Clinical Education Plan
The Clinical Education plan at Merrimack College is designed to allow Athletic Training Students (ATS) the ability to develop and master clinical skills and proficiencies as they progress throughout the program. This progression of skills and proficiencies is better known as learning over time. The learning over time concept, implemented through the Clinical Experience Plan, allows Athletic Training Students the necessary time to develop, master and implement these skills into their field experience. During their field experiences ATS will attend both practices and athletic competitions under the direct supervision of an Approved Clinical Instructor(ACI).
The Clinical Coordinator along with the Program Director will determine both the specific clinical and ACI assignments for all Athletic Training Students currently enrolled in the ATEP. All ATS will have the opportunity to gain a wide variety of clinical experiences; Athletic Training Facility, Equipment Intensive, Upper Extremity, Lower Extremity, Gender Specific, and General Medical) as well as working with numerous ACI’s throughout their progression in the ATEP.
Clinical Assignments and ACI’s will be based upon the following criteria;
- Academic Year in the ATEP (Sophomore, Junior, Senior)
- Didactic Course Work Completed
- Previous Clinical Assignments/ACI (Sports are categorized into catagories: Equipment Intensive, Upper and Lower Extremity, Gender Specific, General Medicine)
- Previous Practicum Experiences
- Demand / Needs of Particular Site
- Number of ATS Graduating
- Recommendations from Approved Clinical Instructor
- Personal Attributes
- Proficiency Level
Athletic Training Students will be informed of their clinical assignment as well as their ACI prior to the end of each successful semester. It is the ATS's responsibility to meet with the ACI prior to the start of the experience to review the roles and expectations of the ATS for that rotation. ATS may be required to begin their particular clinical experience prior to the start of the semester. The ATS clinical experience will be part of a formal evaluation process for all practicum courses.