Retention and Graduation Requirements

Academic Retention
In order to be admitted to the Athletic Training Education Program Professional Preparation Phase, students must have a 2.5 overall grade point average (GPA) (see section on admission standards).  Prior to entering ATEP 3750 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training III, and to continue in the Professional Preparation Phase, students must have a 2.75 overall GPA. If the student falls below the required GPA, he/she may be placed on probation for one semester.  At the end of the probationary semester the student's progress will be reviewed by the ATEP Admission and Retention Committee. If the student is meeting academic program requirements at that time (including GPA requirements per semester in the program), then he/she will be reinstated to the ATEP Professional Preparation Phase. If the student has not met academic program requirements at that time, then the student will be dismissed from the ATEP.

Students who do not pass prerequisite Athletic Training Education Program courses are dismissed from the Professional Preparation Phase. They may not take any further courses in the Professional Preparation Phase.

Effective Fall 2015, all new students (first-year and transfer) in the ATEP program will need to meet the following requirement:

 To be accepted into or be retained in  the Professional Preparation Phase students must earn no more than 3 grades of C or below (including a combination of C, C-, D+, D, and F grades) or 2 grades below C- (including a combination of D+, D, and F grades) in BIO 1120 (1180), BIO 1130 (1190) and ATEP alpha courses. 

 Included in this policy are the following:

  • Transferred grades of courses equivalent to BIO 1120 (1180), BIO 1130 (1190), and ATEP alpha courses.
  • The original course grade of a course that the student has retaken (C- or below).
  • Grades of C or below in BIO 1120 (1180), BIO 1130 (1190), and ATEP 1500, even though the minimum requirement for admission to the Professional Preparation Phase is a C-in these courses.

If a student applying for admission to the Professional Preparation Phase does not meet this requirement, he/she will not be accepted to the Professional Preparation Phase and will be dismissed from the athletic training major.

If a Professional Preparation Phase student does not meet this requirement, he/she will be dismissed from the Professional Preparation Phase and the athletic training major.                        

Students who started at WPU prior to fall 2015 (including transfer students) will not be held accountable to these new requirements. If a change occurs to any of the policies and procedures outlined in BS in AT section of the handbook due to CAATE accreditation changes or changes in university policy, students will be informed of the change(s) immediately and will be required to comply as necessary. 

Current students should be aware that the new requirements were put in place after reviewing student performance on the BOC exam. Students who do not perform at the minimum level of these new requirements are less likely to be able to pass the BOC exam; therefore, current students should strive to meet the new requirements. Failure to meet these new requirements is an indicator that a student is likely to encounter significant difficulty in passing the BOC exam. Consequently, such students are advised to consider alternate educational programs.

Clinical Education Experiences
Students will be assessed on their completion of their clinical education experience requirements each semester within their Clinical Experience in Athletic Training courses. The requirements for successful progression are outlined in the section describing the clinical education experiences. Students not meeting the minimum standards for successful progression in the program will be penalized as per the policies noted in this handbook (see “Disciplinary Policies”).

Graduation
Graduation is contingent upon the following:
-the student has successfully completed the university requirements
-the student has successfully completed all major coursework requirements
-the student has successfully completed all Athletic Training Education Program academic and clinical education experience requirements
-the student has earned a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 when he/she has completed all academic coursework
-the student has successfully completed a minimum of 1000 hours and maximum of 1500 hours of approved athletic training clinical education experience

BOC Exam Endorsement
A student’s BOC exam endorsement by the Program Director is contingent upon completion of all ATEP requirements (see “Graduation” above).

Leave of Absence/Withdrawal
Students requesting a Leave of Absence or Withdrawal from the Professional Preparation Phase must make their request in writing to the Program Director. The student should meet with the Program Director and Head Athletic Trainer to explore the student’s options and discuss plans for the student’s return to the program.

Student Grievance Procedure
In regard to student grievances, the Athletic Training Education Program abides by the “Procedures for Investigating Complaints About Grades or Student Academic Performance”, which is located in the WPUNJ Undergraduate Catalog. Therefore, if a student has a grievance, he/she must abide by these procedures.

Curriculum changes
Please be advised that changes in the curriculum and/or clinical education experience requirements may be made at any time during the students' course of study. Such changes would be designed to enhance the learning experiences for all students, and students would be required to abide by such changes at the time they are implemented.  The students will be informed of any curriculum changes in a timely manner.

Fall 2020