Clinical education is an intrinsic part of most allied health
educational programs. However, conceptual models differ as to what
constitutes quality for clinical experiences. As a relatively new
allied health care field, athletic training education is adapting in
order to meet the needs of a changing health care environment.
Recent initiatives for clinical education mark the change from a
quantitative (hours of exposure) approach, to one emphasizing
quality (mastery over time). However, in this transition from
field-based to curriculum emphasis, the coherence between different
aspects of the educational process have weakened. This paper
presents a background of clinical education in athletic training and
presents a model for allied health education that offers distinct
didactic, clinical, and field experience components.