The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin provides a rigorous academic experience placing specific requirements and demand on students enrolled in the curriculum. A major objective of the curriculum is to prepare Athletic Training Student graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide variety of individuals who are physically active. The technical standards documented in this policy establish qualities and characteristics necessary for students admitted into the curriculum to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level Athletic Trainer. These standards also meet the expectations of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), the curriculum’s accrediting body.
Admission/ Retention Requirements
The following abilities and expectations must be satisfied by all students who request admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. Should a student not be able meet these requirements, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted in to the ATEP. Satisfactory compliance with the requirements does not guarantee a student’s eligibility to take the BOC certification exam.
- The student must have a GPA of 2.5 at the time of application, and must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3 for retention in the ATEP.
- The student must have the mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts, and problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments, and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm.
- The student must possess adequate body postural, neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques and safely and effectively use equipment and materials during evaluation and treatments of athletes/patients.
- The student must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with athletes/patients and colleagues, including individuals with diverse cultural or social backgrounds.
- The student must be able to document evaluation results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately.
- The student must have the capacity to maintain composure and function appropriately during periods of increased demand and stress.
- The student must demonstrate effective character traits including perseverance, commitment, and diligence to successfully complete the ATEP as outlined and sequenced.
- The student should exhibit flexibility and the ability to adjust to fluid, changing situations in clinical situations.
- The student should demonstrate affective skills in communication and rapport that translate into professional education and quality athlete/patient care.
Any student who feels that he or she may require assistance for any type of physical or learning disability should consult with the instructor as soon as possible. To request academic accommodations for a disability contact, Director of the Testing Services & Academic Accommodations Department in the Mesa Building Room 1160, 432-552-2631 or e-mail Ms. Madrid at Madrid_l@utpb.edu.
Students are required to provide documentation of disability to the Testing Services & Academic Accommodations Department prior to receiving accommodations.