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Student Handbook - Definition of Terms

Clinical Education

Clinical Education Clinical education represents the athletic training student’s (ATS) formal acquisition, practice, and ACI evaluation of the Entry Level Athletic Training Clinical Proficiencies through classroom, laboratory, and clinical education experiences under the direct supervision of an Approved Clinical Instructor (ACI) or a Clinical Instructor (CI). Formal evaluation of the application and integration of clinical proficiencies are completed by the ATS with an ACI and may be in conjunction with additional clinical instructors.

Clinical Education Experience

Clinical education experience provides an opportunity to integrate psychomotor, cognitive, and affective skills, with clinical proficiencies while on the job. An ACI must directly supervise formal clinical educational experience. An ACI or CI must supervise other clinical education experiences such as the field experience. (Standard IIA1e)

Field Experience

Field experience provides you with the opportunity for informal learning and to practice and apply the Entry Level Athletic Training Clinical Proficiencies in a clinical environment under the supervision of an ACI or a CI. The primary settings for field experiences must include athletic training rooms, athletic practices, and competitive events. Ample opportunity should be provided for supervised student experience working with athletic practices and competitive events in both men’s and women’s sports. There shall be exposure to the following categories:

Clinical Education at UMaine is completed under the following KPE courses:

The ATS must complete these courses over a minimum of two (2) academic years. Each Field Experience must be associated with course credit. Courses shall include academic syllabi that include measurable educational objectives and specific clinical proficiency outcomes than can be document over time.

Synonyms: Supervised clinical practice, clinical education experience (Standard IIA1b, f)

Approved Clinical Instructor

An Approved Clinical Instructor (ACI) is an NATABOC Certified Athletic Trainer with a minimum of one year of work experience as an athletic trainer, and who as completed clinical instructor training. NATABOC certified athletic trainers who wish to be an ACI (e.g., graduate assistant), but who have less than one year of clinical experience, must be supervised by a more experienced ACI. An ACI provides formal instruction and evaluation of clinical proficiencies in classroom, laboratory and/or in clinical education experiences through direct supervision of athletic training students.

Clinical Instructor

A Clinical Instructor (CI) is an NATABOC Certified Athletic Trainer or other qualified health care professional with a minimum of one year of work experience in their respective academic or clinical area. Clinical instructors teach, evaluate, and supervise athletic training students in field experiences. A CI is not charged with the final formal evaluation of athletic training students’ integration of clinical proficiencies. A clinical instructor may also be an ACI. (Standard IB1c(2)(a)(b))

Direct Supervision

This applies to the instruction and evaluation of the clinical proficiencies by an ACI. Constant visual and auditory interaction between the ATS and the ACI is the definition used in the CAAHEP Accreditation Standards and Guidelines (2001). The instructor shall be physically present for proficiency instruction and evaluation (Standard IIA1g).

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