The Bachlor of Science in Athletic Training program at Eastern Michigan 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 athletic training education program establish the qualities considered necessary for students to achieve the knowledge, skills and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program’s accrediting agency (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the athletic training educational program. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted into the program.
Compliance with the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for the Board of Certification (BOC) certification exam. Students also must complete all requirements of the ATEP.
Candidates for the athletic training education program must demonstrate:
The capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts and solve problems to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm.
Sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and to accurately, safely and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients.
The ability to communicate effectively 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 the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice.
The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately.
The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.
The perseverance, diligence and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced.
Flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.
Affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.
Candidates for selection to the athletic training education program will be required to verify they understand and meet these technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet the standards.
The Disability Resource Center will evaluate a student who says he/she could meet the program’s technical standards with accommodation and confirm that the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws.
If a student says he/she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, the University will determine whether it agrees that the student can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodation. This includes a review of whether the accommodations requested are reasonable, taking into account whether accommodation would jeopardize clinician/patient safety or the educational process of the student or the institution, including all course work, clinical experiences and internships deemed essential to graduation.
Students in the Athletic Training Education Program that are applying to begin their clinical Education must obtain and submit a medical physical to be reviewed by a physician. They must obtain, complete and submit an application for ATTR 225 and complete the Hepatitis B vaccination form prior to enrolling in the clinical education coursework. These forms may be printed from the Athletic Training website pr picked up from the Athletic training Education Program Coordinator.
When an “intent” has successfully achieved the above, he/she must apply for “First Year Review”. The application form can be obtained from the program coordinator or the clinical coordinator or online at the program’s website. The “intent” will be notified of the date and time for a personal interview with the Athletic Training Education Committee.
All forms and the most up to date information about the Athletic Training Education Program can be obtained from the program website: www.emich.edu/hphp/ATRindex.html