Technical Standards for the SRU Athletic Training Program
The ATP at Slippery Rock University is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. The technical standards set forth by the ATP establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program's accrediting agency (CAATE). All students must meet the following abilities and expectations. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, the student will not be admitted into the program.
Compliance with the technical standards does not guarantee a student's eligibility for the BOC credentialing examination.
Candidates for selection to the ATP must demonstrate:
1. 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.
2. Sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examination using accepted techniques, and accurately, safely and efficiently use equipment and materials during assessment and treatment of patients.
3. The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes but is not limited to the ability to establish rapport with patients and communicate judgments and treatment information effectively. Students must be able to understand and speak with English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice.
4. The ability to record the physical examination results and treatment plan clearly and accurately.
5. The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.
6. The perseverance, diligence and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced.
7. Flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.
8. Effective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.
Candidates for selection to the ATP will be required to verify they understand and meet these technical standards. The Office of Social Equity will evaluate a student who states he/she could meet the program's technical standards as outlined in the Office of Social Equity policies. All athletic training students will participate in an annual screening and physical to be administered by the McLaughlin Health Center prior to the start of each academic semester. This will be done to ensure that each student's physical and mental health will permit him or her to meet the established technical standards.
Effective in the fall of 2005, all athletic training students enrolled in the professional strand of the major will be required by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to carry medical insurance.