The UMobile ATEP Learning Over Time Policy spells out that a student must first be taught a proficiency in a didactic class and practice in the laboratory component of that class before he/she can practice or apply that proficiency in a clinical setting under the direct supervision of the clinical supervisor (Preceptor). The UMobile ATEP Policy and Procedures Manual lists which proficiencies are taught in which course, and in which course they are to be practiced and evaluated. Additionally, all Preceptors receive a biweekly electronic newsletter that updates them on what the athletic training students are covering in class during that period. A final fail-safe mechanism to assure the Learning Over Time and appropriate learning level concepts is the site visit conducted at least twice each semester to the clinical sites by the Program Director or Clinical Coordinator. During these visits, clinical expectations and progress on proficiencies is a required topic of discussion and, if not in line with Program expectations, the issue will be addressed and solved at that time.
In accordance with the University of Mobile Athletic Training Education Program’s commitment to Learning Over Time, a pre-professional student or an athletic training student will be evaluated numerous times through various methods until the Program Director, Clinical Coordinator, Preceptor certifiy that the athletic training student has met the criteria listed above. The athletic training student shall have the right to challenge any evaluation by notifying the Director of the Athletic Training Education Program in writing. The Program Director will then assign another Preceptor to repeat the evaluation. The general progression of a student's learning process involves teaching the material in the class, clinical courses, integrating the material into practical experiences at each designated site and, finally, the ability to apply all information learned into a concise evaluation. It is the goal of the University of Mobile ATEP to provide endless learning opportunities for students to become proficient in the skills needed to be a competent certified athletic trainer.
Clinical Education Component
The clinical component allows a hands-on approach to understand these concepts and skills and follows a natural course of learning. For example, HPE 225 Lower Body Intensive teaches components of every aspect of the ankle, knee, and hip. Students learn to demonstrate range of motion exercises, bony landmarks, manual muscle testing, goniometry, special tests, and functional drills to return to activity. In the HPE 325 course students learn the contraindications, indications, and protocols for modalities that are designed to facilitate healing. The ATS learns what each athlete will feel in regards to the modalities they prescribe and what they should expect with each treatment setting. The purpose of every clinical class is to provide each student with a safe and productive environment for learning outside the rigors of the real world. These clinical courses also have written assignments that are due throughout the semester as a means to further measure the student’s progression of learning. These written assignments allow the instructor to continually add material into the course without worrying about not getting all the information to the student within such a short time frame. The students will practice skills numerous times throughout the semester, but must master the competencies prior to completing the course.