better: Atr 150 - Athletic Training Explorations and Bio 210- Anatomy & Physiology I during the first semester; and Atr 175 - Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries and Bio 211 - Anatomy & Physiology II during the second semester.

A certified athletic trainer or other approved allied health care provider must verify all observation hours. Students will not receive clinical evaluations while completing these hours.

Program Years 1-3  

(Sophomore, Junior and Senior Years or 2/3 years after admittance for transfer students)

**These clinical experiences may occur in any sequence. Enrollment in clinical experience courses and sport assignments will be determined by the clinical coordinator and other athletic training staff based on need of the student. Each student must successfully complete all six specified clinical rotations in order to meet the requirements of the ATEP. Each student must also complete at least one clinical with a male athletic population and one with a female athletic population.

Foundations of Clinical Experience (ATR 201 -- 1 credit)

This course will typically be the first clinical experience for most athletic training students upon entering the ATEP. The student will complete a minimum of 40 clock hours under the supervision of a qualified clinical preceptor. The majority of these experiences will take place on the Culver-Stockton College campus. This clinical is designed to familiarize the student and staff with each other as well as the operations of the collegiate athletic department. Students may be assigned to more than one clinical preceptor during this clinical experience. In addition, students will meet with a faculty member in a classroom setting on a regular basis. Students will also have proficiency requirements associated with this clinical experience. All proficiencies must be evaluated by an clinical preceptor. A certified athletic trainer, or other allied health care provider, must verify all hours. The student will receive a clinical evaluation from each clinical preceptor they are assigned to. Students must attain a grade of “C” or better to successfully complete this experience. Failure to do so will result in the student having to repeat this experience. This course is also repeatable for up to a total of three credit hours; however, a repeated course will be completed under different clinical preceptors or at another athletic training or sports medicine site.

Equipment Intense Clinical Experience (ATR 202–2 credits)(Football)

All athletic training students will be eligible for this clinical experience following successful completion of ATR 175- Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries. The student will complete a minimum of 80 clock hours under the supervision of a qualified clinical preceptor. This experience will take place with a collegiate football team. This clinical is designed to familiarize the student with an equipment intense sport (specifically one that has the use of helmets, shoulder pads and other protective equipment). In addition, students will meet with a faculty member in a classroom setting on a regular basis. Students will also have proficiency requirements associated with this clinical experience. All proficiencies must be evaluated by a clinical preceptor. A certified athletic trainer, or other allied health care provider, must verify all hours. The student will receive a clinical evaluation at the midpoint and conclusion of this experience. Students must attain a grade of “C” or better to successfully complete this experience. Failure to do so will result in the student having to repeat this experience or take the ATR 203 & 204 course.

Equipment Intense Clinical Experience—Alternates I and II

(ATR 203 & 204- 1 credit each)(Spring Football, Men’s Lacrosse, Ice Hockey)

All athletic training students will be eligible for this clinical experience following successful completion of ATR 175-Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries. This course is available specifically for the student who has conflicts or circumstances that do not allow them to complete ATR 202 (i.e. fall sport athletes). The student will complete a minimum of 40 clock hours for each course, under the supervision of a qualified clinical preceptor. This experience may take place with a collegiate football, men’s lacrosse or ice hockey team. Sites other than C-SC or QU must be approved by the Program Director and Clinical Coordinator. This clinical is designed to familiarize the student with an equipment intense sport (specifically one that has the use of helmets, shoulder pads, and other protective equipment). In addition, students will meet with a faculty member in a classroom setting on a regular basis. Students will also have proficiency requirements associated with this clinical experience. All proficiencies must be evaluated by an approved clinical preceptor. A certified athletic trainer, or other allied health care provider, must verify all hours. The student will receive a clinical evaluation at the conclusion of this experience. Students must attain a grade of “C” or better to successfully complete this experience. Failure to do so will result in the student having to repeat this experience or take the ATR 202 course.

*Students will take ATR 202 or 203 & 204. Students are not required to do both.

Upper Extremity Clinical Experience (ATR 301 – 2 credits)

(Volleyball, Baseball, Softball, Football)
All athletic training students will be eligible for this clinical experience following successful completion of ATR 250- Upper Extremity Assessment. The student will complete a minimum of 80 clock hours under the supervision of a qualified clinical preceptor. This experience will take place with a collegiate team with heavy focus on the upper extremity. In addition, students will meet with a faculty member in a classroom setting on a regular basis. Students will also have proficiency requirements associated with this clinical experience. All proficiencies must be evaluated by an approved clinical preceptor. A certified athletic trainer, or other allied health care provider, must verify all hours. The student will receive a clinical evaluation at the midpoint and conclusion of this experience. Students must attain a grade of “C” or better to successfully complete this experience. Failure to do so will result in the student having to repeat this experience. 

Lower Extremity Clinical Experience (ATR 302 – 2 credits)

(Soccer, Basketball, Track & Field, Volleyball, Football)
All athletic training students will be eligible for this clinical experience following successful completion of ATR 275- Lower Extremity Assessment. The student will complete a minimum of 80 clock hours under the supervision of a qualified clinical preceptor. This experience will take place with a collegiate team with heavy focus on the lower extremity. In addition, students will meet with a faculty member in a classroom setting on a regular basis. Students will also have proficiency requirements associated with this clinical experience. All proficiencies must be evaluated by an approved clinical preceptor. A certified athletic trainer, or other allied health care provider, must verify all hours. The student will receive a clinical evaluation at the midpoint and conclusion of this experience. Students must attain a grade of “C” or better to successfully complete this experience. Failure to do so will result in the student having to repeat this experience.

Outreach Clinical Experience (ATR 401 – 1 credit)

(Advance Physical Therapy, Quincy Medical Group)
All athletic training students will be eligible for this clinical experience following successful completion of ATR 475- Basic Concepts in Rehabilitation. The student will complete a minimum of 40 clock hours under the supervision of a qualified clinical preceptor. This experience will take place at a physical therapy/sports medicine clinic and a high school or junior collegiate setting. The majority of these experiences will take place in Canton, MO or Quincy, IL. In addition, students will meet with a faculty member in a classroom setting on a regular basis. Students will also have proficiency requirements associated with this clinical experience. All proficiencies must be evaluated by an approved clinical preceptor.   A certified athletic trainer, or other allied health care provider, must verify all hours. The student will receive a clinical evaluation at the conclusion of this experience. Students must attain a grade of “C” or better to successfully complete this experience. Failure to do so will result in the student having to repeat this experience.

General Medical Clinical (ATR 402 – ½ credit)

(Quincy Family Practice Center)
All athletic training students will be eligible for this clinical experience following successful completion of ATR 350- Medical Aspects of Athletic Training. The student will complete a minimum of 20 clock hours under the supervision of a qualified clinical preceptor. This experience will take place at a general medical/family practice physician’s office. The majority of these experiences will take place in Quincy, IL. Students will be assigned to several clinical preceptors during this experience. In addition, students will meet with a faculty member in a classroom setting on a regular basis. Students will also have proficiency requirements associated with this clinical experience. All proficiencies must be evaluated by an approved clinical preceptor. A certified athletic trainer, or other allied health care provider, must verify all hours. Students must attain a grade of “C” or better to successfully complete this experience. Failure to do so will result in the student having to repeat this experience

Note for clinical experiences:
Prior to beginning clinical experiences, students must attend the yearly Fall Pre-Season Orientation, or other equivalent training. This orientation will discuss and review concepts such as blood-bourne pathogen training, emergency action plans, and ATEP policies. If a student cannot attend the Fall Pre-Season Orientation, alternate arrangements to complete this requirement must be made with the Program Director and/or Clinical Coordinator. All training must be finished prior to beginning any clinical assignment. All orientation and training hours will count toward a clinical course and/or toward any state licensure requirements.

*Atr 476 - Professional Internship in Athletic Training is an elective course and is purely a field experience opportunity. It is similar to the internship program for all other majors on campus and follows the same institutional guidelines. It is designed to expose students to a setting(s) that they express interest in as a possible employment setting. It will be determined that the student is placed with an appropriate clinical supervisor, however; there are no competencies or proficiencies formally instructed or evaluated during this course. To be eligible for the professional internship, the student must have reached the second semester of their junior year and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 (which is also a necessary minimum to remain in good standing in the program).

Clinical Rotation Travel Requirements/Policies
Several off-campus clinical rotations with various health care specialties will be required in order to successfully complete this program. Students should be aware that due to the lack of adequate health care practitioners in the Canton community, travel to other communities will be necessary. The majority of this travel will be to Quincy, IL. This destination is about 20 from campus. Students are expected to provide their own means of transportation and will not be reimbursed for any travel expenses.

Clinical & Graduation Requirements

Clinical Hour Minimum Requirements:

100 Observation Hours (required for entrance into the ATEP)
ATR 201: Foundations of Clinical Experience—40 hrs
ATR 202 or ATR 203/204:  Equipment Intense Clinical Experience – 80 hours
ATR 301:  Upper Extremity Clinical Experience – 80 hours
ATR 302:  Lower Extremity Clinical Experience – 80 hours
ATR 401:  Outreach Clinical Experience – 40 hours
ATR 402:  General Medical Experience – 20 hours

The above listed requirements are the minimum hour requirements for completion of the ATEP. This minimum totals 440 clinical hours.  Students should understand that several states require over 1000 clinical experience hours for state licensure. Any excess clinical hours a student does will qualify for extra credit towards a clinical course.

Program Requirements for Graduation from the ATEP:

- Completion of the minimum hour requirement
- Successful completion of all ATR and tool courses with a “C” or better

Requirements for BOC examination endorsement:

- All graduation requirements met
- Successful completion of all clinical proficiencies
- Current CPR/AED certification