jThe Athletic Training Program at Limestone College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.
Students who pursue this major will earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training and will be enabled to challenge the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination.
Mission Statement of the Athletic Training Program
It is the mission of the Athletic Training Program at Limestone College to provide our students with a well-rounded liberal arts education that is grounded with quality instruction and hands-on clinical experiences, which will ultimately prepare them for a career in the athletic training profession. It is also our mission to produce competent, confident, and dedicated professionals who are enabled to function independently in a variety of settings. Upon meeting all graduation requirements and passing the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination, students will find themselves prepared for an entry-level position within the profession.
Athletic Training Program Goals and Objectives
Upon successful completion of the Athletic Training Program:
Goal 1: Students will possess the utmost moral, legal, and ethical behaviors of academic, personal, professional, and social integrity.
Objective 1: Exhibits ethical practice (treats people equally, maintains confidentiality, adheres to NATA Code of Ethics) in a variety of settings and populations.
Objective 2: Remain a member in good standing in the Athletic Training Program, the institution, and student/professional organizations.
Objective 3: Recognizes the importance of continued professional development.
Goal 2: Students will develop the skills and values necessary for employment as an entry-level athletic trainer through an individual and collaborative effort.
Objective 1: Utilize measures to promote health and prevent injury/illness
Objective 2: Perform an accurate clinical evaluation and arrive at an appropriate diagnosis.
Objective 3: Initiate immediate emergency care.
Objective 4: Integrate appropriate therapeutic interventions into the patient’s treatment and rehabilitation plan.
Objective 5: Demonstrate organization and professional health and well-being.
Goal 3: Students will utilize evidence-based practice and advanced critical thinking skills as an entry-level athletic trainer.
Objective 1: Gather, synthesize, and analyze original research.
Objective 2: Synthesize information and make appropriate deductions/decisions.
Goal 4: Students will effectively communicate and interact with health professionals in a variety of settings.
Objective 1: Utilize effective oral communication in academic and clinical settings.
Objective 2: Demonstrate the ability to communicate in written form
Objective 3: Demonstrate the ability to utilize current technology to enhance communications/ disperse information to the public.
Areas of employment include junior and senior high schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, hospitals & sports medicine/physical therapy clinics, physician extenders, industrial/occupational settings, military, performing arts, and public safety.
Admissions Requirements for the Athletic Training Program
Students interested in the Athletic Training Program must go through an observation and application process. Admittance to the program occurs at the conclusion of the spring semester. Students must enroll in AT 180: Fundamentals of Athletic Training, AT 188: Athletic Training Practicum, AT 201: Emergency Care in Athletic Training, BI 101: Introduction to Biology I or BI 110: Fundamentals of Biology, BI 210: Anatomy and Physiology I, BI/PE 285: Medical Terminology, and complete a 50-hour observation period prior to making their application for the Athletic Training Program.
After the completion of the approximately 12-week rotation period and the accumulation of 50 observation hours during the spring semester, students are eligible to make their application to the Athletic Training Program. In order to apply, students must obtain an application from the Program Director (PD) and submit a letter of intent stating why they desire an Athletic Training Major along with three letters of recommendation. After submission of the required materials, the Athletic Training faculty and staff will interview prospective ATSs. In addition, the following documents must be on file and/or verified with the Athletic Training Program: medical history and physical examination, health insurance, immunization record, proof (or declination) of the Hepatitis-B vaccination series, technical standards, bloodborne pathogen and disease prevention training, a signed ATS Handbook, and Confidentiality Agreement, and Active Communicable/Infectious Disease Policy.
The number of applicants accepted and enrolled in the Athletic Training Program is limited by an 8:1 student/preceptor (on-campus) ratio due to the highly individualized, "hands-on" nature of this program. The number of applicants chosen will be based on the number of empty slots in the program. Fulfillment of the stated requirements is not a guarantee of acceptance into the Athletic Training Program. Students that are not accepted in the Athletic Training Program are welcome to reapply the following spring semester.
Admission into the Athletic Training Program is based on the following criteria:
- A minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA.
- A "C" or better in AT 180: Fundamentals of Athletic Training, AT 188: Athletic Training Practicum I, and AT 201: Emergency Care in Athletic Training.
- A "C" or better in BI 101: Introduction to Biology I or BI 110: Fundamentals of Biology, BI 210: Anatomy and Physiology I, and BI/PE 285: Medical Terminology.
- Completion of a 50 hour observation period.
- Submission of an application, letter of intent, and three letters of recommendation.
- An interview with the Athletic Training faculty and staff.
- Demonstration of skills and traits (dependability, responsibility, integrity, initiative, and communication skills) that are mandatory for an entry-level certified athletic trainer.
- Verification of a Medical History and Physical Examination.
- Verification of Health Insurance.
- Verification of Technical Standards.
- Verification of Bloodborne Pathogen and Disease Prevention Training.
- Verification of Immunization Records.
- Verification/declination of the Hepatitis-B vaccination series.
- Verification of confidentiality/FERPA training
- A signed ATS Handbook, Confidentiality Agreement, and Active Communicable/Infectious Disease Policy.
Transfer students who desire an Athletic Training Major must go through the initial observation and application process. Academic coursework and clinical education experiences will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine the appropriate level at which the student should begin coursework within the Athletic Training Program. Classes containing cognitive competencies will be evaluated to see which, if any, fulfill the Athletic Training Program requirements. Classes containing psychomotor competencies will require a challenge examination. Course credit will be awarded after a student has taken the challenge examination and demonstrated proficiency of those competencies. The student will have the first semester of enrollment to take the challenge examination and demonstrate proficiency of psychomotor competencies. The Athletic Training Program does not accept Athletic Training courses from institutions that are not accredited by CAATE.
The Athletic Training Program at Limestone College is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. The technical standards set forth by the Athletic Training Program establish essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to the program to achieve the knowledge, clinical skills, and physical demands of an entry-level Athletic Trainer and to meet the expectations of the program's accrediting agency (CAATE.) Students that apply to the Athletic Training Program must demonstrate a fulfill a minimum level of physical and cognitive ability of the technical standards. All technical standards are in accordance with Limestone College's policies and procedures.
Costs Associated with the Athletic Training Major:
- Physical examination (varies)
- Hepatitis-B series vaccination (varies)
- Health insurance (varies)
- Tuberculosis skin test (varies)
- Influenza vaccine (varies)
- Transportation to and from off-campus sites
- Uniforms (approx. $85.00. Other items may be purchased as needed)
- Day Student Fee ($550.00/semester for lab fees, parking fees, and technology fees)
- Membership dues to NATA (approx. $80.00/year. Required for Junior and Senior students)
- Professional Student Liability Insurance (approx. $40.00/year). Required on an annual basis after acceptance into the Athletic Training Program.
- Criminal Background Check ($51.00)
- Drug Test ($37.00)
- Castlebranch ($35.00)
- BOC Examination ($365.00)
- ATrack ($45/year)
In order to remain in good standing within the Athletic Training Program, the following academic requirements must be maintained:
- A minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
- A “C” or better in all Athletic Training Courses. Failure to earn a “C” or better will result in suspension from the Athletic Training Program until the ATS retakes in the course. The ATS must earn a “C” or better in order to progress in the Athletic Training Program.
- A "C" or better in BI 101: Introduction to Biology I or BI 110: Fundamentals of Biology, BI 210: Anatomy and Physiology I, and BI 211: Anatomy and Physiology II. The ATS must earn a "C" or better in order to progress in the Athletic Training Program.
Please Note: Additional information can be obtained in the ATS Handbook, which is available online at https://my.limestone.edu/academic-divisions/natural-and-health-sciences/athletic-training