AT Program Levels of Advancement

Pre-Professional Student

The student has completed or is in the process of completing the following coursework:

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Intro to the Athletic Training Profession

Anatomical Aspects of Sports Medicine

Emergency Care and Personal Safety

Clinical Field Experience: The student will accumulate a minimum of 30 observation hours. These hours may include observation in the Castleton athletic training room, practice and game observation. In addition the student will complete the Introduction to Athletic Training Checksheet.

Summary of Clinical Skills: Taping, bracing, splinting; emergency care procedures.

Athletic Training Student- Practicum

The student has completed or is in the process of completing the following coursework:        

Evaluation and Management of Injuries to the Lower Extremity

Contemporary Health Issues

Practicum in Athletic Training

Clinical Field Experience: This is the first semester of clinical field experience and the professional phase of the AT Program. The student will be completing a first year clinical rotation in which he/she visits all the sites on campus. He/she will also attend the annual Preseason Athletic Training Camp, which serves as an orientation to the AT Program.

Summary of Clinical Skills: Lower extremity evaluation skills, protective padding and equipment, environmental injuries/illnesses, and health issues.

Athletic Training Student - Level 1

The student has completed or is in the process of completing the following coursework:        

Evaluation and Management of Injuries to the Upper Extremity

Psycho-Social Aspects of Physical Activity        

Kinesiology

Therapeutic Interventions I

Athletic Training Clinical I

Clinical Field Experience: This is the second semester of clinical field experience. The student will be working under the direct supervision of a Castleton University preceptor.

Summary of Clinical Skills: Upper extremity evaluation skills, use of directional terms and cardinal planes of movement, theory and application of therapeutic exercise and modalities, and psycho-social issues. The student must pass all proficiency assessments and the clinical field experience assignment required in Clinical I.

Athletic Training Student - Level 2

The student has completed or is in the process of completing the following coursework:

Strength Training Principles

Therapeutic Interventions II

Administration of Sports Medicine Programs

Pharmacology and General Medical Conditions

Athletic Training Clinical II        

Clinical Field Experience: This is the third semester of clinical field experience. The student will be working under the direct supervision of a Castleton University preceptor. The student will work as an assistant or head student athletic trainer with at least one Castleton University athletic team. He/she will also attend the annual Preseason Athletic Training Camp. Emergency policies/procedures and CPR/AED skills are rehearsed at this camp.

Summary of Clinical Skills: Theory and application of therapeutic exercise and modalities; planning/ coordinating the administrative components of athletic training, strength training, understanding of pharmacologic applications relevant to the treatment of athletes and the physically active; recognition, treatment and referral of general medical conditions of athletes and others involved with physical activity. Student must pass all proficiency assessments and the clinical field experience assignment required in Clinical II. He/she must also pass the Level II Program Competency Examination.

Athletic Training Student - Level 3

The student has completed or is in the process of completing the following coursework:

Evaluation and Management of Injuries to the Head, Neck, and Trunk

Exercise Physiology

Applied Nutrition and Weight Control

Athletic Training Clinical III                      

Clinical Field Experience: This is the fourth semester of clinical field experience. The student will be working under the direct supervision of a Castleton University preceptor. The student will work as an assistant or head student athletic trainer with at least one Castleton University athletic team.

Summary of Clinical Skills: Evaluation of injuries to the head, neck, and trunk; knowledge of the physiological adaptations in the human body to exercise; general nutrition programming for athletes and the physically active. The student must pass all proficiency assessments and the clinical field experience assignment required in Clinical III.

Athletic Training Student - Level 4

The student has completed or is in the process of completing the following coursework:

Senior Seminar in Athletic Training

ECG and Graded Exercise Testing

Athletic Training Clinical IV

Clinical Field Experience: This is the fifth semester of field experience.   A Level IV student should complete a clinical athletic training field experience with a preceptor at a Castleton affiliate site as well as complete a General Medical Rotation. The student will complete the Level IV Program Competency Examination. He/she will also attend the annual Preseason Athletic Training Camp. Emergency policies/procedures and CPR/AED skills are rehearsed at this camp.

Summary of Clinical Skills: Design and implementation of exercise testing and fitness prescriptions; professional development and responsibility. The student must pass all proficiency assessments and the clinical field experience assignment required in Clinical IV. He/she must also pass the Level IV Program Competency Examination.

Athletic Training Student - Level 5

The student has completed or is in the process of completing the following coursework:

Senior Thesis

Athletic Training Clinical V

Clinical Field Experience: This is the sixth semester of field experience. As a program graduation requirement, the student must have accumulated a minimum of 800 total clinical experience hours at Castleton University or an approved affiliate site. A level V student should complete a clinical athletic training field experience with a preceptor at a Castleton affiliate site as well as complete a General Medical Rotation. The student should complete the BOC online self-assessment examination in Clinical 5.

Summary of Clinical Skills: Preparation and interpretation of scientific research. The student must pass all proficiency assessments and the clinical field experience assignment required in Clinical V.