There will be exposure to upper extremity, lower extremity, equipment intensive, and general medical experiences of both genders. Exposures will be delineated as follows:
Upper Extremity-High-risk sport to the upper extremity based on injury statistics. At NCC this includes softball, baseball, swimming, volleyball, and wrestling.
Lower Extremity-High-risk sport to the lower extremity based on injury statistics. At NCC this includes men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country and track, and women’s lacrosse.
Equipment Intensive-High-risk sports where all participants are required to wear protective equipment for the head and shoulders. At NCC this includes football.
General Medical-General medical experiences are associated with physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. At NCC this includes the orthopedic physician and general practice physician rotations, athletic physicals, and interactions with the team physician while working athletic events.
During the course of the clinical experience assignment, the student’s progress will be monitored by the ATP Director/Clinical Coordinator. The ATP Director/Clinical Coordinator will visit each site a minimum of once per year to discuss student progress.
At the midpoint of each term, the student will fill out a self-evaluation form. The student will then go through the self-evaluation with his/her preceptor, both will sign the form, and it will be turned in to the ATP Director/Clinical Coordinator. At the conclusion of each term, the student will complete an evaluation of the preceptor and the clinical site. The preceptor will fill out an evaluation on each student supervised. These evaluations will be used to determine the student’s clinical experience grade.
Throughout the clinical education programs, the student will attend clinical rotations for an average of 20 hours per week across the academic year. Each student will have a minimum of 2 days per week free of clinical experiences. At no time should a student exceed 30 clinical hours per week with the exception of fall camp when classes are not in session and the internship.