King's College - Athletic Training

Athletic Training Program

Athletic Training Program

The King’s College Athletic Training Program provides students with individualized, learning-centered athletic training education in the liberal arts tradition, which enables them to become confident, skilled, and principled Certified Athletic Trainers.  Certified Athletic Trainers are recognized by the American Medical Association as allied health professionals who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses.  The ATEP is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  The emphasis of the Athletic Training Program is on providing the Athletic Training Student with an excellent foundation of academic and clinical knowledge.

Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Pre-Professional Phase

This component of the curriculum is designed to provide the Athletic Training Student with the Core Curriculum of the College as well as introductory study and clinical experiences in Athletic Training. Athletic Training Students in the Pre-Professional Phase will have the opportunity to immediately become involved with the daily operation of the Sports Medicine Clinic and Athletic Training Room during their freshman year. The Athletic Training Student is also encouraged to utilize the state-of-the-art facilities and equipment by assisting in the treatment of various athletic and orthopedic injuries.

In the Pre-Professional Phase, the Athletic Training Student will take courses such as Introduction to Athletic Training, Emergency Care of Athletic Injuries, Chemistry, Applied Biophysics, Anatomy and Physiology, Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries, Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, and Principles of Health.

The Athletic Training Program has Technical Standards for Admission.  The Technical Standards establish the essential qualities that are considered necessary for students 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.  Before beginning any clinical experiences in the Pre-Professional Phase, and in order to be successfully admitted to the Professional Phase, students must read these Technical Standards and indicate that they can meet the Technical Standards either with or without reasonable accommodations.  The Technical Standards for Admission may be viewed by visiting the Athletic Training Program website or by contacting the Program Director.  For more information concerning this requirement, please contact the Program Director.

The Athletic Training Program also requires students to have a physical examination which has been documented and signed by a physician (MD or DO), physician assistant, or nurse practitioner.  This document must be presented to and kept on-file at the King’s College Student Health Center before the student can begin any clinical experiences in the Pre-Professional Phase and in order to be successfully admitted to the Professional Phase.  This physical must also include an immunization record which documents that the student has received the immunizations required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which are the immunizations for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (commonly known as the MMR vaccination).  For more information concerning this requirement, please contact the Program Director.

There are extra costs that are required for successful completion of the Pre-Professional Phase of the program, for successful entry into the Professional Phase of the program, and for successful completion of the Professional Phase of the program.  These costs include, but may not be limited to:  professional certifications such as American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers and First Aid, clothing that is compliant with the program dress code, and transportation to and from clinical sites.  For more information concerning this requirement, please contact the Program Director.

Transfer Students:

Prospective transfer students are encouraged to view the Athletic Training Program Transfer Student Policy at the program website.  The policy can also be obtained by contacting the Program Director.

A student who transfers to King’s College with the intent to pursue the Athletic Training major must start in the Pre-Professional Phase of the major.  In addition, the transfer student must complete at least one full semester in the Pre-Professional Phase to be eligible for acceptance into the Professional Phase of the Athletic Training Program.  If accepted into the Professional Phase, the student must complete the Professional Phase and all other requirements for graduation from King’s College.

Acceptance or non-acceptance of transfer courses to King’s College in place of the following courses will be at the discretion of the King’s College Registrar in consultation with the Program Director: any course that has the ATEP prefix, BIOL 219, BIOL 219L, BIOL 220, BIOL 220L, CHEM 107, CHEM 107L, PHYS 108, PHYS 108L, and CORE 154.  Students seeking transfer credit for any of these courses may be asked to demonstrate the appropriate cognitive and psychomotor knowledge, skills, and abilities by passing a comprehensive exam.  Should the Registrar and the Program Director determine that any Athletic Training courses/credits taken previously will not transfer, the prospective transfer student may be required to remediate the course work at King’s College.  All courses at King’s College with the ATEP prefix that are 300-level or higher and the related clinical education experiences must be taken at King’s College.  For more information regarding these requirements, please contact the Program Director.

Requirements for Entry into the Professional Phase:

1. Completion of all 100- and 200-level Athletic Training Program courses and required science courses (refer to the Pre-Professional Phase course listing).

2. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75.

3. A minimum Athletic Training major grade point average of 2.75 (includes all ATEP courses, required science courses, and CORE 154 [if taken]).

4. A minimum grade of “C” in all 100- and 200-level ATEP courses and in all required science courses.

5. Current American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers certification and First Aid certification. (These will be earned in ATEP 165).

6. The Athletic Training Student must apply and be admitted to the Professional Phase of the program. Application is typically made in the spring of the Sophomore year, with the written application due in March. A formal interview will take place in April. An Advisory Committee evaluates the candidates for the Professional Phase and it is the objective of the Committee to admit only qualified Athletic Training Students. The Committee evaluates the following selection criteria:

A. Application Form and Essay – 15% of selection criteria

B. Grade Point Averages – 40% of selection criteria
(This is a combination of the candidate's Athletic Training major GPA and cumulative GPA.)

C. Pre-Professional Phase Clinical Experiences – 15% of selection criteria
(This is the average of grades received in ATEP 202 and ATEP 203 [clinical courses].)

D. Faculty Evaluation of the Student – 5% of selection criteria
(This is an evaluation of the candidate's classroom performance by a faculty member outside of the Department of Sports Medicine.)

E. Entrance Exam Score – 10% of selection criteria
(This is a cumulative exam based on the candidate's Pre-Professional Phase courses. The Program Director will notify the candidate of the date, time, and location.)

F. Entrance Interview – 15% of selection criteria
(This is a formal interview that takes place in April. The Program Director will notify the candidate of the date, time, and location.)

7. The applicant earns points based on each component of the selection criteria and must earn a minimum combined score of 75 (out of 100) to be eligible for full admittance.

Following the spring semester, each candidate will receive notification from the Program Director regarding their acceptance status. When the Athletic Training Student receives acceptance, the two-year Professional Phase will begin. Acceptance into the Professional Phase of the program is competitive and approximately fifteen applicants are selected into the Professional Phase annually.  Athletic Training Students who are not accepted may, if they choose, attempt to rectify any deficiencies and reapply to the Professional Phase the following year.

Professional Phase

This phase of the program is designed to provide the Athletic Training Student with high-level, comprehensive, academic and clinical experiences. Some of the courses to be completed in the Professional Phase include: Orthopedic Evaluation of Athletic Injuries; Therapeutic Modalities, Therapeutic Exercise; Pathology and Athletic Performance, Pharmacology in Athletic Training; Nutrition and the Athlete; Senior Seminar; Current Trends and Topics in Athletic Training; and Organization and Administration of Athletic Training. As the Athletic Training Student progresses through the Professional Phase, he or she will be given greater responsibilities and become more directly involved in the care of patients.

Graduation Requirements

1. Completion of all courses in the Athletic Training Program curriculum.

2. A minimum grade of "C" in all ATEP courses.

3. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50.

4. A minimum Athletic Training major grade point average of 2.50.

5. Current American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers certification and First Aid Certification.

6. A minimum of fourteen Professional Activity Points must be earned, documented and approved by the Program Director.

Pre-Professional Phase Courses

BIOL 219 Anatomy & Physiology I

BIOL 219L Anatomy & Physiology I Lab

BIOL 220 Anatomy & Physiology II

BIOL 220L Anatomy & Physiology II Lab

CHEM 107 General, Organic, and Biochemistry

CHEM 107L General, Organic, and Biochemistry Lab

PHYS 108 Applied Biophysics

PHYS 108L Applied Biophysics Lab

ATEP 101 Introduction to Athletic Training

ATEP 165 Emergency Care of Athletic Injuries

ATEP 202 Athletic Training Clinical I

ATEP 203 Athletic Training Clinical II

ATEP 230 Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries I

ATEP 231 Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries II

ATEP 245 Principles of Health

ATEP 280 Kinesiology

ATEP 290 Exercise Physiology

Professional Phase Courses

CORE 154 Psychological Foundations

ATEP 302 Athletic Training Clinical III

ATEP 303 Athletic Training Clinical IV

ATEP 305 Evaluation and Diagnosis in Athletic Training I

ATEP 306 Evaluation and Diagnosis in Athletic Training II

ATEP 310 Therapeutic Modalities

ATEP 310L Therapeutic Modalities Lab

ATEP 311 Therapeutic Exercise

ATEP 311L Therapeutic Exercise Lab

ATEP 325 Nutrition and the Athlete

ATEP 402 Athletic Training Clinical V

ATEP 403 Athletic Training Clinical VI

ATEP 410 Pathology & Athletic Performance

ATEP 422 Organization & Administration of Athletic Training

ATEP 435 Pharmacology in Athletic Training

ATEP 460 Current Trends & Topics in Athletic Training

ATEP 480 Research Methods and Design in Athletic Training

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