Becoming a Preceptor


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Preceptor Training Workshop - NATA 5th Edition Educational Competencies

In order to be effective as a clinical instructor in athletic training education, it is important to be familiar with the competencies that are defined by the certified athletic trainer's role delineation. All clinical instructors will receive a copy of the competencies for their review. These competencies, cognitive, affective and psychomotor, are written and based on the learning principle of the taxonomy of educational objectives. Each of the competencies listed in the proceeding slides objectify the educational content that must be presented, demonstrated, assessed and reassessed in athletic training education. It is the goal of Union's ATEP, to challenge each student in the classroom, the laboratory and in clinical field experience to help them achieve level of mastery and proficiency that they can incorporate as entry level skills in the profession.

  • Risk Management
  • Pathology of Injury and Illness
  • Orthopedic Clinical Examination and Diagnosis
  • Medical Conditions and Disabilities
  • Acute Care of Injuries and Illnesses
  • Therapeutic Modalities
  • Conditioning and Rehabilitative Exercise
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychosocial Intervention and Referral
  • Nutritional Aspects of Injuries and Illnesses
  • Health Care Administration
  • Professional Development and Responsibility

The domains of knowledge that encompass athletic training education has not changed drastically in the years, but some of the terminology has. More emphasis has been put on knowledge of general medicine, pharmacology, pathology of injury and illness, health care administration, and professional development and responsibility. As the role of the certified athletic trainer becomes more integrated in allied health care, more and more opportunities to work in primary health care settings such as hospitals and physician's clinics will be presented. There is obviously a need for certified athletic trainers to be skills clinicians on top of their role as the primary health care provider for athletes in traditional settings.

You may note the bold move of removing the term "assessment" and inserting the term "diagnosis" in the role delineation. This may ruffle the feathers of some health care professionals, but it does recognize that those certified athletic trainers that are thoroughly educated are perfectly capable of problem solving and decision making in the evaluation process of orthopedic injuries.

The following pages introduce you to a summary of each of the 12 domains that are encompassed in the 4th edition educational competencies.