Clinical Plan

All athletic training majors are required to gain experience in a variety of clinical allied health environments: collegiate, high school, rehabilitation clinic, and general medical. Clinical experience assignments will be conducted as part of a clinical experience course taken each semester following acceptance into the athletic training program. At least 75% of each student's clinical experiences will occur under the direct supervision of a preceptor that is a certified athletic trainer (ATC).

Students are assigned to clinical experiences by the Athletic Training Program Director and Clinical Coordinator in consultation with the Preceptors. Clinical assignments take into consideration several factors including, but not limited to, the student's goals, previous assignments (site and Preceptor), personalities, strengths and weaknesses, and clinical experience needs.

Each athletic training student will have a clinical experience rotation with an upper extremity intensive sport (Tennis, Volleyball, Baseball, or Swimming), a lower extremity intensive sport (Soccer, Basketball, or Cross-country running), and an equipment intensive sport (Football or Lacrosse). Each student will also have the opportunity to work with a Men's Team Sport (Soccer, Baseball, or Basketball), a Women's Team Sport (Soccer, Basketball or Volleyball), and an Individual Sport (Swimming, Tennis, or Cross Country). Each student is required to spend time observing and learning in a high school setting, a rehabilitation clinical setting and at a general medical practice. All students are required to gain exposure to various allied health professionals in the sports medicine team. These individuals can include physicians, physician assistants, emergency medical technicians, nurses, emergency room personal, and physical therapists.

Fall Semester - 1st Year

Pre-professional students are required to complete up to 70 hours of observation with various members of the Xavier University Athletic Training Staff. These observation hours are coordinated through ATTR 143: Introduction to Athletic Training.

Spring Semester - 1st Year

Pre-professional students are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours (combined with the hours earned first semester) of observation with various members of the Xavier University Athletic Training Staff.  These observation hours are coordinated through ATTR 267: Physiology of Exercise. This course also provides students with exposure to the content area of risk management (fitness testing, assessment, program development and instruction and environmental conditions). Students are also exposed to the content area of acute care during this semester as part of ATTR 168: First Aid, Safety, and CPR.

Fall Semester - 2nd Year

In the first semester of the professional phase of the ATP, students enroll in ATTR 200: Clinical Experience 1 (2 credits). This course includes the content areas of risk management (fitness testing, assessment, program development and instruction as well as environmental concerns) and acute care. Students in this course will be assigned to either a Xavier University Preceptor or an affiliated High School Preceptor and can gain exposure to upper and lower extremity sport injuries, high and low risk sports, and male and female student athletes. Twice during this semester, students will observe regular doctor hours in the Cintas Athletic Training Room. Students are also exposed to the content areas of therapeutic modalities, pharmacology, and diagnosis (orthopedic injuries for the head, neck and spine) during this semester in their didactic courses.

Spring Semester - 2nd Year

In the second semester of the ATP, students enroll in ATTR 201: Clinical Experience 2 (2 credits). This course includes the content area of risk management (protective devices, taping, wrapping, and bracing). As part of this course students will be assigned to a Xavier University Preceptor to an affiliate Preceptor at a high school and can gain exposure to upper and lower extremity sport injuries, high and low risk sports, and male and female student athletes. Twice during this semester, students will observe regular doctor hours in the Cintas Athletic Training Room. Students are also exposed to the content areas of therapeutic exercise, diagnosis (orthopedic injuries for the lower extremity), and general medical conditions during this semester in their didactic courses.

Fall Semester - 3rd Year

In the third semester of the ATP, students enroll in ATTR 300: Clinical Experience 3 (2 credits). This course includes the content areas of therapeutic modalities, therapeutic exercise, and motivation. As part of this course students will be assigned to a Xavier University Preceptor or to an affiliate Preceptor at a high school and can gain exposure to upper and lower extremity sport injuries, high and low risk sports, and male and female student athletes. Twice during this semester, students will observe regular doctor hours in the Cintas Athletic Training Room. Students are also exposed to the content areas of diagnosis (orthopedic injuries for the upper extremity), and nutrition during this semester in their didactic courses.

Spring Semester - 3rd Year

In the fourth semester of the ATP, students enroll in ATTR 301: Clinical Experience 4 (2 credits). This course includes the content areas of risk management (protective devices, taping, wrapping, and bracing). As part of this course students will be assigned to a Xavier University Preceptor or to an affiliate Preceptor at a high school and can gain exposure to upper and lower extremity sport injuries, high and low risk sports, and male and female student athletes. Each student also completes a 15-hour general medical rotation with exposure to different populations and genders. Twice during this semester, students will observe regular doctor hours in the Cintas Athletic Training Room. Students are also exposed to the content areas of general medical conditions, psychosocial issues, administration and professional development, and advanced rehabilitation during this semester in their didactic courses.  

Fall Semester - 4th Year

In the fifth semester of the ATP, students enroll in ATTR 400: Clinical Experience 5 (2 credits). This course includes the following content areas; general medical, environmental conditions, pharmacology, and nutrition. As part of this course students will be assigned to an a Xavier University Preceptor or to an affiliate Preceptor at a high school. Each student will also complete a 20 hour rehabilitation clinic / physical therapy rotation and observe 2 orthopedic surgeries. Twice during this semester, students will observe regular doctor hours in the Cintas Athletic Training Room. Students are also exposed to the content areas of therapeutic modalities, therapeutic exercise, psychosocial, administration, and professional development during this semester in their didactic courses.

Spring Semester - 4th Year

In the sixth semester of the ATP, students enroll in ATTR 401: Clinical Experience 6 (2 credits). This course includes the content area of diagnosis. As part of this course students will be assigned to a Xavier University Preceptor or to an affiliate Preceptor at a high school and can gain exposure to upper and lower extremity sport injuries, high and low risk sports, and male and female student athletes. Twice during this semester, students will observe regular doctor hours in the Cintas Athletic Training Room. Students are also exposed to the content areas of therapeutic modalities, and therapeutic exercise, during this semester in their didactic courses.