Athletic Training Major (B.S.)
Athletic Training is practiced by Certified/Licensed Athletic Trainers; health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Athletic Trainers have been recognized by the AMA (American Medical Association) as an allied health care profession since 1990 (www.nata.org, 2010).
Entry-level athletic training education uses a competency-based approach in both the classroom and clinical settings. Using a medical-based education model, athletic training students (ATS) are educated to provide comprehensive preventive services and care in six domains of clinical practice: injury/illness prevention and wellness protection; clinical evaluation and diagnosis; immediate and emergency care; treatment and rehabilitation; and, organizational and professional health and well-being. The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE) determines the educational requirements for Athletic Training Programs (ATP). These requirements include cognitive (knowledge) and psychomotor (skill) content in the following 8 content areas:
- evidence-based practice,
- prevention and health promotion,
- clinical examination and diagnosis,
- acute care of injury and illness,
- therapeutic interventions,
- psychosocial strategies and referral,
- healthcare administration,
- professional development and responsibility.
Athletic training programs, academic majors, are accredited by CAATE and lead to a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Certification is granted by the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC). The BOC conducts annual examinations to certify entry-level athletic trainers. The BOC also establishes and regularly reviews both the standards for the practice of athletic training and the continuing education requirements for BOC Certified/Licensed athletic trainers. The Bachelor of Science degree program in Athletic Training at Liberty University is nationally accredited through an independent process by CAATE.
The ATP at Liberty University is designed to produce athletic training professionals who will impact the world of sports and health with the highest standards of knowledge, skill, and compassion. This program of study provides a thorough investigation into the profession of Athletic Training, using rigorous academic instruction in the classroom and intense hands-on clinical study working with area colleges and universities, high schools, and other affiliated sites.
Program Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:
- Demonstrate assessment procedures for overall wellness including injury prevention techniques.
- Evaluate pathologies through the use of evidence-based assessment techniques.
- Demonstrate how to provide care during acute and emergency situations.
- Implement evidence-based therapeutic treatments and rehabilitation protocols for various pathologies.
- Demonstrate the components of healthcare administration while having the knowledge of maintaining professional health and well-being.
- Demonstrate mastery of the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively perform as an entry-level Certified Athletic Trainer as defined by the program’s accrediting body.
- Integrate the biblical worldview into all aspects of practicing athletic training.
Program Policies And Degree Requirements/Application Procedures
A student interested in earning a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Athletic Training at Liberty University must meet the requirements of the Athletic Training Program. The Athletic Training Program’s requirements include meeting the university admissions criteria as well as the additional standards associated with preparing competent athletic trainers for clinical practice. These additional standards are developed by the Athletic Training Program at Liberty University. Acceptance to Liberty University and declaring Athletic Training as one's major is the way in which a student begins the process. However this first step is not synonymous with admission into the Athletic Training Program. Each athletic training candidate is to follow the steps associated with the process and meet the criteria established by the program.
The Athletic Training Program has a two stage (Initial & Full) application process. Each candidate will complete the initial application stage at the end of their freshman year or during the first year at Liberty University for transfer students.
Initial Application Process
In addition to completing ATTR 200 Introduction to Athletic Training (3 c.h.), students must meet the following criteria and provide the following information:
- Candidates must be in good academic standing with the University and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale.
- Complete of initial application
- All previous collegiate official transcripts must be available to the Athletic Training Program Admissions Committee.
- Medical history form signed by a physician. The form shall include an endorsement by the physician that states the student is physically able to meet the requirements of the program (See Technical Standards). Meet the Technical Standards Policy for admission into the program.
- Copy of vaccination records, which must include: Rubella, Tetanus, Mumps, Polio, Chicken Pox and HBV vaccination.
- Due by April 1 to the Athletic Training Program Director
- Initial acceptance will only occur after final grades have been confirmed by the registrar’s office.
Students will be notified of their initial acceptance status by June 1 via a letter that will be sent out to the student’s Liberty University E-Mail. Initial acceptance into Liberty University's Athletic Training Program signifies that students are allowed to continue to take the following athletic training courses:
|ATTR 210||Principles of Athletic Training (if not completed)||3|
|ATTR 225||Clinical Kinesiology for Health Professionals||2|
|ATTR 226||Clinical Kinesiology for Health Professionals Laboratory||1|
|ATTR 305||Emergency Care for Athletic Training||3|
|ATTR 306||Emergency Care for Athletic Training Laboratory||1|
Students will apply for full acceptance into Liberty University's Athletic Training Program during the semester (Fall) following initial acceptance. The application deadline for full application submission is November 15, students must meet and submit the following criteria and provide the following information to the Athletic Training Program to be considered for acceptance:
- Anticipated final grade for each of the following courses:
Course List Code Title Hours ATTR 225 Clinical Kinesiology for Health Professionals 2 ATTR 226 Clinical Kinesiology for Health Professionals Laboratory 1 ATTR 305 Emergency Care for Athletic Training 3 ATTR 306 Emergency Care for Athletic Training Laboratory 1 HLTH 216 Personal Health 3 BIOL 213/214 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
- Students will have to obtain their professor’s signature to confirm the anticipated final grade
- Full acceptance will only occur after final grades have been confirmed by the registrar’s office
- Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
- Provide evidence of First Aid certification (certification must remain current while in ATP)
- Provide evidence of professional rescuer CPR certification (certification must remain current while in ATP)
- Completed background check through Liberty University approved background check
- Complete an Essay titled “Why I want be in athletic trainer”
- Three letters of recommendation (1 from each: non-Athletic Training professor/instructor, pastoral, professional)
- Provide verification of clinical observation hours
- Provide verification of the students ability to meet technical standards
- Provide verification of Universal Precautions Training (annual requirement)
- Read & sign the confidentiality statement (annual requirement)
- Read & sign the Athletic Training Policy & Procedure Manuals (annual requirement)
Students will be notified of their initial acceptance status by January 1 via a letter that will be sent out to the student’s Liberty University E-Mail. Full acceptance into Liberty University's Athletic Training Program signifies that students are allowed to continue to take the following athletic training courses:
|ATTR 221||Clinical Education I||2|
|ATTR 300||Lower Extremity Injury Evaluation||3|
|ATTR 301||Lower Extremity Injury Evaluation Laboratory||1|
|ATTR 310||Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training||3|
|ATTR 311||Therapeutic Modalities Laboratory||1|
It is the student’s responsibility to make sure the required documents and information are in the hands of the Athletic Training Program by the application deadlines.
Students transferring to Liberty University who are interested in entering the ATP must contact the Program Director by August 1. Due to the unique characteristics and background of each individual, a transfer student will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine his/her suitability for the program as well as an appropriate entry level. This evaluation will be made only after the Program Director has received the following:
- Candidates must be in good academic standing with previous university as well as Liberty University and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale.
- Completion of provisional application
- Copy of all official transcripts from prior academic institutions
- Medical history form signed by a physician. The form shall include an endorsement by the physician that states the student is physically able to meet the requirements of the program (See Technical Standards).
- Copy of current vaccination records, including: Rubella, Tetanus, Mumps, Polio, Chicken Pox and HBV vaccination.
- Meet the Technical Standards Policy for admission into the program.
The above documents and materials must be submitted to Liberty University's AT Program Director by August 1 to be assured an opportunity to be provisionally accepted.
It is highly likely that the competencies covered in the transferring courses may differ from those covered in LU’s courses. However, if a transfer student feels certain competencies have been completed, the student must provide the Program Director written documentation from his/her former school’s Program Director. This documentation must include a weekly log of hours, a list of completed clinical experiences, competencies, and a statement signed by the Program Director verifying satisfactory completion of the competencies in question. All competencies must meet the standards set forth by CAATE. Any request for course credit transfer must be made to the Program Director.
Once a student has been granted entry into the athletic training program, a student is to maintain his/her status by consistently meeting the following criteria:
- Earn a "C" or higher in all athletic training courses.
- Maintain satisfactory citizenship and ethical behavior.
- Maintain a cumulative 2.75 GPA
- Remain current with CSER requirement
Program Retention Standards
Once admitted to the program, the student must demonstrate and maintain satisfactory academic and clinical progress as defined below:
- Overall GPA: Athletic training students will maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. Students falling below a 2.75 GPA will be placed on probation for one semester. If, after one semester of probation, the GPA remains below a 2.75, or falls below a 2.75 in any subsequent semester, the student will be suspended from the program.
- GPA in Major: Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all designated classes (right side of DCP). The student, with permission of the Program Director, may repeat one ATTR course in which the student failed to achieve the minimum grade of “C”. A second failure to receive a grade of “C” or better in any ATTR course will result in suspension from the program.
- Students must complete BIOL 213 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 c.h.)/BIOL 214 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab (1 c.h.) and BIOL 215 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 c.h.)/BIOL 216 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab (1 c.h.) with a minimum grade of “C” in each section before enrolling in ATTR 400 Principles of Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation (3 c.h.), ATTR 320 Clinical Education II (2 c.h.) or ATTR 302 Upper Extremity Injury Evaluation (3 c.h.). Students who receive a grade of “D” will be allowed to continue enrollment for one additional semester if they are enrolled in the BIOL course in which they received the grade of “D”. Students who receive a grade of “F” in any section of the required BIOL classes will be allowed to re-enter the program in the appropriate sequencing upon completion of this requirement.
- Under extenuating circumstances, and with approval of the Program Director, students will be allowed to continue in the program (under probation status) if they fail to meet one specific section of the GPA requirement. Issues will be considered on an individual basis and must constitute mitigating circumstances beyond the control of the student or program.
- Course Sequencing: Students must complete each clinical and academic course in the order prescribed.
- Codes of Conduct: Satisfactory citizenship and behavior must be demonstrated, per the University’s and the program’s codes of conduct as outlined in the Liberty Way and in the Athletic Training Program Handbook.
Students suspended from the University will be subject to athletic training faculty review as to continuation in the program.
The athletic training faculty reserves the right to dismiss from the major, students who exhibit unprofessional or unethical behavior as outlined in the Program Handbook.
- Guidelines for Appeal: Students may appeal decisions concerning their status in the Athletic Training Program. In order to do so, the student must submit a written appeal to the Program Director within one week of the notification in question. The documentation must include a detailed justification for the appeal. Upon receipt of the appeal, the athletic training faculty will meet to review the matter. The student will be advised in writing as to the outcome of that discussion within two weeks.