Program Details

Certification

Students must graduate and complete a CAATE accredited athletic training 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. Currently 48 states license or regulate the practice of athletic training, in which the ATC credential is required.

Presentation College is actively pursuing Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accreditation. Students may start the athletic training  program prior to accreditation, but accreditation must be achieved before a student can be considered a graduate of a CAATE accredited athletic training program.

For questions regarding CAATE accreditation and Presentation College Athletic Training Program, please contact the AT program director Chris Huot.

 

 

BOC Exam Results
2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015
Number of program graduates. NA NA 1
Number of graduates eligible for the BOC exam. NA NA 0*
Number of graduates who took the BOC exam. NA NA 0*
Number of graduates who passed the BOC exam on 1st attempt. NA NA 0*
Number of graduates who passed the BOC exam overall. NA NA 0*

*Athletic training graduates not eligible, PC AT program was not accredited by the CAATE.

Applying to the program

Clinical Phase Application Academic Requirements (dev. 8/2012, rev. 2/2014, rev. 8/2014)

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

  • AT 111 Introduction to Athletic Training
  • EXSC 333 Prevention and Treatment of Injuries and Illnesses
  • EXSC 112 First Aid and Emergency Cardiac Care
  • BI 162 Medical Terminology
  • BI l73 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BL171 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
  • BI 183 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BL181 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab

These courses require a grade of a “C-” or higher in order to apply to clinical phase of the athletic training major. Students applying to clinical phase the Athletic Training Program are required to have a 2.50 cumulative grade point average or higher at the end of the semester they are applying.

Competitive Application and Progression Process (dev. 1/2012, rev. 8/2014)

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

  • 2 letters of recommendation (1 from faculty – non ATC, 1 from supervisor)
  • Completion of 10 observation hours and worksheet packet (given in AT 111)
  • Completed application form
  • Typed, 500 word topical essay
  • 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, 2 letters of recommendation, application essay, and interview is scored & weighed to a maximum of 100 total points and then multiplied by a predetermined percentage (see appendix A) . 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 progression to the clinical phase will occur after final grades for the spring semester are posted. Students selected to progress to the clinical phase of the Athletic Training Program will have 1 week to confirm their appointment.

Provisional Progression (dev. 1/201, 8/2014)

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 to the clinical phase in the ATP. In such cases, students must meet with the program director to complete a written contact detailing:

  • 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 by the end of the following academic year (two semesters).

Athletic Training Course Descriptions

AT111 Introduction to Athletic Training
1 credit
This course provides the foundation for those students pursuing a career in athletic training. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, the history and development of the profession of athletic training, the goals, roles, and responsibilities of athletic training professionals, healing process, injury prevention and recognition, and the body’s response to injury.
AT202 Practicum in Athletic Training I
2 credits
This course provides the athletic training student with preceptor supervised clinical experience. Athletic training students will complete a minimum of 140 hours working with a preceptor at designated clinical sites. The focus of AT202 is clinical application of emergency/risk management techniques and clinical examination of lower extremity injuries. Prerequisite: ATEP, AT111, EXSC112, EXSC333.
AT203 Advanced Techniques in Athletic Training
3 credits
This course provides classroom and clinical instruction in the use and application of various taping, bracing, splinting/casing and emergency/risk management techniques used in athletic training. Prerequisite: Admission to ATEP. Corequisite: AT300.
AT212 Practicum in Athletic Training II
2 credits
This course provides the athletic training student with preceptor supervised clinical experience. Athletic training students will complete a minimum of 140 hours working with a preceptor at designated clinical sites. Students will be evaluated on the application of clinical skills instructed in AT203 and AT300. Prerequisite: Admission to ATEP, AT202.
AT300 Clinical Examination and Diagnosis I
3 credits
This course is designed to enhance knowledge and skill in the diagnosis of musculoskeletal/orthopedic/neurologic injuries of the lower extremity and low back. The course will emphasize human anatomy, medical history taking, clinical observation, palpation, functional and special testing, injury pathology as steps to a thorough clinical examination and diagnosis. Prerequisite: AT111, BI173/BL171, BI183/Bl181, EXSC333.
AT301 Clinical Examination and Diagnosis I Lab
1 credit
This course provides hands-on application and practical experience of orthopedic and neurological examination, including functional assessment, of injuries/illnesses of the lower quarter. This course focuses on examination and diagnosis, and acute management of lower extremity, pelvis/lumbar spine, and abdominal/internal injuries/illnesses. Corequisite: AT300.
AT302 Practicum in Athletic Training III
2 credits
This course provides the athletic training student with preceptor supervised clinical experience. Athletic training students will complete a minimum of 140 hours working with a preceptor at designated clinical sites. Students will be evaluated on the application of clinical skills instructed in AT203, AT300 and AT304. Prerequisite: Admission to ATEP, AT202, AT212.
AT304 Clinical Examination and Diagnosis II
3 credits
A continuing of AT300, this course is designed to enhance knowledge and skill and the diagnosis of musculoskeletal/orthopedic/neurologic injuries of the upper extremity, head, and cervical spine. The course will emphasize human anatomy, medical history taking, clinical observation, palpation, functional and special testing, injury pathology as steps to a thorough clinical examination and diagnosis. Prerequisite: AT111, BI173/BL171, BI183/BL181, EXSC333. Corequisite: AT305.
AT305 Clinical Examination and Diagnosis II Lab
1 credit
This course provides hands-on application and practical experience of orthopedic and neurological examination, including functional assessment, of injuries/illnesses of the upper quarter. This course focuses on examination and diagnosis, and acute management of upper extremity, head/face, and cervical and thoracic spine injuries/illnesses. Corequisite: AT304.
AT312 Practicum in Athletic Training IV
2 credits
This course provides the athletic training student with preceptor supervised clinical experience. Athletic training students will complete a minimum of 140 hours working with a preceptor at designated clinical sites. Students will be evaluated on the application of clinical skills instructed in AT203, AT300, AT304 and AT323. Prerequisite: Admission to ATEP, AT202, AT212, AT302.
AT323 Therapeutic Modalities
3 credits
This course involves a comprehensive study of the principles, theoretical concepts, effects, indications, contraindications, safety precautions and standard operating procedures of therapeutic modalities commonly used in the treatment of musculoskeletal/orthopedic injuries. AT323 will emphasize the body’s response to injury, the healing continuum, and clinical appraisal/application of therapeutic modalities. Prerequisite: AT300,
AT304, EXSC373.
AT324 Therapeutic Modalities Lab
1 credit
This course provides hands-on application and practical experience of therapeutic modalities. Contemporary application of cold, heat, sound, electrical introduce students to the contemporary usage and basic foundation of therapeutic modalities, transmission of energy, infrared, and mechanical therapy. Through lecture, discussion, and laboratory experience, the scientific basis of musculoskeletal rehabilitation involving therapeutic modalities will be examined. Corequisite: AT323.
AT333 Therapeutic Exercise
3 credits
This course focuses on the principles and techniques of a comprehensive rehabilitation and reconditioning program as well as their role in athletic training. Students will learn basic and advanced therapeutic exercise safety, instruction, and exercise progression. AT333 will provide instruction of the physiologic effects of therapeutic exercise on a physically active patient as it relates to the treatment of disease/injury. Prerequisite: AT323, EXSC203, EXSC373, EXSC393, EXSC3082.
AT334 Therapeutic Exercise Lab
1 credit
This course provides hands-on application and practical experience of therapeutic exercise. Students will be given laboratory instruction and guided practice in performing manual therapy techniques and therapeutic exercises related to the effects of therapeutic exercise on tissue repair and return to activity. This course will focus on review of the basic principles of therapeutic exercise and rehabilitation on injuries to the trunk and upper extremities. Corequisite: AT333.
AT343 Medical Aspects
3 credits
In-depth study of general pharmacology, medical conditions, and disabilities of athletes and others involved in physical activity. The athletic training student will learn pharmacological applications, including awareness of the indications, contraindications, precautions, and interactions of medications and of the governing regulations relevant to the treatment of injuries and illnesses. The athletic training student will also learn referral management, and treatments of athletes and others involved in physical activity who suffer from general medical conditions and disabilities. Prerequisite: Admission to ATEP, AT334.
AT402 Practicum in Athletic Training V
2 credits
This course provides the athletic training student with preceptor supervised clinical experience. Athletic training students will complete a minimum of 140 hours working with a preceptor at designated clinical sites. Students will be evaluated on the application of clinical skills instructed in AT203, AT300, AT304, AT323 and AT333. Prerequisite: Admission to ATEP, AT202, AT212, AT302, AT312.
AT412 Practicum in Athletic Training VI
2 credits
This course provides the athletic training student with preceptor supervised clinical experience. Athletic training students will complete a minimum of 140 hours working with a preceptor at designated clinical sites. Students will be evaluated on the application of all previously instructed clinical skills. Prerequisite: Admission to ATEP, AT202, AT212, AT302, AT312, AT402.
AT413 Administration in Athletic Training
3 credits
This course is designed to introduce the athletic training student to the knowledge, skills, and values an athletic trainer or health care professional must possess to develop, administer, and manage an athletic training program or other health care facility. The course primarily focuses on the management dynamics of athletic training facilities, including personnel, students, facility design, purchasing and budgeting of financial resources. Prerequisite: Admission to ATEP, AT343, AT422.
AT422 Research Methods in Allied Health
2 credits
Interpretation of statistical procedures and research designs commonly used in allied health research. Students will search, examine, and apply evidence-based medicine principles to the critical appraisal of allied health research. This course will prepare students to conduct research projects related to the allied health field. Prerequisite: Senior level student majoring in a department of allied health major.
AT432 Capstone in Athletic Training
2 credits
This course provides a comprehensive review of the most current edition of the athletic training clinical competencies. This course will review the content areas of the athletic training clinical competencies and the knowledge/skills in the Role Delineation Study/Practice Analysis of the Board of Certification. In addition, AT432 will review current topics in the athletic training profession. Prerequisite: AT413 Administration in Athletic Training. Senior standing in Athletic Training; take concurrently with GE401 Professional Development.

Mission and Outcomes

Presentation College Athletic Training Program Mission Statement

Inspired by the passion of Nano Nagle for educating and healing, the Presentation College Athletic Training Program strives to provide the athletic training student with the didactic and clinical education and guidance promote lifelong learning and service to the physically active. It is the mission of the Presentation College Athletic Training Program (ATP) to promote the development of the athletic training student, as an entry-level professional in the athletic training profession, through a comprehensive and progressive didactic and clinical education program.

Presentation College Athletic Training Program Motto

Teaching the mind to think, the spirit to feel, and the body to act.

 Athletic Training Program Outcomes

Outcome 1: Students in the program exhibit the knowledge, psychomotor skills, and professional behaviors necessary for professional athletic training practice.

Goals

  • The athletic training faculty and preceptors will model and instruct the foundational behaviors of professional practice during all aspects of the education program.
  • The ATP will provide clinical assignments which allow athletic training students to apply learned and evaluated knowledge and skills in health care settings.
  • The ATP will provide clinical assignments in a variety of health care settings.
  • The ATP’s clinical education will include supervision and instruction from preceptors with a variety of medical and allied health backgrounds.
  • The ATP will promote and encourage evidence based learning environments that demonstrate the design, implementation, and management of treatments and rehabilitation protocols to enhance healing.

Outcome 2: Students completing the program are prepared to pass the Board of Certification (BOC) certification exam.

Goals

    • The ATP will provide requisite academic and clinical education guided by the NATA’s Executive Committee for Education 5th edition athletic training education competencies and the 6th edition of the BOC’s Role Delineation Study.
    • The ATP will assure the student has access to contemporary BOC exam study and reference materials.
    • Graduates of Presentation College’s ATP will have a BOC exam first-time pass rate of 75% or higher.

Outcome 3: Students completing the program exhibit exemplary scholarship, service, and evidence of lifelong learning.

Goals

  • The ATP will provide opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and preceptors to engage in program development.
  • The ATP will provide students with opportunities and encouragement to attend local, state, district, and national athletic training symposiums/meetings.
  • The ATP will promote service opportunities for athletic training students within the state, district, and national athletic training associations.
  • The ATP will provide a rigorous and challenging academic environment to prepare the student for pursuit of advanced study.

Student Learning Outcomes

SLO 1: Athletic training students will demonstrate mastery of the clinical education competencies and clinical integrated proficiencies, appropriate to the student’s level in the Athletic Training Program.

SLO 2: Athletic training students will implement evidence-based practice when treating injuries and illness, selecting appropriate therapeutic modalities in conjunction with rehabilitation programs, and managing all forms and protocols.

SLO 3: Athletic training student will model personal behaviors and ethical practices during clinical experiences.

SLO 4: Athletic training students will demonstrate the ability to communicate to patients, family, medical and allied health personnel appropriate to the level of understanding.

SLO 5: Athletic training students will develop an appreciation of service through community-based, school-based, state, district, and national athletic training association volunteer opportunities.

SLO 6: Athletic training students will develop into life-long learners as evidenced by attending annual meetings, workshops, and clinical symposiums furthering their athletic training education.