Admission Criteria

Acceptance Criteria
  1. Completion of ATR 2107, EXS 2203, and ATR 2307, 2309 with a grade of “B” or better. (A grade of “B” is a minimum requirement for consideration. A grade of “A” receives more points toward admission.)
  2. Completion of BIO 1340, BIO 1140, BIO 1341, and BIO 1141 with a grade of “C” or better. (A grade of C is a minimum requirement for consideration. Grades of A or B receive more points toward admission.)
Physical/Medical Fitness Requirements

Athletic Training is a physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding allied health care profession. The Athletic Training Student must be able to carry equipment, stand for extended periods and endure harsh weather conditions. Many of the mandatory clinical competencies require the ability to kneel, lift, carry and visually observe activities. The successful Athletic training student must have functional use of lower and upper extremities and be able to see with or without corrective lenses. Each student is expected to maintain an appropriate fitness level to reduce the chance of injury and enhance the opportunity for successful completion of clinical proficiencies. Each student is required to sign a statement verifying that they meet all technical standards prior to admission to the clinical program.

Health care insurance
During the conditional period of athletic training program, students are advised to purchase their own health insurance as the University provides only minimal health care. During the unconditional period the students must provide proof of health insurance. Failure to provide proof of health insurance will result in the removal of the student from the clinical or field experience until proof is provided.

Medical Requirements
A physical examination is required upon entering conditional period of the athletic training program and once student has unconditionally admitted to the program. The student will be required to complete an annual follow-up physical and medical history. In addition, the student must provide a copy of their immunization.

Due to the potential to come in contact with blood and other bodily fluids, verification of immunization, especially Hepatitis B, is required of all allied health care professionals. Copies of the immunizations are required to maintain status in the clinical and field experience. NO athletic training student will be allowed to directly work with an athlete/patient until the last vaccination series is administered for the Hepatitis B vaccination. The athletic training student is ultimately responsible for the financial cost of attaining this vaccination.

The following is a list and schedule for immunization:

Immunization Needed Schedule for Immunization
Tetanus/Diptheria (T) Must have had one dose within past ten years
Measles Those born since January 1, 1957, must have two since 12 months of age. The two doses must be at least 30 days apart.
Rubella Those born since January 1, 1957, must have one since 12 months of age.
Hepatitis B A complete series or proof of immunity is encouraged prior to the beginning of clinical and field experiences.

All medical information will remain confidential and kept with the student file in a locked cabinet.

Technical Standards for Admission

The Athletic Training Educational Program at Texas Wesleyan University 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 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 Educational Program 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 Educational Program.

In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted into the program.

Compliance with the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for the BOC certification exam.

Candidates for selection to the Athletic Training Educational Program must demonstrate:

  1. the mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts and problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm.
  2. sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and accurately, safely and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients.
  3. the ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, 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.
  4. the ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately.
  5. the capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.
  6. the perseverance, diligence and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced.
  7. flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.
  8. affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.

Contact Information

Department of Kinesiology
Location: Sid Richardson Bldg
Phone: 817-531-4950
Fax: 817-531-4229
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm

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