The ATEP faculty encourages all students to be involved in university events and activities. However, participation in extracurricular activities cannot compromise the academic and clinical education of the ATS. Students interested in pursuing a degree in athletic training must realize the importance of the clinical education and experience portion of this degree program.
An ATS may participate in a varsity sport while in the ATEP, however, it will not be possible to complete the program requirements without the full cooperation of the student-athlete’s coaching staff. If a student-athlete is admitted to the program, no exceptions will be made for course sequencing, nor will exceptions be made for the required minimum of 1000 clinical hours.
The ATEP faculty understand that many college students need to work in order to put themselves through college. Students are permitted to work either on or off campus in addition to being in the ATEP. However, students must understand that it is their responsibility to manage their time and schedule work around their clinical obligations. If a student’s job affects his/her ability to complete the clinical experience portion of the Clinical Education, the student’s grade will be affected.
A student may opt to defer the clinical rotations for a particular course (permissible only in Clinical Education II-V). However, the rotation must be completed during the following semester and the student will receive an incomplete until the deferred rotation is completed. A student may not defer rotations in both semesters during an academic year. Student-athletes may only defer a rotation during their championship season. On a limited basis, students may be able to complete a rotation during the summer with approval of the clinical site from the Clinical Coordinator. It should be noted that students who defer a rotation might have to attend an additional semester in order to complete the required clinical component of the program.
Students must understand that the ATEP is responsible for selecting, evaluating and training Clinical Instructors for all clinical sites. The ATEP also is required to have a formal signed Affiliation Agreement with all clinical sites prior to a student being placed for hands-on experience. In addition, the Clinical Coordinator must physically visit the site at least twice per semester (or summer), so there will be limits as to where a student can be placed for a rotation.
Therefore, the student is required to initiate the deferral process in the first week of classes by meeting with the course instructor and the Clinical Coordinator. A written contract will be developed outlining how the rotation will be made up and must be signed by the student, the instructor, the Clinical Coordinator and the Head Coach (if the student is a student-athlete).
Updated: Monday, May 9, 2011
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