The Athletic Training Program requires a separate, competitive admissions process in order for students to major in Athletic Training. The courses are very structured and students are required to complete pre-requisite courses before they are admitted to the program. Once a student is admitted to the AT Program, he/she must make a C or higher in every ATH, ATHL, and PED course in order to move on to the next semester. The Course of Study outlines the sequence of courses a student must complete. The checklist provides students with a quick reference for both General Education courses and upper level athletic training coures.
The Athletic Training Program (ATP) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. In order to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam, students must graduate from a CAATE-accredited Athletic Training Education Program. Once a student passes the BOC exam and graduates from the CAATE-accredited ATP, he/she will hold the credential of certified athletic trainer (AT). The ATP providews the educational clinical foundation to prepare students to successfully challenge the BOC exam; however, successful completion of the program does not guarantee that a student will pass the BOC exam. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work with all aspects of injury, illness, and performance associated with physically active populations.
Students apply for acceptance into the ATP during the fall of their sophomore year. Once accepted into the program, students begin the professional phase of the program. Students are required to be in the professional phase of the program for a minimum of five semesters. Because the program is structured with required courses only offered in certain semesters and each semester's content builds on the previous semester(s), students must progress through the program following the designated sequence.
Each semester students take a clinical education course which includes clinical rotations either on- or off-campus. During the first semester in the program students will complete three five-week rotations. In the remaining four semesters, students are assigned to rotations for a sport season in addition to completing rotations in a physical therapy clinic and physician office. Rotations are assigned to ensure that each student is exposed to a variety of pathologies and populations (i.e., upper extremity injuries, lower extremity injuries, equipment intensive sports, contact, non-contact sports, adolescents, general population, etc.).
Many students elect to pursue graduate studies after graduation from the program. It is recommended that students wishing to pursue graduate studies maintain a 3.5 QPA or higher. Students are responsible for determining what pre-requisites are needed for a given graduate program and should understand that those course would be considered university-wide electives. Furthermore, elective courses/labs cannot conflict with required clinical rotations or courses. As a result, an additional semester(s) and/or summer school may be needed to complete electives after completion of the ATP.
This scholarship was established in 2000 by Allan Glenn based upon his experience of support and assistance during his years as a student athletic trainer at the University. It also honors the memory of his father, Mr. Raymond Hagmeier, who devoted many years to officiating baseball at the University.
This scholarship is designed to provide an opportunity for an athletic training student to have a portion of his/her education funded. The recipent of this scholarship must be admitted to the AT Program and in good standing. The scholarship is awarded without regard to financial need, QPA, and county/state of residence. Three scholarships a year will be awarded (provided the funds are available) to be divided equally between the fall and spring semester. The scholarship is renewable as long as the student maintains good standing in the Athletic Training Program.
Applications are available for admitted students through ATrack in May of each year. Recipients will be notified by the Program Director.
Pictured left to right: back row (L-R), Mr. Allan Glenn and Jason Bittle; front row (L-R), Hillary Helms and Tashara Ardner
(2006-2007 award recipients)
The Athletic Training faculty encourages all students to be involved in university events and activities. However, participation in extracurricular activities cannot compromise the academic and clinical education of the ATS. Students interested in pursuing a degree in athletic training must realize the importance of the clinical education and experience portion of this degree program.
An ATS may participate in a varsity sport while in the AT Program, however, it will not be possible to complete the program requirements without the full cooperation of the student-athlete’s coaching staff. If a student-athlete is admitted to the program, no exceptions will be made for course sequencing, nor will exceptions be made for the clinical education requirements. Students will NOT be permitted to participate in more than one varsity sport while enrolled in the AT Program. In addition, during the non championship season the student-athlete must focus on his/her clinical education and will not be permitted to participate in practices that conflict with the student’s clinical rotations.
The AT Program faculty understands that many college students need to work in order to put themselves through college. Students are permitted to work either on or off campus or participate in a program such as ROTC in addition to being in the AT Program. However, students must understand that it is their responsibility to manage their time and schedule work around their clinical obligations. If a student’s job affects his/her ability to complete the clinical experience portion of the Clinical Education, the student’s grade will be affected. Students who have a part-time job must complete an approval form each semester (found in the ATS Handbook, Appendix E).
A student may opt to defer the clinical rotations for a particular course (permissible only in Clinical Education II-V). However, the rotation must be completed during the same academic year and the student will receive an incomplete until the deferred rotation is completed. A student may not defer rotations in both semesters during an academic year. Student-athletes may only defer a rotation during their championship season. On a limited basis, students may be able to complete a rotation during the summer with approval of the clinical site from the Clinical Education Coordinator. It should be noted that students who defer a rotation might have to attend an additional semester in order to complete the required clinical component of the program.
The AT Program is responsible for selecting, evaluating and training preceptors for all clinical sites. In addition, a formal Affiliation Agreement must be signed with all clinical sites prior to a student being placed for hands-on experience. The Clinical Education Coordinator must also physically visit the site at least once a year, so there will be limits as to where a student can be placed for a rotation.
Therefore, the student is required to initiate the deferral process in the first week of classes by meeting with the course instructor and the Clinical Education Coordinator. A written contract will be developed outlining how the rotation will be made up and must be signed by the student, the instructor, the Clinical Education Coordinator and the Head Coach (if the student is a student-athlete).
The Clinical Education Coordinator (CEC) is responsible for assigning students to rotations and overseeing their clinical experiences.
Students are required to gain clinical experiences in a variety of settings including:
UNCP Athletic Training Room
Purnell Swett High School
Red Springs High School
St. Pauls High School
Fayetteville Orthopaedics and Sports Medcine (PT Rotation)
- Southeastern Medical Center--Red Springs (General Medical Rotation)
- Southeastern Orthopedics
- OrthoCarolina Laurinburg, PA
Students are required to gain clinical experiences with a variety of populations (athletic, general, geriatric). Assignments will be made to ensure that students gain experience with a variety of sports to include both genders, contact and non-contact, high risk of injuries and low risk of injuries and use of protective equipment (to minimally include helmets and shoulder pads).
In order for a student to be assigned to a clinical site for any type of “hands-on” experience, the University must have a signed Affiliation Agreement with the facility prior to the student being placed at the facility.
Physical Examination Requirement
Each student who applies to the AT Program must have a physical examination done by a MD/DO/NP/PA. The purpose of the physical examination is to verify that the student is able to meet the physical and mental requirements, with or without reasonable accommodation, of an athletic trainer. The physical and mental requirements are outlined by the Technical Standards for Admission document.
Immunization Record Verification Requirement
Each student who applies to the AT Program must complete an Immunization Record Verification Form. This form documents that the student has a completed UNC Pembroke Immunization form on file in the Student Health Center. It further verifies if the student has completed the AT Program required immunizations, which include the Hepatitis B series and the Tuberculin skin test (within the past 12 months). Students who have not completed the Hepatitis B series are strongly encouraged to do so. If the student elects not to have this series of shots done, then he/she is required to complete a Hepatitis B Waiver form.
Technical Standards for Admission
Each student who applies to the AT Prorgram must turn in a signed copy of the Technical Standards as part of their application packet. Students have two options in signing the technical standards:
- Student signs that he/she understands the technical standards and can meet each of the standards without accommodation.
- Student signs that he/she understands the technical standards and can meet each of the standards with certain accommodations.
If the student signs that he/she can meet the standards with certain accommodations, it is his/her responsibility to contact the Accessibility Resource Center to determine what accommodations may be available. The Technical Standards for Admission were updated in February 2006 to include the alternate statement of understand. The standards were reviewed and approved by the Director of what was then called Disability Support Services and the University Attorney in the spring of 2006.
Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen
All students admitted to the UNCP Athletic Training Program will be required to complete a Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen, which must be completed PRIOR to placement at a clinical site. Sophomores (1st semester in the program) must complete the requirement in January as part of the program orientation, while juniors and seniors must complete the requirement in August of each year. ALL FEES ASSOCIATED WITH THE CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK AND DRUG SCREEN WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT. Students may be denied access to clinical facilities based on drug screening results or results which appear on a criminal background check. UNCP is NOT obligated to make special accommodations and will not find an alternative clinical site if a student is disqualified based on the site’s policy. Students that are not able to complete the clinical aspect of the program will NOT be able to satisfy the requirements of the Athletic Training degree which means that they will have to change their major.
Performance of Skills on Patients
Athletic training students must be officially enrolled in the clinical education portion of the AT Program and have been formally instructed and formally assessed on each athletic training skill as part of a required upper level athletic training course prior to performing those skills on patients. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the preceptor does not require the student to perform any skills for which that student has not had formal instruction and evaluation. Preceptors are educated as to the progression of the AT Program courses and the content of each course, however, the preceptor may inadvertently ask the student to perform a skill in which they have not yet demonstrated proficiency. It is extremely important for the ATS and the preceptor to understand that students should not be asked or permitted to perform a skill unless it has been documented that the student has demonstrated proficiency in this skill.
Communicable Disease Policy
The UNCP ATP has established a Communicable Disease Policy for athletic training students. This policy outlines specific diseases and protocols for reporting contact with or diagnosis of the diseases to program personnel. Any student who is suspected of being infectious will be referred to the Student Health Services for evaluation. Students are not allowed to perform clinical rotations while infectious and must provide the Clinical Education Coordinator with documentation of medical clearance before resuming clinical rotations. The policy is found in the ATS Handbook, Appendix G.
Bloodborne Pathogen Policy
As part of the orientation/training session each January, each student is required to complete formal bloodborne pathogen training which includes being educated on the Bloodborne Pathogen Policy. If a student does not complete bloodborne pathogen training, he/she may not be placed in the clinical setting, even if only for observations. Each student must also have access to and utilize appropriate bloodborne pathogen barriers and sanitary precautions. Students must also have access to appropriate biohazard disposal equipment and procedures at each clinical site. The policy is found in ATS Handbook, Appendix H.
Emergency Action Plans
Students must have access to a written emergency action plan for each clinical site. The EAP’s for the affiliated clinical sites are available in ATrack. The EAP’s, as well as the other athletic department policies, for UNC Pembroke are located in the UNC Pembroke Athletic Training Policy and Procedure Manual which is posted in ATrack. A hard copy of the Emergency Action Plans for all off-campus sites will be maintained in the Clinical Education Coordinator’s office.
CPR for the Professional Rescuer
Athletic training students are required to attend the CPR for the Professional Rescuer course offered by the AT Program as part of the training session in January of their 1st and 3rd years in the AT Program. If a student is unable to attend this training session, he/she must complete the CPR for the Professional Rescuer course at his/her own expense and provide the Clinical Education Coordinator with a photocopy of the card. Students will not be permitted to begin clinical rotations until they have provided documentation that they have completed the course.
Each athletic training student is required to purchase and provide the Clinical Education Coordinator with documentation of his/her own liability insurance coverage prior to beginning clinical rotations. The liability insurance is an additional cost associated with the AT Program and is the responsibility of each student. Liability insurance may be purchased through the Healthcare Providers Service Organization.
The Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) requires that information regarding a student being kept private unless the student gives express written consent for their information to be released. The exception to this rule is university employees who need to know the information in order to perform the duties of their job. Medical records contained within a student-athlete’s medical file are subject to FERPA and therefore must be kept confidential. Information regarding a student-athlete’s participation status and type of injury may be shared only with the coaching staff who works directly with the student-athlete.
The ATS, through his/her clinical rotations, will have the opportunity to see and hear information that is confidential. It is imperative that the ATS does not discuss any athletic training matters with any one else. It is illegal to release information regarding the student-athlete to anyone other than the medical staff or coaching staff. The ATS is not allowed to share information regarding the participation status, type of injury, etc. of any student-athlete. The ATS is not permitted to photocopy any reports or give any information over the telephone regarding a student-athlete.
Each ATS is required to attend FERPA training provided by the university and sign a confidentiality statement during the AT Program Orientation Training when he/she enters the program. Failure to abide by this confidentiality policy can result in probation and/or dismissal from the AT Program.
Satisfactory Progress Policy (updates approved in March 2015, effective August 2015)
The following requirements must be met in order to progress in the Athletic Training (AT) Program:
Achieve a grade of C or higher in each required course (ATH, ATHL, PED) in order to proceed to the next semester of required courses.
- Failure to earn a C or higher in a required course will result in suspension from the AT Program until the course is repeated.
- Failure to earn a C or higher in more than one required courses (ATH, ATHL, PED) in a given semester will result in automatic dismissal from the AT Program.
- Only one required course (ATH, ATHL, PED) may be repeated one time during progression in the AT Program.
- Failure to earn a C or higher when repeating a required course (ATH, ATHL, PED) will result in dismissal from the AT Program.
Maintain current CPR for the Professional Rescuer, NATA membership, and professional liability insurance while enrolled in the AT Program.
Adhere to all policies of the University, the Athletic Training Program and the CAATE.
UNCP Academic Honor Code
By accepting admission to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, each student also accepts the standards of conduct, both in the classroom and outside it, of the UNCP community. One of the most important of these standards is academic honesty. You are expected to know what the Academic Honor Code says and to apply the provisions of that Code to your conduct at the University. The Academic Honor Code and the may be found at https://www.uncp.edu/student-life/student-services/student-conduct/academic-honor-code.
UNCP Grievance Policy
The objectives of this Grievance Process for Students are to ensure that students have the opportunity to present a grievance to the university, regarding a certain action or inaction by a member of the university community, and to ensure that the university has a consistent process of resolving those grievances in a fair and just manner.
A student may pursue a grievance if he or she believes a university employee (including faculty, staff, student employees and agents—hereafter, referred to only as the "employee") has violated his or her rights. This grievance process for students applies to all problems arising in interactions between a student and a member of the university community that are not governed by other specific grievance proceedings (e.g. undergraduate grade appeal process, residency appeals, traffic appeals, etc.) Throughout the grievance process, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs will provide guidance about the policy's procedures and requirements. The full Student Grievance Policy is available at http://www.uncp.edu/about-uncp/administration/policies-and-regulations/all-policies/pol-113502-student-grievance-policy.
AT Program Grievance Policy
If a student has difficulty with a course instructor or Preceptor, or if questions/problems arise, the student is asked to please speak directly with the course instructor or Preceptor first. If after discussing the issue with the course instructor or Preceptor, the student is not satisfied (or if the issue is such that the student cannot speak to the course instructor or Preceptor first), the student is expected to bring the problem to the Program Director’s (for course instructors) or Clinical Education Coordinator’s (for Preceptors) attention immediately. If satisfactory resolution is not gained after speaking with the Clinical Education Coordinator, the student is requested to take the issue to the Program Director. If the student is still not satisfied with the resolution, the student may seek assistance through the appropriate campus hearing board.
Transfer students will be allowed to formally apply to the program before entering the University. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the ATP Program Director and obtain the necessary forms/documents to complete the application process. Each student will be expected to complete the same requirements as the prospective UNC Pembroke ATP students. After formal acceptance into the program, the transfer student will be allowed to enroll immediately in clinical and professional courses and to begin supervised clinical assignments. However, applications are only accepted in November of each year for January enrollment. Any clinical work completed by the transfer student before acceptance into UNCP’s ATP will not be accepted towards course substitution in regards to clinical rotations. Students are not permitted to receive transfer credit for ATH courses other than ATH 1040.
Each athletic training student is required to purchase and provide the Clinical Education Coordinator with documentation of his/her own professional liability insurance coverage prior to beginning clinical rotations. The professional liability insurance is an additional cost associated with the AT Program and is the responsibility of each student. Professional liability insurance should be purchased through the Healthcare Providers Service Organization.