Students must successfully pass a written simulation and an oral/practical comprehensive examination in the final semester of the year of expected graduation in order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. The minimum passing rate is 75% on each section of the examination. Each student may repeat a section of the comprehensive examination only two times.
Policies for Laboratory & Clinical Education Experiences
The ATEP program utilizes the learning over time model throughout the program. In this program a student will enroll in a didactic course to learn the cognitive competencies and psychomotor skills of a selected topic. The following semester the same student will enroll in a practice course to review psychomotor skills and develop clinical proficiency and put into use evidence based practice.
Students are required to have the following clinical education experiences: lower extremity, upper extremity, equipment intensive, general medical, off-campus clinic, and exposure to a variety of male and female patients and athletes. Additional policies are contained within the ATEP Student Handbook.
Students are expected to assume responsibility for transportation to the various clinical assignments that are off campus. Additional policies on clinical experiences are located in the ATEP Student Handbook.
Students are required to follow the uniform policy during all clinical education experiences as outlined in the ATEP Student Handbook, including a photo identification badge, a watch with a second hand, and designated shirt and pants.
A nonrefundable lab fee, due at registration, is charged for the following courses:
- ATEP 100
- ATEP 201
- ATEP 202
- ATEP 213L
- ATEP 301
- ATEP 302
- ATEP 401
- ATEP 475
In order to meet health requirements of all clinical education sites used during the ATEP practicum and clinical education rotation courses, all student must have on file prior to August 1st of their sophomore year the following items:
- Current physical examination
- Current immunization record (Including current PPD, HBV, chicken pox, and MMR)
The following information must be updated yearly:
- Current PPD
- Seasonal flu vaccine
Students failing to submit such evidence may be unable to attend the assigned clinical education site as a requirement to successfully complete a practicum course and to successfully complete the requirements for graduation.
For the protection of the Athletic Training student, those students enrolled in any of the practicum courses will be required to carry medical malpractice insurance. The insurance is provided through a group policy written for the University of Charleston. The University will collect the insurance premium at the time of registration with tuition and other fees.
Students transferring into the Athletic Training Education Program or switching majors after the end of their freshman year must go through the application and interview process. These individuals must contact the ATEP Program Director, as these applications are reviewed on a case by case basis.
Each athletic training student is required to follow the procedures for completing a criminal background check as indicated in the ATEP Student Handbook. Students failing to submit such evidence cannot be allowed to enroll in the practicum courses or participate in the clinical education experiences.