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Prior to being formally accepted into the Athletic Training Program, students are afforded the opportunity to observe athletic trainers and athletic training students perform in a professional manner. This occurs during the second semester on campus as part of EXS 185 Concepts and Practices in Athletic Training. This experience of 15 hours gives the students a base for making a final decision about entering the Athletic Training major and insights on being a student in the program, During this time students are not permitted to perform any athletic training skills on patients but are encouraged to ask questions and learn.


Once accepted into the Athletic Training Education Program, Athletic Training students will rotate through a variety of clinical experiences under the supervision of approved clinical instructors. These experiences serve as assignments within our six clinical courses and aim to develop mastery of clinical skills in a real-world setting. The level of time commitment required depends on the student's level. Second year students can expect to have 30 contact days per semester, third year year students 45 days and fourth year students 60 days. Clinical activities are directed by the nature of clinical practice course and by the students' abilities. It is our goal to provide our students with the opportunity to experience a variety of structured field experiences so that they develop an understanding of various athletic training roles and responsibilities in other work environments. We also want them to be exposed to other allied health and athletic training settings, in addition to the usual intercollegiate athletics. Although most of the field experiences involve working with one of Southern's intercollegiate athletic teams, formal affiliations have been developed with local high schools, universities and other health care facilities.

The athletic training rooms located in Moore Field House and Pelz Gymnasium serve as the primary site for athletic training field experiences in which students will work toward the BOC requirements. Athletic Training Students are assigned to a preceptor who will oversee their clinical experiences while working directly with an intercollegiate sport team. During the six semesters that students will be involved with the clinical education aspect of the program, they will have the opportunity to work with many different clinical instructors or supervisors and with a variety of sport teams. Field experiences will emphasize hands-on experience working in the following areas:

  • Equipment intensive sport
  • Contact sports
  • Low-risk, non-contact, lower-extremity sports
  • Overhead-upper extremity sports
  • Post-injury rehabilitation
  • Pediatric
  • Emergency / General Medicine