Athletic Training Student - Policy and Procedure Manual
Athletic Training Student - Policy and Procedure Manual
LHU ATEP Student Handbook 2 Lock Haven University Athletic Training Education Program Handbook Acknowledgement I , have read and understand the Athletic Training Student Policy and Procedure Manual. I agree to abide by the policies found in this manual during my time enrolled in, or applying for entrance into, the Athletic Training Education Program. If I fail to uphold this agreement, I am aware that I may be disciplined and/or dismissed from the program. _ _ Signature Date
LHU ATEP Student Handbook 3 Table of Contents Program Introduction, Mission, Philosophy, and History p4 Faculty Directory p5 Program Overview p6 Statement of Professional Conduct p8 Athletic Training Education Program Curricular Policies Student Scheduling and Advisement Policy p9 Transfer Policy p9 Admission Process p9 Technical Standards p12 Admission Contract p13 Athletic Training Student Costs p14 Curricular Requirements and Suggested Sequence of Courses p15 Academic Standards p19 Professional Program Length Policy p21 Student Grievance Policy p 21 Athletic Training Education Program Clinical Education Policies General Policies p22 Supervision p22 Assignment of Clinical Experiences p23 Clinical Experience Requests p23 Clinical Experiences Outside of the Traditional Academic Calendar p23 Internships p23 Internship Application p23 Clinical Experiences and Extracurricular Activities-NCAA Sports Participation p24 Absences from Clinical Experiences p24 Dress Code p24 Inclimate Weather Policy p24 Athletic Training Student Travel Policy p24 General Policies Comprehensive Examination Policy p30 Liability Insurance Policy p30 CPR and First Aid Certification p30 Disclosure of Medical Information p31 Professional Development Hours p32 Professional Development Hours Reporting Form (Pre-Professional Phase Students) p33 Professional Development Hours Reporting Form (Professional Phase Students) p34 Nondiscrimination / Sexual Harassment Policy p35 Professional Society Membership p37 Communicable Disease, Infection Control, Blood Borne Pathogen, and OSHA Policy p37 Immunization Refusal p38 Alcohol Policy p39 Non-Academic Disciplinary Policies and Procedures p39 Awards and Scholarships p40
LHU ATEP Student Handbook 4 Lock Haven University of PA Athletic Training Education Program Program Introduction Welcome to the Athletic Training Education Program! This manual has been designed to provide Lock Haven University’s athletic training students with Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) guidelines. It is the athletic training student’s responsibility to be knowledgeable of the contents of this manual. Students seeking admission to the program will be expected to follow these policies and procedures while gaining experience in any of the ATEP’s clinical sites. Students selected for and accepting admission into the Athletic Training Education Program will be expected to adhere to the policies and procedures described in this manual as stated in their acceptance contract.
Any questions about the contents of this manual should be directed to the Athletic Training Education Program Director.
Historical Overview of the Program The Athletic Training Education Program at Lock Haven University was developed and sustained through the initial efforts of Mr. David Tomasi. The program was initially recognized by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in the fall of 1977. At this time, Mr. Tomasi was the sole athletic trainer involved with the ATEP. There were approximately eight students enrolled. By 1980, a second certified athletic trainer was employed at the University in the ATEP. Both certified athletic trainers were appointed faculty rank and given release time to perform athletic training duties.
During this time, the program continued to flourish with 24 Athletic Training Students formally enrolled in the program. Through the efforts of Mr. Tomasi and other Health Science faculty, the program has grown to enroll approximately fifty-five professional phase athletic training students and now includes many local high schools and colleges as affiliated sites. In December of 1998, David Tomasi retired from his position of Program Director. He was elected to the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society Hall of Fame in 2001 for his service to LHU, his students, and the profession of athletic training.
Mr. Tomasi passed away in the spring of 2002 but will always be remembered as the father of LHU’s Athletic Training Education Program.
Currently, the Athletic Training Education Program has six faculty members and three Graduate Assistants. All athletic training faculty members teach courses in the Department of Health Science in addition to serving as athletic trainers for Lock Haven Varsity Athletic Teams.
LHU ATEP Student Handbook 5 Mission Statements Mission Statement – Lock Haven University Lock Haven University offers an excellent and affordable education characterized by a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences for all students, majors in the arts and sciences, and a special emphasis on professional programs.
All programs are enhanced with real-world experiences and co-curricular activities that enable students to realize their full potential. In close personal interactions with faculty who are passionate about teaching, students are challenged to develop their minds and skills in order to be responsible citizens and to succeed in a global and technologically advanced society.
Mission Statement – Department of Health Science The Department of Health Science will provide high quality programs to prepare students to enter careers or graduate programs in current and emerging health related fields. The programs of study are designed to assist the student in developing the skills necessary to enter into a complex and changing global society with confidence and competence. Mission Statement – Athletic Training The Lock Haven University Athletic Training Education Program prepares students for athletic training careers in various employment settings. The Program is designed to develop academic competence, evidence-based practice, and clinical reasoning skills through a compounding sequence of didactic and clinical experiences.
Graduates of the Program are eligible for athletic training certification by the Board of Certification (BOC) and appropriate state credentials. In addition, the Program prepares students for post-graduate education in a variety of areas including athletic training, exercise science, kinesiology, and additional healthcare professions. Lock Haven University of PA Athletic Training Education Program Faculty 2012-2013 Eric Lippincott PT, LAT, ATC ATEP Director O: 484-2781 Jody Russell, PhD, LAT, ATC Clinical Coordinator O: 484-2704 Mike Porter, PhD, LAT, ATC O: 484-2197 Yvette Ingram, PhD, LAT, ATC O: 484-2098 Josh Drouin, PhD, LAT, ATC O: 484-2703 Luke Steele, MS, LAT, ATC Head Athletic Trainer O: 484-2229 Steve Streator, PhD, LAT, ATC O: 484-2294 Health Science Main Office O: 484-2878
LHU ATEP Student Handbook 6 Lock Haven University of PA Athletic Training Education Program Program Description Program Overview Lock Haven University’s Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is housed in the Health Science Department which is part of the College of Education and Human Services. The Program has been in existence since the 1970s and was initially recognized by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 1977. The ultimate purpose of the Athletic Training Education Program at Lock Haven University is to provide a comprehensive academic and clinical education for students seeking a career in athletic training.
The Program accomplishes this in the following ways: By offering a strong, multi-disciplinary foundation in the natural and applied sciences By providing a challenging, open, stimulating learning environment in the classroom and clinical settings By encouraging its students to reflect critically, communicate effectively, and conduct themselves professionally By providing the student with the incentive and skills necessary to be a self-directed learner and remain current in the profession of athletic training By equipping the student with the ability to advance the profession of athletic training By presenting and integrating up-to-date didactic and clinical information based on the six domains of athletic training Philosophy Lock Haven University’s Athletic Training Education Program is an intense, student-centered experience.
A small class size allows the Program faculty to individually address each student’s needs and academic strengths and weaknesses. The Program is based on the philosophy that education is a life-long process and that Program graduates should be strong critical thinkers who are capable of making independent evidence-based decisions. The ATEP strives to produce well-rounded, skilled athletic training professionals who have established and are working towards long-range professional and personal goals while being productive members of the athletic training profession.
LHU ATEP Student Handbook 7 Curriculum Design and Courses The Program utilizes a competitive admission process. Students typically apply during the first semester of their sophomore year. Decisions regarding the students’ acceptance are made prior to the start of the spring semester. Once admitted, students begin an intense, five-semester long professional education that focuses on the most up-to-date didactic and clinical athletic training content. Students enrolled in the ATEP are required to complete the degree program of at least 120 credit hours and the Program’s requirements as recognized by Lock Haven University and the State System of Higher Education (SSHE) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The ATEP is housed within the Department of Health Science. Upon successful Program completion, students will be awarded the Bachelor of Science Degree with an Athletic Training Major. All ATEP required courses are integrated into this major and meet the eligibility requirements for certification by the BOC. The ATEP course sequence is hierarchical in nature with a strong scientific background. Description of the Profession An athletic trainer is a qualified allied health care professional educated and experienced in the management of health care problems associated with physical activity.
In cooperation with physicians and other allied health personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics, and other allied health care settings. The athletic trainer functions in cooperation with medical personnel, athletic administrators, coaches, and parents in the development and coordination of efficient and responsive athletic health care delivery systems. The athletic trainer’s professional preparation is directed toward the development of specified knowledge and skills in the professional domains of athletic training.
Through a combination of formal classroom instruction and clinical experiences, the athletic trainer is prepared to apply a wide variety of specific health care skills and knowledge across a wide variety of patient populations in various settings.
LHU ATEP Student Handbook 8 Statement of Professional Conduct Lock Haven University’s Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) has a rich history of producing quality athletic trainers while providing exceptional athletic health care. The Program’s faculty, graduate students, clinical instructors, and students should respect the history of the Program and its reputation. The actions of its members are a reflection on the Program and the profession of athletic training. All members of the ATEP are expected to maintain a level of professional conduct. Professionalism All members of the ATEP will act professionally while in the athletic training room.
Appropriate professional conduct includes, but is not limited to: following the dress code policies of the clinical site, maintaining professional relationships with coaches, athletes, and peers, and following the appropriate Codes of Ethics.
Responsibility It is expected that all members of the ATEP will be responsible for their actions. Athletic Training is a rigorous and time-consuming profession. Members will contact their immediate supervisor if they are going to be late or miss a clinical rotation. Every effort should be made to contact the supervisor prior to the start of the practice or game. In order to promote athletic training as a health care profession, all members of the ATEP will act with maturity and dedication when representing the Program.
Teamwork ATEP members are part of a team that consists of athletes, coaches, athletic administrators, team physicians, certified athletic trainers, and athletic training students.
Successful athletic health care relies on a professional relationship between all of its team members. Professional verbal and non- verbal communication between all members is vital for successful athletic health care. Any questions about the Statement of Professional Conduct should be brought to the ATEP Faculty or the ATEP Director. Actions that reflect negatively on the Program or are in violation of the aforementioned guidelines may result in disciplinary action as defined by the athletic training student handbook.
LHU ATEP Student Handbook 9 Lock Haven University of PA Athletic Training Education Program Curricular Policies Student Scheduling and Advisement Policy Athletic training students will have an athletic training faculty member as their academic advisor. Advising appointments will be scheduled in accordance with university policy. Students needing advisement or counseling should plan to make an appointment with the faculty or meet with him/her during office hours. Students should make every effort possible to schedule classes early in the day as clinical experiences typically occur in the afternoon.
Students should work with their academic advisor to develop an appropriate schedule.
Those students interested in pursuing a second major in a department other than the Department of Health Science are strongly encouraged to have an advisor in both departments. This will help ensure that a student is taking the required courses of both majors. Transfer Policy Students wishing to transfer to Lock Haven University from another institution must submit detailed syllabi and transcripts of grades to the Admissions Department of Lock Haven University. The Admissions Department and Registrar’s Office will determine which transfer courses are accepted by the University. Transfer of athletic training competency-bearing courses applied towards Program requirements are subject to the approval of the Program Director.
Appeals of these decisions may be made to the appropriate Department Chairperson.
A student transferring to Lock Haven University can only become eligible as a candidate for the ATEP after successful completion of the required academic courses (See Admission Process). Transfer students are eligible to apply to the Program while concurrently enrolled in any of the Program prerequisites; however, selection into the program will be contingent upon successful academic completion of the course(s). A transfer student must complete one full semester of courses at Lock Haven University in order to be eligible for Program admission. Transfer students will be held to the same standards as other students applying to for entrance into the program.
Lock Haven University transfer requirements may be found at www.lhup.edu/admissions Admission Process The Athletic Training Education Program at Lock Haven University is an academically rigorous 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 academic standards set forth by the Athletic Training Education 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].
LHU ATEP Student Handbook 10 All applicants must satisfy the Athletic Training Education Program Academic standards. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these academic standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted into the program or will be dismissed from the professional phase of the program. Admission Standards The Athletic Training Education Program at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania is an academically rigorous 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 academic standards set forth by the Athletic Training Education 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]. Admission Requirements Students who enter Lock Haven University with an interest in athletic training are enrolled in the pre-professional phase of the program. The professional phase of the program consists of five continuous semesters.
Students must meet the following requirements prior to entering the professional phase of the program: 2.5 Overall GPA 2.5 Prerequisite GPA “C” or better in the following courses: o ATTR110 Orientation to Athletic Training o ATTR106 Athletic Training Techniques Students can take ATTR100 in replace of ATTR110 and ATTR106 o ATTR202 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries o HLTH128 Anatomy & Physiology 1 o HLTH129 Anatomy & Physiology 1 Lab o HLTH130 Anatomy & Physiology 2 o HLTH131 Anatomy & Physiology 2 Lab o HLTH305 Biomechanics Documentation of 75 hours of on-campus athletic training clinical observation Documentation of 20 hours of professional development Submission of completed Level 2 clinical evaluation forms Submission of pre-professional psychomotor skills assessment with a score of “3” on all items The program director, in consultation with the Health Science Department Chair and the athletic training faculty, will annually determine a maximum number of students for entry into the professional phase of the program.
The maximum student capacity is dictated by the
LHU ATEP Student Handbook 11 number of clinical sites and clinical instructors available. The maximum number of students entering the professional phase January 2013 is 24. If the number of students seeking to enter the professional phase of the program is below the predetermined maximum, then all students meeting the academic standards outlined above will matriculate into the professional phase of the program. If the number of program candidates exceeds program capacity, then the selection criteria outlined below will be enforced, and students will be selected according to their final ranking and the number of seats available.
Students who do not meet the minimum application standards are provided the opportunity to apply for conditional admission. Students must apply for conditional admission in writing to the program director within one week of final fall grades being posted. The letter should provide the student’s justification for acceptance as well as a remedial plan for meeting the minimum academic standards. Decisions regarding conditional admissions will be made on an individual basis by the selection committee. Students accepted under conditional admission are expected to meet all academic program standards before the fall of the junior (Level 3) year.
Competitive Admission Criteria (applies only if the number of eligible students exceeds program capacity) Cumulative GPA: 20 pts 3.625 - 4.00 – 20 points 3.25 - 3.624 – 15 points 2.875 - 3.24 – 10 points 2.50 - 2.874 – 5 points Core GPA: 20 pts 3.625 - 4.00 – 20 points 3.25 - 3.624 – 15 points 2.875 - 3.24 – 10 points 2.50 - 2.874 – 5 points Interview 10 pts Level 2 Clinical Evaluations 25 pts Skills Performance (practical exam) 25 pts Admission to the Professional Phase of the ATEP is compliant with the University’s Non- Discrimination Policy. For further information, log on to www.lhup.edu/equity