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Athletic Training Program
Technical Standards for Admission
The Athletic Training Program at Louisiana College is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. The technical standards set forth by the Athletic Training Program (ATP) establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program's accrediting agency, Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE). The student must prove they can meet the following abilities and expectations to be admitted into the ATEP.
Compliance with the program's technical standards does not guarantee a student's eligibility for the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification (BOC) certification exam.
Candidates for selection to the Athletic Training Program must demonstrate:
- The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts and problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm;
- Sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and accurately, safely, and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients;
- The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and communicate judgments and treatment information effectively. Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice;
- The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately;
- The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress;
- The perseverance, diligence and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced;
- Flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations;
- Affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.
Candidates for selection to the Athletic Training Program will be required to sign the athletic training student contract at the end of the policies and procedures manual verifying that they understand and meet these technical standards or they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet these standards.
If a student states he/she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, then the College will determine whether it agrees that the student can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodation; this includes a review of whether accommodation would jeopardize clinician/patient safety, or the educational process of the student or the institution, including all coursework and clinical experiences deemed essential to graduation.