School of Applied Sciences
The University of Mississippi

Clinical Education

Students involved in the University of Mississippi MSAT program will gain clinical knowledge and experience through a broad spectrum of opportunities that include both traditional and non-traditional settings throughout the course of the 2-year program atUM.  Additionally, each student will complete an immersive field experience that will span an 8-week period where he or she is required to commit all time and effort to this experience. Refer to the MSAT Student Handbook (Section III) for more information on clinical experiences.

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Clinical Experience Expectations 

All UM-MSAT students will be required to complete a variety of clinical experiences in accordance with CAATE requirements. These clinical experiences may include exposure to a vast number of settings such as: college/university, high school, recreational/club sports, military, and industrial settings. The experiences will be designed to allow students to participate in hands-on style of learning and develop a skill set that that is applicable to all populations regardless of age, skill, socioeconomics or identity.  Each setting will deliver the skills and proficiencies to allow students to fully understand the continuum of care defined within the domains of Athletic Training as necessary for an entry-level Certified Athletic Trainer. All clinical experiences will be assigned by the Clinical Education Coordinator, with input from the Program Director, based on the needs and aspirations of each athletic training student.

All clinical experiences will be performed under direct supervision of a certified and licensed Athletic Trainer or Physician at an affiliated site. Each UM-MSAT student will be assigned to a preceptor who has undergone appropriate preceptor training through the UM-MSAT program. All UM-MSAT students will be allowed to perform skills learned within the classroom in real-time situations under the supervision of their designated preceptor. This provides the opportunity for students to take didactic skills and translate them in the clinical setting on patients of all backgrounds.  In some cases, students may be required to perform skills in a simulation to ensure competency in their ability to perform the skill.  Students may also be exposed to learning opportunities supervised by health care provider other than athletic trainers or physicians known as supplemental clinical experiences.   The purpose of clinical experiences for UM-MSAT students is to further observe real-life patient care and engage in their learned skills. The UM-MSAT students may utilize any “down-time” within the clinical setting to further practice clinical skills or other tasks designated by the clinical preceptor as well as discuss learning objectives or other relevant topics with their clinical preceptor or fellow students. The clinical site is not an appropriate time or place to catch up on studying or homework, unless it is done in engagement with and direction of the clinical preceptor. The UM-MSAT student should also stay within professional boundaries of conversation and actions within the clinical setting (i.e., no politics, weekend plans, social media or “hard news”).  If these actions occur, the UM-MSAT student will receive a verbal warning for the first offense. Any subsequent offense will be processed through UM-MSAT student code of conduct procedures and a mark will be made on the student’s file.