Admission Policies and Information

In order to ensure adequate clinical placements for students, prospective students will participate in a competitive admissions process. Successful completion of all of the requirements mentioned  does not guarantee admission into the Athletic Training Program. Subjective and objective point scales will be used to determine student acceptance. Prospective students will accumulate points for the successful completion of the following criteria:

Application

Each candidate must submit a letter of intent, an Application for Admission form and submit three recommendation forms from a non-family member to the Program Director of Athletic Training by April 1st of the year in which they are applying for acceptance. In addition, each candidate must also demonstrate proof of a completed physical examination, medical history form, immunization record, blood borne pathogen training and Technical Standards document.

Application for Admission (PDF)

Applicant Recommendation Form (PDF)

Health Requirements (PDF)

Student Health Record (PDF)

Technical Standards Document (PDF)

Academic Criteria

Each candidate must demonstrate a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA at the time of application and complete the pre-requisite courses with a letter grade of “C” or better. Students are highly encouraged to complete these academic pre-requisite courses at Augustana University.  Transfer courses will be accepted as fulfilling a pre-requisite course, if the transfer course is approved by the Registrar’s office. Transfer courses which are required for the Athletic Training major will be approved by the ESS Chairperson and/or the Program Director of Athletic Training as determined by matching course objectives.

Points are awarded for the student’s cumulative GPA and individual grades for their pre-requisite courses.

Clinical Observation

Each candidate must participate in 50-100 clinical observation hours under the direct supervision of an athletic trainer prior to April 1st of the year in which they are applying for acceptance.

Subjective points are awarded for the successful documentation of their completed observation hours.

Interview

The applicant will participate in an interview upon successful completion of the application requirements.

The interview will be conducted by the Athletic Training Program Selection Committee. Candidates will have the opportunity to express their interests in the athletic training profession, state career goals, professional aspirations, and discuss their personal background.

Subjective points will be awarded to the prospective student for their formal interview.

Acceptance into the Program

Students will be selected into the Athletic Training Program based upon the completion of the aforementioned criteria as well as subjective points awarded for the completion of these criteria. The members of the selection committee will then rank each candidate on the competitive admission points form and take the top selections. The number of accepted students will be based on the current number of students within the program. Applicants will be notified in writing by June 1st of the calendar year in which they are applying for acceptance.

Applicants who are not accepted into the program will be advised not to take any additional athletic training course work and will not be permitted to work in any of the University’s athletic training facilities or affiliated settings, with the exception of the clinical observations.

Applicants may be granted conditional acceptance for a period of one semester at the discretion of the Athletic Training Program Director.  If at the end of that time all entrance requirements have not been satisfactorily met, the student will be dismissed from the program.  During the semester of conditional acceptance, the applicant may be subject to certain clinical and/ or academic requirements and limitations.

Students who are not accepted into the Athletic Training Program may continue to reapply for acceptance into the program on a yearly basis.  Acceptance will be based upon the previously stated criteria.

Progression Requirements

(a)Academic Progress

Progression through the Athletic Training Program is contingent on students continuing to make adequate academic progress through the program. Academic progress is determined as follows: 1) Maintain a 2.7 cumulative grade point average, 2) Attaining a C or better in all preceding athletic training classes, 3) Attaining a C- or better in all required pre-requisite/co-requisite courses, and 4) Obtaining at least an 85% or better on all exams or quizzes in athletic training courses or performing remediation to demonstrate comprehension. Students will be granted a one semester probationary period if their GPA falls below the 2.7 threshold. Failure to increase the cumulative GPA to 2.7 during the probationary semester will result in a referral to the Athletic Training Program Director for review. This may result in a delay of progression and/or dismissal in the program.

Students that do not obtain the necessary final grade in an athletic training course or pre-requisite/co-requisite class will be required to retake the course. Students will not be allowed to be allowed to enroll in subsequent required athletic training courses without approval from the Athletic Training Program Director. This approval will be contingent on space availability, recommendations from the student’s advisor and course professor of the failed course and professional judgment of the Athletic Training Program Director.

Any failure to maintain academic progress will result in mandatory meetings with the Athletic Training Program Director to determine a plan of action. This remediation plan may include the addition of requirements for the student to regain sufficient academic progress at the discretion of the Athletic Training Program Director. Failure to adhere to the remediation plan will result in dismissal from the program.

(b)Clinical Progress

Progression through the Athletic Training Program is contingent on students continuing to make adequate clinical progress. Clinical progress is defined as follows: 1) Attaining a B- or higher in all Athletic Training Clinical Experience/Internship courses, 2) Attaining a “Meets Expectations” on at least 60% of all clinical evaluation scores. Failure to maintain clinical progress may result in a dismissal from the program at the discretion of the Athletic Training Program Director.

(c)Compliance with Athletic Training Handbook

Students are required to comply with all aspects of the Athletic Training Handbook. Failure to maintain compliance will be handled according to the policy that was breeched. Of specific note, students must maintain eligibility for clinical experiences according to Section 5.05. Failure to maintain compliance may result in dismissal from the program at the discretion of the Athletic Training Program Director.

(d)Professional and Ethical Behavior

Professional and Ethical Behavior is required of all Athletic Training Students. Specifically, students must comply with the National Athletic Trainers Association Code of Ethics, clinical site policies and procedures, and confidentiality agreements. In addition, students are expected to maintain the highest levels of professionalism including appearance, punctuality, and demeanor. Students should also consult the Augustana University Student Handbook and the University catalog for policies relating to possession of alcoholic beverages/use of illegal drugs. Any violations of professional or ethical behavior will result in dismissal from clinical laboratory and disciplinary action in accordance with University policies. At the discretion of the Athletic Training Program Director, this may also include additional student requirements and/or dismissal from Athletic Training Program.

Disciplinary Actions

The Augustana University Athletic Training Program reserves the right to enforce all components of the Athletic Training Handbook and Policies with remediation and/or dismissal form the program. Every effort has been made to delineate disciplinary actions within the Athletic Training Handbook, however additional situations may arise that require action. The Augustana University Athletic Training Program reserves the right to take further action beyond those specifically defined in the handbook. These actions will be made at the discretion of the Athletic Training Program Director.

Students have a right to appeal all disciplinary actions to the Athletic Training Selection Committee. If the student wishes to appeal a decision, he/she should write a formal letter addressed to the selection committee requesting a formal appeal. This letter should delineate the policy that the student is accused of violating or situation, the disciplinary action taken, and the student’s response. The Athletic Training Selection Committee will then arrange a meeting with the student as soon as possible. While the appeal is underway, students may be suspended from clinical experiences pending the outcome. After the meeting with the student, the Athletic Training Selection Committee will deliver a final decision.