NOTE: To provide the student with the most current academic curriculum and to meet accreditation standards, the programs within the School of Nursing and Health Professions use the degree plan and catalog requirements on the date in which the student is admitted to the program and/or major, not the university matriculation date. Students who leave the program and/or major and are re-admitted must follow the degree plan and catalog requirements at the time of re-admission.
After the above application form has been submitted, the following forms should be submitted to the athletic training program director. Deliver the follwing along with supporting materials to the Director of Athletic Training
Program (Nursing Building 225) or mail it to Director of Athletic Training Program, Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of the Incarnate Word 4301 Broadway – CPO 472 San Antonio, Texas 78209, to be eligible for admissions for the Fall semester. Recommended date is April 1st to ensure proper advising.
All students who plan a program of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in Athletic Training must first be accepted for admission to the University. Applicants then apply to the Athletic Training Program (ATEP). Enrollment in the ATEP is limited by the availability of faculty and clinical field experiences, therefore admission is competitive.
Applicants will apply to the ATEP during the semester in which the prerequisites will be completed. Applications to the ATEP are due by April 1st. Applicants work with an assigned advisor and are required to submit a completed application form. As part of the application process, the student must submit the following to be considered for entry into the ATEP:
To be considered for admission the student must meet the following criteria:
Prior to starting the first clinical course, the student must also complete the following requirements. Students that fail to complete the following may be removed from the program.
Notice of Non-Discrimination
The Athletic Training Program follows the guidelines and policies from the student and faculty handbook related to non-discrimination. The program does not engage in discrimination against an individual because of race, color, religion, gender, national or ethnic origin, non-disqualifying disability, or age, to comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmation action laws and regulations. The student should be aware that they must meet the technical standards for the program and profession.
Clinical Placements / Observation Hours
After admission into the Athletic Training Program, the student will complete six semesters in both the academic and clinical components of the program. To meet the requirements of the Board of Certification and Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers, the student must document 1800 hours of observation and practice of athletic training skills under the direction supervision of an assigned athletic trainer or a medical professional serving as a clinical instructor. Certain field experiences will be required prior to the first day of class, during weekends and university breaks. The program director and/or clinical coordinator will contact students concerning placement in affiliated settings for observation and practice prior to the assignment.
Students that are considering application for admission into the Athletic Training Education Program from another university or college must first be admitted into the University. Along with the application, transfer students must submit TWO copies of transcripts of ALL UNIVERISTY WORK. Send one set to the UIW Admissions Office. Send the second set of transcripts to the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions, Attn: Athletic Training Program Director, 4301 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209. Please note we cannot accept an application without copies of all transcripts.
Students transferring from another baccalaureate athletic training education program must satisfy the same prerequisite and major course work as do all other applicants. All athletic training course work will be evaluated for equivalency with the UIW curriculum. The decision for admission, transfer credit for previous athletic training courses and placement in the program will be considered on an individual basis.
Health Requirements / Immunizations
In compliance with the Health Care Provider terms of TAC 97.64, applicants to the athletic training program are required to provide proof of a physical examination (for admission and annually thereafter) and the following immunizations prior to admission to the first clinical course:
For the protection of students and clients, the program follows the recommended immunization for healthcare professionals. If, for any reason, the student is unable to receive any immunizations a physician's statement will be required.
Additional health requirements may be required by some clinical affiliations.
Required Costs During Matriculation
Along with university tuition, athletic training students are required to pay course/clinical fees each semester to cover the cost of attaining or maintaining memberships in professional organizations, clinical clothing, liability insurance and materials for the program. It is also the students responsibility to maintain certifications for blood borne pathogens training, first aid, healthcare provider CPR, annual TB test, as well as, purchasing needle stick insurance annually. Students are also responsible for travel to and from the clinical site.
CPR and First Aid
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 Healthcare Professionals with Heartsaver First Aid), American Red Cross (Emergency Response with CPR for the Professional Rescuer) or the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Emergency Care and Safety Institute (First Aid, CPR, and AED Interactive along with Healthcare Provider CPR Interactive) This requirement is necessary for all students prior to entering the athletic training program, and then annually thereafter (according to certficiation requirements). Evidence of completion or re-certification must be give to the program director prior to attendance of field experience.
Liability, Health Insurance and Needle Stick Insurance
Athletic Training Education Students are required to be covered by liability insurance. The liability insurance fee will be included in the athletic training course fees. Students must also show proof of current health insurance. The University offers limited health insurance coverage. Students must also show proof of needle stick coverage or take out the needle stick insurance plan offered through the university.
Criminal Background Screening
Criminal background screening is completed on all candidates for the athletic training education 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 (UIW uses Precheck). Students 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.
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.
Eligibility for Professional Practice
Completion of degree requirements for the bachelor's degree does not guarantee state licensure or national certification as an athletic trainer. Students are advised to contact the Board of Certification and Texas Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers concerning their eligibility of professional practice. Prior to practice, the Individual must complete an application and pay required fees according to current policies and procedures of the regulatory board. The application process has various sections that require notarized documentation of information for the individual, university and the Athletic Training Program Director. Students are advised to plan ahead and identify key dates and requirements that are required as part of the regulatory process. As part of the initial regulatory process, students must be successfully complete an oral practical and written assessment of their athletic training skills.
Preparation to take the Board of Certification examination is a continual process. During the sophomore year students will begin a series of clinical competency-based modules related to athletic training clinical skills. The athletic training students’ clinical preparation for the Board of Certification examination will concluded during their last academic year when they take ATHP 4390: “Capstone: Mock Testing.” The course material will be composed of material that has been covered in the previous athletic training classes. At the conclusion of the class, an examination structured like the Board of Certification and Texas examinations will be administered.
Technical Standards (2003, Revised 02/2010)
Technical Standards must signed by the student and the medical professional going over health history, immunizations, and completing the physical examination.
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.
Promotion / Retention / Graduation Requirements
Once accepted into the program, students will be evaluated each semester to ensure they are meeting the expectations set by the Athletic Training Program. These expectations include: