Athletic Training Education Program's Retention Criteria

Athletic Training Education Program's Retention Criteria

Athletic Training Program Retention Criteria

Retention is a continuing process based on the athletic training student’s academic, clinical, and behavioral achievement in accordance with established criteria. The student within the Professional Phase should be aware that there is an expected level of achievement that must be maintained:

  1. Completion of competencies and Proficiencies on schedule.Competencies are completed with successful completion of course-work as all course objectives are tied to the NATA competencies. Please see competency matrix in program director’s office. Clinical Integrative Proficiencies are tied to laboratory and clinical experiences. All clinical integrative proficiencies as outlined for each Residency in Athletic Training I-IV and Fellowship in Athletic Training I & II syllabi and on ATrack software must be evaluated by the student’s Preceptor with a grade no lower than a 7 out of 10.
  2. GPA Requirements
    • 3.00 = Overall GPA 
    • 3.00 = Athletic Training Major Core – Failure to maintain the Major GPA will result in disciplinary action as set forth by the policy and procedures manual. Please see Program Guide link for listing of all Athletic Training major courses.
  • No grade lower than a C in any athletic training major course (Please see Program Guide for list of AT major courses) or D in any other course. Failure to maintain these minimum grades will result in the student being suspended from the program until all academic deficiencies are remediated in accordance with the Athletic Training Program’s (ATP) Policy & Procedure manual. However, students suspended due to deficient grade(s) can reapply to the Professional Phase while they are enrolled in the deficient course. However, all acceptance requirements must be attained before the student is fully reinstated into the ATP at the end of the Spring semester of the re-application year. Any student suspended will have to reapply to the Professional Phase. It must be remembered that a student’s place within the Professional Phase will not be held if the student is suspended from the ATP due to academic deficiency (Current Students -- Please see Disciplinary Actions section within the Policy & Procedure manual).
  1. CPR and First Aid certification. All students must maintain Professional Rescuer CPR and First Aid certification. Students are required to give the Program Director a copy of all certification cards during the application to the Professional Phase and again prior to the certification’s expiration. These will be kept in the student’s file.
  2. Confidentiality of Medical Records and Information. Students are expected abide by the policy that was signed during the Pre-Professional Phase and when accepted into the ATP’s Professional Phase. (Current Students -- Please see disciplinary action for breaking confidentiality of medical records and information within the Policy & Procedure Manual).
  3. NATA Code of Ethics.Students must conform to the standards of the NATA Code of Ethics and BOC Standards of Practice (Current Students – see Policy & Procedure Manual) when practicing Athletic Training related skills within their clinical assignments. Students must also conform to the standards of behavior expected of intercollegiate athletes with regard to substance abuse, controlled and dangerous substances, harassment and hazing (See Rowan University Student Handbook). Violations of this type will place the student under immediate review by the Athletic Training Program’s Student Issues Committee (RUATP SIC) and also the Department of Health & Exercise Science Academic & Student Affairs Committee.
  4. Academic Honesty.Since the primary goal of education is to increase one’s own knowledge, academic dishonesty will not be tolerated at Rowan University. Violation of the Rowan University’s Academic Honesty Policy (http://www.rowan.edu/provost/policies/AcademicIntegrity.htm ) will place the student under immediate review by the RUATP SIC and the Department of Health and Exercise Science Academic & Student Affairs Committee. All violations will then be forwarded to the Provost’s Office in accordance with Rowan University policy.  Academic dishonesty includes the following examples, as well as similar conduct aimed at making false representation with respect to academic performance: cheating on an examination; collaborating with others in work to be presented contrary to the stated rules of the course Plagiarizing, including the submission of others’ ideas or papers as one’s own stealing examination or course materials falsifying records, laboratory results, etc. knowing and intentionally assisting another student in any of the above activities or similar activities.
  5. Clinical Assignment Responsibilities. The student is expected to enthusiastically complete all clinical education responsibilities including pre-practice activities, coverage of practices and games, post-practice activities, cleaning and general athletic training room duties, and abide by the NATA Code of Ethics. The RUATP SIC will determine the disciplinary action for students not meeting their clinical assignment responsibilities. All students are supervised by a Preceptor during their clinical assignments.  There will be additional costs (i.e., gas) to the student when traveling to affiliated sites for their clinical assignment. These costs will not be reimbursed to the student. The student is encouraged to plan ahead as they can expect to be off-campus between 1-2 times during their professional phase clinical education.
  1. First Year Professional Phase Proficiency & Master's Exit Examinations. First and Third year Professional Phase students must pass each comprehensive examination before they are able to continue matriculating within the RUATP. 
  • First Year Professional Phase Proficiency Exam
    Students will have two opportunities to pass this exam. Failure to pass this exam on the second attempt will disqualify students from continuing to matriculate through the ATP. The First Year Professional Exam will consist of a written and practical examination on all coursework and clinical experiences taken up to the end of their Professional Phase First Year. Coursework to be included on the exam are:
  • Introduction to Athletic Training
    • Prevention and Care of Orthopedic Injuries
    • Pathology and Evaluation of Orthopedic Injuries I – lecture and laboratory experiences
    • Pathology and Evaluation of Orthopedic Injuries II – lecture and laboratory experiences
    • Therapeutic Modalities – lecture and laboratory experiences 
    • Therapeutic Exercises – lecture and laboratory experiences
    • Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Activity
    • Organization and Administration in Athletic Training
    • Applied Biomechanics
    • Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training I & II
    • Residency in Athletic Training I & II

Students must receive a 75% or better on both the written and practical portion exam before they can continue to matriculate within the RUATP. The grade from the First Year Professional Phase Proficiency Exam will be a part of your grade calculation for Clinical Techniques in Athletic Training II.

  • Master’s Comprehensive Exam
    The Master’s Exit Exam will consist of both a 150 question written test and a practical examination on all Athletic Training courses and clinical experiences taken within the RUATP Professional Phase. Students will have two opportunities to pass this exam. Failure to pass this exam could cause them to fail Thesis I. Subsequently, failure of the Master’s Exit Exam could cause the student to not graduate on time. Coursework to be included on the exam are:
    • Introduction to Athletic Training
    • Prevention and Care of Orthopedic Injuries
    • Pathology and Evaluation of Orthopedic Injuries I – lecture and laboratory experiences
    • Pathology and Evaluation of Orthopedic Injuries II – lecture and laboratory experiences
    • Therapeutic Modalities – lecture and laboratory experiences 
    • Therapeutic Exercises – lecture and laboratory experiences
    • Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Activity
    • Organization and Administration in Athletic Training
    • Applied Biomechanics
    • Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training I & IV
    • Residency in Athletic Training I & IV
    • Fellowship in Athletic Training I 
    • Pharmacology and General Medicine in Athletic Training
    • Research Methods in Athletic Training 
    • Advanced Topics in Evaluation via Cadaver Anatomy
    • Advanced Rehabilitation: An Evidenced-based Approach
    • Applied Statistical Analysis in Athletic Training

Students must receive a 75% or better on the written and practical exam separately before they can continue to matriculate within the RUATP. The grades for the written and practical exam will be calculated into the student’s grade for Thesis I.

  1. NATA Membership.Once fully accepted into the Professional Phase students must maintain their NATA Membership throughout the completion of this program

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