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Retention Criteria / Probation Policy

Retention Criteria

In order to remain academically eligible in the Athletic Training Program the student must:

  • Maintain a 2.75 or higher overall GPA
  • Maintain 3.0 GPA in all athletic training courses including grades of no less than a B in all AT Professional Phase courses. A student earning a C in a course will be allowed to continue progressing academically, but must earn a grade of no less than a B on second attempt.  Earning a grade of less than a C will delay the student’s academic and clinical progression or termination from the program

*Due to the ending of the undergraduate program, availability to repeat these courses may be limited which could impact the ability to graduate.

  • Maintain Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED Professional Rescuer Certifications
  • Maintain a clear student conduct record related to academic performance in all classes
  • Update tuberculosis skin testing Annually in the Fall

In order to remain clinically eligible in the Athletic Training Program the student must:

  • Successfully pass in sequence AT 419, 420, 421, and 422 with no less than a B.
  • Have no semester Development Plan level clinical concerns, nor cumulative Warning or Meeting level clinical concerns that warrant a Development Plan.
  • Maintain expected to maintain the professional standards of conduct applicable to athletic trainers. Furthermore, students are still expected to comport themselves with the University’s Code of Student Conduct and Policy on Discrimination, Protected Class Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, & Retaliation.

Program Withdrawal

An athletic training student that decides to withdraw from the Athletic Training Program must inform the program director in writing of their decision to do so, which will be placed in their curriculum file.

Probation Policy

Academic Probation

An athletic training student will be put on program probation if their GPA drops below the GPA criteria or any of the other academic criteria is not maintained. They will receive written notification from the program director indicating that they have been placed on program probation. The athletic training student will be given one semester of program probation status in order to meet the GPA retention criteria and not have any academic student conduct issues during the probation semester. Students not maintaining CPR/AED certification or Tuberculosis skin testing will be withheld from clinical field work until certification and test results have been received, with no extension on course work due dates for AT 419, 420, 421, and 422 courses.  The athletic training student will be dismissed from the program if they have not met the GPA retention criteria by the end of the semester. The student will receive written notification from the program director of their dismissal from the program. The student may request re-admittance to the program once all retention criteria are met. The student will receive written notification of their re-admittance status from the program director.

Clinical Probation

During clinical experience students are expected to follow Program Clinical Expectations (refer to page refer to page 22 of the Program Handbook).  Should students not meet and/or follow Program Clinical Expectations the following process will be followed to address clinical expectation violations.

Violations of related to Clinical Expectations and clinical experience:

            The nature of clinical concerns by a preceptor should be communicated on an on-going basis between the preceptor and the student.  When violations of Clinical Expectations are observed by the preceptor the following process should be initiated:

  1. Preceptor should always provide documentation to the AT Program using the program forms provided.
  2. Warning: For an initial violation, oral communication feedback should be provided to the student to include corrective action. Completion of documentation should accompany this action to the AT Program Coordinator of Clinical Education.
  3. Meeting: For a second violation within a semester, oral communication with the student should take place identifying clinical concern.  In addition, documentation of a second violation with request for a program meeting with the student should be provided by the preceptor to the Coordinator of Clinical Education.
  4. Development Plan: For a third violation within a semester, oral communication with the student should take place notifying them of clinical concern.  Identification of a third violation from the preceptor will put in process a meeting with the clinical coordinator, program director, and the student.  From this meeting a Development Plan for the Student will be put in place.  Not meeting the criteria of the Development Plan may lead to a non-passing grade for the Clinical Fieldwork Course and non-advancement in the AT Program, or potential dismissal from the program.

Cumulative Violations of Clinical Expectations and clinical experience:

  1. Violations will be monitored across all clinical experiences. 
  2. Three Warning level violations across semesters will result in the Development Plan process being put in place.  Not meeting the criteria of the Development Plan may lead to a non-passing grade for the Clinical Fieldwork Course and non-advancement in the AT Program, or potential dismissal from the program.
  3. Two Meeting level violations will result in the Development Plan process being put in place.  Not meeting the criteria of the Development Plan may lead to a non-passing grade for the Clinical Fieldwork Course and non-advancement in the AT Program, or potential dismissal from the program.

Violations related to non-clinically associated incidents:

Students who engage in conduct prohibited by these University policies while participating in a fieldwork experience may be subject to discipline by the University, as well as removal from their fieldwork experience.

The University is committed to assisting students with finding external sites for their field experience work. However, students whose conduct has been found to have violated the University’s Code of Student Conduct, the Policy on Discrimination, Protected Class Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, & Retaliation, or the generally applicable criminal laws may be limited in the field sites available to them for placement. Conduct prohibited by these policies or criminal laws may also contravene our professional standards and may result in your removal from the program because of an inability to meet the professional standards required to successfully complete the program. Issues of prior misconduct will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Program Clinical Expectations

Students are expected to

  • be timely and punctual to clinical assignments as arranged with preceptor;
  • maintain appropriate dress relative to clinical assignment;
  • maintain appropriate ethical and moral behavior as per the NATA Code of Ethics;
  • conduct themselves in accordance with the University Student Code of Conduct;
  • maintain professional communication with preceptor and/or clinical site assignment;
  • maintain cleanliness and hygiene in accordance with societal norms and as appropriate to clinical site;
  • demonstrate adequate knowledge/skills/abilities for the clinical setting that represent the student level in the professional athletic training program.

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