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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

HERS - Athletic Training (AT) - BS Major


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IMPORTANT NOTE: The undergraduate Athletic Training major is transitioning to an entry-level Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program. The final admission into the undergraduate program for students currently at a sophomore level will be during the Fall 2017 semester. After Fall 2017, students will no longer be admitted to the undergraduate program and students will be advised into the MSAT academic tract. For more information regarding the new MSAT program please see the Graduate Catalog. Information on the five year (3+2) MSAT option is located on the HERS - Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences: Movement Science (ERMS) - BS Major  page. It is strongly recommended that students interested in pursuing Athletic Training should contact the Athletic Training Program Director (Brian Zeller, PhD, ATC; bzeller@winona.edu; 507-457-5575) for academic planning.

 

87 S.H. (no minor required)

2.75 GPA required.

C grade or better required in major courses except Athletic Training courses require B grade or better.

The Athletic Training major is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). In addition to the academic coursework requirements, students must complete clinical education experiences through required clinical coursework. Students who complete the clinical education and academic requirements of the major are eligible for national certification through the Board of Certification (BOC).

Students interested in majoring in Athletic Training must apply to the program, participate in a competitive selection process, and adhere to published retention guidelines. Additional information (including program updates, costs, expectations, student handbook and retention guidelines) is available.

Career Opportunities


Winona State University has a long-standing tradition of graduates who become certified athletic trainers and make positive contributions to the allied health profession of athletic training. While some WSU graduates have secured positions with professional, semi-professional, and Olympic teams, others have qualified for positions as university head athletic trainers, athletic training clinic directors, and clinic-high school athletic trainers. Other graduates have pursued post-graduate study in athletic training, human performance, exercise physiology, physical therapy, physician’s assistant, and chiropractic programs.

Core Requirements (49 S.H.)


Statistics - STAT (3 S.H.)


 Choose one:

Psychology - PSY (3 S.H.)


Required Athletic Training Courses


(40 S.H.) Grade of “B” or better required.

Suggested Electives


Athletic Training Program


Students accepted into the Athletic Training Program must acquire clinical experiences over a minimum of two academic years as assigned by the Director of the Athletic Training Program and Clinical Education Coordinator (CEC). Clinical experiences may be acquired at a variety of settings that include experiences with protective equipment sports, gender specific sports, varying level of risk and general medical rotations. These experiences will be under the direct supervision of Preceptors. However, the majority of the student’s clinical experiences will be at WSU in a traditional athletic training setting.

Students obtain traditional clinical education experiences by working with football, hockey, gymnastics, soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, track, and wrestling. Students have many opportunities to attend team practices and events, travel with teams, attend NCAA Division II post-season competitions, attend orthopedic surgeries, and learn from our team physician on campus and at the clinic or hospital.

Athletic Training majors build on the foundation courses of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, exercise physiology, nutrition, and mechanical kinesiology with specific courses in athletic training. These courses integrate the NATA competencies and proficiencies of professional behaviors and practices; evidence based practices; prevention and health promotion; clinical examination; acute care; therapeutic interventions; psychosocial strategies; and healthcare administration into the student’s daily clinical experiences. Clinical sites include the athletic training facilities at WSU, Saint Mary’s University, Winona Senior High School, and other area high schools. Students also gain valuable community-based medical experience at local physical therapy clinics, chiropractic clinics, ambulance and physician offices, including Winona Health and Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine.

Application and Selection Information


Students interested in the Athletic Training major should meet with the Director of the Athletic Training Program and enroll in HERS 191 - Introduction to Athletic Training , BIOL 211 - Anatomy and Physiology I , and BIOL 212 - Anatomy and Physiology II  during their first year at WSU. Students will need to demonstrate commitment to clinical learning experiences. Students will then enroll in HERS 292 - Principles of Athletic Training  and HERS 314 - Anatomical Kinesiology  during the fall semester of application (typically the first semester of sophomore year).

Application into HERS 191 - Introduction to Athletic Training


All students interested in the Athletic Training Major at Winona State University will be allowed to take HERS 191 - Introduction to Athletic Training  during the Fall or Spring semester. There is no minimum GPA requirement or course completion requirement to take this course.

Application into HERS 292 - Principles of Athletic Training


In order to enhance the clinical experience for all students, enrollment into HERS 292 - Principles of Athletic Training  is capped at a maximum of 25 students each Fall. Students must meet the following minimum requirements prior to admission into this course:

  1. Completed   and   with a minimum grade of a “C”
  2. Currently have an overall and major GPA above 2.5. PLEASE NOTE: A minimum of 2.75 is required prior to admission to the athletic training education program

If more than 25 students meet the above requirements the following criteria will be used to select the students for admission into HERS 292:

  1. Overall GPA
  2. Major GPA
  3. BIO 211 and 212 Grades

Application Ranking and Selection


Student applications to the ATP will be rated using the ATP Application Rubric as Exceptional, Above Average, or Meets Minimum, and ranked by the Selection Committee. Students that meet the minimum requirements on their application will be offered an Interview with the Selection Committee. Interview Scores will be added to the Application Scores and students will be admitted based upon available space in the ATP.

Completed applications will be due in November of each year.

Application Process


Applications will be rated using the ATP Application Rubric available on the Athletic Training website. Applications will be ranked, and the top students will be invited for an interview. Interview scores (40 points) will be added to the Rubric scores (70 points). The selection committee determines the number of students selected from each academic class. This number directly correlates with the number of clinical educators and clinical sites available each year. Each applicant must provide the following:

  1. Official Documentation (20 points) should be sent from the following institutions or agencies to the Director of the Athletic Training Program. (See ATP Application Rubric for point values for each.)
    • Winona State University Transcripts: To be considered, students must have a cumulative 2.75 GPA and a 2.75 GPA in the major. Students must have completed HERS 191 - Introduction to Athletic Training , BIOL 211 - Anatomy and Physiology I , and BIOL 212 - Anatomy and Physiology II . When they apply, students should be enrolled in HERS 292 - Principles of Athletic Training  and HERS 314 - Anatomical Kinesiology  and be progressing appropriately. Other exercise and rehabilitative science and biology courses will also be evaluated independent of the overall GPA. If space is available, students may be admitted on probation. If admitted, students will have one semester to raise their overall GPA to 2.75 or above to avoid being dismissed from the program.
    • Proof of American Red Cross or American Heart Association First Aid and CPR Certification or First Responder Certification.
    • Completed Medical Physical Form (Physical must be completed by an MD, DO, NP or PS. Completed forms must be submitted to the Director of the ATP prior to beginning clinical education rotation for HERS 292. This must also include a completed Mantoux test.)
    • Completed Technical Standards Form (Completed forms must be be submitted to the Director of the ATP prior to beginning clinical rotation for  HERS 292.  If accommodations are required, students must meet with the Director and Clinical Coordinator of the ATP, with assistance of the WSU Access Services for Students with Disabilities.)
    • Hepatitis B vaccinations (or declination).
  2. Winona State University Observation Hours and Reflective Journal (10 points). Each student will complete observation hours in the WSU Athletic Training Room as required for HERS 191 - Introduction to Athletic Training . Each student will compile a typed journal documenting dates, times of observations, sequence of events, elaboration of significant experiences, and an analysis of the experiences. Students will continue their Reflective Journal in HERS 292 - Principles of Athletic Training .
  3. Letters of Recommendation (20 points). Each student is required to provide a total of five letters of recommendation. Two of these letters (8 points) will be from a Senior Athletic Training Student reflecting the student’s daily interaction in the athletic training room. Three of these letters (12 points) will be professional letters of recommendation. These letters should be from professionals in the medical, health, or allied health field with whom the student has worked directly through observation hours such that they can reflect the student’s potential to succeed in an allied health profession. These professional letters may also be from professors or instructors reflecting the student’s academic success and potential. Finally, these letters may be from employers reflecting the student’s maturity, interpersonal skills, and other qualities of a successful allied health care professional.
  4. Cover letter and résumé (10 points). The completed application should include a single-spaced essay or cover letter stating the student’s qualifications to be part of the program, why the student wishes to become an athletic trainer, and a summary of what the student can add to the program. A simple one-page résumé should also be included.
  5. Preceptor Rating (10 points). The preceptor with whom a student has worked during clinical experiences will have the opportunity to rate the student’s performance. The preceptor will evaluate the quality of the student’s clinical experiences, desire to learn, depth of understanding, and potential for success in the profession.
  6. Interview (40 points). Top ranking students will be invited for an interview. The interview score will be added to the Application Rubric score. The number of students selected for the ATP will depend upon the number of preceptors and clinical sites available each year. Students who are selected will begin coursework and clinical education experiences in the spring semester and continue through graduation.

Special Admission


If space is available, a special admission may be held during the summer. Students that have met all academic and clinical learning outcomes should notify the Director of the Athletic Training Program of his/her desire for special admission. Applications and interviews will be due during the last week of July (dates and requirements will be posted and emailed to all majors). Students that are admitted during the summer will be expected to participate in all in-service and clinical education opportunities available in August. When the academic year begins, students will join the previous year’s sophomore class to progress through the ATP. In addition, special admission students are required to take summer clinical education experiences.

WSU Athletic Training Student Retention Competencies


For Athletic Training Students that have successfully completed the Application Process and have been selected to begin their clinical education experiences.

Academic Requirements


  • Meet WSU Graduate Standards  
  • Maintain a cumulative WSU GPA of not less than 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
    • Students close to or at 2.75 will be given a written warning
    • Students that fall below 2.75 will be immediately dismissed from the Athletic Training Program (ATP)
    • Students may be admitted on probation if GPA is between 2.7 and 2.75 and will have one academic semester to raise their GPA above the minimum
  • Maintain a 2.75 overall GPA in all Athletic Training major courses
    • Students close to or at 2.75 will be given a written warning
    • Students that fall below 2.75 will be immediately dismissed from the Athletic Training Program (ATP)
    • Students may be admitted on probation if GPA is between 2.7 and 2.75 and will have one academic semester to raise their GPA above the minimum
  • Attain a “B” or better in all Athletic Training Courses
    • Students that fail to attain a “B” or better will be immediately dismissed from the ATP
  • Attain at least a “C” or better in all Major courses
    • Course must be retaken prior to graduation

Clinical Education Requirements


  • Compliance with all objectives, outcomes, policies, and procedures established in the WSU Athletic Training Handbook
  • Compliance with the NATA’s Code of Ethics
  • Compliance with the WSU Student Handbook (Student Rights and Responsibilities published in semester class schedules)
  • Compliance with assignments/directions given by preceptors
  • Demonstrate appropriate clinical skill acquisition paralleling clinical and academic experience level
    • Meet all objectives and outcomes outlined in Clinical Skills and Decision Making course syllabus each semester. Including positive progress toward second clinical proficiency assessments.
      • Mid-semester warnings will be given for below average (“B”) performance
    • Semester grades below “B” will result in immediate dismissal from the ATP
  • Positive monthly evaluations
    • A pattern (2 or more/semester) of below average monthly evaluations will necessitate a meeting with the Director of the ATP. Remediation, suggestions for improvement and a written warning will result
    • Lack of improvement on subsequent evaluations through-out the semester will result in a below average clinical course grade and immediate dismissal from the ATP
  • Positive annual evaluations
    • Below average annual evaluations by more than one preceptor in conjunction with below average monthly evaluations, or HERS 293, 362, 365, 489 or 495 outcomes will result in immediate dismissal from the ATP
  • Satisfactory completion of “Assessment Day Competencies”
    • Students that fall below 70% average must re-take the assessment at the designated time

Program Compliance Procedures


  • Athletic Training Student Expectations
    • Compliance with all academic and clinical guidelines
    • Athletic Training Students are expected to display appropriate Professional Behaviors. Athletic Training students will act in a mature, responsible manner that will reflect positively on them, the Athletic Training Program and the University while performing academic and clinical education experiences. These expectations are clearly outlined in the Athletic Training Handbook and covered extensively in  .
  • Due Process (Student Rights)
    • All student infractions will be considered individually by the Approved Clinical Instructors involved, the Director of the Athletic Training Program, and the HERS Department Chair and will follow Due Process Rights as described in the WSU Student Handbook. A summary as it applies to the Athletic Training Program is given below:
      • Initiation of a Complaint
      • Notification of the student(s) involved
      • Preliminary Conference - with student(s), clinical educator instructors, and the Director of the ATP
        1. Discussion of Complaint by clinical instructors and Director, ATP
        2. Athletic Training student presents his/her case
        3. Discussion of appropriate sanctions if any
        4. Agreement by all parties involved
      • Student conference with HERS Department Chairperson to review complaint and approve sanctions
    • Sanctions – one of the following will be applied by the Director of the ATP
      • Acquittal - student conduct does not warrant sanctions
      • Conduct (Professional Behavior) Warning/Sanctions (Specific conduct and sanctions will be given to the student in writing). One of the following will be imposed.
        1. Student is warned his/her conduct is unprofessional and future breaches will be result in sanctions
        2. Student will be required to either provide a verbal or written apology to the involved parties or both
        3. Student will be required to research the involved topic and write a brief research paper with references as determined appropriate by the Director, ATP. (Professionalism, etc.)
      • Assignment of Community Service Hours
        1. Athletic Training Students will be suspended from his/her athletic training clinical experiences for an appropriate time and assigned community service hours to replace the clinical experiences he/she would have performed athletic training hours. Specific conduct and sanctions will be given to the student in writing.
      • Disciplinary Warning
        1. Athletic Training Students will be given a warning that their performance is below average
        2. Specific areas for improvement (deficiencies) and suggestions for improvement (objectives and outcomes) will be given. This will be in the form of a “Learning Contract” that the student, clinical instructors involved, and the Director, ATP will agree upon and sign.
      • Dismissal
        1. Athletic Training Students will be notified in writing of dismissal from the ATP following a written warning.
        2. Any student dismissed from the ATP must wait at least 6 months before re-applying to the program, so that deficiencies can be rectified and progress can be demonstrated.
        3. If a student is dismissed, the student must re-apply to the ATP, follow all application procedures, provide current documentation required for application, and demonstrate consistent improvement in the area that resulted in the dismissal to be considered as a candidate.
      • Appeals
        1. Student appeals may be sent to the Director of the Athletic Training Program or the HERS Department Chair.
        2. Appeals may also be directed to the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
      • University Offenses will follow the student Citizenship Standards Procedures (WSU Student Handbook.)
        1. The HERS Department Chair, Director, ATP and the student will discuss how the offense and University affect the student’s matriculation in the Athletic Training Program. Previously describe sanctions may be applied.
      • Off-Campus Offenses
        1. The HERS Department Chair, Director, ATP and the student will discuss how the offense and sanctions affect the student’s matriculation in the Athletic Training Program. Previously describe sanctions may be applied.
           

Assistance Procedures


  • Mentor Program: during clinical experiences required for HERS 191 each student will shadow an Athletic Training Student that has been accepted to the ATP. The mentor guides the new student through his/her daily experiences by answering questions about clinical procedures and academic or ATP questions.
  • Peer Study Groups: Athletic Training Majors have a considerable amount of clinical skills and academic material to acquire for successful completion of the BOC Certification Examination and it is highly recommended that the students form regular study groups during the senior and junior year.
  • Faculty & Preceptor Assistance: All WSU preceptors are available for individual and small group tutoring and additional instruction. Students are encouraged to set-up times with preceptors as far in advance as possible due to hectic schedules.
  • The Warrior Success Center, Tutoring Services, and the Writing Center - provides students with academic counseling, tutoring, supplemental instruction, and writing instruction. Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the services provided by the university.
  • Counseling and Wellness Center - provides crisis counseling, personal counseling for depression, anxiety, adjustment to college, stress management, self-esteem, relationships, sexual assault, eating disorders, and chemical dependency, as well as career counseling and other resources and consultation services.

Legend


◎ = Oral Intensive

◆ = Math/Critical Analysis Intensive

△ = Writing Intensive

✽ = Physical Development and Wellness Graduation Requirement

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