The Athletic Training Major is designed to prepare students for the athletic training profession through basic coursework, skills development, and practical application. The Athletic Training Program (ATEP) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and will qualify the student to take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination upon graduation.
Acceptance into the Athletic Training Program as a major requires students to meet the following competitive and selective criteria:
- A cumulative GPA of 2.5 by the end of the freshman year
- Completion of HS 161, HS 162, HS 165X, HS 168, CH 103, and BIO 111, with a grade of “C” or higher in each course
- Current certification in CPR for the Professional Rescuer and RTE First Aid and a minimum of 75 hours clinical observation
- Demonstrated knowledge of and adherence to National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) codes of professional ethics and conduct
Students seeking acceptance shall submit an application to the program director and complete a personal interview with a selection committee. To remain in the program, students must maintain a 2.75 GPA in major courses and meet skills competencies and clinical observation hours requirements at each level.
Athletic Training Program: Technical Standards for Admission
The Athletic Training Program at Trinity International University 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 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 Education (CAATE).
All students admitted to the Athletic Training Program must meet specified abilities and expectations. In the event that a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted into the program. Candidates for selection to the Athletic Training 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. Compliance with the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam.
Candidates for selection to the Athletic Training Education Program must demonstrate the following:
- 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
- The 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
- 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.
- The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately
- The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress
- The perseverance, diligence, and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced
- The flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations
- The affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care
A degree/major in athletic training awarded by an institution alone does not qualify the graduate to work as an “athletic trainer.” A graduate must pass the Board of Certification examination to be recognized as an “ATC” (Athletic Trainer, Certified). Currently, some states, including Illinois, have legislation that requires athletic trainers to be registered or licensed to practice in that state. The requirements of the athletic training major at Trinity meet all current Illinois requirements for licensure. Students should check with the state in which they plan to practice athletic training for specific requirements.
Major requirements total 59 hours. This includes 45 hours in the Athletic Training core, 11 hours of Biology, and 3 hours of Psychology.
|Required Courses for General Education|
|BIO 111||General Biology||4|
|PSY 140||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|MA 280X||Introductory Statistics||3|
|CH 103||Introduction to Chemistry||4|
|or CH 111|
& CH 112
| General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry II
|Required Health Sciences Courses||45|
|HS 161||Medical Terminology||1|
|HS 162||Introduction to Health Sciences||1|
|HS 165X||Responding to Emergencies and Sport Safety Training||3|
|HS 168||Prevention and Care of Athletic Injury||4|
|HS 201X||Physiology of Exercise||3|
|HS 211||Guided Field Experience and Skills Assessment I||0-2|
|HS 212||Guided Field Experience and Skills Assessment II||0-2|
|HS 261||Advanced Techniques and Assessment of Athletic Injuries I||2|
|HS 262||Advanced Techniques and Assessment of Athletic Injuries II||2|
|HS 311||Guided Field Experience and Skills Assessment III||0-2|
|HS 312||Guided Field Experience and Skills Assessment IV||0-2|
|HS 360||General Medical Conditions in the Physically Active||3|
|HS 364||Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Exercise||3|
|HS 366||Therapeutic Modalities and Pharmacology||3|
|HS 410||Health Sciences Seminar||1|
|HS 454X||Measurement, Research, Statistics and Technology||3|
|HS 480||Professional Rotation in Health Sciences||3-6|
|Required Supporting Courses|
& BIO 341
|Human Anatomy and Physiology I|
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II
|BE 474X||Introduction to Bioethics||3|
|or BE 476X||Undergraduate Bioethics Institute|
|PSY 228X||Sport and Wellness Psychology||3|
|Highly Recommended Elective Courses|
|Essentials of Organic Biochemistry|
|General Physics I|
and General Physics II
Note: Students who choose to participate in athletics, complete teacher licensure, or double major in Sport and Wellness Management, Pre-Physical Therapy or other Health Science majors should be aware that they may require a longer time commitment than four years to meet their educational goals.