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Welcome to the home page of the Concord University Athletic Training Program (ATP).  We are pleased you are interested in learning more about our major and our university.  Our program’s primary mission is to educate each of its students about the theoretical and clinical skills necessary to work effectively with the physiological, psychological and biomechanical aspects of injury, illness and performance regarding physically active individuals. Students are presented with the didactic, psychomotor, and affective experiences that will lead them to be able to exercise sound and ethical judgment and critical thinking and problem solving skills in order to assist them in achieving satisfying careers and making positive contributions to their profession and communities. In addition, the ATP guides the student on the journey to become a lifelong learner through obligatory professional continuing education.

The ATP at CU is housed in the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Athletic Training within the Division the Division of Science, Mathematics and Health.  We are proud to offer individualized attention and boast an average size of approximately 10 students per class within the major requirements.  We received our initial accreditation in 2004.  In 2009, the ATP received a 10-year award of continuing accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  This honor is the highest awarded.  It exemplifies the integrity and quality of our program.  We offer clinical assignments and observation opportunities within multiple professional settings, including: collegiate, high school, physical therapy, chiropractic, and general medical and orthopedic physician clinical rotations.

We are located atop the beautiful Appalachian Mountain ranges of southern West Virginia in Athens, 10 minutes from Interstate 77 and Pipestem Resort.  Most of our students are from the West Virginia area, but we have current students and ATP alumni from Michigan, Florida, New York and Japan.  Most of our graduates have gone directly to pursue Masters Degrees with eventual placement in collegiate, high school, clinical and even international settings.

We are proud of our Mountain Lion traditions and strive to provide the best education possible.  If you are interested in discovering more about our program, I encourage you to explore the information provided throughout our website.  If you have any questions about the Athletic Training Program at Concord University feel free to contact our Clinical Education Coordinator: Laura Wamsley (304-384-6264, lwamsley@concord.edu).  Good luck in all your future endeavors and we hope to meet you soon!

Clinical Education

Clinical Education is a required aspect of the ATP.  All students enrolled in the ATP will completed clinical education over the course of a minimum of four semesters.  Clinical education experiences are completed both on-campus in the CU Athletic Department and at other affiliated sites through-out the community.

Clinical Sites

Emergency Action Plans
Concord University/ The Kyle Group

Bluefield State College

Bluefield College

Summers Physical Therapy

Princeton Community Hospital

Sideline Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

WVU Tech

Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan

Bloodborne Pathogen ATP Policy

Communicable Disease Policy

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.

"The Concord University Athletic Training Program is Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education(CAATE).  The program has been placed on Probation as of February 19. 2016 by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin TX 78731-3101."

Educational Mission, Objectives, & Outcomes

The Athletic Training Program (ATP) at Concord University prepares students for entry into the athletic training profession. Upon completion of the ATP, the student will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.

Concord University Athletic Training Program BOC Pass Rates and Employment Rates

BOC Exam Pass Rates

2014-

2015

2015-

2016

2016-

2017

3YR

AGGREGATE

Number of students graduating from program.

5

6

4

 15

Number of students graduating from program who took examination.

5

5

4

14

Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt.

2

3

4

9

Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt.

40

60

100

64

Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts.

3

4

4

11

Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts.

60

80

100

79

 

Graduate Employment Rate

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

3 Year Aggregate

Number of graduates employed as an Athletic Trainer and/or in a degree or residency program within 6 months of graduation

3

5

4

12

Percentage of graduates employed as an Athletic Trainer and/or in a degree or residency program within 6 months of graduation

60

83

100

80

Number of graduates employed regardless of setting

5

5

4

14

Percentage of graduates employed regardless of setting

100

83

100

93

MISSION:

The primary mission of the Concord University ATP is to educate each of its students about the theoretical and clinical skills necessary to work effectively with the physiological, psychological and biomechanical aspects of injury, illness and performance regarding physically active individuals. Students are presented with the didactic, psychomotor, and affective experiences that will lead them to be able to exercise sound and ethical judgment and critical thinking and problem solving skills in order to assist them in achieving satisfying careers and making positive contributions to their profession and communities. In addition, the ATP guides the student on the journey to become a lifelong learner through obligatory professional continuing education.

EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES:

The ATP curriculum is designed to prepare the student to meet the educational competencies and clinical proficiencies necessary to be eligible to sit for the (BOC) examination. Curricula are designed to provide the student with an undergraduate preparation to seek entry level employment or entrance into graduate school programs such as sports medicine, athletic training, sports psychology, exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, adult fitness, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician’s assistant, and health or medicine in a variety of clinical settings.

PROFESSIONAL OUTCOMES:

ATP program will produce competent Athletic Trainers who will use evidence-based medicine for the treatment and care to those in need.  Upon completion of the ATP program, graduates will be prepared to enter the field of athletic training or continue education in another related healthcare field.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES:

Students will demonstrate the ability to research and process peer reviewed evidence.
Students will display competence in delivering comprehensive care to patients with sports-related injuries and illnesses.
Students will develop patient-oriented treatment and rehabilitation programs and goals.
Students will demonstrate effective practices in the prevention of physical injury.
Students will develop and demonstrate a respect for professional standards and development.

GOALS:

To give students the knowledge and confidence to successfully sit for the BOC examination.
To have 100% first time passing rate for students sitting for the BOC examination.
To have 100% job placement and/or graduate school acceptance within 6 months of graduation.
To provide an environment that encourages all students, within the ATP, to complete the program within the scheduled three years.
To provide an environment that encourages all interested applicants to meet the prerequisites for ATP application and acceptance.
To provide extracurricular opportunities for all students interested in the advancement of the athletic training profession.

Admission Requirements and Procedures

Admission to the Athletic Training Program at Concord University is competitive and should not be confused with admission to the University. Students entering the University can apply for admission into the ATP during the spring semester of their second year, assuming that all admission requirements have been or will have been met by the end of their second year. This means that students complete three semesters of coursework, and then apply to the ATP during the second semester of their second year or before the 60th hour is completed. If accepted into the ATP, students complete a total of four semesters of courses (60 credit hours) and required clinical experiences. The quota of applicants accepted into the ATP is limited by faculty and preceptor to student ratios recommended by CAATE, the number of affiliated clinical sites utilized by the ATP, and the highly individualized nature of this program. Admission to the ATP is based on the following criteria:

  • Must have earned approximately 60 semester hours (100 level or higher) prior to acceptance.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. 
  • Successful completion (minimum grade of “C”) of the athletic training admission prerequisite courses: AT 126, AT 242, AT 243, BIOL 101, P ED 101M, AT 201 , BIOL 335 and BIOL 335L, P ED 315 , H ED 304 and have current CPR and AED Professional Rescuer certification (or the equivalent).
  • Satisfactory completion of all clinical education requirements included in AT 126 , AT 242 , and AT 243 .
  • Any developmental course requirements must have been completed at the time of application. For transfer students, any University developmental course requirements determined after admission must have been completed prior to admission into the ATP.
  • Two (2) reference evaluation forms/letters of reference completed by the following: one from a non-ATP faculty member and one from a medical professional.
  • Completion of application form.
  • Submission of letter of application.
  • Completion of Physical Examination and satisfactory health questionnaire, provide evidence of vaccinations, and signed Hepatitis B informed consent/refusal form.
  • Documentation of ability to successfully meet the Technical Standards of the ATP.
  • Interview with members of the ATP Interview Committee.

*All Concord University ATP candidates will be ranked according to the assessment form rubric score. Available slots within the ATP major will be filled according to this prioritized listing of candidates starting with the top score downward. If there is a tie score and there are not enough slots to admit all the students with a tie into the ATP, then a tie breaker will be used. Applicants will be rank ordered from the highest to lowest based upon the documented evidence provided in their application file regarding their directed observation clinical experiences for the available slots. ATP Applicants who are not accepted may reapply for admission during the next available application period. Specific ATP application details and forms will be posted online at http://hub.concord.edu/human-performance/node/3 and will appear in the Appendices of the ATP Student Handbook.

ATP Student Related Fees and Costs
Required Cost
CPR Professional Rescuer Certification $35 required prior to ATP acceptance
NATA Student-Member Dues $78 per year
Tuition, Fees, Room and Board http://www.concord.edu/Financial-Aid/Tuition-Fees.aspx
Gas Cost for Transportation to Clinical Sites Variable costs, carpooling encouraged, transit bus available
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Highly Recommended Cost
BOC Certification Examination                  $300 (spring senior year or within 6 months of graduation)
 
Optional Fees Cost
AT Club Membership Dues                            $20 initial membership
AT Club Membership Dues $5 per semester after initial membership
AT Clothing $40 per year (approximately)
State Convention Attendance $40 plus hotel (annual late winter/early spring) (approximately)
Mid-Atlantic Convention Attendance $90 plus hotel (annual spring/mid-May) (approximately)
NATA Convention Attendance $100 plus hotel (annual summer/mid-June) (approximately)
ACES BOC Preparatory Workshop $195 plus hotel (spring senior year) (approximately)
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