Technical Standards for Admission and Retention

The University of Texas Permian Basin, Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) intends to be 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 the ability to enter into a variety of employment settings, as well as be able to render care to 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, skill and competency standards 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 in to 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.

Technical Standards

  1. The student maintains 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.
  2. The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesis, integrate concepts and problem solve. Can formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and be able to distinguish deviations from the norm.
  3. Adequate body postural, neuromuscular control, sensory functions, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and can safely and effectively use equipment and materials during evaluation and treatments of athletes/patients.
  4. The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with athletes/patients and colleagues including individuals with diverse cultural or social backgrounds.
  5. The ability to document evaluation results and treatment plan clearly and accurately.
  6. The character to maintain composure and function appropriately during periods of increased demand and stress.
  7. Demonstrate effective character traits including perseverance, commitment, and diligence to successfully complete the ATEP as outlined and sequenced.
  8. Shows flexibility and ability to adjust to fluid, changing situations in clinical situations.
  9. Demonstrate affective skill in communication and rapport that translate in to professional education and quality athlete/patient care.

Accommodation Statement

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 Paul Leverington

Students are required to provide documentation of disability to Testing Services & Academic Accommodations Department prior to receiving accommodations.