School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University
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Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.

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School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

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The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) embraces the principle of "Learning Over Time." Students are provided multiple opportunities to practice, develop, and refine the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions necessary to successfully function as high caliber healthcare professionals.

The undergraduate athletic training program at George Mason University is in the process of voluntarily withdrawing their CAATE accreditation and is no longer admitting students. The date of voluntary withdrawal of accreditation coincides with the graduation of the last cohort in May 2022.

Our Clinical Education Philosophy

The union of classroom instruction and clinical education is a vital part of the preparation of the athletic training professional. The goal of clinical education in the George Mason University ATEP is to facilitate understanding through practice and application of classroom knowledge and clinical skills in an array of practice settings.

During the professional phase, students are required to complete a sequence of consecutive practicum clinical education experiences. Clinical experiences are designed to provide students with opportunities to engage with diverse patient populations in a variety of athletic training health care settings under the direct supervision of a preceptor. 

Click here to see a Map of ATEP practicum clinical education settings throughout Northern Virginia Metropolitan.

Clinical Experiences

Practicum clinical experiences are assigned and scheduled by ATEP faculty based upon consultations with students and preceptors. All clinical experiences are paired with concurrent didactic and clinical education courses (see Degree Requirements). Over the course of their academic career, students obtain several supervised clinical experiences exposing them to diverse patient populations, injuries, and conditions.

Jeane Ryder, athletic trainer and Mason graduate student, works with Forest Park High School student athletes.

Lauren Will, ATEP student, works with athletes during a clinical education practicum at West Potomac High School. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University