Student Retention and Progression

The Program Director maintains a student file containing application materials, clinical information and overall student progression. The Program Director and/or the Academic Advisor maintains a student file containing grade reports and course progress information. The student’s program file  contains: master competencies lists for the six clinical education courses, immunization verification, physical examination verification, admission and selection materials, copies of certification cards, proof of a completed background check, signature pages for the ATP policies, and any disciplinary notices. In addition, several items are stored electronically on ATrack such as total clinical hours, student evaluations, and signature pages for completion of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen and HIPPA/FERPA training modules, just to name a few.

Each student in the Nebraska Wesleyan University Athletic Training Education Program must meet the following requirements to retain their position in the program.

The student must:

  1. Show normal progress towards completion of required courses for a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.  The program defines normal progress as a “C” (2.00) or higher in all coursework relevant to a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.
    a. A student may petition to have a leave of absence from academic and clinical requirements for not more than one year and must be make the request in writing to the Program Director.
  2. Maintain an overall minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  3. Follow all policies and procedures of the NWU ATP.

In addition, here are specific requirements for each level of the program:

Pre-Athletic Training Students (Freshmen)

A Pre-Athletic Training Student (Pre-AT) is typically a freshman who is a candidate for application to NWU’s ATP in the current academic year.

The Pre-AT is introduced to basic athletic training principles. This is primarily a year of observation and is designed to familiarize the student with the roles, responsibilities and schedule of an Athletic Trainer. Pre-AT’s will be required to obtain a minimum of 30 observation hours to observe the staff evaluating and treating student-athletes. In addition, each student is assigned a mentor who is usually a Level II or III student in the ATP. All hours should be documented using ATrack within seven days of an observation.

Pre-AT students must complete these requirements prior to starting in the ATP:

  1. Current Emergency Cardiac Care certification.
  2. Completion of the OSHA regulations/universal health precautions training module.
  3. Completion of the HIPPA/FERPA privacy and confidentiality training module.
  4. Completion of 30 observation hours.
  5. Familiar with the athletic training program student manual and electronically verifying it was read and understood.
  6. A good understanding of athletic trainer relationships with athletes, coaches, medical practitioners and staff.
  7. Basic knowledge of athletic training room equipment, supplies (tape, bandages, ointments, etc.), and policies.
  8. Application to the Athletic Training Program.

Failure to satisfactorily complete these requirements will prohibit the student from applying to the Athletic Training Program.

Level I Athletic Training Students (ATS)

A Level I athletic training student (ATS) is typically a student in his/her sophomore year at Nebraska Wesleyan University, who has been accepted into NWU’s ATP and is completing the first year of didactic instruction and clinical assignments.

The Level I ATS will have six clinical assignments over the entire academic year with each assignment lasting about six weeks. The Level I ATS will receive a performance evaluation completed by the Preceptor for each assignment. Evaluations will be completed at the end of the assignment. The evaluation form must be signed electronically by the student and Preceptor before the form is submitted electronically to the Clinical Education Coordinator (CEC). All hours should be documented using ATrack within seven days.

Students must provide evidence of a negative TB skin test and/or negative chest x-ray, a physical by the team physician or student health, and Hepatitis B vaccine (or a waiver form) before beginning their first semester in the program.

Level I ATS must maintain complete these requirements by the end of the academic year:

  1. Current Emergency Cardiac Care certification.
  2. Completion of the OSHA regulations/universal health precautions training module.
  3. Satisfactory completion of clinical assignments and athletic training competencies.
  4. Basic knowledge of documentation and record keeping.
  5. Basic skills in treatment and application of tape, braces, and other equipment.
  6. Injury evaluations and applications of modalities.
  7. Current NATA membership.

Level I ATS must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better. Failure to meet these standards will result in the student being placed on probation (see "Academic Disciplinary Policies").

Level II Athletic Training Students (ATS)

A Level II athletic training student (ATS) is a student who has been accepted into NWU’s ATP and is completing the second year of advanced athletic training academic courses and clinical assignments (typically a junior).

Each Level II ATS will be assigned to a Preceptor for the entire length of a sport’s season (typically 3). The Level II ATS will receive two performance evaluations completed by the Preceptor for each assignment. Evaluations will be completed at the mid-point and end of the assignment. Students will also gain experience with a non-sport population by being assigned to a rehabilitation clinic during the Spring Semester. The student will be evaluated for that experience as well. The evaluation form must be signed electronically by the student and Preceptor before the form is submitted electronically to the Clinical Education Coordinator (CEC). All hours should be documented using ATrack within seven days.

Students must provide evidence of a negative TB skin test and/or negative chest x-ray before beginning their third semester in the program.

Level II ATS must complete these requirements by the end of the academic year:

  1. Current Emergency Cardiac Care certification.
  2. Completion of the OSHA regulations/universal health precautions training module.
  3. Satisfactory completion of clinical assignments and athletic training competencies.
  4. Use of evaluation techniques, rehabilitation skills and equipment, injury prevention measures, and physical examination techniques and equipment.
  5. Act as a mentor to the Pre-ATs and Level I ATS.
  6. Current NATA membership.

Level II ATS must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better. Failure to meet these standards will result in the student being placed on probation (see "Academic Disciplinary Policies").

Level III Athletic Training Students (ATS)

A Level III athletic training student (ATS) is a student who has been accepted into NWU’s ATP and is completing the third full year of academic courses and clinical assignments (typically a senior).

The Level III ATS has completed the majority of the athletic training course work. The Level III ATS will help to mentor the Pre-AT students and facilitate the Level I and Level II ATS’ knowledge acquisition and skill practice. In this regard, the Level III ATS will learn how to improve as a mentor discovering the best way to help the Level I and II ATS’, as well as the Pre-ATs, learn and prosper in the field of athletic training.

Each Level III ATS will be assigned to a Preceptor for the entire length of a sport’s season (typically 3).  The Level III ATS will receive two performance evaluations completed by the Preceptor for each assignment. Evaluations will be completed at the mid-point and end of the assignment. Students will also gain experience with a non-sport population and conditions other than orthopedics by being assigned to medical clinics/and or physician offices during the Fall Semester. The student will be evaluated for that experience as well. The evaluation form must be signed electronically by the student and Preceptor before the form is submitted electronically to the Clinical Education Coordinator (CEC). All hours should be documented using ATrack within seven days.

Students must provide evidence of a negative TB skin test and/or negative chest x-ray before beginning their fifth semester in the program.

Level III ATS must complete these requirements by the end of the academic year:

  1. Current Emergency Cardiac Care certification.

  2. Completion of the OSHA regulations/universal health precautions training module.

  3. Satisfactory completion of clinical assignments and athletic training competencies.

  4. Current NATA membership.

  5. Successful completion of health care provider observations.

  6. Successful completion of all competencies and competency reviews.

  7. Develop an appreciation for research as it relates to the field of athletic training.

  8. Completion of all preparations for the BOC examination.