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Athletic Training

Department of Sport and Exercise Science 

Athletic Training Major

We are not accepting new students in the Athletic Training department as a moratorium on new admissions has been instituted beginning in the summer of 2014. 

The department offers undergraduate work leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Athletic Training. The Athletic Training Program (ATP) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE). A minimum of 126 hours is required for the degree, including the appropriate Liberal Studies Program and all major requirements. A minimum of 65 Credit Hours are required for a major in athletic training.

The Athletic Training Program at Kansas Wesleyan University is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the student enrolled in the program. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. The technical standards set forth by the Athletic Training 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 (CAATE). All students admitted to the Athletic Training Program must meet the abilities and expectations identified in the Athletic Training Student Handbook or the University’s Athletic Training Program’s Website. 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.

Athletic Training Program admissions for sophomore applications must be completed by December 15th in order to be admitted into the program for the following semester and must meet the following requirements.

1) Complete 40 documented observation hours of the Athletic Training Program.
2) Complete SPES 120 Personal & Community Health, SPES 148 First Aid & CPR for the Professional Rescuer, SPES 256 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries, SPES 258 Athletic Training Clinical Field Experience, SPES 443 Kinesiology, and BIOL 221 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, with a minimum of a “C” letter grade in each.
3) Each Pre-Athletic Training Student will interview with the Program Director, Head Athletic Trainer, Assistant Athletic Trainers and a Senior Athletic Trainer prior to entrance into the athletic training program. The ATP interview committee has the final approval with regards to the athletic training student being admitted into the athletic training program

Pre-Athletic Training Students may appeal a decision to the ATP committee in writing within two weeks or receiving formal letter denoting a denied admittance decision into the ATP. The appeal letter will be sent to the chair of the SPES Department, and to the Division Chair of Applied Arts and Science. The Chair of the SPES Department and the Division Chair of Applied Arts and Science will then make the final decision in writing to the Pre-Athletic Training Student in response to the appeal within two weeks

Athletic Training Program admissions for transfer applications must be completed by December 15th in order to be admitted into the program for the following semester and must meet the following requirements.

1) Complete 40 documented observation hours of the Athletic Training Program.
2) Complete SPES 120 Personal & Community Health, SPES 148 First Aid & CPR for the Professional Rescuer, SPES 256 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries, SPES 258 Athletic Training Clinical Field Experience, SPES 443 Kinesiology, and BIOL 221 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, with a minimum of a “C” letter grade in each.
3) Each Pre-Athletic Training Student will interview with the Program Director, Head Athletic Trainer, Assistant Athletic Trainers and a Senior Athletic Trainer prior to entrance into the athletic training program. The ATP interview committee has the final approval with regards to the athletic training student being admitted into the athletic training program

Pre-Athletic Training Students may appeal a decision to the ATP committee in writing within two weeks or receiving formal letter denoting a denied admittance decision into the ATP. The appeal letter will be sent to the chair of the SPES Department, and to the Division Chair of Applied Arts and Science. The Chair of the SPES Department and the Division Chair of Applied Arts and Science will then make the final decision in writing to the Pre-Athletic Training Student in response to the appeal within two weeks.

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Athletic Training Program 
Technical Standards for Admission

The Athletic Training Program at Kansas Wesleyan University is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the student while applying or being enrolled in the ATP. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. The technical standards set forth by the Athletic Training 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 programs accrediting agency (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training [CAATE]). The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the Athletic Training 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 or will be removed from the ATP. Compliance with the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for the BOC certification exam.

Candidates for selection to the Athletic Training Program must demonstrate:

1. The mental capacity 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.
2. 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.
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.
4. Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice.
5. The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately.
6. The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.
7. The perseverance, diligence and commitment to complete the athletic training program as outlined and sequenced.
8. Flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.
9. Affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional and quality patient care.

Candidates for selection to the athletic training program 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.

The Kansas Wesleyan University Academic Dean 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 laws.

If a student states he/she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, then the University will determine whether it agrees that the student can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodation; this includes a review of whether the accommodations requested are reasonable, taking into account whether accommodation would jeopardize clinician/patient safety, or the process of the student of the institution, including all coursework, clinical experiences and internships deemed essential to graduation.

I certify that I have read and understand the technical standards for selection listed above, and I believe to the best of my knowledge that I meet each of these standards without accommodation. I understand that if I am unable to meet these standards I will not be admitted into the program or removed from the program.

Signature of Applicant                                                  Date

Alternative statement for students requesting accommodations.

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Athletic Training Program
Mission Statement

The mission of Kansas Wesleyan University Athletic Training Program is to prepare athletic training students to enter the allied health care profession and to provide a setting in which faith and learning is integrated. 

The athletic training student enrolled in classroom, clinical instruction and clinical field experience will be prepared for and exposed to the following program goals:

1. The athletic training program’s faculty shall strive to stay current on athletic training topics, allowing the best relay of new information within the field of athletic training.
2. The athletic training program will incorporate positive learning in clinical field experience for all its athletic training students.
3. The athletic training student will be prepared to effective recognize and implement risk management and injury prevention.
4. The athletic training student will be prepared to effectively recognize, evaluate, and assess injuries.
5. The athletic training student will be prepared to effectively recognize immediate care of injuries and illnesses.
6. The athletic training student will be prepared to effective recognize and rehabilitate athletic injuries.
7. The athletic training student will be prepared to effectively recognize the importance of health care administration.
8. The athletic training student will be prepared to recognize the importance of professional development and responsibility.

Athletic Training Major Requirements* - *65 Credit Hours

Athletic training students must complete the Liberal Studies Program, and the following additional courses:

Course Number  |  Course Name  |   Credits

BIOL 221 Human Anatomy & Physiology I .................................................. 3
BIOL 222 Human Anatomy & Physiology II ................................................. 3
NURS 153 Nutrition ...................................................................................... 3
PSYC 385 Sport Psychology ......................................................................... 3
SPES 117 Concepts of Wellness .................................................................. 2
SPES 120 Personal & Community Health .................................................... 3
SPES 125 Pharmacology in Athletic Training ............................................... 2
SPES 148 First Aid & CPR for the Professional Rescuer ............................... 1
SPES 150 Foundations of SPES .................................................................... 3
SPES 256 Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries ......................................... 3
SPES 258 Athletic Trng. Clinical Field Experience ....................................... 2
SPES 345 Org & Admin in P.E., Recreation & Athletic Training ................... 3
SPES 350 Athletic Training Clinical Field Experience ................................... 2
SPES 356 Athletic Training Therapeutic Modalities .................................... 3
SPES 357 Athletic Training Therapeutic Exercise ........................................ 3
SPES 358 Athletic Trng. Clinical Field Experience ....................................... 2
SPES 380 Physiology of Exercise ................................................................. 3
SPES 400 Athletic Training Clinical Field Experience ................................... 3
SPES 443 Kinesiology .................................................................................. 3
SPES 450 Athletic Trng. Clinical Field Experience ...................................... 2
SPES 456 Advanced Care & Prevention of Injuries ...................................... 3
SPES 460 Internship in Athletic Training ..................................................... 3
Core Requirements of SPES:
SPES 341 Introduction to Motor Behaviors................................................. 3
SPES 376 Measurements & Assessment in SPES ......................................... 3
SPES 470 SPES Senior Seminar .................................................................... 1

CAATE - BOC Pass Rate Table