The Master of Athletic Training degree program (MATRN) continues the long-standing use of practical clinical education experiences. These experiential learning opportunities allow students to develop clinical expertise in the prevention, emergency care, diagnosis, referral, immediate treatment, and therapeutic rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses associated with participation in sport and physical activity.
The goal is to provide students with varied clinical education experiences that allow the student to integrate knowledge and skills with real-time opportunities under the direction of a preceptor. Over the course of two years, students will progress through supervised experiences with increasing amounts of clinical responsibility leading to independent practice upon graduation.
All first-year clinical education experiences are contained within the KIN 509 – Practicum course. During this year, students will rotate multiple times through the year to gain experiences with different preceptors, at different clinical sites, and with different clinical populations.
Starting in late July or early August, each graduate student will be assigned a preceptor for their first clinical education experience in athletic training. The clinical education experience during this time is associated with the fall term KIN 509 – Practicum course. The fall term clinical education experiences (i.e., late July/early August to Mid-December) will be divided into three, approximate six-week clinical rotations. This will allow students to gain experiences with multiple preceptors and several settings. During the winter and spring academic terms, students will be assigned to a single preceptor for each academic term, or approximately 10 weeks. Additionally, throughout the year students may rotate with other preceptors for one or two week rotations in order to experience other non-sport populations.
For each credit hour registered it is expected that students will attain thirty hours of clinical education experiences. Due to the fact preceptor/team schedules may vary from week-to-week, students should obtain approximately 30 clinical hours per two-week period. All athletic training students should have a minimum of one day off every seven days with no clinical responsibilities.
Second year graduate students will be assigned one preceptor for the majority of the year. The goal of this assignment is for the second-year graduate student to have the opportunity to experience working with the preceptor and athletic team throughout the year while gaining experiences with pre-season training, in-season sport participation, and out-of-season training. All second-year graduate students will begin their clinical experiences in late July or early August. The spring term will include an immersive clinical experience. Additionally, second year graduate students will gain experiences working with non-sport populations as well as shadowing one of OSU’s team physicians.
The second-year clinical experiences are contained within KIN 510 – Internship. For each credit hour registered it is expected that students will attain 30 hours of clinical education experiences. Due to the fact preceptor/team schedules may vary from week-to-week, students should obtain approximately 30 clinical hours per two-week period. All athletic training students should have a minimum of one day off every seven days with no clinical responsibilities. During the spring term, students will obtain an immersive clinical education experience where they are required to obtain at least 36 hours per week.