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training Application Requirements

The program is selective and competitive.
Student-applicants to the Athletic Training Education Program should follow these procedures:

  1. Apply and be accepted for admission to Harding University.
  2. Complete an application that would include appropriate ACT/SAT scores and other pertinent information.
  3. Submit three (3) letters of recommendations. These letters should be from athletic trainers, coaches, team physicians, or other supervisory personnel who would be able to attest to your work in the field of athletic training, character, work ethic...
  4. Prepare a letter/essay that would explain your interests in this field and career goals.
  5. All application materials and transcripts must be sent to Brian Cox, Program Director, Harding University Box 12281, Searcy, Arkansas 72149-2281.

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.

trainingPreliminary 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
  6. Letter/Essay explaining interest in athletic training.
  7. Extracurricular activities/leadership experience.  

 Prior to acceptance into the Athletic Training Education Program, students will be advised academically by the athletic training education staff and they may take introduction/general education classes. Emphasis on pre-requisites for the athletic training education program will be made.

The top applicants in this ranking are eligible for candidacy status.
The clinical participants in the program will be kept to a small number. This will allow for individual instruction and supervision, meeting guidelines of the CAATE accreditation, and allow the students and athletes to work effectively with the clinical facilities and instructors. A training team of approximately 32 members will be maintained.

Final Selection-Athletic Training Student Phase:
The final selection of students to enter the clinical portion of the Athletic Training Education Program will be made after candidates have completed two semesters of college work.

The following additional criteria will be required for progression into the program:

  1. Cumulative GPA of 2.50 higher
  2. GPA of 2.50 or higher in all course work designated as “ pre-requisites and major required courses”
  3. Compliance with all policies defined in the Athletic Training Handbook
  4. Compliance with the rules and regulations of Harding University

Retention in the Athletic Training Education Program will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Cumulative GPA of 2.50 higher
  2. GPA of 2.50 or higher in all course work in the major
  3. Compliance with all policies defined in the Athletic Training Handbook
  4. 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.

healthHealth Status
Athletic Training Students may be asked to submit to a physical evaluation at the same time as the athletes they work with.  This evaluation must include areas specified by the programs technical standards. The students' immunization history, including recommendations by the Center for Disease Control for health care workers will be obtained from the university health services/admissions. Before being exposed to patients/athletes and to blood or blood contaminated products the athletic training student must participate in a Bloodborne Pathogen workshop by a trained instructor.

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