In the Fall of 2019, the Athletic Training, BS was inactived for students to enroll in. Students currently enrolled in the program must complete their degree by August 2022.
Contact: Professor Jason Honeck, Program Director
CAATE program status is: The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Athletic Training Program is currently on probation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The program has chosen to Voluntarily Withdraw its Accreditation effective April 15, 2019. The program will remain on probation until the Withdraw is effective and the program is closed.
Pre-admission Requirements for the Athletic Training Major
Only those students interested in becoming Board of Certification (BOC)-certified athletic trainers can major in athletic training.
- Completion of HPRED 0101 Introduction to Sports Medicine , HPRED 0110 Practicum in Athletic Training , HPRED 0180 Sports Safety Training , and BIOL 0212 , 0213 , 0222 , and 0223 , Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II and Human Anatomy Labs I and II.
- Completion of a minimum of 24 credits (i.e., sophomore standing).
- Minimum GPA of 3.00 in major and 2.75 overall.
- Complete a minimum of 50 observation hours with the Pitt-Bradford Athletic Training faculty/staff.
- Current CPR/First Aid/AED certification verification.
- Must have a current physical examination completed by a physician and current proof of medical insurance.
- Each student must meet the technical standards outlined below.
- Must have completed Blood Borne Pathogen Workshop.
- Must complete a formal interview with AT Program Faculty.
Admission is competitive, and all who apply may not be accepted into the program.
Technical Standards For Admission
The Athletic Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford 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 Athletic Training 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 of Allied Health Education Programs [CAATE]). The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the Athletic Training 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.
Compliance with the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for the NATABOC certification exam.
Candidates for selection to the Athletic Training Program must demonstrate:
- 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.
- Sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; accurately, safely, and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients.
- 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.
- The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately.
- The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.
- The perseverance, diligence, and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced.
- Flexibility and ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.
- Effective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional, educational, and quality patient care.
Candidates for selection to the Athletic Training Program will be required to verify that they understand and meet these technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet the standards.
Students with documented learning, physical, or emotional disabilities may receive accommodations services through the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Office of Disability Resources and Services (DRS) if the student states that he/she could meet the program’s technical standards with accommodation and confirm that the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws. The required testing needed to determine the type of accommodation needed will be at the student’s own expense. The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford does not pay for any accommodations testing.
If a student states he/she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, then the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Office of Disability Resources and Services (DRS) will determine whether it agrees that the student can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodation. This includes a review of whether the accommodations requested are reasonable, taking into account whether the accommodation would jeopardize clinician/patient safety or the educational process of the student or the institution, including all course work, clinical experiences, and internships deemed essential to graduation.
I certify that I have read and understand the technical standards for selection listed above, and I believe to the best of my knowledge that I meet each of these standards without accommodation. I understand that if I am unable to meet these standards I will not be admitted into the program.
Signature of Applicant, Date
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH AT BRADFORD
ATHLETIC TRAINING PROGRAM
TECHNICAL STANDARDS FOR ADMISSION
STUDENT REQUESTING ACCOMMODATION FORM
I certify that I have read and understand the technical standards of selection listed above, and I believe to the best of my knowledge that I can meet each of these standards with certain accommodations. I will contact the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Academic Coaching and Tutoring Center (ASC) to determine what accommodations may be available. I understand that if I am unable to meet these standards with or without accommodations, I will not be admitted into the program.
Signature of Applicant, Date
Athletic Training Guidelines and Requirements:
- Formally be admitted into the athletic training program.
- Complete 900 hours of clinical rotation.
- Provide immunization records and be current with all required immunizations each year.
- Have a physical exam completed by a physician each year, and have proof of current medical insurance.
- Complete annual blood-borne pathogen workshop and HIPAA workshop
- Students may participate in no more than one intercollegiate sport per academic year.
- Pay the lab fee to cover liability insurance costs each semester (automatically charged to students’ accounts).
- Be compliant with the program’s technical standards.
- Transportation to external professional experience sites may be necessary and is the responsibility of the student.
- Adhere to the profession’s code of ethics, and the ATEP policies and procedures.
- Satisfy all requirements for graduation.
- Earn a minimum grade of C- in each of the program’s required core courses.
- Successfully complete the clinical sequence of courses.
- Successfully complete all the clinical proficiencies for each of the clinical courses with an 80 percent or better.
- Maintain a GPA of 3.0 in the major and a 2.75 overall.
- Must have current FBI fingerprints and certified background check.
- Must be a current student member of the NATA in good standing during the senior year.
- Students are required to purchase ATS name badge (a cost of $5.30) that must be worn at clinical sites.
Athletic Training Guidelines and Requirements for Transfer Students:
The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford accepts transfers into the Athletic Training (AT) program under the following conditions:
- The student must be accepted to The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in order to be considered for admission into the AT major.
- Students must apply to the AT major with the same application process as all other students.
- Students must meet all selection criteria.
- Students who were not accepted into a CAATE accredited AT major at their prior institution must complete the entire three-year clinical education program.
- Students transferring (following admission into) from another CAATE-accredited athletic training education program must show verification of proficiencies met and clinical experiences satisfied if they wish to ( eliminate ) waive some of the requirements in the clinical education component of the AT program. Students need to realize that the AT major at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford may not parallel their original school’s clinical education structure. Therefore, one year of clinical education at their original school may not transfer in as one year of clinical education at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
- Students transferring (following admission into) from another CAATE-accredited athletic training education program must take the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford AT semester- end competency examinations to show their proficiency in AT skills if they wish to eliminate (waive) a clinical education course or courses. In order to be eligible to test out of a clinical course students must show proof of successful completion of the experience requirement and proficiencies assigned to this course. Proof typically entails the syllabus and a letter from the (original) Program Director of the program transferred from, verifying the proficiencies that have been satisfied.
- Didactic course work will be waived based on content taught in the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford AT courses. It is the responsibility of the student to show prior course content completed. A course syllabus is typically the best means of comparing Pitt-Bradford and other institution courses. Transfer students are held to the same retention criteria as Pitt-Bradford students. Grades in AT major courses must be C- or better.
- Transfer applications are reviewed by the AT program director for completeness and to determine the most appropriate level for this student in the Pitt-Bradford AT major.
Admission is competitive, and all who apply may not be accepted into the program.
Additional Athletic Training Program Costs:
- Required uniform $100
- Required criminal background clearances $100 (approximate) for off-campus high school clinical rotations
- ATS student liability insurance annual fee $11 (automatically posted to students’ accounts)
- Transportation to off-campus clinical rotations (transportation costs depend on the distance to the off-campus clinical rotation site)
- Average laboratory fees per year $65
- NATA Membership Annual Dues (includes NATA, EATA, and PATS) $85 (mandatory senior year)
- Students are required to purchase an ATS name badge (a cost of $5.30) that must be worn at all clinical sites.