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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ATR5815
Tracking Number - 4769

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-04-30
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: GC approved; to USF Sys 10/22/13. to SCNS 10/30/13. Approved Effective 12/1/13. Nmbr 5812 apprd as 5815

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2013-07-11
  2. Department: Medicine
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: HSC-10000-613900-000000-000000
  5. Contact Person: Steven Zinder
  6. Phone: 8133969464
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ATR
  9. Number: 5815
  10. Full Title: Clinical Experience in Athletic Training - I
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Clin AT - I
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Performance of basic athletic training skills under the supervision of a clinical instructor at various sties. Students develop competence in introductory athletic training skills. Focus on equipment intensive sports. A weekly seminar also required.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for new program/concentration/certificate
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course is part of the core coursework for the proposed Master’s Degree in Athletic Training. The profession of Athletic Training is following other allied health professions and heading toward the entry point being at the graduate level. This is a proactive step in that direction, and will put USF at the forefront of Athletic Training education. There will be significant demand for the program, in that as of this point, there is no avenue for students that have obtained a bachelor’s degree in another discipline to challenge the National Board of Certification exam for Athletic Training. Presently, there is only one other institution in Florida (FIU) with an entry -level graduate Athletic Training Program.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Certified Athletic Trainer, MD, PhD, or equivalent.
  29. Objectives: 1. Select, apply, evaluate, and modify appropriate standard protective equipment and other custom devices for the patient in order to prevent and/or minimize the risk of injury to the head, torso, spine and extremities for safe participation in sport and/or physical activity. Effective lines of communication shall be established to elicit and convey information about the patient’s situation and the importance of protective devices to prevent and/or minimize injury. Including:

    a. Shoulder Pads

    b. Helmet/Headgear

    c. Footwear

    d. Mouth guard

    e. Prophylactic Knee Brace

    f. Prophylactic Ankle Brace

    2. Select, fabricate, and apply appropriate preventive taping and wrapping procedures, splints, braces, and other special protective devices. Procedures and devices should be consistent with sound anatomical and biomechanical principles.

    3. Demonstrate the ability to develop, implement, and communicate effective policies and procedures to allow safe and efficient physical activity in a variety of environmental conditions. This will include obtaining, interpreting, and recognizing potentially hazardous environmental conditions and making the appropriate recommendations for the patient and/or activity. Effective lines of communication shall be established with the patient, coaches and/or appropriate officials to elicit and convey information about the potential hazard of the environmental condition and the importance of implementing appropriate strategies to prevent injury.

    a. Obtain, interpret, and make decisions regarding environmental data. This includes, but is not limited to the ability to:

    i. Operate a sling psychrometer and/or wet bulb globe index

    ii. Formulate and implement a comprehensive, proactive emergency action plan specific to lightening safety

    iii. Access local weather/environmental information

    iv. Assess hydration status using weight charts, urine color charts, or specific gravity measurements

    4. Demonstrate the ability to manage acute injuries and illnesses. This will include surveying the scene, conducting an initial assessment, utilizing universal precautions, activating the emergency action plan, implementing appropriate emergency techniques and procedures, conducting a secondary assessment and implementing appropriate first aid techniques and procedures for non-life-threatening situations. Effective lines of communication should be established and the results of the assessment, management and treatment should be documented.

    5. Utilize documentation strategies to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, insurers, colleagues, administrators, and parents or family members while using appropriate terminology and complying with statues that regulate privacy of medical records

  30. Learning Outcomes: Students will participate in active weekly discussions regarding their clinical rotations.

    Students will write a weekly journal relating experiences from their clinical rotations.

    Students will complete clinical proficiency assignments with their individual preceptors.

    Students will be evaluated by their individual preceptors at the midpoint and endpoint of each clinical rotation.

  31. Major Topics: Course Introduction, Review Clinical Education Manual/Portfolio, Goals


    Position Statements – Fluid Replacement/Exertional Heat Illness

    Position Statements - Lightning

    Clinical Scenarios

    Documentation (SOAP notes)

    Emergency Skills


    Emergency Skills

    I-Stan Simulation

  32. Textbooks: None
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Athletic Training Student Manual. Available online through Canvas

    Athletic Training Education Competencies 5th Edition. Available online through Blackboard as well as : (Forms Section)

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Pre-Season Evaluation 10%

    Mid Rotation Evaluation (2) 10%

    End of Rotation Evaluation (2) 25%

    Clinical Proficiencies 25%

    Journal and Portfolio 15%

    Class Participation 10%

    Professionalism 5%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Clinical Assignments:

    The Clinical Coordinator and Program Director make clinical assignments. The assignments are based upon availability of sites, preceptors, and student preference. Each clinical experience will be within the USF Sports Medicine Facilities or with approved affiliates. Students are assigned to an approved clinical instructor for two rotations during the semester as well as a pre-season or post-season rotation.

    Clinical Performance Evaluations:

    Each student will complete and turn in all evaluation forms utilizing the E*value evaluation (evaluation of preceptors, evaluation of course, evaluation of instructor) by due date. Each student will also be evaluated by his / her preceptor on the basis of performance throughout the semester. You will have access to view these evaluations on E*value once your preceptor has completed them. This performance is based on skills, motivation, personality, and attitude as compared with peers within their own class. Late evaluations will result in a loss of 3% off final grade.

    Hour Requirement

    Students will be required to accumulate between 200-300 hours per semester as part of the clinical education plan. This averages out to 15-20 hours per week. There will be variation in the number of hours the student will be in the assigned clinical rotation depending on the preceptor to which the student is assigned and the demands of the clinical assignment.

    • Some exceptions to the hour accumulation guidelines may be considered depending on the clinical rotation. Decisions are considered on an individual basis.

    • Any concerns in obtaining sufficient clinical hours should be addressed with the clinical coordinator.

    You are required to keep track of your own hours utilizing the duty hours tracking system on E*value ( and are required to have your hours verified by your preceptor on a weekly basis. If you notice that you are accumulating too many hours (or not enough hours) during your rotation, please talk over your schedule with your preceptor. Adjustments may be able to be made to allow you to have a valuable experience. You may often go over 15 hours per week during peak season, but over the course of the semester, (over 2 rotations) this should be the average out.

    Infractions (Attendance; Participation; Professional Dress / Conduct)

    Students will be required to attend and actively participate in all clinical assignments, seminars, labs, in-services / program meetings and peer mentoring assignments. The student should notify the clinical instructor as soon as possible of an absence due to illness or other circumstance. The student must also notify the Clinical Coordinator by 10:00 am the day the absence occurs. Students should behave and dress in a professional manner at all times. Any indication otherwise will be counted as an infraction and will affect the student’s grade with a 3% final grade deduction for each infraction.

    Additionally, the failure to complete any of the following will result in a reduction of the final grade.

    - Completion of hours

    - Completion of all evaluations

    Clinical Proficiency Outcomes:

    The student will accomplish clinical proficiencies as outlined in their clinical course packet. These are based on their didactic course experience and clinical instruction. The proficiencies must be met by the end of each semester. Failure to meet all proficiencies will result in the student remediating the material. If the proficiencies are not completed by the start of the next clinical course, the student will be restricted from progressing to the next level. You will not be allowed to enter the class until the next time it is offered. Classes are only offered one time per year.

    Proficiency assignments will be made throughout the semester, but students may complete the requirement anytime prior to the due date. It is the intention that most of the proficiencies be completed within the context of normal clinical duties. If the opportunity does not present itself, students should ask their clinical instructor to present a scenario to accomplish the proficiency. This should be done at appropriate times and please be cognizant of the clinical instructor’s schedule because each has other duties and students to work with. Students are encouraged to seek out as many learning situations as possible.

    Athletic Training Journal:

    Each week the student will put entries into a clinical education journal. The journal will be used to reflect on clinical education experiences for the preceding week. Each entry should be no more than two or three paragraphs in length. The journal will be accessed via Blackboard and will be open for entries from Friday at 8am until Sunday at 11:59pm each week for weeks 1-15. Access to the journal will be limited to these times only, so be sure to plan accordingly.


    Normal classroom attire is casual, however, please remember that this is a College of Medicine and that you will possibly interact with medical, physical therapy, and nursing students, faculty and administrators on a daily basis.

    On days which class will be held in a laboratory setting, students will be expected to bring attire appropriate for the body part being evaluated or taped. For hip and knee wrapping and bracing, gym shorts should be worn (not tights). For shoulder evaluations and wrapping/bracing females must wear a sports bra or tank top. (A tee shirt is not considered an acceptable top since the muscles and bony landmarks cannot be visualized.) No hats are to be worn in the classroom and all cell phones must be turned off and put away.

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Make up of missed work will be permitted, but points will be taken off for turning in work after the due date. No work will be accepted two weeks past its original due date and all course work must be turned in by the last day of class to receive credit.

    Academic Dishonesty:


    Each individual is expected to earn his/her degree on the basis of personal effort. Any form of cheating on examinations or plagiarism on assigned papers constitutes unacceptable deceit and dishonesty. Plagiarism is defined as “literary theft” and consists of the unattributed quotation of the exact words of a published text, or the unattributed borrowing of original ideas by paraphrase from a published text. On written papers for which the student employs information gathered from books, articles, or oral sources, each direct quotation, as well as ideas and facts that are not generally know to the public at large must be attributed to its author by means of the appropriate citation procedure. Citations may be made in footnotes or within the body of the text. Plagiarism also consists of passing off as one's own, segments or the total of another person's work. Punishment for academic dishonesty will depend on the seriousness of the offense and may include receipt of an “F” with a numerical value of zero on the item submitted, and the “F” shall be used to determine the final course grade. It is the option of the instructor to assign the student a grade of F or FF (the latter indicating dishonesty) in the course.

    Detection of Plagiarism:

    The University of South Florida has an account with an automated plagiarism detection service, which allows instructors to submit student assignments to be checked for plagiarism. I reserve the right to 1) request that assignments be submitted to me as electronic files and 2) electronically submit assignments to Assignments are compared automatically with a huge database of journal articles, web articles, and previously submitted papers. The instructor receives a report showing exactly how a student's paper was plagiarized.

    For more information about Academic Integrity of Graduate Students see

  38. Program This Course Supports: Masterof Science in Athletic Training
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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