The Athletic Training Program requires each student to complete a minimum of 1200 clock hours of clinical field experience spread out over four semesters. Observation and service learning hours do not count as part of the 1200 clock hour requirement. The hour requirement meets the needs established by the guidelines of the Board of Certification, Inc. and the Texas Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers; and provides the student with a foundation of athletic training experiences related to the domains of the profession.
The clinical experience component is designed to provide the student with a variety of settings for observation and directed practice of the competencies and proficiencies learned in the athletic training curriculum. Throughout the clinical component of the program, students are expected to observe the certified athletic trainer or health care provider and allowed to practice skills in which they have been determined proficient by the athletic training faculty in the didactic portion of the program. The concept of the program is for the student to be led through their clinical experiences in order to develop a strong foundational knowledge and then to build on that foundation. The clinical preceptor is key for providing the student with hands on experience and sharing practical information about the athletic training profession. The student should consider the clinical experience courses as lab time to practice the skills developed in the didactic theory classes.
Most of the field experiences take place during the observation and directed practice in athletic training facilities within local interscholastic, intercollegiate, and professional facilities in the San Antonio area. The student also gains field experience by observing and participating with clinical preceptors in physical therapy clinics, physician offices, community health organizations, other allied health settings, as well as experience in simulated practice facilities in the San Antonio area.
Students must be approved for placement and enrolled in one of the following clinical courses to participate in clinical education:
The following colleges and universities have agreed and signed an affiliated agreement contract to serve as affiliated placement settings for athletic training students to complete clinical field experience:
The following school organizations have agreed and signed an affiliated agreement contract to serve as affiliated placement settings for athletic training students to complete clinical field experience:
Alamo Heights Independent School District
Preceptors are health care professionals that meet the current practice definition of their discipline. The following is a current list of clinical preceptors (approved clinical instructors and clinical instructors) that work with our students:
Other clinical preceptors that work with our students include: