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2006-2007 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog 
2006-2007 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Athletic Training

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Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Athletic Training

(120 credit hours) Requirements subject to change

The athletic training major is a rigorous and demanding competency-based, professional preparation program leading toward eligibility to take the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE).  In addition to prescribed coursework, students complete a minimum of 800 clock hours of clinical experience under the direct supervision of BOC-certified and Massachusetts licensed athletic trainers. Clinical experiences are sequenced to facilitate learning of both theoretical and clinical competencies and problem solving skills needed by the athletic trainer. The supervised clinical experiences take place in Springfield College athletic training rooms as well as off-campus, affiliate settings, including high schools and colleges.

Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is competitive, with more applications than admission slots. As required by the Commission on Accrediting Athletic Training Education (CAATE), the Springfield College ATEP must maintain appropriate student-teacher and athletic training student-Approved Clinical Instructor (ACI) ratios.

Factors that will be examined in the admission process for incoming freshman applicants will include: high school science and math grades, high school grade point average, SAT and/or ACT scores and communication skills demonstrated in the application essays and on the Athletic Training Supplemental Application.  Factors examined in the admission process for transfer applicants will include those listed for incoming freshman as well as transcripts representing college courses taken.  Again, emphasis will be placed on science and math courses.  For both the incoming freshman and transfer applicant, having experience in athletic training either through assisting, observing or shadowing Certified Athletic Trainers or participation in athletic training coursework or workshops is highly recommended, though not required.

For more information about the athletic training major, contact Dr. Mary Barnum at (413) 748-3763 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257. 

Download an Athletic Training Program Checksheet


I. General Education Program (40 - 46 credits)

The General Education program at Springfield College is informed by its century-old Humanics tradition of educating the whole person in spirit, mind, and body, for leadership in service to humanity. These requirements have the goal of developing literate, thoughtful, socially responsible students, and instilling in them a spirit of inquiry into the nature of humankind and the universe. Towards those ends, the requirements emphasize and encourage: the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and competency essential for the improvement of the human condition in a diverse society; a search for personal and spiritual values; and the development of an understanding and appreciation of physical well-being.  For specific requirements, see the General Education Program section or the Program Checksheet for this major.

II. Major Requirements

III. Electives (to complete a minimum of 120 credits)

Program Standards

In order to qualify for advanced standing as an athletic training major and to register for the third- and fourth-year sequences of athletic training courses, the student must meet the following standards.

  1. The student must have completed ATRN 110, ATRN 114, ATRN 120, ATRN 227, ATRN 228, ATRN 284 and ATRN 285.
  2. All ATRN courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better. Letter grades of D or F are unacceptable.
  3. All other required courses must be completed with a passing grade. Grades of F or I are unacceptable.
  4. A student must achieve and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.000 or higher at the conclusion of the sophomore year. At that point, students with a cumulative GPA below 2.750 will be dismissed from the program; students with a cumulative GPA between 2.750 and 2.999 may be placed on departmental probation. Probation may include a prescription and restriction from registering for any further ATRN courses until the prescription is met or until the cumulative grade point average reaches 3.000. Departmental probationary status is reviewed by the athletic training faculty on an individual basis after each semester.
  5. Proper professional and responsible behavior is expected of each athletic training student at all times. This includes behavior while acting as a student athletic trainer and a member of the Springfield College family.
  6. The student must meet the Athletic Training Technical Standards for admission and retention (available from the department).

Appeal Process

A Student may appeal any action taken by the department regarding his or her probation or dismissal from the major. In order to appeal, the student must submit a letter to the department chairperson requesting a review of their status. This appeal must be submitted within two weeks of the student being notified of his or her probation or dismissal. The athletic training program director will call a meeting of the appropriate faculty. The student will be notified within ten days of the meeting regarding the outcome of their appeal.

Technical Standards

The athletic training major at Springfield 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 athletic health care 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 major 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 following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the athletic training major. In the event that these abilities are not met, a student will not be admitted into the program.

Compliance with the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for the BOC certification exam.

Candidates for selection to the athletic training major must demonstrate:

  1. the mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, integrate concepts and problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgements and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm;
  2. sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, mobility, sensory function, strength, endurance and coordination to accurately, safely, and efficiently perform and/or provide;
    -appropriate physical examinations;
    -emergency care skills and procedures including transportation techniques (lifts, carries, and litters);
    -appropriate therapeutic techniques including use of equipment and exercise techniques
  3. the ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients, colleagues, other health care professionals including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and communicate judgements and treatment information effectively. Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice;
  4. the ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately;
  5. the capacity to maintain composure and continue to function effectively and appropriately during periods of high stress;
  6. flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations;
  7. effective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.
  8. the perserverance, diligence and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced.

Candidates for selection to the athletic training educational program at Springfield College will be required to verify they understand and meet these technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet the standards. Springfield College, office of student support services, will evaluate a student who states he/she could meet the program’s technical standards with accommodation and confirm that the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws.

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 whether the accommodations requested are reasonable, taking into account whether accommodation would jeopardize clinician/ patient safety, or the educational process of the student or the institution, inluding all course work, clinical experiences and field work deemed essential to graduation.

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