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)
CHEM 1310 College Chemistry (4 credits)
EXSC 3100 Essentials of Strength and Conditioning (3 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)
PBHL 2210 Nutrition (3 credits)
PHYS 1100 Introduction to Physics (4 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;
- computer-based practice exams;
- proficiency workshops;
- inservices and meetings;
- preceptor and student evaluations;
- 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.
As part of the student’s Clinical Experience in Athletic Training course requirement, the student must attend a minimum of six (6) Proficiency Workshops held on campus with an ATEP faculty preceptor. The ATEP faculty preceptor will inform the students of the workshops’ dates and times in advance. The student can attend any of the workshops throughout the course of the semester as he/she chooses. The student must bring his/her CIP sheet with him/her to the workshop, and actively participate in the workshop activities in order to have his/her attendance verified on the CIP sheet. If the student does not attend 6 workshops per semester, the student’s Clinical Experience in Athletic Training grade will be reduced by one letter grade for every workshop that the student missed.
Along with completing CIPs, each student must take an oral/practical examination as a requirement within the Clinical Experience in Athletic Training I, II, III, and IV classes. 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. See the ATEP Handbook for additional information regarding Oral/Practical Examinations, including requirements for continuation in the ATEP.
Computer-Based Practice Examinations
In Clinical Experience in Athletic Training courses III and IV, the students will take a computer-based practice examination which simulates the BOC examination. These examinations are not a part of the student’s Clinical Experience in Athletic Training course grade, but must be taken in order to complete the course. See the ATEP Handbook for additional information regarding Computer-Based Practice Examinations, including requirements for continuation in the ATEP.
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.
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 physicians and other allied health professionals.
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.
Students in ATEP 3500 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training II will be asked by the Head Athletic Trainer to voluntarily participate in preseason summer camp at WPUNJ under the athletic training staff supervision. Likewise, ATEP 4500 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training IV students will be required as per the course syllabus to begin the course for preseason summer camp at their affiliate site under the supervision of their affiliate site preceptor. The students must record their hours during preseason, and have them approved by the supervising preceptor as done during the regular semesters. These hours will count toward the students’ 200 semester hour requirement.
Student First Aider/First Responder Statement By Athletic Training Program Faculty and Staff
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 ATEP faculty and staff take no responsibility for students who decide to take on this role, and will 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.
Student Travel Policy
Students will only travel to away events under the supervision of a WPUNJ or affiliate site preceptor. Clinical education experience hours can only be recorded for set-up, the practice or game, clean-up, and treatment. Students cannot record hours for travel, dinners, or any similar activity while traveling. If a student decides to travel and meet his or her WPUNJ or affiliate site preceptor at the event, the student’s personal car insurance prevails if he or she has the misfortune to be involved in a car accident. Likewise, this policy is the case for students traveling to their affiliate sites. WPUNJ does not cover students for automobile accident insurance in these situations.
Student Evaluations By Preceptors
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.