Clinical Education

The USF Athletic Training Program uses more than 25 clinical sites and greater than 60 preceptors at facilities throughout the Tampa Bay Region.

Clinical Education Plan

The clinical education component of the USF Athletic Training Program is designed to provide "real life" learning experiences for students in addition to classroom and laboratory experiences. Clinical education encompasses within four clinical courses totaling 12 credit hours. Within each course, students are assigned to supervising preceptors throughout the community.

All aspects of the clinical experience emphasize cooperative and collaborative learning among students as well as directed practical applications from a licensed athletic trainer or other healthcare provider. Although all students will have specific required clinical experiences and specific competencies for each clinical course, it is expected that an agreement is formed between the student and preceptors at the site, defining specific learning opportunities provided at that facility.

The criteria used in the placement of students include the qualifications of the preceptors, the commitment of the preceptors in the administration of teaching, adequate patient resources for teaching and the presence of up-to-date equipment and resources. Students are assigned multiple week rotations providing a wide range of experiences with a variety of patients. Students will have opportunities to receive experience in sport and no-sport settings with varying age groups and abilities. Clinical education will occur in both historical (athletic) and emerging health care settings.

All students are required to successfully complete the four-phase clinical component of the curriculum. Clinical assignments are delineated to facilities providing comprehensive health care services, including but not limited to, practice and game preparation, injury/illness evaluation, first aid and emergency care, follow-up care, rehabilitation and related services.

The Director and Clinical Education Coordinators decide placement of students with preceptors. The clinical rotation will last for the entire semester including immersive experiences. Immersion experiences are 2-4 week periods that allow you to become fully immersed in your clinical rotation.  There are no didactic responsibilities at these times and it is expected that you are completely available for clinical experience regardless of the time or day. Feedback regarding this valuable immersive experience has been overwhelmingly positive from both students and preceptors.

Collegiate High Schools:
USF Athletics Blake High School
    - Steve Walz, ATC     - Shane Earley, ATC
    - Yuri Chulskiy, ATC Berkeley Preparatory School
    - Josh Herran, ATC     - Eddie Bunton, ATC
    - Scott Hebert, ATC     - Jen Galuski, ATC
    - Greg Byrd, ATC     - Annalee Haviland, ATC
    - Anita Fanelli, ATC     - Jordan Olson, ATC
    - Michele Latimer, ATC Strawberry Crest High School
    - Michael Guerdan, ATC     - David Stroh, ATC
    - Octavio Tobar, ATC Freedom High School
    - Allison Palmer, ATC     - Ian Graulich, ATC
    - Kelsie Osato, ATC King High School
    - Angel Ly, ATC     - Francesca Prestia, ATC
    - Paul Friedman, ATC Gaither High School
USF Campus Recreation     - Kacie Welch, ATC
    - Danielle Stanley, ATC Sun Lake High School
Saint Leo University     - Tara Mendres, ATC
    - Barbara Wilson, ATC Steinbrenner High School
-   Joey Randazzo, ATC     - Erica Filep, ATC
    - Susan Cross, ATC Tampa Bay Technical High School
    - Ali Bush, ATC     - Tyler Imhoff, ATC
-   Tom Spock, ATC Tampa Preparatory School
      - Sara Crawford, ATC
Professional:     - Andrew Sufficool, ATC
Tampa Bay Lightning Leto High School
    - Tom Mulligan, ATC     - Chris Santos, ATC
Tampa Bay Storm Land O’ Lakes High School
    - Leigh Baker, ATC     - Matt Perrett, ATC
  Alonso High School
Clinics:     - Misty Chastain, ATC
Optimal Performance & Physical Therapy  
    - Paul Terry, PT  
Therapy & Sports Center  
    - Josh Sperry, ATC  

Map of Clinical Sites


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