Technical Standards for Admission, Academic Progression and Graduation.
Athletic training education requires that the accumulation of scientific knowledge be accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of skills, professional attitudes, and behaviors. Standards presented in this document are prerequisite for admission and graduation from the University of South Florida Athletic Training Program. All courses in the curriculum are required in order to develop the essential skills necessary to become a competent practitioner.
An athletic training candidate must have aptitude, abilities, and skills in five areas: observation; communication; motor; conceptual, integrative and quantitative; and behavioral and social. Technological compensation can be made for some handicaps in these areas, but a candidate should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner. The use of a trained intermediary would mean that a candidate's judgment must be mediated by some one else's power of selection and observation. Therefore, third parties cannot be used to assist students in accomplishing curricular requirements in the five skill areas specified below.
A candidate should be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand. Observation necessitates the functional use of the sense of vision and other sensory modalities. It is enhanced by the functional use of the sense of smell.
A candidate should be able to speak, to hear and to observe patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, and perceive nonverbal communications. A candidate must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients. Communication includes not only speech, but also reading and writing skills. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written form with all members of the health care team.
Motor Coordination or Function
Candidates should have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other diagnostic maneuvers. A candidate should be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, application of pressure to stop bleeding, application of bandages for wound care, patient transport, and manual therapies. Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium and functional use of the sense of touch and vision.
Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities
These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis. Problem solving, a critical skill demanded of athletic trainers, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, the candidate should be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures.
Behavioral and Social Attributes
Candidates must possess the emotional health required for full use of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the physical assessment and care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients, coaches, medical professionals, and family members. Empathy, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest and motivation are all personal qualities that should be assessed during the admission and educational processes.
Candidates must have somatic sensation and functional use of the senses of vision and hearing. Candidates’ diagnostic skills will also be lessened with out the functional use of the senses of equilibrium smell and taste. Additionally they must have sufficient exteroceptive sense (touch pain and temperature) and sufficient proprioceptive sense (position pressure, movement, stereognosis and vibratory) and sufficient motor function to permit them to carry out the activities described in the section above. They must be able to consistently, quickly, and accurately integrate all information received by whatever sense(s) employed, and they must have the intellectual ability to learn, integrate, analyze and synthesize data.
The College of Medicine and Athletic Training Program will consider for admission any applicant who demonstrates the ability to perform or to learn to perform the skills listed in this document. Students will be judged not only on their scholastic accomplishments, but also on their physical and emotional capacities to meet the full requirements of the school’s curriculum, and to graduate as skilled and effective practitioners.
Candidates are asked to address the following questions in consideration of these requirements:
1. Is the candidate able to observe demonstrations and participate in skill laboratories?
2. Is the candidate able to analyze, synthesize, extrapolate, solve problems and reach diagnostic and therapeutic judgments?
3. Does the candidate have sufficient use of the senses of vision and hearing and the somatic sensation necessary to perform an assessment examination?
4. Can the candidate reasonably be expected to relate to athletes/patients and establish sensitive, professional relationships with athletes/patients?
5. Can the candidate reasonably be expected to communicate the results of the examination to the athlete/patient and to his or her colleagues with accuracy, clarity and efficiency?
6. Can the candidate reasonably be expected to learn and perform assessment tests and procedures?
7. Can the candidate reasonably be expected to perform with precise, quick and appropriate actions in emergency situations?
8. Can the candidate reasonably be expected to display good judgment in the assessment and treatment of athletes/patients?
9. Can the candidate reasonably be expected to possess the perseverance, diligence, and consistency to complete the Athletic Training Program curriculum and enter the practice of athletic training?
10. Can the candidate reasonably be expected to accept criticism and respond by appropriate modification of behavior?
Students with Disabilities
Graduates must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care. The University of South Florida Athletic Training Program acknowledges Section 504 of the 1973 Vocational Rehabilitation Act and PL 103-336, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but ascertains that the above minimum standards must be present for athletic training candidates.
USF is committed to the principles of Equal Educational and Employment Opportunities without regard to disabilities. Students with disabilities apply under the same guidelines as other students. If a student feels a disability has had an impact on grades, course choice or standardized admission test scores, the student may request consideration of this in the admissions process. Documentation of the disability and its relationship to the failure to satisfy a specific USF requirement should be submitted with the application for admission.
The Office of Disabled Student Academic Services coordinates learning assistance to eligible students with disabilities. Course related assistance and accommodations such as reader services, interpreters, alternative exam administration, note takers and adaptive equipment are available through this office.
Click the link below to download the Athletic Training Application for 2014-15:
Athletic Training Application 2014
Admission into the athletic training program is a competitive process. In addition to academic preparation and a completed application packet, an interview with the athletic training program faculty and staff is required. The interview process provides for an opportunity for both the applicant and the interviewers to ask questions about each other as well as the program.
What to expect during the interview:
- A conversation about your interest in the athletic training program
- The opportunity for you to ask questions about the program and the profession
- Athletic Training faculty and staff inquiring about your academic and clinical experiences
Successful interview tips:
- Professional appearance is an important character trait to possess and make a good first impression.
- Be yourself, provide honest and thoughtful responses
- Ask thoughtful questions
- Share your strengths and weaknesses that relate to your academic record and/or letters of recommendation
- Possess a good knowledge of the athletic training education program, including the expectations and time commitment required and expected of athletic training students
- Possess a clear understanding of the athletic training profession beyond undergraduate education
Keys to Success
- Strive to achieve academic success with all of your pre-requisite courses as well as all of the curriculum courses.
- Ask questions – not knowing is not helpful!
- Follow established guidelines of the university and the athletic training program – they exist for a reason.
- Be professional at all times when you interact with others.
- Develop a knowledge of the athletic training profession and the types of expectations that are placed on athletic trainers, including work ethic, work environment, and personal life.
- Be humble – at all times!
- If you want to be an athletic trainer, get involved for the right reasons!