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This qualitative case study investigated athletic training preceptors’ perceptions of their readiness to teach, assess, and integrate graduate athletic training students into clinical practice. Athletic training education has long been primarily entry-level bachelor programs and has recently transitioned to entry-level master’s programs, with the required transition date for all programs by the fall of 2022. The study used a theoretical framework from Schoening’s nurse educator transition model to understand the factors that influence nurses, and similarly, athletic trainers, to transition from a clinician to an educator. Semistructured interviews of current athletic training preceptors were conducted via Zoom to allow deep and rich responses of preceptors to drive the research on preceptors’ perceptions of perceived readiness to teach, assess, and integrate graduate students into clinical practice. Among multiple themes, the study found that preceptors perceived themselves as confidently ready and eager to provide mentorship to graduate students, similar to previous undergraduate mentoring experiences, but desired continuing education in various clinical and preceptor categories to multiply the tools available in their precepting toolbox.
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Newman, Kaylee, "Athletic Training Preceptor Readiness: From Clinician to Educator" (2023). Digital Commons @ ACU, Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 717.