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The University of Nebraska Athletic Training Education Program (UNK-ATEP) is developed in accordance with the CAATE Standards for the accreditation of athletic training education programs. Courses include didactic and clinical instruction in subject matter areas as determined by the NATA Athletic Training Educational Competencies. The program offers the student a wide variety of field experience settings for the practice of applying the knowledge and skills acquired.
The mission of the University of Nebraska at Kearney Athletic Training Education Program (UNK-ATEP) is to provide students with a comprehensive educational experience and strong clinical foundation for a career in the allied health care profession of athletic training. Students will acquire knowledge and skills necessary for completing tasks within the professional setting. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding and ability to implement proper prevention, management, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses of the physically active individual in a variety of settings.
Students will demonstrate level-appropriate knowledge related to the NATA Athletic Training Educational Competencies (5th ed.).
Students will demonstrate level-appropriate skills that are identified in the NATA Athletic Training Educational Competencies (5th ed.).
Students will demonstrate level-appropriate clinical application abilities and professional behaviors.
Students will challenge and pass the Board Of Certification Examination so that they may be certified as athletic training professionals.
Students who successfully pass the BOC examination, will secure placement within the healthcare profession in order to effectively utilize their baccalaureate education.
Undergraduate degrees at UNK are offered through the four undergraduate colleges: the College of Fine Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Social Sciences, the College of Business and Technology, and the College of Education. Students must be admitted into the University of Nebraska at Kearney as a degree seeking student.
The faculty of the various colleges generally determine and govern their programs, including special admission requirements and degree requirements.
Students in the Athletic Training Education Program are required to complete the program as described in the University Catalog. The UNK athletic training education advisors will assist all Athletic Training students in their academic and career goals.
The Athletic Training Education Program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney has a clearly defined position within the university and departmental framework. The program is in compliance with the CAATE standards for the accreditation of athletic training degree programs. The program contains three distinct parts. They include
The clinical experience is thorough, progressive, applied, and it exists within a competency based framework. The three aspects together are designed to compliment one another while offering the student exposure to a wide variety of experiences within the field. The program has a clear acceptance criteria, which allows for a selection process for entry and maintenance of its students as they progress through the program. The department and university have demonstrated financial support as well as demonstrate the ability to offer a wide variety of resources to support the program and its growth. Facilities and equipment reflect what is in use and comparable to that commonly found within the professional setting. There is a qualified individual, designated by job description, as the program director who provides an administrative and supervisory role for the program. There is adequate staffing that operate in compliance with required competency based educational outcomes. Staffing not only meets academic requirements but also addresses the needs demonstrated by the athletic department for coverage of the university sports teams.
Upon acceptance into the university, students wishing to enter the Athletic Training Education Program must declare the Athletic Training Major as their field of study. Near the end of the student’s first semester of course work, they must submit an official application for acceptance into the Athletic Training Education Program. Requirements for consideration of an application and qualification for being granted an interview include: completion of observation experiences, a C or better in PE 310 Introduction to Human Physiologic Response to Exercise, a C or better in PE 265 Emergency Medical Response (w/ certification), a C or better in PE 264 & Lab, a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better, and successful completion of the established application process. Each student will be required, as part of the application process, to complete an interview with the athletic training education program committee. The program committee will ultimately grant acceptance. Official application must be submitted by a date established during the spring term. Interviews will be scheduled during April of the spring semester for all students who qualify. Notification of full acceptance into the program will be provided once all qualified applications are reviewed. Each applicant will be notified by mail of his or her status. Transfer or students wishing to change to the Athletic Training Program will have their candidacy individually evaluated.
Although each student will be required to complete an established criterion for application, completion of the criteria does not ensure acceptance into the Athletic Training Education Program. Only an established number of positions will be available each year for qualified applicants. The number of available positions is dictated by the number of clinical educators currently present in the program. Ranked cumulative GPA & successful completion of entrance requirements will contribute to the evaluation process that the program committee will use to consider granting acceptance to any applicant. The program committee may utilize all aspects of the student’s first year observation experiences, the results of the interview, the student’s ACT or SAT scores, TOEFL scores, GPA, grades in pre-requisite courses, and each of the components that make up the competency acquisition within pre-requisite courses to assist them in granting acceptance to any qualified applicant. Those students with the highest GPA and who qualify for acceptance as well as demonstrate excellence in each component of their observation / candidacy period will be given first consideration for acceptance.
A UNK student wishing to change their major field of study or a student wishing to transfer into the program utilizing previous academic or practical experience must provide the program committee with verification of like experiences to that of any student beginning their study as a declared athletic training student. Every such student wishing to apply for admission into the ATEP must present verification of practical experience under a Certified Athletic Trainer, verification of successful completion of an equivalent Human Anatomy and Physiology course with an accompanying lab, Proof of certification in American Red Cross or American Heart Association CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Proof of certification in American Red Cross First Aid, successful completion of a course similar to PE 264 Foundations of Athletic Training and Lab, and a minimum of a 2.75 overall GPA.
__ Completion of Orientation for Athletic Training
__ Complete and turn in all aspects of the official application by the last Friday before
__ Complete PE 310 w/ a C or better
__ Complete PE 264 w/ a C or better
__ Complete PE 265 Emergency Medical Response w/ a C or better & certification
__ Complete all competencies required for level I students
__ Complete all observation assignments
__ Complete favorable interview w. the AT program committee
__ Acquire a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
__ Successful completion of the entire application process
__ The number of available openings within the established ratio of student to clinical
instructor will dictate the number of students accepted into the program (may vary
from year to year).
__ Cumulative GPA will be ranked for all qualified applicants.
__ Each factor contributing to the competencies taught in each pre-requisite course and
field exposure requirements will be considered.
__ Complete all observation requirements for prospective AT students.
__ Master all of the competencies presented in all pre-requisite courses.
__ Exhibition of dedication through the students observation / candidacy period will be
__ ACT scores will be ranked and used in the acceptance process.
__ The interview will be scored and interview scores will ranked.
A student will be required to maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA and a 3.0 GPA in the Athletic Training Core in order to remain in the clinical program and to maintain full acceptance status. A student falling short of a cumulative 2.75 GPA and/or a 3.0 in the Athletic Training Core after being fully accepted into the program, will be placed on probation and will not be permitted to enroll in any program core courses, continue to gather field experience hours, enroll in PE 174 practicum courses or officially complete clinical competencies until their GPA is returned to the minimum of 2.75 and/or 3.0 respectively. A student who is not reinstated after 2 semesters of probation may be removed from the program. Once the student is fully accepted into the program they will be required to achieve a minimum of a C in Athletic Training Core courses. Upon receiving a grade below a C, the student will be required to repeat the course during the next semester it is offered and will not be permitted to enroll in any of the following sequence courses, enroll in PE 174 practicum courses or continue their clinical progression.
Sophomore or second year as declared major, having achieved full acceptance into the program.
__ Cumulative GPA must not drop below 2.75 and a GPA of 3.0 in the Exercise Science
and Athletic Training Core courses.
__ Maintain Current Red Cross certification in CPR for the Professional Rescuer.
__ All courses in the Athletic Training Core must be complete with a minimum of a C grade. All Exercise Science and Athletic Training Core courses completed without a C or better must be repeated. The student will not be permitted to take any further courses beyond the AT course in question if the following course(s) requires the course as a pre-requisite. The student will also not be permitted to continue clinical progression which includes PE 174 enrollment.
__ Complete each semester PE 174 practicum enrollment with a C or better. Completion of each practicum course includes aspects of clinical instruction, field assignment requirements, field experience evaluations, written and practical promotion examinations, & other specific practicum course requirements.
__ Successful completion (70% composite score) of clinical level advancement examinations.
__ Have received program recommendation for advancement to each clinical level.
Individual Graduation and Certification Data
The link below is the URL to the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education web page that posts the UNK program’s graduation and BOC examination pass rates.
The Athletic Training Program enjoys an “Active – in good standing” status with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training.