Sep 26, 2021
The athletic training major is a rigorous and demanding competency-based, professional
preparation program leading toward eligibility to take the National Athletic Trainers
Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) Exam. The program is accredited by
the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP),
Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Athletic Training (JRC-AT).
In addition to prescribed coursework, students complete a minimum of 800 clock
hours of clinical experience under the direct supervision of NATABOC-certified
and Massachusetts licensed athletic trainers. This clinical experience is 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,
JRC-AT-approved 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 JRC-AT, standards
must be adhered to in order to retain program accreditation. Factors that will
be examined in the selection process include high school science and mathematics
grades, high school grade point average, SATs, and communication skills demonstrated
in application essays and the Athletic Training Supplemental Application. The
admissions process may include an interview conducted by the athletic training
faculty. Students who are admitted enter the major directly; there is no secondary
For more information about the athletic training major, contact Professor Mary
Barnum at (413) 748-3763 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.
I. General Education Program (33 s.h. in addition to courses taken for the major)
To integrate the humanics philosophy into their lives, Springfield College students
engage in the search for knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of values
through a variety of courses in the sciences and humanities. In addition to those
General Education courses, students must complete 6 s.h. of Writing-Across-the-Curriculum
(WAC) courses. For more information see the General Education Program and WAC courses. In the major requirements listed below, selected courses which fulfill General
Education categories are marked with an asterisk; selected WAC courses are marked
with a “W”.
II. Athletic Training Core - Departmental Requirements (32 s.h.)
III. Athletic Training Core - Related Requirements (60 s.h.)
IV. Electives (7 s.h. to complete 132 s.h.)
The following courses are recommended:
V. 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.
- The student must have completed ATRN 110, ATRN 114, ATRN 227, ATRN 228,
ATRN 284, ATRN 285, and EMSM 115.
- All ATRN courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better. Letter
grades of D or F are unacceptable.
- All other required courses must be completed with a passing grade. Grades
of F or I are unacceptable.
- 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.
- 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.
- The student must meet the Athletic Training Technical Standards for admission
and retention (available from the department).
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.
VI. 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 Allied Health
Education Programs (CAAHEP). 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 NATABOC certification exam.
Candidates for selection to the athletic training major must demonstrate:
- 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;
- sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, mobility, sensory function, strength,
endurance and coordination to accurately, safely, and efficiently perform and/or
-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
- 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;
- the ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly
- the capacity to maintain composure and continue to function effectively and appropriately
during periods of high stress;
- flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty
in clinical situations;
- effective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional
education and quality patient care.
- 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
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.
VII. Recommended Program By Year
The program listed below is a samplecourses are not guaranteed to be
offered during the semester or year listed. It is the students responsibility
to insure that all requirements are met on a timely basis and that needed prerequisite
courses are completed before taking upper-level requirements; therefore, they
should consult carefully with an advisor when planning their program. Students
must average 16.50 s.h. a semester to complete this program in four years.
In addition to the courses identified below, the following General Education
categories need to be fulfilled for this major: Computer Science, Literature,
Second Language/Culture, Visual and Performing Arts, History, Social Science,
Social Justice, Philosophy, and Religion.
Courses marked with an * fulfill or partially fulfill a General Education
category. Courses marked with a w may fulfill a WAC requirement, depending on
the year taken.
A. First Year - Fall Semester
First Year - Fall or Spring Semesters
First Year Spring Semester
B. Second Year - Fall Semester
Second Year - Fall or Spring Semesters
- 4-6 s.h. of General Education courses.
Second Year - Spring Semester
C. Third Year - Fall Semester
Third Year - Fall or Spring Semesters
- 13-15 s.h. of General Education courses.
Third Year - Spring Semester
D. Fourth Year - Fall Semester
Fourth Year - Fall or Spring Semesters
- Any uncompleted program requirements or General Education courses and electives
to total 132 s.h.