2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Academic Catalog

Athletic Training Major

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Degree Type Offered: B.S. Major

In the summer of 2017, BC launched a new master of science in athletic training. Bridgewater College is no longer admitting students into the bachelor of science in athletic training program. Any student wishing to pursue athletic training at Bridgewater College should consider seeking admissions to the master of science in athletic training program as an accelerated B.S./M.S. or post-baccalaureate program student.

Further information related to the bachelor of science in athletic training program can be found in the publicly accessible BSAT Student Handbook found at:  https://www.bridgewater.edu/academics/divisions/health-human-sciences/athletic-training-major

Consists of 56 credit hours in the following courses:

ES-249 Nutritional Concepts in Exercise Science

ES-250 Emergency Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries

ES-251 Basic Concepts in Athletic Training

ES-252 Clinical Affiliation I: Introduction to Athletic Training

ES-301 General Medical Conditions

ES-320 Kinesiology

ES-335 Physiology of Exercise

ES-351 Athletic Injury Evaluation

ES-352 Clinical Affiliation II: Lower Extremity

ES-353 Clinic Affiliation III: Upper Extremity

ES-354 Therapeutic Modalities

ES-355 Therapeutic Exercise & Rehabilitation

ES-450 Advanced Clinical Evaluation

ES-451 Clinical Affiliation IV: Equipment Intensive

ES-452 Clinical Affiliation V: General Medical

ES-453 Counseling & Pharmacology

ES-456 Management Concepts in Health Care

BIOL-110 Principles of Biology I

BIOL-305 Introduction to Human Anatomy

BIOL-314 Human Physiology

Technical Standards Information

The Athletic Training Program at Bridgewater College 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 Program 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]). The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the Athletic Training Program. 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 Board of Certification (BOC) exam. Candidates for selection to the Athletic Training Program must demonstrate:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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 behavior.

4. The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately.

5. The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.

6. The perseverance, diligence and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced.

7. Flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.

8. Affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.

Candidates for selection to the Athletic Training Program will be required to verify they understand and meet these technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they will meet the standards.

The Bridgewater College Director of Academic Support and Disability Services will evaluate a student who believes he or she will require an accommodation(s) to the program’s technical standards; the director will determine whether (a) the student qualifies for the requested accommodation(s) under applicable laws, and (b) the student can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodation(s). Requested accommodations will be reviewed to ensure clinician/patient safety or the educational process of the student or the institution, including all coursework, clinical experiences and immersions deemed essential to graduate would not be jeopardized.

If the student states he or she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, then the College 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 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.

Additional Information for BSAT Students

• There are additional requirements for program progression and retention identified in the BSAT Student Handbook. Please contact the department of health and human sciences or the BSAT program director for a copy of this handbook. The BSAT Student Handbook is also publicly accessible online at: https://www.bridgewater.edu/academics/divisions/health-human-sciences/athletic-training-major. For students interested in completing the 3+2 accelerated Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program, please contact Dr. Chase Hale, LAT, ATC, at chale@bridgewater.edu or 540-828-5763 to ensure you are on-track for the program.

• BSAT students may be required to complete their clinical experiences during normal college breaks e.g., spring break, holidays.

• Additional fees for the BSAT program are announced in the BSAT Student Handbook and may include but are not limited to things such as the cost for books, laboratories, clinical expenses, certifications, background checks, and uniforms.

• BSAT students may be required to travel off-site for clinical experiences. Reliable transportation is required.

• Following successful completion of this program, a student will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination for credentialing as an athletic trainer.