Clinical Education Overview
During the clinical education component of the MAT program, students are assigned to a variety of sports, preceptors, clinical sites, and patient populations. Clinical rotations occur in 8 week segments to allow the MAT student to gain a diverse clinical experience. The MAT program currently uses most of the university sponsored athletic teams as clinical sites with the exception of golf. The AT program also uses five area high schools, an orthopedic clinic, a public health clinic, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and rehabilitation facilities at Fort Hood as host sites for clinical experiences.
In these experiences, students can apply, practice, and review the skills that they learned in their academic classes. Students admitted into the professional phase of the MAT are required to complete 12-20 clinical education hours/week (i.e., 200-300 clinical ed. hours/semester). A students' clinical learning experiences include sports practices, games, surgeries, a general medical rotation, and other off-campus rotations. Students are supervised by and learn from the assigned preceptors. Every incoming student will be interviewed by MAT faculty to stucture clinical experience with the student's career goals in mind and in accordance with CAATE standards.