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Athletic trainers--Training of;


This study investigated how undergraduate athletic training students view their clinical learning environments and compare their actual perception of the clinical learning environment to their preferred clinical learning environment. The Clinical Learning Environment Inventory (CLEI) was the instrument used to collect data from undergraduate athletic training students. The CLEI is comprised of two separate surveys, preferred and actual. There were a total of 82 undergraduate athletic training students who were accepted into a CAATE accredited athletic training education program.

This study compared actual versus preferred perceptions and to investigate if there was a significant difference. There are five subscales of the CLEI: (Personalization, Student Involvement, Task Orientation, Innovation, and Individualization) were compared to the satisfaction subscale to determine which subscale was a predictor of satisfaction. Significant differences were found between the undergraduate athletic training students’ actual perception of their clinical learning environment and their preferred clinical learning environment. Overall, the preferred scores were higher than the actual. It was discovered that personalization and individualization were predictors of satisfaction.

The results of the study showed there needs to be effective communication between administrators and students. It is essential to know the students’ perception of their clinical learning environment. Further research should be completed to view undergraduate athletic training students’ views on clinical learning experiences.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Science


Department of Health, Recreation, and Community Services

First Advisor

Kelli Snyder, Chair

Date Original


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