Clinical Education at Winona State University

Clinical Education Courses

Athletic Training majors build on the foundation courses of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, exercise physiology, nutrition and mechanical kinesiology with specific athletic training education courses.

These courses expose the student to the NATA Athletic Training Education Competencies-5th Edition (2011) in eight (8) content areas, including:
  1. Evidence-Based Practice
  2. Prevention and Health Promotion 
  3. Clinical Examination and Diagnosis
  4. Acute Care of Injury and Illness
  5. Therapeutic Interventions
  6. Psychosocial Strategies and Referral 
  7. Healthcare Administration 
  8. Professional Development and Responsibility

Clinical Education Experiences

Students declaring an Athletic Training Major will enroll in HERS 191 during either the fall or spring semester of their first year. Students will have the opportunity to observe daily operations and the duties related to the profession of athletic training through enrollment in HERS 191.

Following successful completion of HERS 191, BIO 211, and BIO 212, student will enroll in HERS 292 during the fall semester. As part of this course, students will participate in limited clinical education experiences and be assigned to a preceptor.

Students participating in clinical education (starting with HERS 292) must have on file with the Program Director the following information:
  • Completed First Aid and CPR Certification
  • Completed Medical Physical Form (including Mantoux Test)
  • Hepatitis B Vaccinations Completed or Waiver
  • Technical Standards Signed and on file with AT Program Program Director
  • Confidentiality and Field Experience forms signed and on file with AT Program Director
  • Blood Borne Pathogen training completed
  • Minnesota background check completed
  • Wisconsin background check completed (If assigned to a WI clinical site)

All forms may be can be accessed in the AT Program Forms page. Students wishing to continue in the major will need to complete the formal application and interview process (see Admission Information ).

Following successful completion of the application process, students must acquire clinical experiences over a minimum of two academic years as assigned by the AT Program Director.  These experiences will be on a rotation as described in the WSU Athletic Training Student Handbook (PDF) and be acquired at a variety of settings that include experiences with:
  • Individual and team sports
  • Sports requiring protective equipment
  • Patients of different sexes
  • Non-sport patient populations
  • A variety of conditions other than orthopedics

These experiences will be under the direct supervision of a variety of preceptors as well as experiences with other types of health care providers.  However, the majority of the student's clinical experiences will be at WSU in a traditional athletic training setting.

Students obtain traditional clinical education experiences with:
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Along with learning from our team physician on campus and at the clinic or hospital, AT Program students have many opportunities to attend:
  • Team practices and events
  • NCAA Division II post-season competitions
  • Orthopedic surgeries

Clinical Education – Clinical Sites

Clinical sites include the athletic training facilities at:
  • WSU
  • Saint Mary’s University
  • Winona Senior High School
  • Cotter High School
  • Rochester Community & Technical College
  • Century High School
  • Mayo Senior High School
  • John Marshall Senior High School
  • Other area high schools
Students also gain valuable community based general medical experience at:
  • Sport & Spine Physical Therapy of Winona
  • Gundersen Lutheran Sports Medicine
  • Winona Area Ambulance Service
  • Ping Chiropractic and Wellness Center
  • Winona Health
  • Southeast Minnesota Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery Specialists
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Osteopathic Manipulation 
  • Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine

WSU AT Program Clinical Education Policy (PDF)
WSU AT Program Clinical Education Summary (PDF)