The athletic training program at West Texas A&M University has voluntarily withdrawn their accreditation and is no longer admitting students. The date of voluntary withdrawal of accreditation coincides with the graduation of the last cohort in August 2020.
|Graduate Results||2016||2015||2014||Three Year Program Summary|
|Number of Graduates||6||11||10||27|
|Number Taking BOC||5||9||6||20|
|Number Passing BOC on First Attempt||2||3||4||9|
|Percent Passing BOC on First Attempt||40%||33%||67%||45%|
|Number Passing BOC Regardless of Attempt Numbers||4||7||4||15|
|Percent Passing BOC regardless of number of Attempts||80%||78%||67%||75%|
|Graduate Placement Data|
|Graduate Program/Continued Education||0||5||4||9|
|Athletic Training Practice/Using AT Credentials in Employment||4||5||1||10|
|Employed Outside of Field Related to Athletic Training||2||1||5||8|
The mission of the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at West Texas A&M University is to prepare undergraduate students for careers in athletic training or other sports medicine or allied health areas. Program goals are developed with the expectation students will be able to demonstrate evidence of content knowledge, leadership, communication skills and critical thinking towards employment and engaged citizens. Competencies and proficiencies, essential for professional preparation, are in alignment to the standards set by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
The ATEP is a selective and competitive admissions allied-health program. Students successfully completing the 120-hour program, including both didactic and clinical education courses, will receive bachelor of science degrees in athletic training. The ATEP faculty is dedicated to provide all students with academic and clinical experiences that meet requirements of Competencies in Athletic Training and prepare students for the profession of athletic training and meeting health-care needs of the physically active.
The primary goal of the bachelor of science degree in athletic training program at WTAMU is to prepare the student in instructional and clinical settings to utilize current and emerging health-care skills for athletic training. The graduate of the B.S in Athletic Training will be able to:
Athletic Training Program (ATP) Admission - The athletic training program at West Texas A&M University has voluntarily withdrawn their accreditation and is no longer admitting students. The date of voluntary withdrawal of accreditation coincides with the graduation of the last cohort in August 2020.Transfer Student Policy
The WTAMU ATP encourages the application of transfer students. Transfer students are encouraged to visit the WTAMU campus and meet with the program director. The transfer student must meet all admissions criteria of the University.
The ATEP program can grant transfer credit for ATTR 2371— Athletic Training, BIOL 2401— Anatomy and Physiology I, and BIOL 2402—Anatomy and Physiology II, and SES prefixed courses provided the course work evaluated to be equivalent to the WTAMU coursework. A transfer student with prior collegiate athletic training experience under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer can be provisionally admitted to the ATEP and complete the required 50 hours of observation in the program prior to the beginning of the academic year. The transfer student must provide signed documentation of the experience and hours completed from his or her supervising certified athletic trainer. Upon successful completion of the required hours and evaluation by WTAMU, the transfer student will be granted full admission status to the ATP. The student will have a minimum of six required semesters prior to eligibility for graduation from the ATP.
Course sequencing for a transfer student will be developed on an individual bases with consideration of course work transferred into the University. All transfer students will follow course sequencing for all athletic training (ATTR) courses as outlined for the athletic training major once admitted into the ATP.
General Education (42 hours)
Athletic Training Major Requirements
The WTAMU Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on 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. Technical standards set forth by the ATEP establish 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 Athletic Training Education [CAATE - www.caate.net]).
All students admitted to the ATEP must meet the following abilities and expectations. 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 BOC certification exam.
Candidates for selection to the ATEP must demonstrate:
Candidates for selection to the ATEP will be required to verify they understand and meet these technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet the standards.
The WTAMU Disabled Students Services will evaluate a student who states he or she could meet the program’s technical standards with accommodation and confirm that the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws.
If a student states he or she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, then the University 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 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.
Upon acceptance into the ATP, students are to present a completed medical history and physical completed by a physician, documentation of the first and second of the series of three hepatitis-B vaccinations and a signed Technical Standards Agreement. The third of the hepatitis-B vaccination series may be completed after the start of the academic year. If a student declines the hepatitis-B vaccination series, a signed Declination Statement must be on file with the program director. Students are to annually present documentation each August of (1) CPR/AED for professional rescuer certification from the American Heart Association or American Red Cross valid throughout the school year, and (2) negative-TB skin-test results valid through the academic year.
Students admitted to the Athletic Training Education Program will be required to purchase student National Athletic Trainers' Assocation (NATA) membership for access to ATrack. Students may be annually responsible for purchase of required uniform items. Details can be obtained from the program director. Athletic training students involved in off-campus clinical experiences or clinical observations will have the responsibility to provide his or her own transportation to any placement and will be responsible for any costs incurred.
All Athletic Training Students will be required to participate in pre-season annual in-service training workshops. The date will be determined and distributed to all students prior to July 1 each summer. Any Athletic Training Student, who is unable to attend, must provide written documentation of absence prior to August 1st and must schedule a separate in-service workshop with the Program Director prior to the first day of University class instruction.
Retention Policy—Retention in the WTAMU Athletic TrainingEducational Program (ATP) for all athletic training students is based on the following criteria:
Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Probation Policy—An ATS will be placed on probation if he or she fails to meet any of the retention standards. The ATS will receive written notification from the program director or clinical coordinator indicating the probationary status. The ATS must meet with the program director or clinical coordinator where a written contact will be developed and signed with a time line and specific requirements that must be made to remove the probationary status.
Suspension Policy—An ATS will be suspended from the ATP if he or she fails to meet each of the assigned probationary requirements. A student on suspension from the program will not be allowed to take any athletic training courses other than to repeat courses in which he or she earned less than a “B.” In addition, a student on suspension will not be assigned clinical experiences or responsibilities within the program. The student may reapply for admission to the ATP.
West Texas A&M University Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The athletic training program at West Texas A&M University has voluntarily withdrawn their accreditation and is no longer admitting students. The date of voluntary withdrawal of accreditation coincides with the graduation of the last cohort in August 2020.