Admission to Athletic Training Program

The athletic training program is a very competitive and selective major.  Students wishing to major in athletic training must meet all of the admission standards prior to being interviewed by the selection committee.  Students will be selected into the program based on the number of student athletic trainer positions available, their academic achievements, and the quality of their essay and interview. The application to be accepted into the athletic training curriculum at Averett University will be submitted in the fall semester of a prospective student’s sophomore year. There is a pre-professional phase in which students must meet certain requirements (listed below) in order to be allowed into the program.  Students should contact the program director to get details regarding the application process.
        
Transfer students must meet the same requirements for acceptance. The transferred coursework must be equivalent to the Averett University curriculum and must meet all transfer acceptance requirements as set forth by the Averett University Registrar’s office. The observation hours should be attained under a certified athletic trainer. These students will be considered on an individual basis with special circumstances given proper evaluation.

Requirements for Admission to the Athletic Training Program

    1. Read and sign technical standards of acceptance, submit a written application and attach résumé;
    2. Complete at least 80 hours of observation under Clinical Supervisor;
    3. Complete Averett University student observation skill sheet;
    4. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher;
    5. Submit essay to Program Director;
    6. Hold and maintain current First Aid/ CPR certifications;
    7. Complete Physical Examination;
    8. Complete the Hepatitis B Immunization or sign a declination form;
    9. Complete Observation Skill Sheet;
    10. Have Clinical Supervisor complete Student Evaluation.

The Program Director must receive all materials no later than November 1st or the previous weekday if November 1st falls on the weekend or a holiday.

These courses must be completed prior to admission to the student athletic training program. The student must earn a grade of C or better in each of these courses:

HTH 200, First Aid/ Safety
HTH 110, Contemporary Health Issues
PE 209, Introduction to Athletic Training

Students who meet the above criteria in the application process will be interviewed by the members of the athletic training selection committee. The interviews will begin approximately two weeks after November 1st.  The students will then be selected based on the number of student athletic trainer positions available and their performances in their coursework, interview and essay.
        
Students interested in athletic training should contact the program director.

Technical Standards of Acceptance

The Athletic Training Program at Averett University 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 Athletic Training Program establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program’s accrediting agency, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Compliance with the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for the NATABOC certification exam.

Candidates for selection to the Athletic Training Program must demonstrate the following:

    1. The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, and 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 education program as outlined and sequenced.
    7. Flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.
    8. Effective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.

Candidates for selection to the athletic training program will be required to verify that they understand and meet these technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet the standards. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted to the program.

The Athletic Training Technical Standards Committee 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 he/she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, then the University will determine whether it agrees that the student can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodation; this includes a review of whether the accommodations requested are reasonable, taking into account whether accommodations 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.