Clinical education is an intrinsic part of most allied health educational programs. However, conceptual models differ as to what constitutes quality for clinical experiences. As a relatively new allied health care field, athletic training education is adapting in order to meet the needs of a changing health care environment. Recent initiatives for clinical education mark the change from a quantitative (hours of exposure) approach, to one emphasizing quality (mastery over time). However, in this transition from field-based to curriculum emphasis, the coherence between different aspects of the educational process have weakened. This paper presents a background of clinical education in athletic training and presents a model for allied health education that offers distinct didactic, clinical, and field experience components.
Seegmiller JG. Model for Clinical Education in Athletic Training. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 2003 Jan 01;1(1), Article 8.