Requirements & Policies
Due to the highly individualized nature of this major, established ratios of clinical instructors to students, and the competitive secondary admission policy, all athletic training students are considered pre-professional during their first two semesters. After satisfactory completion of the pre-professional requirements, students are admitted to the professional phase of the curriculum. This includes advanced courses and clinical education. Wilmington’s AT curriculum surpasses the national standards for accreditation. The clinical program also provides a comprehensive and diverse field experience that helps students develop their hands on (clinical) skills.
COMPETITIVE ADMISSION CRITERIA
- Completion of AT130, AT135, and AT140 with a grade of “B” or better.
- Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better with a 21 or higher ACT score or equivalent SAT score (1060 math/critical thinking combined score), or cumulative grade point average of 3.0 if ACT/SAT is below a 21.
- Current First Aid and CPR certification.
- Satisfactory physical examination.
- Hepatitis B vaccine.
- Letter of application.
- Two letters of reference.
- Athletic Training faculty evaluations.
- Mentor evaluations.
- Successful interview with selection committee.
- Completion of 75 clinical observation hours.
- Upon acceptance into the Athletic Training Professional Program students must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA.
- If a student’s grades fall below the required GPA, s/he is no longer eligible for clinical education assignments (work in the athletic training room, with teams, etc.), and is placed on suspension. Students on suspension may continue taking courses in the program for one semester.
- Students must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA after being reinstated from suspension due to poor grades or be dismissed from the Athletic Training major.
- Students must earn the grade of “C-” or better in all required athletic training courses except AT130, AT135, and AT140 in which “B” or better is required.
- Students in the Athletic Training major must understand and meet the technical standards for the profession as set forth in the Athletic Training Student Handbook.
TRANSFER STUDENT POLICY
Transfer students will be evaluated on a case by case basis to determine the date of eligibility to apply to the Athletic Training Education Professional Program. Transfer student must complete as least one semester at Wilmington College in pre-professional status, and must complete all requirements for application listed below. Application may be made at the end of any term in which the requirements are met. Students previously enrolled in an AT program at another College will be able to challenge first year level competencies and proficiencies only. Student must spend a minimum of two years at Wilmington College in the Professional Program. Transfer students generally require three years of study on our campus to satisfy all requirements.
Technical standards are the essential requirements of the program that all students must master in order to successfully complete the educational program. In appropriate circumstances, corrective devices and reasonable accomodations may be utilized to satisfy technical standards.
- Read patient charts, instructions related to the use of all equipment and supplies, and instrument panels, and print outs generated by various pieces of equipment (e.g., isokinetic therapy equipment).
- Be able to discriminate colors in order to detect the presence of various bodily fluids, differentiate various topical applications, and ascertain the presence of biological abnormalities according to visual cues (e.g., erythema or redness).
- Be able to read, write, and communicate in the English language in order to facilitate effective communication with patients (athletes), physicians, allied health staff, peers, and others charged with patient and health care functions.
- Hear and understand the normal speaking voice and discern audible instrument alert signals and timing devices.
- Demonstrate sufficient manual dexterity, strength, and stamina to perform such required tasks as: performing emergency management (e.g., rescue breathing, CPR, etc.) and first aid techniques (e.g., splinting, transportation, wound care); apply supportive devices (e.g., taping, wrapping, bracing, equipment fitting); access joint/ extremity motion, strength, and stability; utilize therapeutic modalities (e.g., ultrasound and electrical stimulation devices); and perform passive and active mobility/strength restoring techniques on patients.
- Transverse about the campus grounds and at affiliated site settings, and be able to render assistance to patients (athletes) who are acutely disabled on an athletic field or court.
- Problem solve and react effectively in emergency and other stressful situations. The student must be able to recognize trauma settings and then take appropriate steps to render care using their intellectual abilities in these stressful situations.
Additional information about the program policies and procedures is available in the Athletic Training Student Handbook.
Throughout the AT program, students will be charged lab fees during clinical practicum courses that will eventually equal $400 by the completion of the AT degree. These lab fees cover lab material expenses, uniform and equipment expenses and NATA student membership.