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Clinical Education

Unparalleled clinical education opportunities in KU's master's degree program in athletic training.

The clinical curriculum of KU's master of science in athletic training provides you the opportunity to translate essential knowledge and skills into the clinical environment. Clinical education is embedded across the program and includes athletic training clinical experiences as well as simulation and supplemental clinical experiences.

The clinical curriculum component begins in the second semester of your program and culminates in a semester-long immersive clinical experience in the final semester. Initially, you will complete integrated clinical education courses at local partnering facilities. These opportunities occur concurrently with didactic coursework. Integrated clinical education courses offer immediate ways to translate the athletic training knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to a variety of practice settings and patient populations. This instruction encompasses athletic training and supplemental clinical experiences, as well as simulation.

As part of integrated clinical education, you may complete a series of simulations to develop clinical reasoning and interprofessional skills in authentic practice scenarios and settings through KU Medical Center’s state-of-the-art Health Education Building and experiential learning programs.

In year two, students will add clinical experience courses. These courses are full-time immersive experiences of varying lengths, which allow you to experience the totality of life as an athletic trainer in a variety of settings. Because of the full-time nature, these immersive experiences may be done outside of the Kansas City area. Students will receive approximately 25 weeks of immersive experience over the two-year program.

Year 1

Summer – Semester 1
Fall – Semester 2
Spring – Semester 3


Setting: Pediatric Sports Medicine (2 credit hours)


Setting: Adult Sports Medicine (2 credit hours)

Year 2

Summer – Semester 4
Fall – Semester 5
Spring – Semester 6


Setting: Location varies (1 credit hour)


Setting: Adult Sports Medicine with Pre-Season (immersive clinical experience) (4 credit hours)


Setting: Location varies (1 credit hour)


Setting: Selected Future Career Setting of Student (immersive clinical experience) (8 credit hours)

Clinical Placement Opportunities

This list highlights some of the clinical placement opportunities students may experience while in the program. It is not an exhaustive list, and not all students are guaranteed to have placements at all of these sites. Some sites have an interview and selection process for placement.

KU Athletics (Kansas Team Health)

The University of Kansas Health System

  • Youth Sports Medicine: Blue Valley School District, Lansing School District, Shawnee Mission School District
  • Sports Medicine & Performance
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Physician practice

Kansas City metro area professional sports teams

  • KC Chiefs, National Football League
  • KC Current, National Women's Soccer League
  • Sporting KC, Major League Soccer
  • Mavericks, East Coast Hockey League

Immersive (full-time) clinical sites across Kansas and the country

  • e.g., Washburn University, Southern Methodist University, Texas
    Tech University

Other KC metro area colleges, secondary schools, outpatient clinics, physician groups, etc.

KU School of Health Professions

Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training
University of Kansas Medical Center
Mail Stop 2002
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160