The Athletic Training Department at the University of Lynchburg 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 Department 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 Athletic Training Education [CAATE]). All students admitted to the Athletic Training Department must attest that they are able to meet the following abilities and expectations. In the event a student is unable to attest that he/she is able 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.
Athletic Training Students must possess:
- 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; and 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 physical examination results and treatment plans 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 the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.
- Affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.
The purpose of the technical standards is to inform students of realistic expectations of completing the Athletic Training Department. The Athletic Training Department consists of both didactic (classroom) and clinical (hands-on experience) education. The curriculum simulates the physical, intellectual and emotional demands of the profession so that students get a realistic picture of the profession and so that students can be appropriately evaluated on their athletic training knowledge and skill. It is the responsibility of Lynchburg College to inform all admitted and prospective students of these expectations. It is also the responsibility of the University of Lynchburg to develop and follow Retention policies that are consistent with the demands of the technical standards listed above. It is also the responsibility of the University of Lynchburg to make reasonable accommodations to ensure that students can meet the demands of the Athletic Training Department. It is the student’s responsibility to reveal any special accommodations that are needed in the Athletic Training Curriculum in order for the student to complete all requirements of the Athletic Training Department. All students are then held to the same Retention standards.
All requests for accommodations must go through the University of Lynchburg Academic Advising Office. The Support Services Coordinator will review the request for reasonable accommodations with input from the Dean of the College of Health Sciences, and the Athletic Training Department Chairperson as needed. The Support Services Coordinator may ask the student to provide appropriate documentation as evidence of disability in making a decision about the reasonableness of a request.
Candidates for selection into the Athletic Training Department will be required to acknowledge that they understand and meet these technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet the standards.
If a student states he/she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, then the University will determine whether it agrees with the student. This includes a review of whether the accommodations requested are reasonable, taking into account whether an accommodation would jeopardize clinician/patient safety, or the educational process of the student or the institution, including all coursework, clinical experiences and internships deemed essential to graduation.