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Athletic Training

Admission Requirements

The Athletic Training Educational Program at Carthage is a rigorous and intense curriculum. One objective 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 Education Program 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 to meet the expectations of the program’s accrediting agency, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

ATEP Health Care Requirements

Each athletic training student will pass a general physical examination from a licensed practicing health care provider (MD, DO, PA, NP) stating they are physically and mentally capable of performing the duties of an athletic training student. The following information will also be included in the student’s Healthcare Record:

  • Physical Form
  • 10-panel drug screen
  • Childhood Immunization Record (MMR, polio, DPT series)

Verification of the following additional vaccinations:

  • Hepatitis B (3 dosages)
  • Tuberculosis (every 12 months)
  • Tetanus Boosters
  • Meningitis
  • Influenza
  • Varicella

The Healthcare Record is placed in the ATS master file located in the Program Director office.

Program Criteria

The athletic training major at Carthage College is an undergraduate, entry-level program. The program begins its Clinical Instruction Program in the student’s first semester of their sophomore year.

The student’s acceptance into the program is based on the following criteria:

  • Formal admission and acceptance by Carthage College Admissions office.
  • Grades earned in ATH 1020 Introduction to Athletic Training and ATH 2080 Structural Kinesiology.
  • A personal interview with the Athletic Training Program Director and admissions committee.
  • High school grade point average, ACT scores and class rank
  • A completed Carthage ATEP Application

The student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to apply to the Athletic Training Education Program. There is no minimum high school GPA, ACT score or class rank. The student is selected based on the comparison of all criteria listed above with other students applying at the same time.

The application for admission into the program will be provided to the student by the program director. The deadline for admission is April 1 of the student’s first year. All students applying for admission will be notified in writing of their acceptance or rejection into the program by July 1 of the application year. If students are not accepted they can reapply the following year.

Additional Fees

  • Caregiver Background Check — ~$50
  • 10 Panel Drug Test — Varies
  • Physical Exam — Varies
  • ATS Polo — $35
  • Flu Vaccine — ~$35 annually
  • TB test — ~$20 annually

Technical Standards

The abilities and expectations listed below must be met by all students admitted to the Athletic Training Educational Program. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the 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 examination.

Candidates for admission to the Athletic Training Education Program must demonstrate:

  • The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, and 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 effectively communicate with patients and colleagues, and to show sensitivity to individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; to effectively communicate judgments and treatment information; and to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice.

  • The ability to clearly and accurately record the physical examination results and a treatment plan.

  • 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.

  • The flexibility and ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.

  • Affective skills, appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.

Candidates for selection to the Athletic Training Educational program will be required to verify that they understand and meet these technical standards, or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet the standards.

Students with disabilities who request accommodations to meet the program standards must provide the program director with documentation appropriate to the condition from an appropriate authority. The program director will have the Disability Services personnel evaluate documentation and determine whether the stated condition qualifies as a disability. The Disability Services personnel together with the program director will determine what appropriate accommodations will be provided to a student so that he or she can meet the program’s technical standards.

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