Athletic Training Program (ATP)

Athletic trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by ATs comprise prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers utilize their knowledge and skills in a variety of settings. The athletic trainer plays a vital role in the prevention, recognition/management, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries that occur during physical activity. Athletic Trainers may work in professional, college/university, and secondary school athletics; hospital/clinics; occupational/industrial health; the military; the performing arts; and in physician offices. Many athletic trainers work outside of athletic settings; they provide physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as other services to people of all ages.

Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers (AT), health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients across age and care continuums. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. ATs work under the direction of physicians, as prescribed by state licensure statutes. Their patients and clients include everyone from professional athletes to industrial workers. Recognized by the American Medical Association as allied health professionals, athletic trainers specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of muscle and bone injuries and illnesses.

Program Certification

Students must graduate and complete a Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited athletic training education program before they are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) certification exam. Once the student successfully passes this examination, he or she earns the “Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)” credential from the BOC. The ATP at Presentation College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). For more information regarding the accreditation standards of athletic training programs, please visit www.caate.net.

The Athletic Training Program

Students in the Athletic Training Program (ATP) must demonstrate:

  1. Physical ability to perform assessments and handle equipment;
  2. Ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues;
  3. Capacity to maintain composure during periods of high stress;
  4. Perseverance, diligence and commitment to complete the program;
  5. Flexibility and ability to adjust to changing situations in clinical situations;
  6. Ability to relate professionally to others.

Technical Standards for Admission and Retention

The ATP at Presentation College is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. The technical standards set forth by the ATP establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to the clinical phase of the program to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer. The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the clinical phase of the Athletic Training Program. In the event students are unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, students will not be permitted to progress to the clinical phase.

Compliance with the program’s technical standards does not guarantee progression in the ATP at Presentation College and/or eligibility for the Board of Certification, Inc., and certification exam.

Candidates for selection to the Presentation College ATP must demonstrate:

  1. The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts, and problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm.
  2. Sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and accurately, safely and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients.
  3. The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds. This includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and communicate judgments and treatment information effectively. Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice.
  4. The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately.
  5. The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.
  6. The perseverance, diligence, and commitment to complete the athletic training program as outlined and sequenced.
  7. Flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.
  8. Affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.

Candidates for progression into the clinical phase of the athletic training program will be required to verify they understand and meet these technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet the standards.

Presentation College disability services, in conjunction with the athletic training program director, will evaluate a student who states he/she could meet the program’s technical standards with accommodation and confirm that the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws.

If a student states that he/she can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodation, the College will determine whether it agrees that the student can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodation. This includes a review as to whether the accommodations requested are reasonable, taking into account whether accommodation would jeopardize clinician/patient safety, or the educational process of the student or the institution, including all coursework, clinical experiences and internships deemed essential to graduation.

Admission to Athletic Training Program

Students who are enrolled in the Athletic Training Program (ATP) are subject to two different minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) standards. Students who are enrolled in courses that are prerequisites for the clinical phase of the ATP or general education courses required for the degree must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. Students are, however, advised that maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.00 is not sufficient to meet the standard for enrollment into the clinical phase of the ATP.

Students applying to the clinical phase of the ATP are required to have a 2.50 cumulative grade point average or higher at the end of the semester they are applying.

Students apply for the clinical phase of the ATP after completing the foundational core during their non-clinical phase. During this time, students are required to take the following athletic training courses (may be taken concurrently during application semester):

  • AT111 Introduction to Athletic Training
  • BI162 Medical Terminology
  • BI273 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BL271 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
  • BI283 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BL281 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
  • EXSC112 First Aid and Emergency Cardiac Care
  • EXSC333 Care and Prevention of Injuries and Illnesses

These courses require a grade of a "C-" or higher in order to apply to the clinical phase of the athletic training major.

Competitive Admissions Application and Selection Process

In addition to the above academic requirements, acceptance into the clinical phase of the ATP will be determined by evaluation of the student’s formal application to the ATP. The following application materials are due to the ATP Program Director in April of the spring semester:

  1. Two letters of recommendation (one from faculty – non-ATC (Certified Athletic Trainer); one from supervisor)
  2. Completion of 10 observation hours and worksheet packet (given in AT111)
  3. Completed application form
  4. Typed 500-word topical essay
  5. Formal interview with ATP selection committee

Selection of the student for the clinical phase of the ATP is based on a scored rubric. Each application item (overall GPA, GPA for pre-application courses, evaluation of observation student, observation worksheet, two letters of recommendation, application essay, and interview) is scored, weighed to a maximum of 100 total points, and then multiplied by a predetermined percentage. The top point-earning students from each cohort will be selected based on the number of available openings for the ATP. For example, if 10 seats are open for a given cohort, the top 10 point-earners will be selected. During non-competitive application years (more ATP cohort seats open than applications), the interview component may be omitted.

Official acceptance into the Athletic Training Program will occur after final grades for the spring semester are posted. Students offered a position in the Athletic Training Program will have one week to confirm their appointment.

Provisional Progression

In situations where cohorts do not fill all the available clinical phase openings for the ATP, students who do not meet application minimum requirements may progress provisionally for the clinical phase in the ATP. In such cases, a formal letter of probational acceptance stating the terms of admission to the program will be sent to the student and placed in his/her official academic file:

  • which requirement was not met
  • the process the student will take to meet the requirement
  • the length of time the student has to meet the minimum requirement

If the student does not meet the minimum requirement in the time allotted in the written contract, the student will be not be allowed to progress in the clinical phase of the program. During the provisional time of acceptance, students may be subject to certain clinical and/or academic requirements or limitations. Any student accepted into the clinical phase of the ATP under provisional status must meet minimum program acceptance standards within one academic year (two semesters).

Program Academic Retention Requirements

Once accepted into the clinical phase of the Athletic Training Program, the student must continue to meet the academic and clinical requirements of the program. Students who fail to meet the academic retention standards will be placed on probation. Athletic training students’ compliance with the academic retention requirements will be measured at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Listed below are the academic retention requirements for each level in the program.

Clinical Level I:

  • minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA;
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in athletic training major courses;
  • grade of “C-” or higher in all “AT” prefix courses

Clinical Level II:

  • minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA;
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in athletic training major courses;
  • grade of “C-” or higher in all “AT” prefix courses

Clinical Level III:

  • minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA;
  • minimum 3.00 GPA in athletic training major courses;
  • grade of “C-” or higher in all “AT” prefix courses

Clinical Education

Students formally accepted into the clinical phase of the ATP will complete a minimum of 140 hours of clinical education at various sites per semester. Before students can begin their clinical education, the following paperwork must be filed with the clinical coordinator:

  1. HIPAA/FERPA training (annually)
  2. Vaccination verification
    1. MMR (once)
    2. Varicella (once)
    3. T-dap (once)
    4. Hepatitis B (once, initiation of Hep B series, or complete declination form)
    5. TB (annually)
    6. Influenza (Sanford and Avera St. Luke’s clinical sites only)
  3. Technical standards
  4. Verification of current emergency cardiac care certification (ARC or AHA)
  5. Criminal background check (annually)
  6. Confidentiality form
  7. Bloodborne Pathogen Training (annually)

Academic Disciplinary Policy

Athletic training students failing to meet the academic retention requirements during their clinical phase will be placed on Level 1 academic program probation for following semester. Due to the rigors of athletic training study and the comprehensiveness of the BOC® certification exam, athletic training students must maintain an above average academic level. Academic probation serves as a warning of the student’s athletic training program and overall academic status. Students must be aware that a second semester of academic probation will delay the student’s graduation at least 1 year. The athletic training student will meet with the program director to develop a written contract to address the unmet requirements. The contract will address (but not limited to):

  • Academic plan of action to address requirements not met
  • Required study hours with ATP faculty

Academic Disciplinary Actions

  1. Level 1 (no other instances of ATP probation)
    1. Meeting with program director and clinical coordinator
    2. Formal letter detailing the retention standard not being met
    3. Academic plan of action
  2. Level 2 (either 2 consecutive or non-consecutive semesters on probation)
    1. Meeting with program director and clinical coordinator
    2. Formal letter detailing the retention standard not being met
    3. Academic plan of action
    4. Student is not eligible for clinical phase progression and may not enroll in AT Practicum courses (AT202, AT212, AT302, AT312, AT402, AT412)
  3. Level 3 (either 3 consecutive or non-consecutive semesters on probation)
    1. Dismissal from the PC ATP

Athletic Training Program Costs

Visit the Presentation College ATP website for the most current program costs.

Graduation

Prior to their final semester in ATP curriculum, students may apply for graduation. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 and a minimum ATP GPA of 2.75 in order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.