Athletic Training

Admissions and Program Requirements

NOTE: This information is updated based on current practice of accreditation and agency requirements.

This site provides information about the specific admission and program requirements applying for the program and/or students admitted into the program. Specific questions can be discussed with the program director or academic advisor.

Admission and Program Requirements

Applications

Students must complete the application to identify anticipation to enroll into the particular phase of the program. The program uses a multiple tier admission process: Tier I: "Admission into the Program" and Tier II: "Admission into the Professional Practice Cohort". Tier 1: "Admission to the Program" allows the student to start foundational didactic and laboratory coursework needed to have successful clinical field experiences. Tier II: "Admission into a Professional Practice Cohort" allows the student to start clinical field experiences needed as part of the professional program. The student must successfully complete both to be eligible for credentials as an athletic trainer. The student must complete the following applications after the pre-requisites and requirements are in the process of being completed:

Technical Standards and Essential Functions (2003, Revised 02/2010) - Document/Form

Technical Standards must signed by the student and the medical professional going over health history, immunizations, and completing the physical examination. Students must complete for the following form.

In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Athletic Training Education Program at the University of the Incarnate Word is committed to providing a supportive, challenging, diverse and integrated environment for all students. In accordance with these federal directives, the University and the Athletic Training Education Program ensure accessibility to their programs, services and activities for students with documented disabilities. 

In accordance with national norms, the Athletic Training Education Program has established technical requirements for admission, expectations and required abilities considered essential to perform duties of an athletic trainer. These abilities are classified into five categories: (1) observation, (2) communication, (3) motor & sensory, (4) intellectual, (5) behavioral and social.

    • Observation: A candidate must be able to observe demonstrations in the classroom and athletic training room. A candidate must also be able to accurately observe an athlete at a distance and at close range, in order to gather the necessary data regarding the athletes’ physical status.
    • Communication: The ability to read, write, speak and understand the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice, including but not limited to, the ability to (a) establish rapport and communicate effectively and sensitively with patients, parents, coaches, administrators, officials, medical and allied medical personnel and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural backgrounds; (b) record and discuss the physical examination results and treatment and rehabilitation plans clearly and accurately. Motor: Sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations, therapeutic treatments, and therapeutic exercise and rehabilitation protocols using accepted techniques. This includes, but is not limited to, the ability to (a) accurately, safely and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients; (b) gather decision-making pieces of information during an injury assessment activity in class or in the clinical setting; (c) perform assessment, treatment and rehabilitation activities in class and in the clinical setting by direct performance; (d) sit, stand, and kneel for extended periods of time while rendering assistance to patients and athletes; (e) frequently move from place to place and position to position at a speed that permits safe handling of classmates and injured athletes; (f) stand and walk while providing support to an injured athlete; (g) use auditory, tactile, and visual senses to receive classroom instruction and to evaluate and treat injured athletes; (h) follow safety procedures established for each class and clinical setting.
    • Sensory: Candidates must have adequate sensory function in order to elicit information from a physical examination through palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other assessment maneuvers.
    • Intellectual: Candidates must have the mental capacity to learn and assimilate a large amount of complex, technical, and detailed information. They must also be able to solve problems through critical analysis and perform measurements necessary to develop a therapeutic plan.
    • Behavioral and Social: Candidates must possess emotional and social attributes required to exercise good judgment, maintain composure, promptly complete all responsibilities as they relate to the care and management of an athlete’s injury, and develop mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with athletes and other members of the health care team. Candidates must also be able to adapt to an ever-changing environment, display flexibility, tolerate physically taxing workloads, and maintain their composure during highly stressful situations.

Criminal Background Requirement - Link to Precheck for Online Submission of Criminal Background Check

Criminal background screening is completed on all candidates for the Athletic Training Program.   The school will designate a company to do the background screening and will not accept results from any company other than the one designated by the school. Currently UIW uses Precheck, Inc. Students are expected to pay expenses related to all screening.  A student with a significant criminal background or a current conviction may not be allowed to register for athletic training courses until the student receives a declaratory order from the regulating board stating their eligibility for licensure or certification to practice. 

Students needing to request a delegatory order should contact the both the Texas Department of State Health Services regarding licensure and the Board of Certification, Inc. regarding national certification. The following are links related to process for delegatory orders, criminal history evaluations, and/or predetermination of eligibility:

Health and Immunizations Requirements - Documents/Forms

The program requires that the student is able to meet the physical and mental requirements – with or without reasonable accommodation – of an athletic trainer. The technical standards, health history record, immunization record, and the physical examination will guide compliance. 

Health History and Physical Examination

The program requires students complete a health history and physical examination prior to admission to the first clinical course or courses where observations are required.  The program recommends an annual updated medical history and physical examination, but requires the form be updated if the health status has changed.

Immunizations

In compliance with the Health Care Provider terms of TAC 97.64, applicants and students enrolled into the athletic training program are required to complete the following immunizations prior to admission to the first clinical experience course or courses where observations are required:

    • Hepatitis B (3 dose series)
    • Measles - Mumps - Rubella (2 dose series)
    • Tetanus - Diphtheria - Pertussis (1 dose Tdap within the last 10 years)
    • Varicella (2 dose series or titer)
    • Tuberculosis skin test or chest x-ray (required annually while in the program)
    • Influenza vaccine (required annually while in the program)

For the protection of students and clients, the program follows the recommended immunization for health care professionals from the CDC. If, for any reason, the student is unable to receive any immunizations a physician's statement will be required.

NOTE: Additional health requirements may be required by some clinical affiliations. 

Health Care Provider CPR and First Aid Certifications

Students must show evidence of having completed the Health Care Provider course in CPR and a general First Aid course from either the American Heart Association (BLS for Health care Professionals with Heartsaver First Aid), or American Red Cross (Emergency Response with CPR for the Professional Rescuer). NOTE: The CPR course should be at the health care provider level. This requirement is necessary for all students prior to entering the athletic training program, and then annually thereafter (according to certification requirements). 

Liability, Health, and Occupational Exposure "Needle Stick" Insurance

Students in the athletic training program are required to be covered by liability, health, and occupational exposure "needle stick" insurance.  The liability insurance is covered by the program through athletic training clinical course fees.  Students must also show proof of current health insurance or enroll in the health insurance plan offered by the university. NOTE: The student health insurance plan is limited in scope and services. Students must also show proof of occupational exposure 'needle stick" coverage by their health insurance provider or take out the insurance plan offered through the university.

Drug Screening

Drug Screening may be required by some clinical agencies.  The school will designate a company to do the drug screen and will not accept results from any company other than the one designated by the school.  The student will pay the cost of the screening at the time of the testing. 

A student who has a positive drug screen will not be allowed to participate in clinical courses.  The student will be required to complete, at the student’s expense, chemical dependency evaluation and treatment, if recommended by a drug assessment.  Any student with a positive drug screen will be suspended for a minimum of one calendar year and will be required to provide documentation of successful treatment prior to being readmitted to clinical courses.  If readmitted, the student must be retested by the School approved laboratory and have a negative drug screen.  This testing is at the student’s expense.

Professional Membership in National Athletic Trainers Association - Link to NATA Membership

Students must enroll as a student member in the National Athletic Trainers Association. The student must pay for the initial student membership and the program will pay for the student's annual membership through program matriculation as long as student is in good standing and is enrolled in an major course.

Field Observations - Document/Form

As part of the admission process (Tier II: Admission into the Professional Practice Cohort), students are expected to complete a minimum of 75 clock hours with an athletic trainer. Students must attain a minimum of 25 of those clock hours with a athletic trainer associated with the university. All observation students and settings must be approved by the program director and/or clinical education coordinator.

The purpose of field observations is to provide the student with opportunities to observe in work settings with credentialed professionals. This allows the student to observe professional behaviors, client interactions, and gain better understanding of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for that particular setting. Normally field observations are related to freshman and sophomore level coursework and is related to service learning.

Individual settings and agencies have specific guidelines regarding observation, volunteer, and/or interns and patient interactions. The student is expected to follow the guidelines discussed in their facility orientation.

To ensure compliance with the affiliation agreements with external agencies, the program has established requirements for participation in field observations and/or internships. The follow identifies the academic and administrative requirements for field observations and/or internships.

The student must either be

    • Enrolled in an course where observations or service learning with identified field observations and/or internship outcomes are expected
    • Enrolled in either ATHP 1099: Observation or ATHP 4388: Professional Internship

All students placements must be approved by the program director. Due to requirements of affiliation agreements with external agencies, the following are required for students wanting to complete observations in various health care areas:

    • Health and Immunization Packet (includes health history form, immunizations form, and physical examination for completed by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant)
    • Current Health Care Provider CPR and First Aid certifications
    • Completion of HIPAA/FERPA Confidentiality Training
    • Completion of Blood-borne Pathogen, OSHA, and/or Universal Precautions Training
    • Proof of Occupational Exposure "Needle Stick" Insurance
    • Completion of favorable criminal background screening

Note: Some agencies or settings may require a drug screening and/or have additional health requirements prior to participation.

Further information about the approval and documentation process can be found on the Field Observation and Internship section of the web page.

Letters of Recommendation and/or Evaluation

The program requires that applicants get a minimum of two letters of recommendation and/or evaluation. One of letters of recommendation and/or evaluation must come from an athletic trainer associated from the program in which the student attained observation hours.

Professional Behaviors Orientation

The programs offers the Professional Behaviors Orientation in both a face to face or virtual based format. This orientation provides the applicant with valuable information about program and clinical expectations as well as prepares the student for the clinical program. Students must complete this orientation as part of the Tier II: Admission into the Professional Practice Cohort admission process.

Professional Practice Committee

The purpose of the Professional Practice Committee is to strengthen the programs clinical field experiences and provide leadership to all participants in the various professional settings utilized in the program. The committee will be involved in student admission selection, student placement, and review of professional practice issues. The committee is made up by the clinical education coordinator, program director, and preceptors of the program.

HIPAA/FERPA Confidentiality Training

Students must show evidence of having completed a university and/or program offered session prior to being involved in patient care settings. This requirement is necessary for all students completing observations, as part of the admission process into the program, and annually while the student is involved in patient care settings. Contact the program director for training dates. 

Blood-borne Pathogen, OSHA, and/or Universal Precautions Training

Students must show evidence of having completed a university and/or program offered session or attaining a recognized certification prior to being involved in patient care settings. This requirement is necessary for all students completing observations, as part of the admission process into the program, and annually while the student is involved in patient care settings. Contact the program director for training dates. 

Athletic Training Program and Clinical Site Orientation

Students must participate in an annual program orientation to review policies, procedures, and practices of the program. The orientation will cover the policy and procedure manual, discuss clinical expectations, and discuss pertinent information for success in the program. As part of the program orientation student will complete and sign acknowledgements.

The student must also participate in a clinical site orientation with the site preceptor(s) and administration regarding expectations as well as specific policies, procedures, and practices of that particular clinical site. This will include discussion of the Emergency Action Plan, equipment and supplies. As part of the program orientation student will complete clinical site specific documents and may be asked to complete and sign acknowledgements.


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