Athletic Training Education Program
The Athletic Training Education Program is accredited by the Commission on Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and students may sit for the BOC examination at the completion of their degree.
Jim Citty and Athletic Training Complex
The "Jim Citty Football and Athletic Training Complex" was completed in the fall of 2011. This 16,000 square foot facility is attached to the Ganus Athletic Center. The athletic training center is used for all Harding's NCAA division II sports programs and also houses the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) program.
The educational clinic consists of 3,500 square feet and is used for both men's and women's athletic programs. It includes a classroom, evaluation/treatment areas, taping stations, rehab and stretching areas, offices, a hydrotherapy room with cold and hot plunge pools, wet room for ice and water prep, and a storeroom/laundry room. Modalities and rehab tools are available for teaching and use with athletic teams.
A second athletic training room is located in the Rhodes Memorial Field House. This facility has two evaluation tables, muscle stim/ultrasound machines, a hydrocollator, a whirlpool, and an ice machine.
A third athletic training room is being added to the new soccer complex. It will have areas for evaluation, treatment, taping, rehabilitation, and practice/game preparation.
Harding Academy is a Pre K-12th grade program located on campus and has two athletic training facilities that are used by the program:
1. Barden Field House contains evaluation tables, taping stations, whirlpool, and ice machine. Modalities/rehab tools are also present and are moved to meet the "in-season" sport.
2. The Harris Gym has a room that contains two evaluation tables and a whirlpool.
Area High Schools, the local medical center, and local physical therapy clinic are also used by Approved Clinical Instructors for experiences as the program grows and needs arise.
Dr. Lambeth holds a doctorate in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership with an emphasis in human movement, a master's degree in Education Administration, and has various experiences with working at the primary and secondary education levels as a classroom teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent of schools. He also taught at The University of Memphis (Department of Human Movement Science and Education) before joining Harding University's Department of Kinesiology as an associate professor.
Involved with athletic training for 30 years; he served as an "athletic training student" for Harding College as an undergraduate, was the "athletic trainer" (before certification was required) for high school teams and was an intern with Harding University while preparing to sit for BOC exam. He completed his Athletic Trainers certification in November 2002 and has served as an Athletic Trainer for both the Harding University and Harding Academy athletic teams since that time
As the director of the program he teaches upper-level classes, supervises clinical experiences, and works with the athletic teams.
Clinical Supervisor/ Head Athletic Trainer
Ronnie has served as the Head Athletic Trainer for Harding University since 1997. His role has included supervision of all sports programs, classroom instruction, and the training/mentoring of students. As an intern for two professional teams (the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots) he gained valuable skills and important contacts that have allowed him to place his students in those programs as well
Clinical Instructor/Athletic Trainer for Women's Programs
Shaya joined the faculty at Harding in the fall of 2008 to direct the athletic training program for the female athletes. Her training at Texas Tech University and her work with various high school teams have provided her with a wealth of knowledge she is eager to share with her students in the classroom and in the clinic.
Clinical Instructor/Clinical Supervisor
Brian joined the faculty at Harding in the fall of 2011 to supervise the clinical portion of the Athletic Training Education Program. His work with the concussion clinic at Children's Hospital in Little Rock and his work with two of the largest high schools in the state have provided him with a knowledge base that will be a great resource for the students. Brian enjoys teaching and mentoring students in the classroom and in the clinic. Brian is a published author and has been involved in research with concussions and athletics.
Dr. Citty serves as a general practitioner at the Searcy Medical Center and is on the board at White County Hospital. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the United States Army where he served as a part of the medical staff
His service to the University includes 15 years as an adjunct in the College of Nursing and more than 25 years as team doctor for the Bison. Dr. Citty attends most athletic events, conducts clinics and evaluations on campus, makes frequent visits to the athletic training facility, and is available to see students at his clinic when needed. He is frequently called on to do guest lectures for the exercise science programs at Harding.
He has been a strong supporter of the athletic training education program. He will serve as an advisor/consultant and his office will serve as a clinical site for students in the program.
The program is selective and competitive.
Applicants will be advised in writing of selection status.
Student-applicants to the Athletic Training Education Program should follow these procedures:
- Apply and be accepted for admission to Harding University.
- Complete an application that would include appropriate ACT/SAT scores and other pertinent information. This application can be obtained by indicating Exercise and Sport Sciences/Athletic Training as your preferred major on the admissions application or by contacting the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences for an application.
- Submit three (3) letters of recommendations. These letters should be from head athletic trainers, coaches, team physicians, or other supervisory personnel who would be able to attest to your work in the field of athletic training.
- If you have no experience in athletic training, you must prepare a letter that would explain your interests in this field and career goals associated with the attainment of a degree in athletic training.
- All application materials and transcripts must be sent to
Randy Lambeth, Program Director, Harding University 12281,
Searcy, Arkansas 72149-0001.
Upon receipt of all application materials by the Program Director, the student will be eligible for selection into the candidacy phase of the athletic training program.
Preliminary Selection-Candidacy Phase: Applicants will be ranked numerically based on the following criteria:
1. Non weighted, cumulative high school GPA/4.0 scale.
2. GPA/4.0 scale in high school science and sports medicine related course work.
3. Class rank/ACT-SAT scores.
4. Previous athletic training experience.
5. Recommendations and/or paper explaining interest in athletic training.
6. Extracurricular activities/leadership experience.
The top 10 applicants in this ranking are eligible for candidacy status. Applicants not invited to enter the candidacy phase may re-apply the following year. All applicants who eventually re-apply must meet all requirements in effect at the time of application.
Final Selection-Athletic Training Student Phase:
The final selection of students for the Athletic Training Education Program will be made after candidates have completed two semesters. A training team of 32 members will be maintained.
Selection will be based on the following criteria:
- Academic performance-cumulative university GPA.
- Clinical evaluations.
- Formal interview.
Retention in the Athletic Training Education Program will be based on the following criteria:
- Cumulative GPA of 2.50 higher
- GPA of 2.50 or higher in all course work in the major
- Compliance with all policies defined in the Athletic Training Handbook
- Compliance with the rules and regulations of Harding University
Failure to meet any one of the retention criteria requires the student to be on probationary status. If the student fails to meet the criteria for two consecutive semesters, the student may be dropped from the program.
Athletic Training Technical Standards
The athletic training education program is a rigorous and intensive 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 education program establishes 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 expectations of the program's accrediting agency.
Prior to acceptance into the athletic training education program, each student will be required to verify that they can meet the required technical standards of the Harding University Athletic Training Education Program or that reasonable accommodations can be made through the center for Student Support Services. A review of accommodations will be made, taking into account whether the accommodations would jeopardize clinician/patient safety, or the educational process of the student or the institution, including all coursework, clinical experiences and internships deemed essential for graduation.
Reasonable accommodations cannot reduce the rigor of the academic component that can detract from measuring the students' cognitive and psychomotor ability to provide health care to an injured physically active person/athlete in a life threatening or non-life threatening situation
The following are the technical standards for the Athletic Training Education Program at Harding University:
- Candidates must be able to actively learn from observations, demonstrations, and experiments in the basic sciences.
- Candidates must be able to learn to analyze, synthesize, solve problems and reach assessment and therapeutic judgment distinguished from the norm.
- Candidates must have sufficient sensory function and coordination to perform appropriate physical examination using acceptable
- Candidates must be able to relate effectively to athletes and the physically active and to establish sensitive, professional relationships with them.
- Candidates are expected to be able to communicate the results of the assessment to the injured or ill exerciser, to responsible officials, to parents or guardians and to colleagues with accuracy, clarity and efficiency
- Candidates are expected to learn and perform routine prevention, assessment, emergency care and therapeutic procedures.
- Candidates are expected to be able to display good judgment in the assessment and treatment of injured or ill athletes and physically active individuals.
- Candidates must be able to learn to respond with precise, quick and appropriate action in emergency situations.
- Candidates are expected to be able to accept criticism and respond by appropriate modification of behavior.
- Candidates are expected to possess the perseverance, diligence and consistency to complete the athletic training curriculum, to attempt BOC certification within the year of program completion and enter the practice of athletic training.
Prior to admission, the student must submit to the program director of the athletic training education program a completed health evaluation (physical examination) by either a MD or a DO. This evaluation must include areas specified by the programs technical standards. In addition, the health evaluation must document the students' immunizations history recommended by the Center for Disease Control for health care workers before being exposed to patients/athletes and to blood or blood contaminated products. As of 2001, these immunizations include hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus and diphtheria. Harding University-Athletic Training Education Program
Harding University Academic Catalogue can be seen at www.harding.edu/catalog.
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