Athletic Training Curricular Requirements
I. General Education Program (40 - 46 credits)
The general education program at Springfield College is informed by its century-old Humanics tradition of educating the whole person in spirit, mind, and body, for leadership in service to others. These requirements have the goal of developing literate, thoughtful, socially responsible students, and instilling in them a spirit of inquiry into the nature of humankind and the universe. Toward those ends, the requirements emphasize and encourage: the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and competency essential for the improvement of the human condition in a diverse society; a search for personal and spiritual values; and the development of an understanding and appreciation of physical well-being. For specific requirements, see the general education program section or the program checklist for this major.
- ATRN 110 - Introduction to Athletic Training Credits: 1
- ATRN 114 - Prevention of Athletic Injuries Credits: 3
- ATRN 116 - Prevention of Athletic Injuries-Lab Credits: 0
- ATRN 120 - Emergency Response and Acute Athletic Injury Management Credits: 4
- ATRN 122 - Emergency Response and Acute Athletic Injury Management-Lab Credits: 0
- ATRN 227 - Assessment, Evaluation and Management of Injuries to the Hip, Pelvis, and Lower Extremities Credits: 3
- ATRN 228 - Assessment, Evaluation and Management of Injuries to the Head and Upper Extremities Credits: 3
- ATRN 229 - Assessment, Evaluation and Management of Injuries to the Hip, Pelvis, and Lower Extremities-Lab Credits: 0
- ATRN 230 - Assessment, Evaluation and Management of Injuries to the Head and Upper Extremities-Lab Credits: 0
- ATRN 284 - Sophomore Practicum in Athletic Training I Credits: 2
- ATRN 285 - Sophomore Practicum in Athletic Training II Credits: 2
- ATRN 305 - Athletic Injury Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Exercise Credits: 3
- ATRN 306 - Athletic Injury Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Exercise-Lab Credits: 0
- ATRN 307 - Athletic Injury Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Modalities Credits: 3
- ATRN 308 - thletic Injury Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Modalities-Lab Credits: 0
- ATRN 320 - Pathology and Athletic Training Credits: 3
- ATRN 384 - Junior Practicum in Athletic Training I Credits: 2
- ATRN 385 - Junior Practicum in Athletic Training II Credits: 2
- ATRN 410 - Administration in Athletic Training Credits: 2
- ATRN 411 - Education and Research Methods of Athletic Training Credits: 3
- ATRN 482 - Senior Seminar in Athletic Training Credits: 1
- ATRN 484 - Senior Fieldwork in Athletic Training-Clinical Fi eldwork Sport Component Credits: 2
- ATRN 485 - Senior Fieldwork in Athletic Training-Clinical Fieldwork Athletic Injury Rehabilitation and General Medical Component Credits: 2
- BIOL 130 - Anatomy and Physiology Concepts I Credits: 3
- BIOL 131 - Anatomy and Physiology Concepts II Credits: 3
- BIOL 132 - Anatomy and Physiology Concepts I Lab Credits: 1
- BIOL 133 - Anatomy and Physiology Concepts II Lab Credits: 1
- CHEM 101 - Chemistry Survey Credits: 3
- CHEM 102 - Chemistry Survey Laboratory Credits: 1
- HLTH 261 - Introduction to Nutrition Credits: 3
- MOSK 101 - Outdoor Pursuits Credits: 1
- AEXS 313 - Physiology of Exercise Credits: 3
- AEXS 315 - Physiology of Exercise - Lab Credits: 0
- AEXS 319 - Kinesiology/Biomechanics Credits: 3
- AEXS 321 - Kinesiology / Biomechanics - Lab Credits: 0
- PEAC 120 - Relaxation Credits: .5
- PEPC 125 - Health Fitness Resistance Training Credits: 1
- PHTH 506 - Clinical Human Anatomy I Credits: 3
- PHTH 507 - Clinical Human Anatomy I Lab Credits: 0
- PHTH 508 - Clinical Human Anatomy II Credits: 3
- PHTH 509 - Clinical Human Anatomy II Lab Credits: 0
- PHYS 205 - Physics for Movement Science Credits: 3
- PHYS 207 - Physics for Movement Science Laboratory Credits: 1
- PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology Credits: 3
- PSYC 422 - Interviewing and Counseling Credits: 3
In order to qualify for advanced standing as an athletic training major and to register for the third- and fourth-year sequences of athletic training courses, the student must meet the following standards.
- The student must have completed ATRN 110, ATRN 114, ATRN 120, ATRN 227, ATRN 228, ATRN 284, and ATRN 285.
- All ATRN courses must be completed with a grade of B- or better.
- All other required courses must be completed with a passing grade. Grades of F or I are unacceptable.
- A student must achieve and maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.000 or higher at the conclusion of the freshman year. At that point, first-year students:
i. with a cumulative GPA below 2.50 will be dismissed from the program.
ii. with a cumulative GPA between 2.510 and 2.749 will be placed on departmental academic probation. Two consecutive semesters on departmental academic probation in which the student’s cumulative GPA does not exceed 2.749 will result in dismissal from the program at the end of the first year. Departmental probationary status is reviewed by the athletic training faculty on an individual basis after each semester.
iii. with a cumulative GPA between 2.750 and 2.999 will be placed on departmental academic warning. If, at the end of the sophomore year, the student’s cumulative GPA remains between 2.750 and 2.999, the student is then placed on departmental academic probation.
- Sophomore, junior, and senior level students must achieve and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.000 or higher. Students with a cumulative GPA between 2.750 and 2.999 will be placed on departmental academic probation. Two consecutive semesters on departmental academic probation in which the student’s cumulative GPA does not show improvement or continues to decline will result in dismissal from the program. Departmental probationary status is reviewed by the athletic training faculty on an individual basis after each semester. First semester sophomore students who are on departmental academic probation may participate in ATRN 284: Sophomore Practicum I.
- Warning: Indicates that student is not meeting matriculation standard and is used to alert student that they are in danger of being placed on departmental academic probation if grades do not improve. Applies only during the first year of coursework.
- Probation: Indicates that the student is not meeting matriculation standard and alerts the student that if they fail to meet their pre-scripted probationary cumulative GPA for two consecutive semesters, they will be dismissed from the program.
- Dismissal: Indicates that the student’s cumulative GPA is below the probationary range (2.750 and 2.999) and/or failed to meet a pre-scripted probationary cumulative GPA for two consecutive semesters is being dismissed from the athletic training major. The student will need to transfer into a new major.
- Proper professional and responsible behavior is expected of each student in the athletic training major. Failure to maintain the established standards of professional behavior will result in probation or dismissal from the program. Standard of professional behavior for students in the athletic training major include complying with:
- The student code of conduct as outlined in the policies and procedures section of the Springfield College Student Handbook.
- The guidelines set forth in M.G.L., Chapter 112,S. 23E, Code 259 Regulation, Section o1 for Athletic Training Students by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Division of Professional Licensure Board.
- The National Athletic Trainers’ Association Code of Ethics as applied to athletic training students in an educational program setting.
- And maintaining a C- or better on all evaluations of meeting standards of professional behavior conducted for all ATRN prefixed courses.
- The student must meet the athletic training technical standards for admission and retention (available from the department).
A student may appeal any action taken by the department regarding his or her probation or dismissal from the major. In order to appeal, the student must submit a letter to the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies (ESSS) chairperson requesting a review of their status. This appeal must be submitted within two weeks of the student being notified of his or her probation or dismissal. The athletic training program director will call a meeting of the appropriate faculty. The student will be notified within 10 days of the meeting regarding the outcome of their appeal.
The athletic training major at Springfield 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 athletic health care 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 major 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 following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the athletic training major. In the event that these abilities are not met, a student will not be admitted into the program.
Compliance with the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for the Board of Certification certification exam.
Candidates for selection to the athletic training major must demonstrate:
- the mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, integrate concepts and problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm;
- sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, mobility, sensory function, strength, endurance, and coordination to accurately, safely, and efficiently perform and/or provide:
-appropriate physical examinations,
-emergency care skills and procedures including transportation techniques (lifts, carries, and litters),
-appropriate therapeutic techniques including use of equipment and exercise techniques;
- the ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients, colleagues, other health care professionals 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 effectively and appropriately during periods of high stress;
- flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations;
- effective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care; and
- the perseverance, diligence, and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced.
Candidates for selection to the athletic training educational program at Springfield College 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 Academic Success Center’s Learning Support Services 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 College will determine whether it agrees that the student can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodation; this includes a review whether the accommodations requested are reasonable, taking into account whether accommodation would jeopardize clinician/ patient safety, or the educational process of the student or the institution, including all course work, clinical experiences, and field work deemed essential to graduation.