Athletic Training Education Program
Concord University's Athletic Training Education Program Re-Accredited
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In April 2004, Concord University’s athletic training education program received its initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). In September 2009, the ATEP received official verification from the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) that it had received a 10-year award of continuing accreditation. This award draws high honor to the quality of our ATEP, since programs typically receive a 5-year term of continuing accreditation. Additionally, the program at Concord University is the only accredited ATEP in southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia. Our ATEP utilizes a continuum of didactic and clinical experiences, as set forth in the CAATE Standards for the accreditation of entry level ATEPs, and to appropriately prepare the student as an entry-level Certified Athletic Trainer. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will have the knowledge base and clinical skills required for challenging and passing the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination. The 2012-2013 graduating class had a 100% first time pass rate on this important examination. Upon completion of the 2012-2013 Annual Report, statistics will be updated to include a 3 year look at Concord University graduates success on this examination.
What is an Athletic Trainer?
Certified athletic trainers serve as the critical link between athletic programs, emergency medical services, and the medical community. Certified athletic trainers work under the direction of a licensed physician and provide a broad range of services to the physically active. Their primary responsibilities include injury prevention, recognition and evaluation, management and rehabilitation of injuries, organization and administration, education and counseling.
How do I apply?
Students who want to apply for admission to the professional program in Athletic Training may make formal application for admission to the ATEP after successful completion of the admission requirements. Students are expected to formally apply for admission during the spring semester of the freshman year, assuming they will have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours at the end of their first year. Transfer students with 30 or more transferring credit hours (100 level or higher) who meet the admission requirements may apply for admission into the ATEP at the time they are accepted to the University. The number of candidates accepted into the ATEP annually is limited and completion of all admission requirements does not automatically ensure acceptance into the ATEP. Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of clinical spaces available, the procedure for determining which students are accepted is described in the ATEP Student Handbook.
What is required?
The professional phase of the Athletic Training Major consists of six semesters (approximately 15-17 hours each semester) of academic course work and clinical practicum courses. Clinical practicum experiences will occur within the University’s NCAA Division II athletics program, area colleges and high schools, sports medicine clinics, and other off-campus general medical and clinic rotation sites selected by the ATEP. Transportation to all off campus clinical sites, as well as any specific requirements of the clinical site (e.g. immunizations, uniforms, criminal background check, etc.) is the responsibility of the student. All students accepted into the professional program must show annual proof of current health provider CPR certification, first aid certification, blood borne pathogen training, and professional liability insurance. Students are required to be involved in professional athletic training organizations at the local, state, and national level. All of these requirements are explained further in the ATEP Student Handbook, which is provided to all prospective students and reviewed during AT 126 by the program director as part of the course. This handbook can be accessed from this website from the program director upon request. Curriculum requirements, including admissions and clinical education requirements, may change as needed to comply with current accreditation and/or university standards. Students seeking admission or those already admitted to the program are advised to keep themselves adequately informed of changes in order to complete requirements in a timely manner. Information on curricular changes will be announced in advance by the ATEP, and will be published in ATEP documents and/or the ATEP Student Handbook. These may be obtained from the University website and/or the ATEP website and/or the Director of the ATEP.
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