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What should I expect during my year as a directed observation student?

Students wishing to enter the Athletic Training Major / AT Program are required to participate in one or two semesters of our directed observation (D.O.) program. During this time, students rotate to a new sport every two weeks, spending five hours per week "observing" the athletic trainers with that team. At the same time, the students are learning and being tested on several basic athletic training competencies and skills. Throughout the D.O. period our staff evaluates the students' performance. In May, the directed observation students apply for admission to the Athletic Training Major / AT Program.

Admission is competitive and is based on GPA, staff evaluations, completion of the competencies, and the student's performance in the prerequisite courses. Directed Observation students are required to attain 50 directed observation hours in U.T's. athletic training rooms under the supervision of certified and licensed staff athletic trainers as a part of the admissions criteria. Students should see an academic advisor, the AT Program Director, or information on this web site for full details on program admissions.

While D.O. students will not provide patient care during their clinical rotations, they are expected to interact with our students, staff, and patients to get a strong sense of what it is like to be an athletic training student and future health care professional. This time should be used to ask questions and learn as much about the AT Program and profession as possible.