The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is an accredited program by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Each Athletic Training Student (ATS) is required to complete a minimum of four semester-long clinical assignments and accumulate a minimum of 1,000 clinical experience hours during their clinical experiences with 250 hours completed in an intensive equipment sport. The ATS will gain valuable practical experience in the practice, game coverage and rehabilitation of the varsity and junior varsity intercollegiate sports at Alma College. Other clinical rotations include a physical therapy clinic, family practice medicine clinic, high school, corporate wellness program and orthopedic medicine practice.
Admission Requirements: Students must apply to the ATEP. The program is competitive and acceptance is based on the number of available clinical positions. Students must complete the following to be reviewed for admittance: apply and be accepted into Alma College; and a separate application to the ATEP is required. Contact Phil Andre, MS, AT, ATC for an application packet. The admission process takes place once a year and admission occurs by April 1 of each year.
Selection Criteria for the Athletic Training Education Program: Each entering class is admitted to the ATEP in the fall semester. Admission to Alma College is required for, but does not guarantee, acceptance into the ATEP. The program is selective and can accommodate a limited number of students each year. This number may vary depending on the number of preceptors, available clinical assignments, and Alma College’s Athletic Training facilities. Prospective students must have all application materials completed to be considered for admission. Applications for Provisional Admission to the ATEP will be reviewed beginning March 1 and continue until the class is filled.
The applicant will be notified of their status by April 1 for fall admission.
Preference will be given to those applicants who have:
- Completed the Athletic Training Application
- High college grade point average
- High grade point average in high school
- Three letters of recommendation
- Interviewed by the Athletic Training staff. These interviews will take place following submission of application material.
After being provisionally accepted into the ATEP, students must complete the following to achieve full admittance:
- Pass IPH 105, Clinical Experience I, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
- Pass IPH 221, First Aid and CPR and IPH 222, Principles of Athletic Training with a minimum GPA of 2.50.
- Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 for all completed course work (based on all college-level work computed both at Alma College and at other institutions).
- Hold the following valid certifications (or their equivalents):
- Standard First Aid and Safety — American Red Cross.
- CPR for the Professional Rescuer — American Red Cross.
- Complete a minimum of 65 voluntary observational hours under the direct supervision of a a preceptor within the ATEP at Alma College. These hours need to be recorded on the appropriate form, which is provided and does not count toward the 1,000-hour clinical requirement. Transfer students may complete documented observational clinical hours under the direct supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer at the institution from which they are transferring. These supervised clinical hours must comply with the guidelines as outlined by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
- Receive a positive observation evaluation from the Program Director and preceptors of the ATEP. This evaluation reflects the student’s performance in the clinical setting, potential as a student athletic trainer, and the student’s potential to become a professional in the athletic training field.
- Pass a pre-admittance physical examination.
- Submit a health insurance/history form.
- Acceptance of the Technical Standards.
- Demonstrate a recent Hepatitis B vaccination or a signed waiver form.
- Receive a TB screening.
Once admitted to the program the ATS is required to meet certain standards for retention including a minimum GPA and successful completion of required clinical skills. In addition, there are some financial costs involved with the ATEP. The specific policies are located in the ATS handbook or contact the ATEP Director.
Transfer Students: Transfer students must fulfill all the program requirements as indicated. The ATEP Director and the Registrar will evaluate the coursework from the previous institution to determine the courses that meet the requirements of Alma College and the ATEP. In addition the ATEP Director will determine which Athletic Training courses meet the program’s proficiencies and competencies. Transfer students need to show proof of the clinical proficiencies and clinical experiences that were taught by a preceptor. The ATEP reserves the right to give the transfer student a comprehensive exam to test the educational level of the student.
Athletic Training Major Requirements
Core: 20 credits consisting of IPH 220, 225, 226, 327 and 344.
Concentration: 38 credits consisting of IPH 221, 222, 323, 324, 325, 326, 328, 340, 345, 427, 480 and eight credits of Clinical Experiences IPH 105, 106, 205, 206, 305, 306, 405 and 406.
- IPH105.Clinical Experience in Athletic Training I1 creditCombines the required proficiencies of a level one student with a clinical field experience.
- IPH106.Clinical Experience in Athletic Training II1 creditIPH 105 or PermissionCombines the required proficiencies of a level one student with a clinical field experience.
- IPH205.Clinical Experience in Athletic Training III1 creditIPH 106 or PermissionCombines the required proficiencies of a level two student with a clinical field experience.
- IPH206.Clinical Experience in Athletic Training IV1 creditIPH 205 or PermissionCombines the required proficiencies of a level two student with a clinical field experience.
- IPH220.Nutrition4 credits$10Introduction to human nutrition including identification, function and food sources of required nutrients. Application of principles of normal nutrition to special issues (e.g., physical performance, obesity, pathology.)
- IPH221.First Aid and CPR2 creditsIntroduction to basic first aid and CPR. Satisfactory completion of this course qualifies student for American Red Cross Certificate.
- IPH222.Principles of Athletic Training4 credits$15IPH 221Introduction to the general principles of athletic injuries.
- IPH*225-*226.Human Physiology4 credits each$20 eachBIO 121; IPH 225 before 226Study of physiological functions of the human body and the relationship of systems to the maintenance of homeostatic balance. Includes applications of physiological principles to practical issues in medicine and physical performance. Laboratory. (IPH 226 is cross listed with BIO 226.)
- IPH*305.Clinical Experience in Athletic Training V1 creditIPH 206 or PermissionCombines the required proficiencies of a level three student with a clinical field experience.
- IPH*306.Clinical Experience in Athletic Training VI1 creditIPH 305 or PermissionCombines the required proficiencies of a level three student with a clinical field experience.
- IPH*323.Therapeutic Modalities2 credits for IPH majors; 3 credits for ATH majorsPermissionPhysiological principles and application of various therapeutic modalities utilized in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. Laboratory.
- IPH*324.Therapeutic Exercise2 credits for IPH majors; 3 credits for ATH majorsPermissionMethods and principles utilized in the rehabilitation of injuries of the physically active. Laboratory.
- IPH*325.Orthopedic Assessment I2 credits for IPH majors; 3 credits for ATH majorsPermissionKnowledge and practical application of theory and assessment methods necessary for the recognition of signs and symptoms of upper extremity injuries. Laboratory.
- IPH*326.Orthopedic Assessment II2 credits for IPH majors; 3 credits for ATH majorsPermissionKnowledge and practical application of theory and assessment methods necessary for the recognition of signs and symptoms of lower extremity injuries. Laboratory.
- IPH*327.Physiology of Exercise4 credits$15IPH 226 or BIO 207Exploration of the physiological process in relation to exercise in everyday life, and to sports and recreational activities. Laboratory.
- IPH*328.Human Diseases4 creditsIPH 226, BIO 207 or PermissionIntroduction to the pathophysiologic study of disease in humans.
- IPH*340.Pharmacology4 creditsIPH 226 or BIO 207Overview of the major concepts of pharmaceutical sciences. Includes the study of basic pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic principles as related to the major classes of drugs used in the clinical setting today.
- IPH*345.Biomechanics I2 creditsIPH 344Introduction to the mechanical foundations of human movement with emphasis on applications to sports techniques and activities. Quantitative analysis of static equilibrium, linear and angular motion and relevant external forces.
- IPH*405.Clinical Experience in Athletic Training VII1 creditIPH 306 or PermissionCombines the required proficiencies of a level four student with a clinical field experience.
- IPH*406.Clinical Experience in Athletic Training VIII1 creditIPH 405 or PermissionCombines the required proficiencies of a level four student with a clinical field experience.
- IPH*427.Administration of Athletic Training2 creditsPermissionPrepares the athletic training student with the organizational and administrative theories utilized in the management of an athletic training facility.