College of Education and Professional Studies

Curriculum

Introduction

The curriculum consists of an academic Plan of Study which includes 10 formal lecture courses and 5 clinical courses, 45 semester hours, over a minimum of six semesters- two summer terms and& 4 long semesters. The curriculum is designed to meet the "Learning Over Time" requirement so the academic courses must be taken in the order outlined in the GATEP's Plan of Study (degree plan.) In addition to the academic courses the program has a rigorous clinical component that each student is required to complete before graduating. The clinical program requirements are separated into three levels: Pre-professional, Professional Level I and Professional Level II. Each level will require the student to complete a designated set of skills evaluations, hours of clinical involvement, and Foundational Behaviors of Professional Practice evaluations to progress on to the next level.  There will be certain costs involved to complete the clinical program and transportation will be needed.

Required Courses

Kinesiology and Health Studies

Dept #
Course Title Semester Hours
KINS5233 Assessment of Health & Exercise Sciences 3
KINS5313 Athletic Training Principles 3
KINS5343 Assessment of Athletic Injuries 3
KINS5413 Athletic Training Clinical I 3
KINS5433 Therapeutic Modalities 3
KINS5443 Athletic Training Clinical II 3
KINS5513 Medical Aspects of Athletic Training 3
KINS5523 Rehabilitation Techniques for Athletic Injuries 3
KINS5613 Clinical Education Rehabilitation Techniques 3
KINS5623 Pathophysiology for Athletic Trainers 3
KINS5713 Athletic Training Administration 3
KINS5723 Psychosocial Aspects of Athletic Training 3
KINS5733 Athletic Training Clinical III 3
KINS5743 Athletic Training Clinical IV 3
KINS5393 Research in Kinesiology & Health 3
     
  TOTAL 45 SH

Clinical Assignment Procedure

Clinical assignments will be made on the availability of the affiliated clinical sites and the clinical opportunities provided at each site. Each student will be provided traditional, non-tradition or general medical rotations at college, high school, physical therapy clinic, orthopedic office and medical office/student health center. The selection of students to be assigned to which facility will be based on the professional level of the student, the clinical courses enrolled and the ACI/CI capability to meet the clinical needs of the program. In most cases the student will know the type of facility they will be assigned to by virtue of the clinical course they are enrolled. This will be explained during the advisement meeting each semester. The program director and clinical coordinator will confirm the assignment of each student before the beginning of next semester. During the traditional athletic training assignments the student may have the same ACI but will have different clinical rotations, e.g. lower extremity sports, upper extremity sports, and equipment intensive sports. In some cases the student will be assigned to the same facility but have a different ACI and sports rotations. In most cases transportation will be required to attend the clinical assignment. Travel and transportation costs are the responsibility of the student.

 If there is a grievance in regard to the clinical placement, the student Must request a meeting with the program director and clinical coordinator within one week after the start of the semester. If there is a grievance with the ACI/CI, the program's Grievance Policy is in effect at any time. If the ACI/CI or facility supervisor has a problem with the student, the clinical coordinator will be notified; a meeting will be scheduled with the student, and a plan will be developed to correct the situation. If the situation is not corrected after remediation, the student may be removed from the ACI/clinical site. A new ACI/clinical site will be assigned if available. It is the student's responsibility to conform to all ACI/Clinical facility's rules, protocols and procedures. Removal from a clinical site may delay completion of the clinical requirements and affect clinical progression. It also may delay expected graduation date.

Clinical Program Requirements

Please refer to the following definitions when reading the clinical requirements:

Clinical Education is where the student is provided formal instruction by the program faculty integrating acquitted knowledge, psychomotor skills and foundational behaviors to be utilized during direct patient care in the future.  Assigned competencies and psychomotor skills will first be taught and evaluated in lecture and lab courses.  The knowledge and skills will again be taught and evaluated for the second time during the five designated clinical courses; approximately 2 hours per week will be spent in clinical education. 

Clinical Field Experience provides the student the opportunity to observe, assist, learn and apply skills in a less formal but directly supervised clinical environment. Previously learned skills are furthered developed and polished on real patients under the guidance and mentorship of a volunteer ACI / CI or other health care professionals.  Also professional acculturation and socialization occurs as the student is guided through both traditional and non-traditional field experiences.  Supervised clinical field experiences will consist of: practice and game preparation for both men and women sports at the high school, college and professional levels; rotations of lower extremity, upper extremity and equipment intensive sports; general medical and surgical observations will be provided, and exposure to a diversity population of physically challenged athletes via the Paralympic Training Facility at the Wellness Center. Travel is required and is the responsibility of the student.

 All clinical experiences are tied to specific clinical course with specific grading requirements worth 3 semester hours. See the plan of study and the specific course syllabus for the objective criteria for course completion details. An overview is given below.  The clinical courses and experiences will allow each student involvement with different genders, sports, level of risks, equipment and continuum of care related to general medicine.  It is the philosophy of the GATEP that each student Must be continually and actively involved in every aspect of the clinical program to learn, apply and appreciate the art & science of athletic training.  It is for this reason the GATEP has established rigorous standards for participation in the clinical program.  Clinical participation will be required for practice and application of psychomotor and clinical proficiency skills each semester.  Each student will be required to document weekly practice and game participation.  Professional Level II student will have a two week pre-season participation component that is tied to the specific fall and spring clinical courses. Students Must be in the clinical facilities to observe and demonstrate the NATA Education Council Foundational Behaviors of Professional Practice when interacting with patients, coaches, parents and medical personnel.  It is required that each student be in attendance for all clinical field experience and rotation assignments.  Attendance will be measured by hours, days, weeks and semesters completion as well as clinical site rotations, sports and events participation.  Clinical participation information will be recorded on the program's forms which will be used for progression/retention and graduation requirement documentation.  The program faculty will be in contact with each ACI via phone and emails and make at least three visits to the facility during the semester to carefully monitor the student's progress. The GATEP and each clinical site's dress code, behavior and facility protocols Must be followed or removal from the clinical site may be necessary.  Travel costs and transportation are the responsibility of the student and will be needed to complete clinical requirements.  Clinical hour requirements are consistent with the departmental equivalent of one semester hour = 100 contact hours for graduate practicum or internship courses.  Also Federal Work-Study rules allows for student to work up to 39 hours per week. Every student will have one relief day off during each semester from their assigned clinical rotation, usually Monday or Tuesday because of scheduled academic classes. It is the GATEP policy that at no time should the ratio of GATS students to ACI exceeds 4 to 1 at any given clinical site. Typically, only two students will be assigned to the high schools (one ACI) and up to ten students to the university (4 ACI's and one CI) at any one time. 

 It is imperative that the student understands that only directly supervised clinical experiences by an ACI/CI will count towards the clinical education requirements. The student Must be in both visual and auditory contact with the ACI/CI during all clinical courses/labs and field experiences. At no time is it the responsibility of a student be left unsupervised to cover teams or facilities. 

Clinical Program Explanation

All clinical experiences are tied to specific clinical course with specific grading requirements worth 3 semester hours. See the plan of study and the specific course syllabus for the objective criteria for course completion details. An overview is given below.  The clinical courses and experiences will allow each student involvement with different genders, sports, level of risks, equipment and continuum of care related to general medicine.  It is the philosophy of the GATEP that each student Must be continually and actively involved in every aspect of the clinical program to learn, apply and appreciate the art & science of athletic training.  It is for this reason the GATEP has established rigorous standards for participation in the clinical program.  Clinical participation will be required for practice and application of psychomotor and clinical proficiency skills each semester.  Each student will be required to document weekly practice and game participation.  Professional Level II student will have a two week pre-season participation component that is tied to the specific fall and spring clinical courses. Students Must be in the clinical facilities to observe and demonstrate the NATA Education Council Foundational Behaviors of Professional Practice when interacting with patients, coaches, parents and medical personnel.  It is required that each student be in attendance for all clinical field experience and rotation assignments.  Attendance will be measured by hours, days, weeks and semesters completion as well as clinical site rotations, sports and events participation.  Clinical participation information will be recorded on the program's forms which will be used for progression/retention and graduation requirement documentation.  The program faculty will be in contact with each ACI via phone and emails and make at least three visits to the facility during the semester to carefully monitor the student's progress. The GATEP and each clinical site's dress code, behavior and facility protocols Must be followed or removal from the clinical site may be necessary.  Travel costs and transportation are the responsibility of the student and will be needed to complete clinical requirements.  Clinical hour requirements are consistent with the departmental equivalent of one semester hour = 100 contact hours for graduate practicum or internship courses.  Also Federal Work-Study rules allows for student to work up to 39 hours per week.  Every student will have one relief day off during each semester from their assigned clinical rotation, usually Monday or Tuesday because of scheduled academic classes. It is the GATEP policy that at no time should the ratio of GATS students to ACI exceeds 4 to 1 at any given clinical site. Typically, only two students will be assigned to the high schools (one ACI) and up to ten students to the university (4 ACI's and one CI) at any one time. 

It is imperative that the student understands that only directly supervised clinical experiences by an ACI/CI will count towards the clinical education requirements.  The student Must be in both visual and auditory contact with the ACI/CI during all clinical courses/labs and field experiences.  At no time is it the responsibility of a student be left unsupervised to cover teams or facilities. 

Students must complete the following specific clinical course requirements:

  • 1. Each student Must demonstrate a "Level of Proficiency" in the required clinical psychomotor skills and clinical proficiencies at each level of the clinical program. (See course syllabi for details.) The student Must complete 100 percent of all clinical psychomotor skills and clinical proficiencies assigned to each specific clinical course and they Must be completed before a course grade is given. A grade of "I"-Incomplete will be recorded if student did not complete the assigned proficiencies. The student will not be allowed to enroll in the next clinical course until the "I"-Incomplete is removed.
  • 2. Receiving an average score of "8 out of 10" or above rating on the Foundational Behavior of Professional Practice Form signed by the supervising ACI for each semester of clinical education field experience. Form rating will be based on a minimum of two interactions between the ACI and the student. Ratings are based on standards of performance for the level of the clinical program.
  • 3. Must meet the minimum of 100 percent of the hours per day, days per week, and weeks per semester, semesters per year and the total hour requirements for the clinical education field experience at each level of the clinical program. A grade of "I"-Incomplete will be recorded if student does not complete the assigned hours, days, week, and semester requirements. The student will not be allowed to enroll in the next clinical course until the "I"-Incomplete is removed.
  • 4. The following are "CLINICAL GUIDELINE" requirements: It must be noted that the below guidelines are the minimum requirements. Because of variable clinical schedules, holidays, and different team practice/game schedules, it will be up to the specific ACI/CI to determine the student's daily and weekly clinical attendance. Hours per day and days per week can be adjusted accordingly with ACI approval. As a general rule, on the days that the student is scheduled for clinical field experience, the student is to arrive when the ACI/CI arrives and leaves when the ACI/CI leaves.

a. Hours, days, weeks and semesters will be documented on GATEP Clinical Education Verification Form.

b. Pre-Professional - 1st year - Preseason - Orientation and Observation

i. 4 hours per day, 5-6 days per week approximately 20-40 hours per week

**Hours, days and weeks will vary depending on the preseason schedule of the high schools and college.  See clinical coordinator for schedule details.

c. Professional Level I - 1st year

i. Labs - 2 hours per lab, 1 day per week, 15 weeks per semester, 2 semesters = 60 hours

ii. Clinicals - 3-4 hours per day, 4-5 days per week, 15 weeks per semester, 2 semesters = 360 hours

d. Professional Level II - 2nd year

i. Lab - 2 hours per lab, 2 day per week, 15 weeks per semester, one semester = 60 hours

ii. Clinicals - 4-5 hours per day, 4-5 days per week, 17 weeks per semester, 2 semesters = 640 hours

e. Minimum Clinical Totals

i. Lab Days - 60, Lab Hours - 120

ii. Clinical Days - 250

iii. Clinical Weeks - 64

iv. Clinical Hours - 1150

  • 5. Maximum hours are regulated by the departmental policy of one semester hour=100 graduate contact hours for practicum/internship experiences and the Federal Works Study rule of 39 hours per week. Student should not exceed 300 contact hours per semester for each clinical course or up to 39 hours per week. One day a week each student MUST have a relief day from their clinical rotation.
  • 6. Attendance will be taken for all clinical courses. The program will only allow for 3 unexcused absences for each clinical course before course grades may be lowered. It is the responsibility of the student to directly contact the ACI if unable to attend clinical field experience. (See course syllabi for detail information.)

 **If the student doesn't meet the hours, days, weeks, and semester requirements; even if an uncontrollable event occurs, such as an injury/illness, family emergency or death in the family, the student will be placed on probation.  A plan will be developed by program director and signed by the student to meet requirements.  Additional clinical field experiences opportunities will be provided for the student on the weekends, preseason, post-season or during the summer.  Probation will be removed once the requirements are met. Probation may delay expected graduation date.

 **Depending on clinical site and season, hours & days per week may vary.  It will be up to the student to adapt to the clinical site schedule to complete the rotation.

  • 7. Two years (four long semesters) of clinical education, one semester each of lower extremity, upper extremity, equipment intensive sports and general medical experiences is required. It is expected that each student be exposed to a variety of sports and work with both genders.
  • 8. Clinical assignments, event rotations, practices and games will be required. Nights, weekends, holidays and pre/post semester clinical rotations will be necessary to complete clinical requirements. Because of the rigors of the clinical program, having a full-time job is not possible! A part-time job may be possible but must be discussed with the program director so not to affect clinical program requirements.
  • 9. Maintain yearly Professional Rescuer CPR/AED, and bloodborne pathogen training is required. Liability insurance is required yearly by all students. Some site may require yearly TB tests, drug tests and background checks, see clinical coordinator for details.

Plan of Study

Semester/Level Prefix/#  Course Title Semester Hours
Summer - Semester 1 Kins 5313 Athletic Training Principles 3
Pre-Professional Kins 5623 Pathophysiology for Athletic Trainers
           6
Fall - Semester 2 Kins 5233 Assessment of Health & Exercise
Professional Level I Kins 5343 Assessment of Athletic Injuries 
  Kins 5413 Athletic Training Clinical I 3
           9
Spring - Semester 3 Kins 5433 Therapeutic Modalities 3
  Kins 5443 Athletic Training Clinical II 3
  Kins 5513 Medical Aspects of Athletic Training  3
           9
Summer - Semester 4 Kins 5713 Athletic Training Administration  3
  Kins 5723 Psychosocial Aspects of Athletic Tr.  3
           6
Fall - Semester 5 Kins 5523  Rehab Techniques for Athletic Injuries 
Professional Level II  Kins 5613  Clinical Ed for Rehab Techniques  3
  Kins 5733  Ath. Training Clinical  III  3
           9
Spring - Semester 6 Kins 5743 Ath. Training Clinical  IV 3
  KINS 5393 Research in Kinesiology & Health 3
           6
    TOTAL     45



Post-Admission Requirements

Post Admission Requirements During the Pre-Professional Program Level

Post Admission requirement completion is mandatory for participation in the Professional Level I Clinical Program. Students will be required to participate in the July semester academic program as well as completing the Pre-Professional Level "Clinical Orientation and Observation" between the July session and fall semester as part of the pre-semester course requirement for Kins 5413 Clinical Education for Assessment of Athletic Injuries. Students that have been accepted, admitted and enrolled in the July semester but fails to complete the Post Admission and Pre-Professional Level requirements because of some unforeseeable circumstance, will be placed on probation for one semester or until the requirements are met! (See Probation Procedure)  Probation may limit the student's participation in the Professional Level I Clinical Program. There are costs involved to complete these requirements as well as the need for transportation to and from clinical sites for the Pre-Professional Level orientation and observation.

Post Admission Requirements:

  1. Pass Kins 5313 and Kins 5623 with a "B" or better.
    1. Bloodborne Pathogen Training completed in Kins 5623.
  2. Complete all psychomotor skill proficiencies. If all proficiencies are not completed, a grade of "I" - Incomplete will be given and the students will not be allowed to enroll in the professional level courses.
  3. Reviewed with program director, the program's policy and procedure manual, academic advisement and graduation requirements.
  4. Pay $150.00 Program Fee.
    1. Uniform and Program Badge
    2. Personal Clinical Equipment, CPR mask, scissors, etc.
  5. Submit application for Apprentice Athletic Trainer License with the Oklahoma State Board of Medical License and Supervision, $25.00-$35.00.
    1. http://www.okmedicalboard.org
    2. Criminal background check, $15.00 - 35.00.
  6. Purchase Student Liability Insurance through the University's Bursar Office - $15.00 - 25.00 - student must provide receipt to program director.
  7. **Drug testing for certain clinical sites may need to be conducted during the July or pre fall semester timeframe at an approximate cost of $40.00.  This may be scheduled at a later date - check with the program director. (Drug testing may be through the Edmond Medical Center (or designee) or tied to the Nursing Program's yearly testing.)

The above Post Admission requirements Must be met during the July semester. Each student will then be required to complete the Pre-Profession Level Requirement of approximately two weeks of "Clinical Orientation and Observation" during fall preseason sports as a pre-semester requirement of Kins 5413. A Pass / Fail grade will be assigned to Kins 5413 and must be completed before a Professional Level I clinical assignment starts in the fall semester. Transportation and travel costs will be the responsibility of the student.

  • Clinical Site Orientation - both High School and College AT facilities
  • Clinical Observation - approximately two weeks in early August - fall preseason sports.
    • 4 hours per day, 5 days per week approximately 20 hours per week
    • Hours, days and weeks will vary depending on the preseason schedule of the high schools and college.  See clinical coordinator for schedule details. 
    • Attendance will be documented on the Clinical Education Verification Form
  • Clinical Rotations- high school and college athletic training facilities
  • Pre-professional level Foundational Behaviors of Professional Practice Evaluation Form completed.

The following must be completed as part of the Pre-Professional Level requirements. See clinical coordinator for details.

Professional Level Progression and Retention

  1. Must be in "Good Standing" with the GATEP, Graduate College and University.
  2. Meet all GATEP clinical requirements.
  3. Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in athletic training major courses.
  4. Must earn a "B" or better in major courses.
  5. Must take required courses in sequence to ensure Learning Over Time.
  6. Must be enrolled in 9 semester hours or be considered a full time student.
  7. Must demonstrate ability to continue to meet Technical Standards.