Students in the Athletic Training Program at Concordia University Ann Arbor should have the stamina and strength to endure the rigors of athletic training. The technical standards in the ATEP are part of the admittance into the program and meet the expectations of the program’s accreditation agency (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education [CAATE]). The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the ATEP, with or without reasonable accommodation. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted into the program.
Applicants for selection to the ATEP must demonstrate:
- Maintain CPR certification and be tested for tuberculosis annually while enrolled in the program.
- Receive a physical prior to acceptance into the program; should include in the health history immunizations received; i.e. hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and diphtheria.
- Possess the physical capacity to handle the day-to-day rigors of athletic training; i.e. physicals, evaluations, therapeutic exercise, weather extremes, and sport camps.
- The ability to critically think and problem solve as it relates to the assessment of the injured and ill.
- The ability to communicate effectively in both verbal and written form; i.e. awareness of and sensitivity to various cultures and social backgrounds, and documentation in medical records and forms.
- Maintain professional behavior while representing the ATEP; i.e. dress code, attitude, communication, and collegiality.
- The ability to act and react appropriately to various stressful and changing situations in athletic training.
- A commitment to progress as sequenced and completion of the ATEP.
- A genuine concern for others associated with the ATEP and the patients served.
- The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, and integrate concepts and problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to distinguish deviations from the norm.
- Sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; accurately, safely and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients.
- The ability to record the physical examination results and treatment plan clearly and accurately.
- 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.
- A respect for the LCMS doctrine and other religious beliefs.
- Athletic training can be an inherently dangerous when around athletic practices and events. Therefore, each athletic training student must carry health insurance in the case of any injuries that may occur.
Applicants to the ATEP 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.
If a student determines that he/she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, then the University will determine whether it agrees that the student can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodation. This includes a review that the accommodations are reasonable, taking into account whether the accommodation would jeopardize clinician/patient safety or the educational process of the student or the institution, including all coursework, clinical experiences, and internships deemed essential to graduation.