University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Rehabilitation and Movement Science Clinical Opportunities

Athletic Training Clinical Experience

The University of Vermont's clinical affiliations with collegiate and high school sports teams, outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation clinics, and the University of Vermont College of Medicine directly involve athletic students with patients and athletes, parents, coaches and administrators and offer interactions with athletic trainers and other health care professionals. These connections also provide opportunities to observe surgery and conduct faculty-mentored research.

First-year students undertake 50 hours of directed observation of sports practices and games while enrolled in AT 168. During this time they become acquainted with the daily routines of the athletic training staff on campus and engage with upper-level students in the program. Upon meeting retention and promotion requirements, students matriculate into the "clinical portion" of the program in their second year, where they are assigned to a different clinical preceptor each semester at both on- and off-campus clinical sites.

Retention and Promotion

All students must meet the following criteria to participate in and progress through the "clinical portion" of the athletic training program:

  • A minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA (first-year students must reach this standard by the end of the spring semester)
  • A minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA in Athletic Training core courses (noted on curriculum sheet)
  • Satisfactory performance in clinical experience courses (Repeated unsatisfactory performance in a clinical experience course will result in discontinuation from the athletic training program and/or the student not being endorsed for the athletic training certification exam.)

Each student is evaluated at regular intervals and must demonstrate mastery of educational competencies in order to continue with subsequent clinical assignments.

Additional fees: There are costs associated with being enrolled in the Athletic Training Education Program. These include but are not limited to: lab fees, personal liability insurance, immunization maintenance, apparel to adhere to dress code(s), and travel to and from off-campus clinical assignments and internships.

Exercise and Movement Science Senior Capstone Experience

Students are required to complete a one- to six-credit senior capstone experience under the direct supervision of health and wellness professionals on campus or at off-campus affiliate sites. Students intern in a variety of settings including community health and fitness facilities, clinical or rehabilitative programs, wellness organizations, athletic programs, private fitness industry, and specific activity organizations. The requirement is completed during either the fall or spring semester of the senior year. The Senior Capstone may also be completed at off-campus sites the summer prior to senior year if pre-approved by the program.

Physical Therapy Clinical Experience

The D.P.T. curriculum includes four clinical internship courses that comprise 36 weeks of full-time clinical education experience. Students practice in a variety of settings under the supervision of clinical instructors who are licensed physical therapists. Read more on the D.P.T. page.

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