Clinical education experiences for undergraduate students have always been an important aspect of the Athletic Training major at Ithaca College. These experiences help assure that students are able to practice and apply skills and proficiencies taught in the classroom. Clinical experiences begin with on-campus assignments during each student’s sophomore year. There are five 1-credit clinical experience courses required as well as two, 4-credit internship courses (AT Majors, click here for OEL Petition Form). Locally based clinical rotations for each athletic training student occur at Ithaca College, Cornell University, Cayuga Medical Center, local orthopedic surgery offices, and a nearby hospital-based medical center where numerous ATCs are contracted to provide care for high school athletes. Obviously, the majority of clinical education occurs on campus working directly with the highly competitive and accomplished Bombers Athletics Program, winners of 15 Division III National Championships. Our students have also gained clinical experiences during the summer with professional sports teams, Olympic Training Centers, universities and colleges, various sports camps, sports medicine clinics, and other facilities where physically active patients are treated.
Junior and senior athletic training students are typically assigned to two clinical rotations per year both on and off-campus. Potentially, they may be assigned to any of 18 Clinical Preceptors at Ithaca College, Cornell University, Cayuga Medical Center, or other proximate affiliated sites. Rotations are set up to assure that each student gains significant experience with sports having a high percentage of upper extremity injuries, lower extremity injuries, equipment intensive requirements, and general medical experiences. All clinical experiences are gained under the direct supervision of our program's clinical instructors. Students are also assigned at least one rotation where they will gain clinical experience with student athletes, or patients of the opposite gender.
All Clinical Preceptors that supervise our students are licensed health care professionals and are aware of the clinical experience level of each athletic training student, and the overall structure, mission and philosophy of our education plan. Through their participation in various workshops and tireless dedication to the program, they are able to assist with the teaching and evaluation of clinical skills and proficiencies required for each of the students assigned to them, as well as the professional development and maturation of each and every student.