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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.

 

CU ATP Mission, Goals & Objectives

Mission
 
The ATP at Concord University (CU) prepares students for entry into the athletic training profession. Upon completion of the ATP, the student will be eligible to sit for the BOC Examination.
 
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 physical, 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.
 
Goals & Outcomes
 
Student Goal 1 (Health & Wellness Promotion & Injury & Illness Prevention): Students will effectively promote healthy lifestyle behaviors with effective education and communication to enhance wellness and minimize the risk of injury and illness.
 

  • Outcome I:A – Demonstrate the ability to design wellness and prevention programs for physically active populations.
  • Outcome I:B – Demonstrate the ability to administer pre-participation screening for physical activity.
  • Outcome I:C – Demonstrate the ability to administer routine preventative care during daily patient interactions.
  • Outcome I:D – Demonstrate the ability to educate patients, participants, parents, general population, and appropriate personnel with the intent of preventing activity related injuries and conditions.
 
Student Goal 2 (Clinical Assessment, Evaluation, & Diagnosis): Students will effectively implement systematic, evidence-based examinations, and assessments to formulate valid clinical diagnoses and determine patients’ plan of care and appropriate referral.
 
  • Outcome II:A – Demonstrate the ability to conduct a comprehensive individual history, though observation, and relevant review of medical records.
  • Outcome II:B – Demonstrate the ability to correctly identify and diagnosis orthopedic injuries and medical conditions related to or effecting physical activity.
  • Outcome II:C – Demonstrate the ability to appropriately educate patients, and appropriate individuals, regarding clinical findings and outcome prognoses.
  • Outcome II:D – Understand how to effectively and efficiently conduct evidence-based practice (EBP) and research.
 
 
 
Student Goal 3 (Emergency Care): Students will effectively integrate best practices in immediate and emergency care for optimal outcomes.
 
  • Outcome III:A – Demonstrate the ability to design and implement Emergency Action Plans.
  • Outcome III:B – Demonstrate the ability to appropriately triage and determine if conditions, injuries, and/or illness are life-threatening.
  • Outcome III:C – Demonstrate the ability to implement appropriate referral strategies for the emergency transfer of a patient.
 
Student Goal 4 (Therapeutic Interventions): Students will effectively rehabilitate and recondition injuries, illnesses, and general medical conditions with the goal of achieving optimal activity levels based on evidence-based core concepts using therapeutic interventions.
  • Outcome IV:A – Demonstrate the ability to appropriately develop, evaluate, and modify therapeutic care to optimize patients’ outcomes.
  • Outcome IV:B – Demonstrate the ability to appropriately and correctly administer therapeutic exercises, therapeutic modalities, and manual techniques to patients in order to optimize recovery and function.
  • Outcome IV:C – Demonstrate the ability to appropriately and correctly administer therapeutic interventions for general medical conditions or illnesses in order to optimize recovery and function.
  • Outcome IV:D – Demonstrate the ability to appropriately and correctly evaluate patients’ functional return to participation in order to optimize recovery and minimize the risk of further damage, re-injury, or re-aggravation.
  • Outcome IV:E – Demonstrate knowledge of various and appropriate equipment, and its maintenance, for the purpose of administering therapeutic exercises, therapeutic modalities, manual techniques, functional assessments, and therapeutic interventions.
 
Student Goal 5 (Organizational, Administrative, & Professional Responsibilities): Students will effectively integrate best practices in policy construction and implementation, documentation, basic business practices, and professionalism to promote optimal patient care and professional well-being.
 
  • Outcome V:A – Demonstrate the ability to develop policies, procedures, and strategies to address risks and organizational needs.
  • Outcome V:B – Demonstrate an understanding of the need to have knowledge of and practice within local, state, and national regulations, guidelines, recommendations, and professional standards.
  • Outcome V:C – Demonstrate knowledge of topics and components of all of the NATA Position Statements and Consensus Statements.
  • Outcome V:D – Demonstrate knowledge of the process for completing the BOC required continuing education requirements.
 
 
 
Program Goal (Programmatic Delivery, Design, & Results): The Athletic Training Program will continuously produce quality students to transition to practice as competent professionals in accordance with all professional standards, responsibilities, and guidelines set forth by the CAATE, BOC, NATA, local, state, and federal governance and within the mission of Concord University.
  • VI:A – The program will grow and maintain a number of students within the professional phase of the ATP to justify the continued offering of the athletic training major and degree at CU.
  • VI:B – The ATP will demonstrate the ability to produce competent health care professionals in athletic training.
  • VI:C – The ATP will provide an a safe and motivational learning environment for students.

 

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 or BIOL 121, P ED 101M, AT 2602 (Grade of B or higher), BIOL 335 and BIOL 335L, BIOL 336 and BIOL 336L,  EXSS 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)

The Concord University Athletic Training Program is Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  

Undergraduate

 

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