Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the program in Athletic Training will be able to:
- Demonstrate cognitive and psychomotor competence in the 12 content areas of the Athletic Training Educational Competencies.
- Exhibit advancing clinical proficiency in the practice of athletic training through (1) development in knowledge, psychomotor skills, and clinical reasoning and (2) application of evidence-based decision making.
- Speak and write coherently on information in athletic training, and communicate it effectively to a target audience.
- Demonstrate the common values and behaviors of the athletic training profession in a distinctly moral and ethical manner, integrating the Christian faith with clinical practice.
- Demonstrate preparation to serve a diverse environment through experience with a variety of patient populations and clinical settings and with various allied healthcare professionals.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills required of an entry-level Certified Athletic Trainer.
- Demonstrate preparation for careers that utilize Certified Athletic Trainers or for graduate study and employment in allied healthcare professions.
Accreditation of the Athletic Training Education Program
The ATEP is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
Admission to the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP)
Students must apply for admission to the major. Space in the sophomore, junior and senior level courses is limited, and admission to the Athletic Training major is competitive. Selections for participation in the ATEP are made during the spring for the following fall semester.
Students are eligible to be considered for the Point Loma Nazarene University ATEP when the following criteria are met:
- Submit an ATEP Application for Admission* by the first Friday in March.
- Submit three letters of recommendation on the ATEP form.*
- Complete all competencies required in KPE 280 - Introduction to Athletic Training Training and the companion laboratory KPE 280-L and achieve a grade of B- or better.
- Complete all competencies in Athletic Training 102 Risk Management and Emergency.
- Response and achieve a grade of B- or better.
- Completion of 36 hours of observation in the PLNU Athletic Training Clinic verified by a PLNU ATC. Transfer students may do their observation in another Athletic Training setting, with hours verified by an ATC who must have their signature notarized.
- Have a minimum grade point-average of 2.500**.
- Submit a PLNU physical examination form*, see under Health Status below.
- Meet and certify understanding of the Technical Standards for Admission to the ATEP.
- Agree to and sign the PLNU Mission Statement Code of Conduct
- Submit immunization record*.
- Complete an interview with the ATEP Admissions Committee.
* Available on the PLNU ATEP Web site
** Probationary admission status may be considered under special circumstances.
The ATEP Admissions Committee, comprised of ATEP faculty members and one student from each of
the three student cohorts, rate each applicant on the following: quality of application, letters of recommendation, interview, clinical observation experience, grades in required courses, cumulative
GPA, and completion of Technical Standards assessment and Code of Conduct endorsement.
Students are selected for admission to the ATEP in April and begin the program in August of the following academic year. These students are deemed the cohort of the year they are projected to graduate.
Submit a PLNU physical examination form completed by a physician or physician assistant stipulating
the candidate is physically able to meet the technical standards and perform the duties of an Athletic
Students must have current immunizations prior to beginning their sophomore clinical courses. Immunization reporting form is available on the ATEP Website.
Probationary Admission Status
Should an applicant not meet the required prerequisite course grades or cumulative GPA requirement, he/she may apply to the program and be considered for a probationary admission status if all other admission criteria are met. A student admitted to the ATEP on probationary status must meet the requirements for retention in the ATEP as outlined below, or that student is not permitted to continue in the program.
All students admitted to the ATEP must maintain the following minimum standards to remain in good standing in the program:
- Maintain a 2.500 cumulative GPA.
- Adhere to and exhibit high levels of performance on the Technical Standards and enthusiastically adhere to and promote the Mission of the PLNU ATEP.
- Earn a grade of C or better in the following courses: ATR 290 , ATR 291 , ATR 385 , ATR 387 , ATR 388 , ATR 390 , ATR 391 , ATR 410 , ATR 415 , ATR 460 , ATR 493 , ATR 494 .
- Students are required to commute to off-campus internships via their own transportation arrangements.
- Students are required to wear clothing that identifies them as a Student Athletic Trainer from PLNU. Most items are provided to students by the ATEP.
- To complete the ATEP course of study requires a minimum of three academic years.
Transfer Student Policy
Transfer students may apply and gain admission to the ATEP under the following provisions, which should be met prior to application to the program:
- After admission to the university and the ATEP, completion of the degree in Athletic Training requires a minimum of six semesters (typically three years) regardless of student classification and number of semester units completed.
- All applicants are required to complete 36 hours of directed observation and all prerequisite courses (Athletic Training 102 and Kinesiology and Physical Education 280 and 280L or their equivalents) prior to application.
- All prerequisite course work required for admission to the ATEP completed at another institution prior to matriculation to PLNU must be judged to be equivalent to PLNU courses. The student must demonstrate attainment of educational competencies required in those three courses by submitting the following to the ATEP director prior to applying: 1) official transcript(s) and course descriptions of all prerequisite courses with grades of B- or higher, 2) a university catalog copy showing prerequisite course descriptions, and 3) a course syllabus or contact information for the faculty who taught each of the courses.
Any Athletic Trainer (AT) may verify the 36 hours of required observation in an Athletic Training setting. If the verifying AT is not an employee of PLNU, a notary public must authenticate the signature. The log of hours and the AT verification of those hours must be presented with the ATEP application on the form found on the ATEP Website.
Admission for Student-Athletes
Student-athletes may apply and be admitted to the ATEP under the following provisions, which are stipulated to the individuals prior to application to the program via academic advisement:
- The quality and quantity of time, effort and proficiency of clinical education in the Athletic Training program cannot be compromised for any reason.
- The didactic courses and lab experiences are scheduled in such a way that conflict with practice and game assignments for an athlete are minimal. However, afternoon and evening athletic activities and Athletic Training schedules often conflict. The student must make provision for being available for assigned clinical assignments an academic priority.
- If conflict with the clinical courses cannot be resolved prior to the beginning of a semester, the student-athlete may opt for completion of that clinical experience at a later time with a different cohort of students and will be expected to demonstrate all clinical proficiencies and learning over time.
- Should the student-athlete opt for completion of a given clinical experience at a later time, the completion of the major may require additional semesters or enrollment in summer sessions for completion beyond the six semester minimum.
The PLNU Athletic Training Education Program does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, national or ethnic origin in any aspect of the administration of its educational program.
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree in Athletic Training, students are eligible to apply for and take the NATA Board of Certification examination. Student Athletic Trainers who pass the national examination become Certified Athletic Trainers.