Clinical Education Overview
A major aspect of the Mizzou Athletic Training Program is the clinical education component. Students complete six semesters of clinical education where they have opportunities to practice and integrate athletic training skills under the supervision of a preceptor. While interacting with a variety of patient populations, students hone their clinical decision making skills and develop the necessary qualities needed to be a successful athletic trainer. Over the six semesters, students are placed in a variety of clinical settings including high schools and colleges as well as several health care settings during the Primary Care clinical rotation.
Clinical Education Progression
As each athletic training student progresses through the six clinical experiences (Practicum I-VI), there is increasing amounts of clinically supervised responsibility with each successive practicum. Through these experiences, students will gain real-time opportunities to practice and integrate athletic training knowledge and clinical skills, including decision making, into all aspects of patient care.
A variety of clinical sites are used to allow each athletic training student a wide range of experiences. Students are exposed to a variety of injuries, illnesses and conditions during their clinical experiences. Sites include multiple intercollegiate athletics settings, high school athletics, recreational & club sports, non-sports patient populations, and various health care settings with allied health care professionals. During each of these experiences, students are assigned a preceptor who is responsible for the student’s clinical experience over the identified length of time.
- Practicum I: One 8-11* week experience on MU campus.
- Practicum II: Two 8-11* week experiences on or off campus.
- Practicum III: Semester long experience on or off campus.
- Practicum IV: Semester long experience on or off campus OR Primary Care experience. Primary Care experience includes Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Orthopaedics/Primary Care Sports Medicine, Pediatric and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation, and Performance rotations.
- Practicum V: Semester long experience on or off campus OR Primary Care experience.
- Practicum VI: Semester long experience on or off campus.
*Length dependent upon sport assignment.
Primary Care Rotation
During the Primary Care rotation, students will gain experience with medical and health professionals from various specialties. Students complete five mini-rotations during the semester in the primary care experience.
- Physician Clinic’s (Family Medicine, Primary Care Sports Medicine, and Orthopaedics): Students will be exposed to general medical conditions, non-sport orthopaedic conditions, and sports medicine conditions. Students will spend time in clinic with the physician as well as the operating room.
- Rusk Rehabilitation Medical Center (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinics, Out-patient Therapy Services): Students will be exposed to a variety of injuries and conditions in this rehabilitation hospital including, stroke, amputations, traumatic brain injury, burns, neurological disorders, spinal cord injury and various other traumatic orthopaedic injuries. Students will spend time with physicians in clinic, participate in hospital rounds and gain exposure to the rehabilitation process for this patient population.
- Emergency Medicine (University Hospital Emergency Department, Women’s and Children’s Emergency Department and University EMS): Students will have experiences in University Hospital’s Level I Trauma Center, as well as Women’s and Children’s Hospital which is typically the first point of contact for critically injured or ill patients in mid-Missouri. University Emergency Departments treat more than 50,000 patients each year. In addition, students will have a ride-along experience with University EMS crews.
- Therapy Services (Pediatric Therapy Clinic, Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic): In the Pediatric Therapy Clinic at Women’s and Children’s Hospital, students will be exposed to patients ranging in age from newborn to 18 years old. These patients have a variety of developmental conditions and sensory disorders treated by physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists. While on rotation in the Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic at the Missouri Orthopaedic Center, students will be exposed to a wide range of orthopaedic conditions both from a non-sport population as well as a sport population.
- Athlete Performance (Mizzou performance Staff and Nutritionist): During the Athletic Performance experience, students will spend time with Strength and Conditioning Specialists and Nutrition personnel. In this rotation, students will gain experience with designing, developing, and implementing performance programs for Mizzou Athletics.