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Technical Standards

The Athletic Training (AT) Program at the University of Charleston is a rigorous and intense 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 technical standards set forth by the AT 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 for Athletic Training Education [CAATE]). The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the AT Program. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted into the program.

Athletic Training students must demonstrate:

  1. The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts and problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm. 
  2. Sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and accurately, safely and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients. 
  3. The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and communicate judgments and treatment information effectively. Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice. 
  4. The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately. 
  5. The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress. 
  6. Flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations. 
  7. Affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care. 

If a student states he/she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, the University’s ADA Coordinator will evaluate and validate a student who states he/she could meet the program’s technical standards with accommodation and will work with the Department of Athletic Training to determine whether it agrees that the student can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodation; this includes a review as to whether the accommodations requested are reasonable, taking into account whether 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.

ADA Statement

It is the policy of the University of Charleston to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with documented disabilities.  This college will adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as regard to affording equal educational opportunity.  It is the student’s responsibility to contact the disability coordinator and provide current documentation from appropriate credentialed persons.  The disability coordinator is located in room 302 of the Learning Commons (3rd floor of Clay Tower Building) and will assist students and faculty in arranging appropriate accommodations.  This is in accordance with Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

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