Technical Standards

Athletic training students are required to meet physical and behavioral technical standards to successfully complete all program requirements.

Athletic training is an intellectually, physically, and psychologically demanding profession. In addition to those described below, the abilities that an athletic trainer must have to practice safely are those described in the National Athletic Trainers' Association educational competencies and in the Board of Certification (BOC) role delineation study (on file in the Program Director's office).Candidates for the degree must be able to meet these minimum standards for successful completion of degree requirements.

Observation: Observation requires the functional use of vision, hearing and somatic sensations.A student must be able to attend lectures and laboratory demonstrations.The student must be able to observe a patient accurately to determine variations from normal and observe output readings to determine a patient's condition and the status of a treatment.Examples in which these observational skills are required include: palpation of anatomical structures and visual and tactile assessment for the presence and degree of edema.

Communication: Communication includes speech, language, reading, writing and computer literacy.Students must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients to elicit information regarding mood, activities and health complaints, as well as perceive non-verbal communications.Students must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with other members of the health care and athletic community to convey information essential for safe and effective care.

Sensory and Motor Function: Students must have sufficient motor function to elicit information from the patient examination, using palpation, muscle strength assessment, joint range of motion measurement and other evaluative maneuvers.Additionally, the student must have sufficient motor function to be the first responder in a potentially catastrophic injury (e.g., in-line stabilization of cervical spine, rescue breathing, obstructed airway management, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Students must also be able to execute movements required to provide therapeutic care, such as performing mobilization and wound care techniques.These skills require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movement, equilibrium, and the integrated use of touch and vision. 

Intellectual abilities: To effectively solve problems, students must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, integrate and synthesize information in a timely fashion.For example, the student must be able to synthesize knowledge and integrate the relevant aspects of a patient's history and examination findings to develop an effective treatment program.In addition, students must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand spatial relationships of structures.

Behavioral and Social Attributes: Students must possess the psychological ability required for the full use of their intellectual abilities, for the exercise of good judgment, for the prompt completion of all responsibilities inherent to assessment and care of patients, and for the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients.Students must be able to tolerate physically and mentally taxing workloads and function effectively under stress.They must be able to adapt to a changing environment, and function in the of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of patients. Students must demonstrate ethical behavior, both in the classroom and during their clinical experience.

Students who wish to identify themselves as having a disability that requires special accommodations to complete program requirements must notify the Director of the Athletic Training Program. The need for and appropriateness of any accommodations will be determined on an individual basis in concert with and using the procedures established by the staff of the Jandrisevits Learning Center.

Candidates for selection to the athletic training educational 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 Jandrisevits Learning Center will evaluate a student who states 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 states he/she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, then the University will determine whether it agrees that the student can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodation; this includes a review a 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 coursework, clinical experiences and internships deemed essential to graduation.