Academic Requirements for Athletic Training
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The Athletic Training Program is divided into six levels (semesters). Each level contains specific academic coursework, an Athletic Training Practicum course, and a clinical assignment. The Athletic Training Practicum courses are designed to provide the student with progressive observational and hands-on learning opportunities that correlate with the coursework for that semester. Check out the objectives for each level.
Each Practicum course contains a set of NATA Educational competencies that must be completed before progressing to the next level. Students who do not satisfactorily complete all of the level requirements will be required to repeat the deficient component and not progress to the next level. Since many of the level-specific courses are only offered during one semester each year, students repeating a level would be set back an entire year in the program.
Completion of all six levels is required for graduation from the Athletic Training major and the Program Director’s endorsement on the BOC examination application.
Download a list of the requirements for each level.
Clinical education represents the athletic training students’ formal acquisition, practice, and evaluation of the Entry-Level Athletic Training Clinical Proficiencies through classroom, laboratory, and clinical education experiences under the direct supervision of a clinical preceptor. Formal evaluations of the application and integration of clinical proficiencies are completed by a preceptor.
Part of clinical education is field experience, in which students have the opportunity to practice clinical proficiencies under the supervision of a clinical instructor. These experiences take place at assigned clinical placements, which could include Truman’s varsity sports teams, Kirksville High School, local medical clinics.
Each semester in the program, students enroll in a two-credit Practicum course that requires them to apply the skills learned in the classroom. Students complete 120 clinical hours throughout the course of the 15-week semester. The Athletic Training Practicum courses are designed to provide the student with observational and hands-on learning opportunities that correlate with the coursework for each semester. Each Practicum course contains a set of NATA Educational competencies that must be completed before progressing to the next level.
The Athletic Training Major consists of the Liberal Studies Program (LSP) Requirements, discipline-related Required Support courses, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Requirements, Major Course Requirements, and Practicum Course Requirements. The minimum number of semester hours for a B.S. Athletic Training degree is 122.
Find the Athletic Training Required Support, B.S. requirements, Major Courses, and Practicum Courses on Truman’s course catalog.
Throughout their career at Truman, AT majors will have additional expenses beyond those required for all Truman students. Students must become members of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, purchase uniforms, maintain certification in CPR and take the Board of Certification (BOC) exam.
Additionally, students complete off-campus clinical education experiences throughout the program and are expected to furnish their own transportation to and from off-campus clinical education sites.
The estimated expenses are:
- NATA membership – $80 (annually)
- CPR certification – $5 (biannually)
- uniforms – $70
- BOC certification exam – $300
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