Note: Changes in course alpha codes and numbers exist for control sheets prior to Fall 2011.
All students at WPUNJ must complete university core curriculum requirements and requirements for an academic major as outlined in the WPUNJ Undergraduate Catalog and the Department of Kinesiology Student Handbook. In addition to the University Core Curriculum requirements, athletic training students must complete the following courses:
BIO 1180 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
BIO 1190 Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
KNES 2300 Tests & Measurements (3 credits)
KNES 3300 Biomechanics (3 credits)
KNES 3500 Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
KNES 3700 Psychology of Sport (3 credits)
EXSC 3100 Essentials of Strength and Conditioning (3 credits)
PBHL 2210 Nutrition (3 credits)
The following are Core Requirements for the BS in AT:
ATEP 1500 Introduction to Athletic Training (3 credits)
ATEP 2000 Sports Emergency Care (3 credits)
ATEP 2400 Prevention and Care of Illness and Injury in Athletic Training (4 credits)
ATEP 2500 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training I (2 credits)
ATEP 2600 Assessment of the Extremities (3 credits)
ATEP 2700 Athletic Training Modalities (3 credits)
ATEP 3500 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training II (2 credits)
ATEP 3600 Assessment of the Core Body (3 credits)
ATEP 3700 Therapeutic Exercise (3 credits)
ATEP 3750 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training III (2 credits)
ATEP 3800 Organization and Administration in Athletic Training (3 credits)
ATEP 4500 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training IV (2 credits)
ATEP 4600 General Medicine and Pharmacology in Athletic Training (1 credit)
ATEP 4750 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training V (2 credits)
In addition, three credits of Athletic Training Major Electives, preferably from the Kinesiology and Public Health Departments, are required.
Students are encouraged to pursue a second concentration or an additional major or minor to increase their marketability to potential employers or graduate schools.
Clinical Education Experience Requirements
The clinical portion of the Athletic Training Education Program at WPUNJ is built around competency-based education and hands-on exposure. All students in the program must abide by the policies and procedures governing the program’s clinical education experiences and complete all requirements in order to be eligible to take the BOC examination and to graduate from WPUNJ with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.
The program's clinical education experience requirement includes the following:
- direct supervision of the athletic training student by a preceptor;
- National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) athletic training competencies and clinical integration proficiencies (CIPs);
- oral/practical examinations;
- preceptor and student evaluations;
- inservices and meetings;
- WPUNJ athletic training room clinical education experiences;
- WPUNJ intercollegiate athletics clinical education experiences;
- affiliate site clinical education experiences.
The responsibilities and expectations for clinical education and field experiences are outlined below.
Clinical Education Experiences
Each semester, each student will be assigned a preceptor. During the semester, the preceptor assigned will be the student’s primary source of information in regard to gaining clinical education, and will assist the student with completing course clinical integration proficiencies for the semester.
Clinical Integration Proficiencies (CIPs)
The NATA Athletic Training Educational Competencies, 5th Edition contain competencies that the students must learn and clinical integration proficiencies (CIPs) (skills) that the students must successfully demonstrate. These competencies and CIPs are for the students' benefit as this knowledge and skills are critical to their professional preparation to take the BOC examination and become competent certified athletic trainers.
Each semester, the students must work on successfully completing the CIPs with a preceptor. Students will have their proficiencies evaluated in course laboratories and during their Clinical Experience in Athletic Training courses (i.e. on the field, during practices and games, in the athletic training rooms, during oral/practical exams). The CIPs will be part of the student’s Clinical Experience in Athletic Training course grade.
Each semester, along with completing CIPs, each student must take oral/practical examinations corresponding to their current Clinical Experience in Athletic Training course. The oral/practical exams will be part of the student’s Clinical Experience in Athletic Training course grade. The oral/practical exams test the students’ athletic training knowledge and skills in a formal testing atmosphere and are designed to facilitate the learning over time process.
Inservices and Meetings
Students are required to attend mandatory inservices and meetings as part of their Clinical Experience in Athletic Training courses. The inservices and meetings are educational opportunities for the students and will assist in expanding the student’s knowledge. Inservices consist of formal classroom presentations by medical and allied health care personnel. Meetings consist of student-instructor discussion regarding programmatic topics.
Approved Clinical Instructor and Clinical Instructor Evaluations
Students will evaluate their preceptor on their leadership, mentorship, professionalism and other characteristics. Each student will evaluate his/her preceptor a minimum of one time per semester. These evaluations must be completed and turned into the student’s Clinical Experience course instructor in hard and electronic copies as they will be part of the student’s Clinical Experience in Athletic Training course grade.
Student Self Evaluations
Each semester, students must complete self evaluations as part of their current Clinical Experience in Athletic Training course. The purpose of these evaluations is for the students to reflect upon their professional and personal growth and performance as an athletic training student. These evaluations will take various forms, such as journal writing and questionnaires, as per the Clinical Experience in Athletic Training course instructors’ preference. As outlined in the respective course syllabi, self evaluations are worth a certain percentage of the student’s Clinical Experience in Athletic Training course grade.
Athletic Training Room Assignment
Each semester, each student will have a Wightman Gymnasium athletic training room assignment. The student is required to submit his/her schedule of classes and regularly scheduled weekly obligations to the head athletic trainer during the first week of classes each semester. The student will be assigned to perform their duties no more than 6 hours in the athletic training room each week. Students are encouraged to spend more than the minimum time in the athletic training room to enhance their learning experience.
During this time, the students, under the direct supervision of a preceptor, are to assist with prevention, treatment, assessment, rehabilitation and reconditioning of athletic injuries. The students are also required to assist with administrative responsibilities relating to care of athletes, such as medical record keeping, insurance paperwork and related administrative tasks. Likewise, students are encouraged to work on their course proficiencies with a preceptor during any slow time during their athletic training room assignment.
Students will be assigned various clinical education experience rotations during their progression in the program. Each student will gain clinical experience with each of the following: an upper extremity sport, a lower extremity sport, an equipment intensive sport, general medical conditions.
On Campus: During semesters 1, 2, and 5 in the program, students will enroll in ATEP 2500 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training I, ATEP 3500 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training II, and ATEP 4750 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training V, respectively. During these semesters, each student is assigned a rotation with a WPUNJ intercollegiate athletic team(s). Each rotation is designed to provide the student with on-campus athletic training clinical education experiences which will focus on gaining athletic training knowledge and skills with upper and lower extremity sports. During the rotation, the student is responsible to provide athletic training services, under the direct supervision of a preceptor, for all practices and competitionsfor that athletic team. Likewise, the student will be exposed to as many of the aspects of athletic training practice as possible under the supervision of a preceptor.
Affiliated Sites: During semesters 3 and 4, the students will be enrolled in ATEP 3750 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training III and ATEP 4500 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training IV, respectively. During these semesters, the students’ rotation will be at their assigned affiliated high school. ATEP 3750 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training III will include both upper and lower extremity rotations, while ATEP 4500 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training IV will focus on the students’ equipment intensive rotation. The students will be under the direct supervision of an affiliate preceptor. While working with the preceptor and athletic teams at the assigned affiliated sites, the students will gain valuable clinical education experience. (Note: Under certain circumstances, students in semesters 3 and 4 may be assigned WPUNJ athletic teams along with their affiliate sites.)
During semester 5, the students will participate in their general medical rotation along with their on-campus rotation. The students will enroll in ATEP 4750 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training V, in which they will complete observations and gain general medical knowledge under the supervision of affiliate medical physician and other allied health professional preceptors.
Required Hours for Clinical Education Experiences
Students must complete a minimum of 1000 hours and a maximum of 1500 hours of clinical education experience during their five semester progression in the program in order to meet program requirements and graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. This hours requirement equates to 200 minimum and 300 maximum hours per Clinical Experience in Athletic Training class. These clinical education experience hours can only be completed at WPUNJ or WPUNJ affiliated settings under the direct supervision of a preceptor. Hours not completed under the direct supervision of a preceptor cannot be counted towards their program requirements.
Clinical education experience hours will be accrued during the students’ athletic training room assignments and on-campus and affiliate site rotations during the students’ Clinical Experience in Athletic Training courses. The Clinical Experience in Athletic Training instructors will designate in their course syllabi the minimum and maximum number of clinical education experience hours that students must attain for each type of rotation (i.e. general medical, affiliate site, etc.) but the 200 minimum and 300 maximum hours per Clinical Experience in Athletic Training course is standard for each course. Hours can only be accrued during practices, competitions, athletic training room assignments, and other clinical rotations. Hours cannot be accrued during travel to and from competitions, hotel stays, breaks from events, inservices, etc.
Student First Aider/First Responder Statement By Athletic Training Program Faculty and Staff
Along with the CAATE, the WPUNJ Athletic Training Education Program faculty and staff do not condone students working as first aiders or first responders, even on the students’ own time. The program faculty and staff take no responsibility for students who decide to take on this role. The program faculty and staff do not take responsibility for the students’ actions. Students are forbidden to wear any WPUNJ program attire, or to project themselves as working as a part of or representing the WPUNJ program if they choose to work as a first aider/first responder on their own time.
Approved Student Off-Campus Athletic Training Activities
During the course of the student's academic career in the program, the student will be required to participate in one off-campus, athletic training-related activity under the supervision of a WPUNJ faculty, staff, or affiliate athletic trainer, as part of the student's formal academic course of study. Some of these activities include, but are not limited to, working with Special Olympics New Jersey and at the New Jersey All-Star Football Classic. Only in the case when the student is participating in these activities under the supervision of a WPUNJ athletic trainer incidental to the student's course of study will the student be able to utilize athletic training skills. Throughout the course of the academic year, the program faculty and staff will announce these approved student off-campus athletic training activities. The students are encouraged to participate in as many activities as possible to gain additional knowledge and clinical experience.
Student Evaluations By Approved Clinical Instructors and Clinical Instructors
Students will be evaluated on their overall clinical performance a minimum of two times per semester by their preceptor. Each preceptor will discuss the evaluations with the student and give feedback to the student on how to improve their field experience clinical performance. The preceptor will return the evaluations to the Clinical Experience in Athletic Training instructors. The evaluations will be part of the student’s Clinical Experience in Athletic Training course grade.
Additional Student Costs
In order to partake in and complete the program curriculum, additional programmatic costs, other than tuition, University fees, and lab fees, exist for athletic training students. Students are required to provide personal funds for activities such as, but not limited to, round trip travel costs to affiliate sites, uniform purchase, membership in athletic training and related professional organizations, fingerprinting and background checks,medical physical exams and vaccinations,substitute teaching certification, Professional Rescuer CPR and Advanced First Aid certifications, malpractice insurance, and required equipment purchase (i.e. fanny packs, medical scissors, CPR masks). Adequate notice will be given to the students in regard to when the additional costs will be necessary.