Technical Standards for Athletic Trainers

The Athletic Training Educational Program at Tusculum 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 employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. The technical standards set forward 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 meet the expectations of the program’s accrediting agency, Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  The Athletic Training Program at Tusculum College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  The program has been placed on Probation as of February 19, 2016 by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.

The following abilities and expectations must be met and maintained by all students admitted to the Athletic Training Education 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 or remain in the program. Compliance with program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for BOC certification exam.

Candidates for selection to the Athletic Training Educational Program must demonstrate:

1.)  The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts and problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgment and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm.

2.)  Sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and accurately, safely, and efficiency use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients.

3.)  The 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, the ability to 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.

4.)  The ability to record physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately.

5.)  The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.

6.)  The perseverance, diligence and commitment to complete the Athletic Training Education Program as outlined and sequenced.

7.)  Flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.

8.)  Affective skills and 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.

The Tusculum College Campus Life office will evaluate a student who states she/he 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 she/he can meet the technical standards with accommodation, then Tusculum College will determine whether it agrees that the student can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodation.  This includes a review of whether the accommodation would jeopardize clinician/patient safety, or the educational process of the student or the institution, including all coursework, clinical experiences and internships deemed essential to graduation.

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