Athletic Training

Preceptor of the Month: Samantha Visco

Written By: Kim Maclennan | January 24, 2019

Congratulations, Samantha Visco, for earning the UCF Athletic Training Program’s Preceptor of the Month award for January 2019!

Visco is assistant athletic trainer for women’s soccer and men’s tennis for the UCF Athletic Association.

Praise for Visco
Visco’s students say she is a natural teacher, and if a student is willing to learn, she is more than willing to teach. She always schedules time for students to review competencies and is excellent about giving both praise and constructive criticism. She is especially good with the junior students, patiently mentoring them throughout their time in the Athletic Training Program. She is always available for students both on and off the clock if they have questions or need advice.

When asked what stands out about Visco, a repeating theme is her concern not only for her patients, but also her students. She helps students figure out their goals and then guides them on their journey. She encourages students to take care of themselves, because only by being their best selves can they give their best to others.

Prior to joining UCF in 2013, Visco was an assistant athletic trainer at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY, where she spent six years covering a variety of sports. She regularly attends CEU events and was a participant in the advisory board formed to transition the current UCF bachelor’s degree program to the Master of Athletic Training.

We congratulate Samantha Visco on her award and thank her for her commitment to UCF and the program!

Did you know?
Visco has double majored twice! She earned two bachelor’s degrees – in athletic training and in human ecology – nutrition, from The Ohio State University, and two Master of Science degrees – in nutrition and in sports medicine, from Georgia State University.

What is a preceptor?
Teaching students to be athletic trainers takes many hours of classroom and lab time and many hours of hands-on education in the field. Preceptors are instructors in the field who reinforce what students learn in the classroom and demonstrate, in real-life scenarios, what it takes to be a vital and trusted part of a healthcare team.

Samantha Visco holding a certificate that denotes her UCF Athletic Training Program’s Preceptor of the Month award.
Ms. Visco is really good at learning what our strengths and weaknesses are and then turning those weaknesses into strengths. — Rebekah Arrigo
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