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College of Education - B.S. Athletic Training

Athletic Training Education Program’s Retention Criteria

Retention is a continuing process based on the athletic training student’s academic, clinical, and behavioral achievement in accordance with established criteria. The student within the Professional Phase should be aware that there is an expected level of achievement that must be maintained:

Completion of competencies and proficiencies on schedule
GPA Requirements
CPR and First Aid certification

Confidentiality of Medical Records and Information
NATA Code of Ethics
Academic Honesty
Clinical Assignment Responsibilities 
Junior and Senior Proficiency Examinations

1. Completion of competencies and Proficiencies on schedule. Competencies are completed with successful completion of course-work as all course objectives are tied to the NATA competencies. Please see competency matrix in program director’s office. Clinical Integrative Proficiencies are tied to laboratory and clinical experiences. All clinical integrative proficiencies as outlined for each Residency in Athletic Training I-IV syllabi and on ATrack software must be evaluated by the student’s Preceptor with a grade no lower than a 7 out of 10.

2. GPA Requirements
• 2.50 = Overall GPA
• 3.00 = Athletic Training Major Core – Failure to maintain the Major GPA will result in disciplinary action as set forth by the policy and procedures manual. Please see Program Guide link for listing of all Athletic Training major courses.
No grade lower than a C in athletic training major core or C- in any other course. Failure to maintain these minimum grades will result disciplinary action in accordance with the Athletic Training Program’s (ATP) Policy & Procedure manual. Students that do not achieve the minimum grade will be suspended from the program until all academic deficiencies are remediated. A student’s place within the professional phase will not be held if the student is suspended from the ATP due to academic deficiency (Current Students -- Please see Disciplinary Actions section within the Policy & Procedure manual). That student will have to reapply to the Professional Phase.

3. CPR and First Aid certification. All students must maintain Professional Rescuer CPR and First Aid certification. Students are required to give the Program Director a copy of all certification cards each year of attendance at Rowan University once in the Professional Phase of the ATP. These will be kept in the student’s file.

4. Confidentiality of Medical Records and Information. Students are expected abide by the policy that was signed during Pre-Professional Phase and when accepted into the ATP’s Professional Phase. (Current Students -- Please see disciplinary action for breaking confidentiality of medical records and information within the Policy & Procedure Manual).

5. NATA Code of Ethics. Students must conform to the standards of the NATA Code of Ethics and BOC Standards of Practice (Current Students – see Policy & Procedure Manual) when practicing Athletic Training related skills within their clinical assignments. Students must also conform to the standards of behavior expected of intercollegiate athletes with regard to substance abuse, controlled and dangerous substances, harassment and hazing (See Rowan University Student Handbook, page 22). Violations of this type will place the student under immediate review by the Athletic Training Program’s Student Issues Committee (RUATP SIC) and also the Rowan University Student Issues Committee.

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6. Academic Honesty.Since the primary goal of education is to increase one’s own knowledge, academic dishonesty will not be tolerated at Rowan University. Violation of the Rowan University’s Academic Honesty Policy (http://www.rowan.edu/provost/policies/AcademicIntegrity.htm ) will place the student under immediate review by the RUATP SIC and the Department of Health and Exercise Science Student Issues Committee. All violations will then be forwarded to the Provost’s Office in accordance with Rowan University policy.

Academic dishonesty includes the following examples, as well as similar conduct aimed at making false representation with respect to academic performance:

7. Clinical Assignment Responsibilities. The student is expected to enthusiastically complete all clinical education responsibilities including pre-practice activities, coverage of practices and games, post-practice activities, cleaning and general athletic training room duties, and abide by the NATA Code of Ethics. The RUATP SIC will determine the disciplinary action for students not meeting their clinical assignment responsibilities. All students are supervised by a Preceptor during their clinical assignments.

There will be additional costs (i.e., gas) to the student when traveling to affiliated sites for their clinical assignment. These costs will not be reimbursed to the student. The student is encouraged to plan ahead as they can expect to be off-campus between 1-2 times during their professional phase clinical education.

8. Junior and Senior Proficiency Examinations.Juniors and Seniors must pass a comprehensive Proficiency examination before they are able to continue matriculating within the RUATP or being endorsed for the BOC Exam, respectively.

Junior Exam
Students will have two opportunities to pass the junior exam. Failure to pass this exam on the second attempt will disqualify students from continuing to matriculate through the ATEP. The junior level assessment will consist of a written and practical examination on all coursework and clinical experiences taken up to the end of their junior equivalent year. Coursework to be included on the exam are:

• Introduction to Athletic Training
• Prevention and Care of Orthopedic Injuries
• Pathology and Evaluation of Orthopedic Injuries I – lecture and laboratory experiences
• Pathology and Evaluation of Orthopedic Injuries II – lecture and laboratory experiences
• Therapeutic Modalities – lecture and laboratory experiences
• Therapeutic Exercises – lecture and laboratory experiences
• Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training I & II
• Residency in Athletic Training I & II

Students must receive a 75% or better on this both the written and practical portion exam before they can continue to matriculate within the RUATP. The grade from the Junior Proficiency Exam will be a part of your grade calculation for Clinical Techniques in Athletic Training II.

Senior Exit Exam
The senior level exam will consist of both a 150 question written test and a practical examination on all Athletic Training courses and clinical experiences taken within the RUATEP. Students will have two opportunities to pass the senior exam. Failure to pass this exam on the second attempt will disqualify students from being endorsed by the Program Director to take the BOC, Inc exam and possibly graduating. Coursework to be included on the exam are

• Introduction to Athletic Training
• Safety, First Aid and Basic Understanding of Athletic Injuries
• Prevention and Care of Orthopedic Injuries
• Advanced Emergency Care
• Pathology and Evaluation of Orthopedic Injuries I
• Pathology and Evaluation of Orthopedic Injuries II
• Therapeutic Modalities
• Therapeutic Exercises
• Pharmacology and General Medicine
• Organization and Administration in Athletic Training
• Clinical Techniques in Athletic Training I-IV
• Residency in Athletic Training I-IV

Students must receive a 75% or better on the written and practical exam separately before they can continue to matriculate within the RUATP. The grades for the written and practical exam will be calculated into the student’s grade for Clinical Techniques in Athletic Training IV.

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