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Graduate Program - Clinical Experience

Clinical Experience

hutton The Athletic Training Education Program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha relies on two educational components to ensure that students receive an education that will prepare them to successfully challenge the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination and become a successful and proficient entry-level athletic trainer. The first is the curriculum, composed of the core classes in the major. The second, which is of equal importance, is the clinical education that compliments the knowledge and competencies taught in the classroom. These two components are designed to build both the knowledge and “hands-on” physical and decision-making skills required for all healthcare professionals.  
The UNO ATEP relies upon multiple affiliated sites in the greater Omaha Metropolitan area to provide our athletic training students with a variety of clinical experiences. Our athletic training students can be found at our clinical sites at UNO (15 NCAA Division I sports), Creighton University (14 NCAA Division I sports), nine area high schools, and an area physical therapy/sports medicine clinic. Our athletic training students are provided a breadth of educational experiences at these sites, while helping serve the Omaha community and aiding in the healthcare needs of student-athletes.
Weekly clinical education requirements in this program average 20 hours per week in the athletic training facilities, athletic team practices, and athletic team competitions. The actual number of hours accumulated every week may vary, but should average 20 hours by the end of the semester. Athletic training students completing their internship course requirements may accumulate more than 20 hours per week, but should not go over 30 hours per week without prior approval from the Program Director. The philosophy of this program is to provide each student with ample opportunities to apply classroom knowledge in real-world settings in order to truly become a proficient practitioner of the Athletic Training profession. However, we realize that as a full-time student it is important to have sufficient time for studying and other endeavors. We believe that an average of 20 clinical education hours per week will provide the balance needed to be successful in the classroom, the practical setting, and to effectively challenge the BOC examination upon graduation.
All athletic training students complete their clinical education via semester-long clinical rotations. The clinical education opportunities provided each athletic training student are based upon three factors: 1) Availability of preceptors for a particular sport or setting, 2) the needs of the athletic training student for specific experiences, and 3) the requests of the athletic training student. All UNO athletic training students must complete the following clinical education requirements prior to graduation:
One full semester at a high school
At least 100 cumulative hours in an equipment-intensive sport (football or ice hockey)
At least 100 cumulative hours in each of the following categories:
    Female sport
    Male sport
    Upper-extremity dominant sport
    Lower-extremity dominant sport
It is up to each student and their assigned preceptor to schedule and monitor these clinical education hours. Athletic training students are given sheets to record the hours experienced each day and week. The record sheets must be signed by each student and their preceptor at the end of each week. Lastly, the record sheets must then be turned into the Clinical Coordinator.
See our Affiliated High School Sites and Affiliated Clinical Sites