Upon admittance to the Athletic Training Program, students will be assigned to a Preceptor to gain clinical education experience. Preceptors are credentialed health care professionals who facilitate the athletic training student’s education in the clinical environment.
Athletic training students complete clinical education experiences both on-campus in TCU Athletic Training Clinics with a variety of intercollegiate sports, as well as off-campus at high schools, physical therapy clinics, and physician offices. Students can expect to be on-campus during their freshmen year, with subsequent placements balancing exposure to lower extremity, upper extremity, equipment intensive, opposite gender, rehabilitation, and general medical environments either on or off-campus. The earliest a student can be placed in a rehabilitation or general medical experience will be Spring Level III and Fall Level IV, respectively. All clinical placements will consider student strengths and weaknesses, level in the program, learning style, demeanor, and previous clinical experience.
Clinical education also provides a platform for proficiency evaluation. Level II-IV students will be formally evaluated either in the clinical setting by their Preceptor(s) or in a clinical course by their course instructor.