Master of Science in Athletic Training

LSU offers several exceptional programs for students interested in athletic training.

The School of Kinesiology has designed a pre-athletic training concentration specifically for undergraduates to prepare them for the demands of post-graduate work in athletic training, medicine, dentistry, nursing or physical/speech/occupational therapy.

For graduate students, LSU offers the state’s only Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) Program that meets the rigorous criteria of the Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education.

LSU’s MSAT graduates are eligible for take the BOCATC national board examination for athletic trainers. Graduates who pass the BOCATC will be credentialed to practice as athletic trainer in 49 states and work under the direction of physicians in a variety of healthcare settings.

As they progress through the program, LSU’s MSAT students will complete the coursework necessary to become eligible for both BOCATC and Emergency Medical Technician licensing exams.

LSU expects to start accepting applications for the MSAT in early Fall 2020. The inaugural class will begin coursework in June 2021. 

Why LSU?

Our primary objective is to create highly qualified clinicians to meet today’s healthcare demands. LSU’s program in athletic training is a flagship program in Louisiana and the nation for its reputation of its teaching facilities, faculty, clinical staff and program graduates. This is accomplished through quality opportunities in the classroom and clinical settings, and most importantly, nationally recognized clinicians and faculty who are committed to each student’s overall success. 

Graduates from our program pursue successful careers as athletic trainers in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics, physician clinics and other athletic health care settings. Interested students should contact our program faculty for additional information on the program and careers in athletic training. 

According to the US Department of Labor, the athletic training profession is one of the Top 10 in-demand healthcare professions. LSU’s Master of Science in Athletic Training is geared to prepare students to enter and excel in this rewarding, fast-growing field.

Just as important as the opportunity to become dual credentials, LSU’s MSAT offers graduate students the ability to:

  • learn how to build positive professional relationships with patients, administrators and other healthcare providers and the public.
  • have the opportunity work in a variety of clinical and didactic settings to develop the knowledge and skills necessary entry-level athletic trainer to practice successfully.
  • get experience using current and emerging technologies in patient education and care.
  • explore ways to integrate research into daily clinical practice through the acquisition, use and practice of evidence-based medicine.
  • acquire strategies to provide culturally competent and efficient medical care to diverse populations.
  • establish a professional philosophy that incorporates the highest standards for the patient, professional and patient advocacy and legal/ethical medical practice.

For more information, here are the answers to Frequently Asked Questions about our program. 

The application process for the Master of Science in Athletic Training is conducted through online application system via the LSU Graduate School. The LSU Graduate School provides information on acceptance to LSU, while the program's website along with the LSU Graduate Catalog will provide admission process and criteria for admission. 

To help candidates make sure they have all the required documentation, we have created the MSAT Self-Assessment Checklist.

The admissions process for the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) will occur through several defined steps:

Step 1 - Initial Application and Verification (June 30 - December 1)

Applicant applies for admission to the LSU Graduate School and the Master of Science of Athletic Training. This process will occur between May 1 through December 1 annually. The applicant's materials (see application form) will verify the applicant meets the minimal acceptance criteria, including acceptable completion (or satisfactory progress of completion by the end of the spring semester) of prerequisite coursework.  

Step 2 - Verification and Applicant Review Process (December 2 - January 15)

During this step the university will review all applications for completeness and also conduct initial evaluation of materials for consideration for the interview process. Applicants not meeting the Step 1 requirements will be notified of their application status, as well as those who will be invited for the interview process.

Step 3 - Interview Process (January 16 - February 16)

Applicants accepted to this step will be interviewed by phone and in-person for final consideration to be accepted to the program.

Step 4 - Acceptance Completion (February 17 - May 15)

Applicants receiving an acceptance invitation will complete the necessary Clinical Readiness Requirements (due May 1) by published deadlines on the program's website and through acceptance letter received by the applicant, as well final verification of transcripts if the applicant is taking remaining prerequisite coursework during the Spring semester.

Clinical Readiness Requirements

Once notified of admittance to the MSAT (Step 4), students must meet the following requirements prior to beginning the degree program’s course requirements:

Students in the MSAT are required to work in a variety of health care settings. The MSAT program policies and procedures which comply with the CAATE ( Accreditation Standards, as well as recommendations of the MSAT medical director and LSU Student Health Center. 

Students must fulfill all Clinical Readiness Requirements by no later than May 1 in order to start the program course requirements after June 1. Each student is responsible for all fees associated with fulfilling the Clinical Readiness Requirements (complete details are available on the MSAT website (

  • MSAT Medical History Form (completed through the LSU Student Health Center Student Health Portal)
  • Health Physical Exam (must use MSAT Physical Examination Form if off-campus; if on-campus will be completed at the LSU Student Health Center)
  • Immunizations
  • Technical Standards
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) with First Aid certifications (by American Red Cross or American Heart Association) must be completed within a two-year window of the June 1 start
  • Criminal Background Check (required for clinical experiences at off-campus clinical affiliated sites including hospitals)
  • Drug Screen – 10 panel screen
  • TB Skin Test (within past 12 months prior to June 1 start)
  • Signed HIPAA/Privacy/Confidential Form
  • Signed Professional and Personal Conduct Form

The Master of Science in Athletic Training in the School of Kinesiology at Louisiana State University is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity.

The technical standards set forth by the Master of Science in Athletic Training establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to and enrolled in the professional phase of this program to achieve the knowledge, skills and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program's accrediting agency (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education [CAATE]).

The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to and enrolled in the professional phase of the Master of Science in Athletic Training. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted into the program, nor retained in the program. Compliance with the program's technical standards does not guarantee a student program admission nor eligibility for the BOC certification examination.

Candidates for selection to, and students currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Athletic Training, must demonstrate:

The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts and problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm.

Sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and accurately, safely and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients.

The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and communicate judgments and treatment information effectively.

Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice.

The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately.

The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.

The perseverance, diligence and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced.

Flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.

Affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.

While the list above provides specific areas, the following list is not inclusive but merely provides examples of various technical standards components:

Specific Components
(with sample representative areas)
Ability to observe a patient accurately

Evaluation/assessment of a patient’s gait or posture at least 10 feet away

Observe patient’s response and physical signs

Read diagnostic instruments such as thermometer, goniometer, settings on a therapeutic modality device

Utilization of verbal and non-verbal communication techniques with patients, peer healthcare providers, family members of patients, etc.

Obtain information from patients and caregivers to develop a written history

Explain evaluation and treatment procedures

Explain and demonstrate therapeutic exercise programs

Written communication of patient or client’s responses in a written medical record

Present healthcare topics to general public


Perform athletic training skills in a safe, reliable and efficient manner

Practice within the ethical and legal parameters as defined by state and federal laws

Perform athletic training skills and procedures safe and effectively with appropriate tempo, strength, power, endurance for the individual (class partners, self, patients, clients)

Follow policies and procedures outlined in the emergency action plans (EAP)

Perform chest and abdominal auscultations

Assess and interpret findings of vital signs, special clinical tests, balance and proprioception, neurological function, tissue integrity

Measure and appropriate fit assistive ambulatory devices and devices

Apply therapeutic devices

Apply bracing, taping, splinting, or casting materials appropriate for its intended use/function

Administer balance training, cardiovascular function tests, cardiopulmonary resuscitation including adjunct airway devices, therapeutic modalities, soft tissue mobilization techniques, patient transfers


Ability to problem solve rapidly and the ability to learn and reason

Ability to integrate, analyze, and synthesize information in a multitask setting

Ability to understand spatial relationship of anatomical structures

Understand the scientific process and the ability to apply evidence-based medicine into clinical practice

Adapt available resources to appropriately provide treatment to wounds and other injuries using universal precautions

Ability to determine an accurate clinical diagnosis and develop a treatment plan

Ability to re-evaluate a patient and apply modifications to existing treatment plans

Perform various types of research

Interpret patient/client responses and address needs/concerns as part of the evaluation process


Practice athletic training in an ethical, legal and safe manner

Ability to respond to medical emergencies

Ability to demonstrate effective management skills in medical and non-medical emergency situations

Abides by the LSU Code of Student Conduct

Complies with policies and procedures within the LSU Athletic Training Student Handbook

Adheres to specific policies outlined by clinical sites

Complies with the Board of Certification’s Standards of Professional Practice for Athletic Trainers


Students must possess the emotional health to exercise good/sound judgment and perform duties to their completion

Ability to adapt to changing situations and display flexibility without compromising quality of care and policies/procedures in the clinical setting

Implement effective techniques to establish rapport with patients, clients, coaches, peers, family members, etc.

Ability to learn new skills and tasks to improve as a professional, as well as ability to accept feedback/critique

Ability to demonstrate lifelong personal and professional growth

Ability to recognize the need for professional mental health assistance


Candidates for selection to the Master of Science in Athletic Training will be required to verify (signed affidavit) they understand and meet these technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet the standards. 

Students currently participating in the Master of Science in Athletic Training must be able to meet the technical standards, with or without accommodation, at all times. 

LSU Disability Services, in coordination with the program director and medical director of the Master of Science in Athletic Training, will evaluate a student who states he/she could meet the program's technical standards with accommodation and confirm that the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws.

If a student states he/she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, then the University will determine whether it agrees the student can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodation; this includes a review of whether the accommodations requested are reasonable, taking into account whether accommodation would jeopardize clinician/patient safety, or the educational process of the student or the institution, including all coursework, clinical experiences and internships deemed essential to graduation. 

Failure of the student to follow a prescribed plan of accommodation or treatment plan that provides the student a reasonable opportunity to meet the technical standards may result in permanent dismissal from the Master of Science in Athletic Training.

All students must read and sign the Technical Standards on an annual basis form prior to beginning any clinical experiences associated with the Master of Science in Athletic Training. 

The curriculum for the master's degree in athletic training has been approved the Louisiana Board of Supervisors.

Students applying to the Master of Science in Athletic Training must meet the following minimum application criteria:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university.
  • Minimum of 3.00 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the applicant’s last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • Minimum of 290 GRE score.
  • Acceptance to the LSU Graduate School.
  • Meet the technical standards for admission or show potential for accomplished tasks. The technical standards are available on the program’s website and made available in the ATCAS application system.
  • Completion of minimum of 75 hours of observational professional experiences under a BOC credentialed athletic trainer and/or physician (at least 50 hours must be under the BOC credentialed athletic trainer).
            Sample Observation Hours Documentation Form: The attached form may be used or the applicant can create a similar form to documenting observation hours. Students are encouraged to create a separate form for each healthcare provider.
    • Contact an Athletic Training Program Faculty member to receive a list of athletic trainers in Louisiana who are currently accepting students to obtain athletic training observation hours for the LSU Master of Science in Athletic Training.

  • Completion of on-campus interviews with program faculty/preceptors.
  • Applicants must also submit a 1,000 word or less “Personal Statement” which provides a brief statement of the applicant’s background and interests, a description of her/his experience and skill, and his/her longer-term professional and academic goals and how the program aligns with those goals. A well-formed personal statement should also describe the kinds of topics and/or experiences the applicant would like to explore while enrolled in the program. It is beneficial if applicants can draw a connection between her/his long-term professional interest area and those of the faculty in the School.
  • Applicants who are narrowly trained or who have taken a significant amount of work on a pass-fail basis or in ungraded courses may be required to submit scores on GRE Subject (Advanced) Tests before their applications can be considered

Human Anatomy and Physiology
(2 semesters with lab)

KIN 2500 and BIOL 2160 or equivalents plus

Two physiology/anatomy lab credits (for LSU students that can consist of):

KIN 3500 (1) and another 1 cr BIOL lab;
KIN 3519 – Human Anatomy Prosection (1) and another 1 cr BIOL lab;
KIN 4519 – Cadaver Dissection (3 cr);

Physics (lab not required) – 3 credits
PHYS 2001 or equivalent

Nutrition – 3 credits
NSF 1110 or equivalent

Exercise Physiology – 3 credits
KIN 3515 or equivalent

Biomechanics – 3 credits
KIN 3514 or equivalent

Chemistry (lab not required) – 3 credits
CHEM 1201 or equivalent

Biology (lab not required) – 6 credits
BIOL 1201 or equivalent
BIOL 1202 or equivalent

Statistics – 3 credits
EXST 2201, SOCL 2201, or equivalent

General Psychology – 3 credits
PSYC 2000 or equivalent

Medical Terminology – 3 credits
KIN 2509 or equivalent

Personal Health/Wellness – 3 credits
KIN 1600 or equivalent

The student must also possess a current certification (at the time of application) in Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare Providers/Emergency Responders. 

Applicants are required to complete an application to through the LSU Graduate School. 

Initial Application (LSU Graduate School)

  • Applications and supporting materials for all graduate study must be submitted through the online application site for the LSU Graduate School. Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources must be mailed to: Graduate Student Services, 114 West David Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. These paper documents are stored electronically and departments have access to all materials submitted by and/or on behalf of a student applying to graduate study.

Secondary Application (ATCAS) administered by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)

  • Must complete a secondary application with ATCAS.

Applications for admission are received and evaluated by the School of Kinesiology. Applicants must adhere to the application deadlines established by the Graduate School and the School of Kinesiology. Students seeking admission must submit satisfactory credentials from previous study and other admission requirements set forth by the LSU Graduate School.  

Probationary Admission
Applicants who fail to meet one or more of the requirements for regular admission may be admitted on probation, provided additional evidence of capacity to do satisfactory work is presented. Such evidence might include superior performance in a substantial amount of baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate work, high GRE scores (GMAT scores, when appropriate), and other achievements.

Provisional Admission
Provisional admission may be considered for applicants who appear to be admissible on the basis of the credentials submitted, but who are unable to supply all of the required official records prior to registration. Students admitted provisionally must submit complete and satisfactory records within 60 days (45 days in summer term) after the first day of class for the semester in which graduate study begins. If these credentials are not received by the date specified, or if they prove to be unsatisfactory, students will not be permitted to register for the following semester. Provisional admission does not guarantee subsequent regular admission.

Applicants receiving an acceptance invitation will complete the necessary Clinical Readiness Requirements (due May 1) by published deadlines on the program's website and through acceptance letter received by the applicant, as well final verification of transcripts if the applicant is taking remaining prerequisite coursework during the Spring semester.

Clinical Education: Overview

Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize the activity and participation of patients and clients.

Athletic training students at LSU participate in six semesters of clinical education that prepare them in the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities.

Under the direction of preceptors (approved by the Master of Science in Athletic Training), the athletic training student acquires a minimum of 50 clinical hours per credit hour in clinical courses, and/or completion of specific clinical components the course each semester.

Some clinical education experiences will require afternoon, evening, and weekend commitments. In addition, student may be asked to report for clinical education prior or following the academic calendar (i.e., preseason and post season).

Students gain clinical education experiences that address the continuum of care that would prepare a student to function in a variety of settings with patients engaged in a range of activities. 

Examples of clinical experiences include: Team and individual sports at the high school and collegiate level; sports requiring protective equipment; sports with genders opposite the student; and, non-sport patient populations at physician offices and clinics.

Athletic training students gain valuable interpersonal skills while working closely with preceptors, patients and a wide variety of healthcare professionals during year-long clinical educational experiences.  The knowledge and experience gained prepares students to successfully enter the profession of athletic training. 

In cases where the minimum clinical hours requirement (as outlined in the course syllabus) is not obtained, A GRADE OF “I” will be awarded until the minimum hour requirement is met

General Guidelines for Clinical Education

Students are referred to the Appearance & Behavior guidelines within this handbook.

Students are expected to be punctual for all clinical education experiences. In the event you will be late or cannot be present, you must notify your preceptor immediately. Interference with outside employment is not a valid reason for attendance problems. Problems with punctuality are grounds for dismissal.

Students must work to develop proficiency in their clinical skills. To this end, clinical proficiency will be regularly evaluated. Students will be provided with access to evaluations and will discuss these evaluations with their supervisors to clarify areas that need improvement. Likewise, students will evaluate their preceptors at regular intervals to provide feedback on their clinical education experience.

Specific guidelines for the completion of required clinical proficiencies will be distributed and discussed in all Athletic Training clinical courses. Students must complete all required proficiencies to progress to the next sequence of clinical education.

Mandatory Pre-Clinical In-Services 

All students are required to attend pre-clinical in-services prior to engaging in any clinical requirements set forth by the Master of Science in Athletic Training. All students are required to complete annual in-service training that will be held in late July or early August at dates/times published. 

Clinical Experiences Requirement 
All athletic training students must participate in annual in-services (blood-borne pathogens training; CPR/First Aid; NCAA/SEC rules education; etc.,) prior to initiating any clinical education experience. In-services are a requirement for successful completion of all clinical courses each academic year. 

All students participating in the required in-services will be provided with a per diem (meal money) for the in-services time period if the in-service is conducted in late July/early August. 

Students who have a clinical assignment that begins in early August will be required to complete their clinical experience at the respective site after the conclusion of the in-services. 

Students who participate in clinical assignments at LSU outside of regularly scheduled classes may be offered additional per diem money. 

Students who are not assigned to a clinical that begins in early August will report at the beginning of the fall semester and must participate in in-service training at designated times prior to initiating clinical education experiences.

Students are assigned to specific preceptors throughout each semester of clinical experiences, and thus, are provided the unique opportunity to fully learn and appreciate the totality of the clinical assignment given to the student.

Students are expected to accurately and regularly log clinical (duty hours) hours and associated program data requirements related to their clinical experience in the online E*Value system; failure to do so might result in programmatic and/or academic (clinical course grade) penalties. 

As part of the programmatic outcome assessments and opportunity for reflective learning students will be asked to record the athletic training services they observe and perform during clinical experiences on the online E*Value system. 

Students are required to complete their assigned clinical experience from the initial first day of clinical activities through the last day of the activity. This may require the student to begin their clinical experience prior to the first day of classes (e.g., football; women’s soccer; volleyball; etc.) and/or continue/complete the clinical assignment after the last day of classes for the semester (e.g., football post-season bowl appearance; men’s basketball; women’s basketball; baseball; softball; track; etc.). 

This may include official school holiday sessions (e.g., Thanksgiving holiday; Christmas holiday; Mardi Gras; Spring Break; etc.,). The experiences gained during these out of semester time periods are directly associated with the clinical course the student is enrolled.

All students will be required to complete at least one continuous four-week (minimum) immersive clinical experience in which the student will be fully engaged in a clinical setting. This immersive experience will occur in ATRN 7300 – Athletic Training Clinical Practice III during the Summer 2 semester of the MSAT.

Required vs. Optional Clinical Hours
During LSU Breaks for High School Clinical Sites

In order to define when athletic training students should be attending their clinical rotation at a high school clinical site (including University Laboratory School), the following LSU recognized breaks will be optional for the student to attend:

  • Thanksgiving Break (typically Wednesday-Sunday during Thanksgiving week). Exception would be if the school he/she is participating in has a football playoff contest then the expectation is that they are present for clinical during this period.
  • Winter Break (last day of finals until the Monday prior to the first day of Spring classes).
  • Mardi Gras Break (Saturday through Tuesday)
  • LSU Spring Break (Saturday through following Sunday) 

Students should be given relief (reduced clinical hours) during final examination week for the fall semesters. For the spring semester final examinations, the last required clinical day for students is the Saturday prior to final examination week.

Students are required to begin their fall clinical rotations when the clinical in-services are completed each August. 

The LSU Athletic Department will provide per diem (or meals) and housing (optional) to athletic training students who have been given a clinical assignment that occurs prior to the start of the semester, during holiday breaks, and/or after the end of the last day of classes for the semester. The per diem and/or housing provided may vary according to the clinical assignment and the event schedule of the clinical assignment.

Priority of Clinical Coursework

The professional (clinical) phase of the MSAT places equal importance/emphasis on didactic (classroom) and clinical coursework. 

Clinical courses are essential and critical to the education of the athletic training student. Clinical coursework is not considered “work” nor is the activity voluntary; it is required to complete all programmatic criteria to graduate with a degree in athletic training and eligibility for state and national credentialing examinations. 

The clinical coursework allows the athletic training student to put “knowledge into professional practice” to become a competent qualified AT. Clinical coursework is focused on transition to clinical practice to become a highly qualified practitioner upon graduation from LSU.

Clinical assignments and responsibilities take priority over all other elective activities, including but not limited to:

  • Elective OR out-of-sequence courses (including study-abroad courses)
  • Employment
  • Social activities
  • Participation in athletic events (triathlons; 5K’s; etc)
  • Student clubs or Greek organization
  • Professional or religious mission work
  • Vacations

While clinical coursework is priority for the student’s professional growth, we are very mindful and support each student in pursuing external activities to drive his/her “passions.” The student should communicate with the program faculty and preceptors at the beginning of the rotation the extent that the elective activities may impact the athletic training student overall academic (didactic and clinical) requirements to promote effective life-balancing.

Clinical Placements

All clinical work is conducted at clinical sites approved by LSU and with preceptors who have completed the MSAT-specified preceptor training on an annual basis prior to the student’s placement.

The clinical placement process is complex and the focus is on placing each student in situation where the student will experience continual positive growth and maturity as a health care professional.

While the program may take each student’s clinical assignment preference into consideration, the program does not make clinical placement decisions based on individual student requests. 

The MSAT reserves the right to modify the student’s clinical assignment at any time due to, but not limited to: negative student professional conduct; clinical incompetence; issues/concerns of the patient; failure to adhere to the clinical site policies/procedures; or health and safety concerns at the clinical site that pose a perceived or actual risk for the student. 

Any student who is removed from a clinical assignment due to disciplinary actions will not be re-assigned to an alternative clinical site. The student should refer to the Disciplinary Policies for actionable items that may result in removal from a clinical site and/or program.

Appropriate/Inappropriate Clinical Supervision

Athletic training students cannot participate in the delivery of athletic training services without the physical presence and direction of a Preceptor. Only credentialed healthcare providers that have completed appropriate background verification, preceptor training, and designation by the Athletic Training Program Director and Clinical Coordinator are permitted to supervise LSU Athletic Training Students.

All athletic training students complete a formal educational session and signature verification that he/she has read and understands the policies and procedures in the LSU Athletic Training Student Handbook prior to initiating clinical experiences each academic year. 

Additionally, athletic training students formally meet with his/her preceptor to review policies and procedures of the respective clinical site prior to initiating clinical experiences. 

Athletic Training Students are not permitted to deliver athletic training services without the physical presence and direction of a preceptor designated by the Athletic Training Program director and clinical coordinator. 

Unsupervised activity is not permitted at any time during clinical education and is grounds for immediate disciplinary action, which may include permanent removal of the clinical site and/or dismissal of the athletic training student from the professional phase of the bachelor of science in Athletic Training.

During the athletic training student’s progression, the program is required to provide a student with opportunities to support autonomous clinical decision making with minimal supervision. The student will be required to demonstrate clinical competence prior to being in a position to conduct patient care in minimally supervised situations. 

Supervision Requirements for Clinical Experiences

During each clinical course the athletic training will be required to complete clinical experiences under the supervision of a preceptor who is an athletic trainer or physician.  

The program will incorporate opportunities for students to obtain supplemental clinical experiences under other health care providers to support inter-professional growth and collaboration. 

For any given clinical course, clinical experiences under an athletic trainer or physician must account for at least 80 percent of the total clinical hours, while no more than 20 percent of total clinical hours can be obtained under the supervision of other health care providers (who have also completed preceptor training). 

For example: if a student completes 200 documented clinical hours during a semester, then no more than 40 hours (20 percent) can be documented under other healthcare providers.  

Clinical hours will be documented in the E*Value Clinical Tracking System as “Athletic Training Clinical Experiences” (under an AT or MD/DO only) or “Supplemental Clinical Experiences” (under other healthcare providers who are not an AT or MD/DO) to allow the program and student to clearly verify the type of provider the student is completing clinical hours. 

“Supplemental Clinical Experience” opportunities involve other (non-AT; non-MD/DO) health care providers as preceptors, but these opportunities do not fulfill clinical experience requirements as defined by the 2020 CAATE Standards 56-94. 

General Medical Clinical Rotations Guidelines

All athletic training students must participate in scheduled clinical interactions with various medical personnel during his/her tenure in the LSU Master of Science in Athletic Training. 

The primary goal of the general medical rotations is to provide each student with a unique opportunity to interact with various medical personnel (family practice physicians, orthopedic physicians, etc.,) that he/she will work with after graduating from LSU.

General Guidelines

  • All students will have a similar number and exposure type of general medical clinical rotations during each academic year. 
  • Attendance is required at all scheduled clinical rotations. 
  • Students must accurately report the duty hours and supervision on E*Value to verify his/her interaction with the assigned healthcare professional.
  • Students must notify the Clinical Education Coordinator (or designated staff member) that he/she will not be able to attend if a conflict exists.
  • You cannot “swap” general medical clinical rotations with other students unless there is an emergency and/or class conflict, and such “swap” has been approved by the Clinical Education Coordinator.
  • Student must adhere to the dress code and professional codes of conduct established for the location of the general medical clinical rotation as established by the clinical site.
  • Assignments will be made on a semester basis and coordinated through the Clinical Education Coordinator.

Transportation to Clinical Sites

Athletic training students are responsible for their own transportation (and expenses incurred) to and from their clinical assignments. On-campus assignments are typically located at (or very near) sites on the campus bus loop, but some on-campus and all off-campus sites may require you to arrange your own transportation.


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