This program is offered by the Physical Education & Human Performance Department
Major Requirements (74 credits):
Lecture Courses (59 credits):
EXS 218, EXS 240, EXS 317, EXS 408, EXS 409, EXS 411, EXS 413, EXS 421: Require admission to the professional program prior to enrollment
Total Credit Hours: 59 Credits
Practicum Courses (15 credits):
EXS 315, EXS 316, EXS 319, and EXS 445: Require admission to the professional program prior to enrollment
Total Credit Hours: 15 Credits
Total Credit Hours: 74
BIO 111 or BIO 121 or BMS 102 or BMS 111, CHEM 161, and PHYS 111 (all with C- or better); ENG 105 and 105P, or ENG 110; any HIST; COMM 140, PSY 236, and STAT 104 or STAT 200 or STAT 215.
All students in the athletic training education program are required to complete four semesters of clinical experience in CCSU's athletic training facility, one pre-season experience at CCSU that typically runs from early August to the first day of classes, and a fifth semester in an off-campus affiliation. The BOC and CAATE require a minimum of two years (four semesters) of clinical rotation, which will be under the direct supervision of a preceptor. Emphasis is placed on mastery of the educational competencies over the five semesters of clinical experience.
Applying for Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program
Undergraduate applicants seeking admission to the athletic training education program are required to submit a file of materials for review by the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance. The applicant's completed file should be submitted prior to September 10 for fall candidates and February 10 (second semester sophomore year) for spring candidates. Applications for admission may be obtained in the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance, Kaiser Hall, Room 0180.
Requirements for Admission
1. Completion of application to the professional program for Athletic Training.
2. Successful completion of 50-80 hours of observation in the athletic training facility and sport coverage at CCSU.
3. Completion of 30 credits of which a minimum of 15 credits have been earned at CCSU.
4. Successful completion of 4 credits of Human Anatomy & Physiology I with lab (C- or better grade in lecture and lab).
5. Successful completion of EXS 112 and EXS 217 at CCSU (C- or higher grade in both courses).
6. Successful completion of BMS 380: EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN course or verification of equivalent course.
7. University Grade Point average (GPA) of 2.50.
8. Departmental grade point average (GPA) of 2.70.
9. Two letters of recommendation: one from a CCSU faculty preceptor and the second from a Department of PE & HP faculty member
using the required forms.10. The presentation of an essay demonstrating command of the English language, citing reasons for wanting to enroll in the program, and emphasizing
experiences related to athletic training (500-700 words).
11. An interview with Screening Committee of the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance, including
at least one core ATEP faculty member.
Fall Semester: September 10
Spring Semester: February 10
or next regular day of classes if the date falls on a weekend or holiday
Technical Standards for Admission
The technical standards set forth by the athletic training educational 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 meet the expectations of the program's accrediting agency, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). All students admitted to the professional program in athletic training must meet the expectations and display the abilities outlined below. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, the student will not be admitted into the program. Further, compliance with the program's technical standards does not guarantee a student's eligibility for the BOC certification exam.
Candidates for admission to the professional program in athletic training at CCSU must show:
- Demonstrated ability 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;
- Evidence of sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and the demonstrated ability to accurately, safely, and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients;
- Demonstrated 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, ability to maintain a professional demeanor, 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;
- Demonstrated ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately;
- Demonstrated ability to maintain composure and continue to function effectively during periods of high stress;
- Perseverance, diligence, and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced;
- Demonstration of flexibility and ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations; and
- Demonstrated ability to perform the affective skills that relate to professional education and quality patient care.
Candidates for admission to the professional program in athletic training 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.
A student who believes that they have a disability that may impact admission to or successful completion of this program should contact the Student Disability Services in Copernicus, Room 241, 860-832-1900, TTY 860-832-1954. Student Disability Services will evaluate the student's documentation to determine if the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws and so notify the program director of the athletic training education program and the chair of the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance.
If a student with a qualified disability states he/she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, then the student and appropriate University personnel will discuss what accommodation(s) may be effective and whether the accommodations requested are reasonable, taking into account clinician/patient safety, and whether the requested accommodations would fundamentally alter the nature of the program, including academic standards.
Once admitted to the professional program in Athletic Training, the following requirements must be maintained in order to remain in "Good Standing" within the Athletic Training Education Program.
1. Maintain a University cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50.
2. Maintain a Departmental grade point average (GPA) of 2.70.
3. Successfully demonstrate required clinical skill proficiencies in EXS 218, EXS 240, EXS 315, EXS 317, EXS 316, EXS 319, EXS 445.
4. A letter grade of C or higher is required in all professional program courses.
4. Maintain current State of Connecticut or National Registry EMT-B Certification or higher throughout EXS 315, EXS 316, EXS 319, EXS 445.
If a candidate drops below the required GPA levels; and/or fails to complete the skill competencies; and/or fails to maintain EMT certification, he or she may be denied enrollment to professional program courses, practicum courses andinternship assignments until the GPA and/or competencies reach the appropriate level; and/or EMT certification is valid.
Candidates who fail to meet the GPA requirement needed for application to the professional program for two consecutive semesters after completing EXS 217 will no longer be allowed to apply to the Athletic Training Professional Program.
Please Note: Revisions to the athletic training education program may occur in order to maintain compliance with national accreditation standards. Students should check with the program director and/or the CCSU athletic training educationwebsite regarding the possibility of new requirements. Physical Education and Human Performance
Transfer Students Policy
Transfer students must meet the same course requirements and application procedures. Transfer students are required to complete a minimum of 15 credits "in residence" at CCSU prior to applying to the professional program. The 15 credits for transfer students may be in General Education and/or within the Athletic Training Education Program and must include EXS 112 and EXS 217 at CCSU. Currently, all requests for transfer into the Athletic Training Education Program either by students from other universities or by CCSU students looking to change majors are handled on a case-by-case basis. The number of students accepted in this manner depends on the number of openings available in that year. For acceptance into the Athletic Training Education Program, transfer students must complete of 50-80 hours of observation in the athletic training facility and sport coverage at CCSU.
Note: Revisions to the athletic training education program may occur in order to maintain compliance with national accreditation standards. Students should check with the program director and/or the CCSU athletic training education website regarding the possibility of new requirements. All practicum courses and internship assignments require the student to be in "good standing" in addition to having a current state of Connecticut or National Registry EMT-B Certification.