May 24, 2024  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalogue 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalogue Archived Catalogue

Athletic Training, B.A.

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Dr. K. Brown, program coordinator. L. Schroeder (clinical education coordinator).

The Athletic Training Education Program in the Department of Health and Applied Human Sciences is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

The mission of the Athletic Training Education Program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is to provide a quality didactic and clinical educational experience for entry-level athletic training students into the athletic training profession. The program seeks to enhance student learning through supervised clinical experiences in the areas of prevention, recognition, assessment, management and rehabilitation of injuries to the physically active individual. In addition, the program seeks to impart knowledge, and critical thinking skills in the areas of organization and administration of athletic training programs as well as education and counseling of the physically active individual. The professional faculty and staff consider their scholarly practice and research essential components of effective teaching and learning by the students.

Program Objectives:

The Athletic Training Education Program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington prepares undergraduate students for entry into the allied health care profession. The program seeks to accomplish its mission through the following goals and objectives:

  1. To adhere to the code of ethics established by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.
  2. Upon successful completion of the program, the athletic training students will be expected to have demonstrated knowledge and clinical proficiency of the following content areas:
    • Evidence-Based Medicine
    • Prevention and Health Promotion
    • Clinical Examination and Diagnosis
    • Acute Care of Injury and Illness
    • Therapeutic Interventions
    • Psychological Strategies and Referral
    • Health Care Administration
    • Professional Development and Responsibility
  3. To continue to evaluate and enhance the athletic training didactic and clinical experiences for athletic training students.
  4. To provide athletic training students the opportunity to develop their clinical skills by working with those individuals involved in physical activity.
  5. To enhance critical thinking and problem solving skills through supervised clinical experiences.
  6. To provide the athletic training students the opportunity to work with other allied health care professionals both in the classroom and in the clinical settings.
  7. To prepare athletic training students to successfully complete the Board of Certification Examination.
  8. To prepare athletic training students for successful entry into graduate education or employment as a Certified Athletic Trainer.

Requirements for Admission to the Athletic Training Major:

Athletic Training Education Program applicants must meet the university entrance requirements as described in the university undergraduate catalogue. Once admitted to the university, students will be assigned an academic advisor. Students must inform their academic advisor of their intention to pursue athletic training as a major in order to be considered for admission to the Athletic Training Education Program. Students will then be advised in regards to the pre-athletic training requirements. Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements during the spring semester (see the director of the Athletic Training Education Program for complete application information):

  1. Admission to the university
  2. Grade point average of 2.7 or better on all course work attempted (both transfer course work and work completed at UNCW are considered)
  3. Grade of “C-” or better and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 in ATR 210 , BIO 201 , and PSY 105 .
  4. Minimum of 40 hours observation in the athletic training room
  5. Application forms
  6. Technical standards

Technical standards for the Athletic Training Program can be found on the athletic training Web page and the Athletic Training Education Program Policies & Procedures Handbook.

Students may apply to the program while enrolled in their last semester of prerequisite course work (see 3 above). Admission will be provisional until the student has passed the prerequisite course work with the standards set forth in 4 above. Successful completion of above stated minimum requirements does not automatically guarantee admission to the program. Due to a restrictive student-to-staff ratio admission will be highly competitive.

Computer Requirement:

To satisfy the computer requirement for the B.A. degree in Athletic Training a student must successfully complete CSC 105 .

Oral Communication Requirement:

To satisfy the oral communication requirement for the B.A. degree in Athletic Training a student must successfully complete ATR 306 .

Applied Learning Requirement:

To satisfy the applied learning requirement for the B.A. degree in Athletic Training a student must successfully complete one or more of the following: ATR 306 , ATR 307 , ATR 448 , ATR 449 , or ATR 490 .

Total: 68 - 73 hours

Student progression in the program is contingent upon the following:

  1. Students must maintain a grade point average of “C” (2.00) or better in all core ATR course work.
  2. Students must successfully complete all clinical experiences as evidenced by approved clinical instructor evaluations.
  3. Students must successfully complete clinical experiences as determined by current CAATE standards and program requirements for clinical hours and completion of clinical proficiencies.
  4. Students found to have been in violation of the university‘s Academic Honor Code will be subject to disciplinary action as set forth in the current Code of Student Life.
  5. Students found to be in violation of the National Athletic Trainers‘ Association Code of Ethics for practicing athletic trainers will be subject to dismissal from the program.

Other Program Requirements/Information:

It is required that all students admitted to the program receive a physical examination from a licensed physician. Admission to the program is subject to successful completion of the physical examination. Students admitted to the program must also demonstrate proof of current immunizations including tetanus and hepatitis B vaccinations. Those students who choose not to receive the hepatitis B series must have a signed waiver on file with the director of the Athletic Training Education Program. The cost for immunizations and labs or follow-up testing will be the responsibility of the student as well. Additional costs to the student will be the purchase of student liability insurance, criminal background check, athletic training apparel worn during the students‘ clinical rotations, and travel expenses.

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