Clinical Education

The Athletic Training Education Program offers a unique opportunity to allow students to integrate their classroom knowledge in the clinical setting. The clinical assignments provide an open and challenging learning environment under a wide range of sports, clinical sites, and preceptors.

Clinical Rotations

  • NCAA Division I Sports
  • NCAA Division II Sports
  • 4 local high schools
  • Student Health Injury Clinic
  • Orthopedic Clinic rotation
  • Breakthrough Physical Therapy
  • Avery County Emergency Medical Services
  • Watauga County Emergency Medical Services
  • Athletic Training for Faculty & Staff

Clinical Preceptors

  • Jon Mitchell, MA, LAT, ATC; Director of Athletic Training Services
  • Scott Crothers, MS, LAT, ATC; Head Football Athletic Trainer
  • William Dixon, MA, LAT, ATC; Assistant Athletic Trainer
  • Taylor Young, MEd, LAT, ATC; Assistant Athletic Trainer
  • Nancy Elliot, MS, LAT, ATC, CES; Athletic Trainer, Injury Clinic
  • Rob Hamlet, ATC, LAT; Assistant Athletic Trainer
  • Michael Flicker, LAT, ATC; Lenoir Rhyne University
  • Sarah Lightfoot, LAT, ATC; Lenoir Rhyne University 
  • Hannah Blevins, ATC, LAT; Athletic Trainer, Watauga High School
  • Joe Hawkins, MA, LAT, ATC, EMT-P; Athletic Trainer, Avery High School
  • Eric Maggio, LAT, ATC; West Wilkes High School
  • Grant Yarborough, LAT, ATC; Wilkes Central High School
  • Emily Jones, DPT, LAT, ATC; Breakthrough Physical Therapy
  • Christopher Bullers, MD, AppOrtho
  • Benjamin Parker, MD, AppOrtho
  • Claire Davis, MS, LAT, ATC; AppOrtho
  • Jimmy Strickland, MS, LAT, ATC; AppOrtho
  • Ashley Goodman, Ph.D., LAT, ATC; Professor, Director of Athletic Training Program
  • Laurie Rivera, MEd, LAT, ATC; Senior Lecturer, Clinical Coordinator
  • Alan Needle, Ph.D., LAT, ATC, CSCS; Associate Professor
  • Jennifer Howard, Ph.D., LAT, ATC; Associate Professor
  • Ashley Marshall, Ph.D., LAT, ATC; Assistant Professor