Athletic Training Clinical Experiences
Clinical rotations and preceptors
A crucial benefit of graduating with an athletic training degree from UIndy is the everyday connection from classroom to clinical learning. You will engage in five semesters of clinical education both on and off campus at various clinical sites, such as local high schools, colleges and universities, outpatient clinics and physician offices. Each clinical semester, you will be assigned to a clinical site and a preceptor – a licensed healthcare provider who will guide and mentor you through your experience. Your clinical rotations will include three full-time clinical placements.
Your assignments will be based upon UIndy’s accreditation guidelines, taking into consideration your career goals and interests. Your targeted clinical observation and practice will prepare you for athletic training with patients across the lifespan.
Each clinical rotation is designed to help you progress in competencies needed to pass the Board of Certification Exam, such as:
- Evidence-based practice
- Prevention and health promotion
- Clinical examination and diagnosis
- Acute care of injuries and illnesses
- Therapeutic interventions
- Psychosocial strategies and referrals
- Healthcare administration
- Professional development and responsibilities
“UIndy ATP students are always well-prepared, confident and ready to learn. They arrive at Avon High School with a strong knowledge of anatomy and excellent clinical skills. It's obvious to me that the UIndy program has prepared them to make educated and professional decisions which directly affect the well-being of our student athletes.”
UIndy partners with the following clinical sites:
- Avon High School
- Beech Grove High School
- Butler University
- Care Ambulance
- Center Grove High School
- Community Health Network, Inc.
- Decatur Central High School
- Franklin Central High School
- Heritage Christian Schools
- Indiana School for the Deaf
- Indy Eleven
- Indy Fuel
- Lawrence Central High School
- Lawrence North High School
- Marian University
- Methodist Sports Medicine Center
- Ortho Indy
- Plainfield High School
- Perry Meridian High School
- Pike High School
- Roncalli High School
- Shelbourne Knee Center at Community Westview Hospital
- St. Vincent Sports Performance
- UIndy Athletics
- UIndy Health Center
- Warren Central High School
Check out some of our students' great clinical and internship experiences!
Amid hundreds of candidates, it was Derek Beeler’s initiative, work ethic and early clinical experiences that earned him a coveted internship with the Indianapolis Colts.
“My experience with the Colts was invaluable for my professional growth and development. The rigorous and demanding nature of professional football, or any sport for that matter, prepared me for a career in athletic training in more ways than I know,” he says.
Whether helping players and coaches for practices or training camp, Derek learned that when the pressure’s on, you have to think quickly. “My time with the Colts allowed me to get substantial experience not only in treatment and rehabilitation, but in developing an efficient and logical thought process.”
So what does it take to land a dream internship, and what makes UIndy a great place for ambitious students? “Not only are professional teams looking for hard-working individuals, they are looking for thinking clinicians that take initiative to better themselves both professionally and personally,” Derek says. “The UIndy Athletic Training Program provides that perspective for potential interns who have the drive and desire to succeed. “
Katie Sly completed her clinical hours with various UIndy sports teams, local high school athletic trainers, the Shelbourne Knee Center and St. Vincent Sports Performance, complementing her pre-physical therapy track as well as her athletic training major.
“All of these clinical assignments have provided me with numerous learning opportunities and have allowed me to hone my clinical skills over the past four years. I will graduate from UIndy with confidence, knowing that I received a great education and learned from some of the best athletic trainers, physical therapists and physicians around,” she says.
With plans to continue her education for a future career in health care, her participation in the Pre-Physical Therapy Student Organization and Athletic Training Club also proved valuable.
“Both of these organizations allowed me to network with professionals in my fields of interest and provided me with the opportunity to serve the University and the surrounding community.”
By the end of his sophomore year, Brandon Kleckner had completed clinical rotations with Marian University, Avon High School and Plainfield High School. Even in his early undergraduate years, Brandon saw how his classroom knowledge translated in a clinical setting.
“On my first off-campus rotation, I was definitely underestimating the amount of information that we had covered. There have been instances where I’ve been stuck on what to do next, but from talking with the preceptor at my site about the situation I was able to piece bits and pieces together to get to the 'next step' that I was looking for in the beginning.”
Additionally, working the Midwest Wrestling Classic and attending state and regional events for professional athletic training organizations gave Brandon fresh perspective, networking opportunities and the chance to meet other athletic trainers from around the state and region.
“My advice for students that are looking into the athletic training world as maybe their possible future is to just go for it," he says. "The program and faculty here at UIndy are among the best around, and the program is untouchable by any other university in the region. Go into it with an open mind and I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed. It’s an amazing career to be in and the people that are around you make it worth the while.”