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Admission Criteria

  • The following are criteria for admission into Olivet's Athletic Training Education Program.

  • Admission criteria

    I. Application process

    Students make application for the Athletic Training Education Program the Spring semester of their freshman year. Application for admission into Olivet Nazarene University’s Athletic Training Program (ONU-ATEP) is based upon the following competitive admission requirements:

    A. Completion of the ONU-ATEP application packet which includes:

    • Application form
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Health form (physical)
    • Immunization form
    • Hepatitis B Series form
    • Technical standards form
    • Directed Observation hour log
    • Observation Evaluation
    • Observation Orientation
    • Essay

    B. Completion of the following courses:

    • EXSS 147 - Introduction to Athletic Training
    • EXSS 183- Prevention of Athletic Injuries
    • PHED 190 - Wellness
    • PHED 241 - First Aid and CPR

    C. A required GPA:

    • Cumulative GPA of 2.50 (4.0 scale)
    • Minimum grade of "C" in EXSS 147, EXSS 183, EXSS 241, BIO 211 and PHED 190

    D. Completion of at least two semesters with a minimum of 24 earned credit hours (Olivet Nazarene University or approved transferred credits).

    E. Obtain a minimum of 50 direct observation hours.

    F. Interview with the ATEP Admission Review Committee.

    G. ATEP Technical Standards evaluation.

    Application deadline date will be April 1 of each academic year. Formal notification of acceptance into the ATEP will be made by the program director after the spring semester grades are posted. Students will receive full acceptance, denial, or acceptance on probationary status.
    Acceptance on probationary status will be granted due to any of the following:

    • Incomplete required course work
    • GPA below 2.5 but not under 2.0
    • Unable to complete application process due to uncontrollable circumstances (PD's decision)

    Under probationary acceptance the student has the fall semester to complete the deficiencies. If unable to, the student will be removed from the Athletic Training Program and will have an opportunity to reapply the following application time.

    II. Transfer policy

    Application for transfer student admission into the Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Training Program (ONU-ATEP) must complete or show proof of completion of the following:

    For admittance into the ONU ATEP at a sophomore level, the following must be completed:  

    A. Completion of the ONU-ATEP application Packet:

    • Application form
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Health form (physical)
    • Immunization form
    • Hepatitis B Series form
    • Technical Standards form
    • Directed Observation hour log (50 hr. minimum under certified athletic trainer)
    • Clinical supervisor evaluation
    • Essay
    • Transcripts (college transferring from)

    B. Completion or approval of transfer credits of the following courses:

    • EXSS 147- Introduction to Athletic Training
    • EXSS 183- Prevention of Athletic Injuries
    • BIO 211- Medical Terminology
    • EXSS 241- First Aid

    C. Completion of at least two semesters with a minimum of 24 earned credit hours at the University level (at Olivet Nazarene University and/or transfer)

    D. A required cumulative GPA of 2.50 (4.0 scale)

    E. Minimum grade of "C" in courses equivalent to EXSS 147, EXSS 183, EXSS 241, and PHED 190

    F. An on campus or phone interview conducted by the ATEP Program Director

    G. ATEP Technical Standards Evaluation

    ONU-ATEP program director has the right to accept or reject the necessary information needed for acceptance.

    NOTE:
    All of the above requirements must be completed or show planned completion by the FALL of the transfer student's incoming year.

    For admittance into the ONU ATEP at a junior level, the following must be completed:  

    A. Completion of the ONU-ATEP application packet:

    • Application form
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Health form
    • Immunization form
    • Technical standards form
    • Directed observation hour log (24 weeks minimum under certified athletic trainer)
    • Clinical supervisor evaluation
    • Essay
    • Transcripts (College transferring from)

    B. Completion or approval of transfer credits of the following courses:

    • EXSS 147- Introduction to Athletic Injuries
    • EXSS 183- Prevention of Athletic Injuries
    • BIO 211- Medical Terminology
    • EXSS 241- First Aid
    • PHED 190- Wellness
    • EXSS 280- AT Clinical I
    • EXSS 215- Lower Extremity Assessment
    • EXSS 275- Upper Extremity Assessment
    • PHED 246- Human Anatomy and Phys I
    • PHED 247- Human Anatomy and Phys II
    • EXSS 205- Therapeutic Modalities
    • EXSS 281- AT Clinical II

    C. Completion of at least 4 semesters within a minimum of 60 earned credit hours at the university level (at Olivet Nazarene University and/or transfer)

    D. A required cumulative GPA of 2.50 (4.0 scale)

    E. Minimum grade of "C" in courses equivalent to all the above courses

    F. An on campus or phone interview conducted by the ATEP Program Director
    G. ATEP Technical Standards evaluation

    Completion of required clinical skills for the junior level. The ATEP Director and Clinical Coordinator will review the students completed clinical skills and decide if completed skills match the required level.

    Clinical Skill requirements can be obtained by contacting the Program Director.

    ONU-ATEP Program Director has the right to accept or reject the necessary information needed for acceptance.

    NOTE:
    All of the above requirements must be completed or show planned completion by the FALL of the transfer student's incoming year.

    For admittance into the ONU-ATEP at a senior level, the following must be completed:  

    A. Completion of the ONU-ATEP application packet:

    • Application form
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Health form (physical and immunization information)
    • Hepatitis B Series form
    • Technical standards form
    • Directed Observation hour log (46 weeks minimum under certified AT)
    • Clinical supervisor evaluation
    • Essay
    • Transcripts (College transferring from)

    B. Completion or approval of transfer credits of the following courses:

    • EXSS 147- Introduction to Athletic Injuries
    • EXSS 183- Prevention of Athletic Injuries
    • BIO 211- Medical Terminology
    • EXSS 241- First Aid
    • PHED 190- Wellness
    • EXSS 280- AT Clinical I
    • EXSS 372- Therapeutic Exercise
    • EXSS 381- AT Clinical IV
    • EXSS 215- Lower Extremity Assessment
    • EXSS 275- Upper Extremity Assessment
    • PHED 246- Human Anatomy and Phys I
    • PHED 247- Human Anatomy and Phys II
    • EXSS 205- Therapeutic Modalities
    • EXSS 281- AT Clinical II
    • EXSS 380- AT Clinical III
    • EXSS 362- General Medical Conditions

    C. Completion of at least 4 semesters with a minimum of 90 earned credit hours at the university level (at Olivet Nazarene University and/or transfer)

    D. A required cumulative GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale)

    E. Minimum grade of "C" in courses equivalent to all the above courses

    F. An on campus or phone interview conducted by the ATEP Program Director

    G. ATEP Technical Standards evaluation

    Completion of required clinical skills for the Junior and Senior Level. The ATEP Director and Clinical Coordinator will review students completed clinical skills and decide if completed skills match the required level.

    Clinical skill requirements can be obtained through contacting the Program Director.

    ONU-ATEP Program Director has the right to accept or reject the necessary information needed for acceptance.

    NOTE:
    All of the above requirements must be completed or show planned completion by the FALL of the transfer student's incoming year.

    III. Technical Standards

    It is the objective of the Athletic Training Education Program at Olivet Nazarene University to prepare students for the wide variety of athletic training employment settings that currently exist. Toward this end, the faculty of the athletic training education program has set forth technical standards. These standards outline the essential cognitive, psychomotor, and affective qualities considered necessary for students admitted into the program to achieve the baseline competencies and proficiencies required of an entry-level NATABOC  certified athletic trainer, as well as The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), our accrediting agency.

    Students matriculating in the athletic training education program at Olivet Nazarene University are subject to rigorous and intense requirements. Students must possess the perseverance, diligence, and commitment to complete the athletic training program as outlined and sequenced. The essential requirements listed below must be met by all students selected into the athletic training program and must be maintained throughout the student's progress within the program. Students unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, may be dismissed from the program.

    Candidates applying for the athletic training education program must:

    •  Be proficient in higher order thinking skills, including: Assimilation, analysis, and synthesis. Additionally, students must be able to integrate concepts and problem-solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and be able to distinguish deviations from the norm.
    • Possess psychomotor postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination necessary to perform appropriate physical examinations utilizing accepted techniques; perform common prevention and emergency care techniques; and accurately, safely and efficiently use equipment and materials during assessment and therapeutic treatment of patients.
    • Understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice. Communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds.
    • Document both physical examination results and rehabilitation protocols and results clearly and accurately.
    • Identify and respond appropriately to emergency situations and other situations that generate a high level of stress.
    • Remain flexible and adjust to the fluid uncertainty that surrounds clinical situations.
    • Demonstrate affective competence when dealing with patients, caregivers, and colleagues.
    • Accept constructive evaluation of their skills and respond appropriately by modifying their behavior.

    Candidates for selection into the athletic training education program will be required to verify that they understand and meet these technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they meet the standards.

    If a student feels that he/she is unable to complete the required technical standards they are to contact Dr. Sue Rattin, Director of the Learning Development Center and the Disabilities Compliance Office. Dr. Rattin will evaluate the student to determine if accommodations need to be made for the completion of the required technical standards.

    If a student states he/she can meet the technical standards with accommodations, then the Director of the Learning Development Center and Disabilities Compliance Office will determine whether they agree that the student can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodation; this includes review of whether the accommodations would jeopardize clinical/patient safety, or the educational process of the student or the institution, including all coursework, clinical education and clinical field experiences, including an internship.