WSU Athletic Training Program

Student Retention Competencies

For Athletic Training Students that have successfully completed the Application Process and have been selected to begin their clinical education experiences.

Academic Requirements

  • Meet WSU Graduation Standards (WSU Undergraduate Catalog).
  • Maintain a cumulative WSU GPA of not less than 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Students close to or at 2.75 will be given a written warning.
    • Students that fall below 2.75 will be immediately dismissed from the AT Program.
    • Students may be admitted on probation if GPA is between 2.7 and 2.75 and will have one academic semester to raise their GPA above the minimum
  • Maintain a 2.75 overall GPA in all Athletic Training major courses.
    • Students close to or at 2.75 will be given a written warning.
    • Students that fall below 2.75 will be immediately dismissed from the AT Program.
    • Students may be admitted on probation if GPA is between 2.7 and 2.75 and will have one academic semester to raise their GPA above the minimum
  • Attain a "B" or better in all Athletic Training Courses.
    • Students that fail to attain a "B" or better will be immediately dismissed from the AT Program.
  • Attain at least a "C" or better in all Major courses.
    • Course must be retaken prior to graduation.

Clinical Education Requirements

  • Compliance with ALL objectives, outcomes, policies, and procedures established in the WSU Athletic Training Handbook
  • Compliance with the NATA’s Code of Ethics
  • Compliance with the WSU Student Handbook (Student Rights and Responsibilities published in semester class schedules)
  • Compliance with assignments/directions given by preceptors.
  • Demonstrate appropriate clinical skill acquisition paralleling clinical and academic experience level.
    • Meet all objectives and outcomes outlined in Clinical Skills and Decision Making course syllabus each semester. Including positive progress toward second clinical proficiency assessments.
      1. Mid-semester warnings will be given for below average ("B") performance.
      2. Semester grades below "B" will result in immediate dismissal from the AT Program 
    • Positive monthly evaluations
      1. A pattern (2 or more/semester) of below average monthly evaluations will necessitate a meeting with the Director of AT Program. Remediation, suggestions for improvement and a written warning will result.
      2. Lack of improvement on subsequent evaluations through-out the semester will result in a below average clinical course grade and immediate dismissal from the AT Program.
    • Positive annual evaluations
      1. Below average annual evaluations by more than one preceptor in conjunction with below average monthly evaluations, or HERS 293, 362, 365, 489 or 495 outcomes will result in immediate dismissal from the AT Program.
    • Satisfactory completion of "Assessment Day Competencies".
      1. Students that fall below 70% average must re-take the assessment at the designated time.

Program Compliance Procedures

  • Athletic Training Student Expectations
    • Compliance with all academic and clinical guidelines.
    • Athletic Training Students are expected to display appropriate Professional Behaviors. Athletic Training students will act in a mature, responsible manner that will reflect positively on themselves, the Athletic Training Program and the University while performing academic and clinical education experiences. These expectations are clearly outlined in the Athletic Training Handbook and covered extensively in HERS 191 - Introduction to Athletic Training.
  • Due Process (Student Rights)
    • All student infractions will be considered individually by the preceptor(s) involved, the Director of the Athletic Training Program, and the HERS Department Chair and will follow Due Process Rights as described in the WSU Student Handbook. A summary as it applies to the Athletic Training Program is given below:
      • Initiation of a Complaint
      • Notification of the student(s) involved
      • Preliminary Conference - with student(s), clinical educator instructors, and the Director of AT Program.
        1. Discussion of Complaint by clinical instructors and Director, AT Program.
        2. Athletic Training student presents his/her case.
        3. Discussion of appropriate sanctions if any.
        4. Agreement by all parties involved.
      • Student conference with HERS Department Chairperson to review complaint and approve sanctions
    • Sanctions -- one of the following will be applied by the Director of the AT Program 
      • Acquittal - student conduct does not warrant sanctions.
      • Conduct (Professional Behavior) Warning/Sanctions (Specific conduct and sanctions will be given to the student in writing). One of the following will be imposed.
        1. Student is warned his/her conduct is unprofessional and future breaches will be result in sanctions.
        2. Student will be required to either provide a verbal or written apology to the involved parties or both.
        3. Student will be required to research the involved topic and write a brief research paper with references as determined appropriate by the Director, AT Program. (Professionalism, etc.)
      • Assignment of Community Service Hours
        1. Athletic Training Students will be suspended from his/her athletic training clinical experiences for an appropriate time and assigned community service hours to replace the clinical experiences he/she would have performed athletic training hours. Specific conduct and sanctions will be given to the student in writing.
      • Disciplinary Warning
        1. Athletic Training Students will be given a warning that their performance is below average.
        2. Specific areas for improvement (deficiencies) and suggestions for improvement (objectives and outcomes) will be given. This will be in the form of a "Learning Contract" that the student, clinical instructors involved, and the Director, AT Program will agree upon and sign.
      • Dismissal
        1. Athletic Training Students will be notified in writing of dismissal from the AT Program following a written warning.
        2. Any student dismissed from the AT Program must wait at least 6 months before re-applying to the program, so that deficiencies can be rectified and progress can be demonstrated.
        3. If a student is dismissed, the student must re-apply to the AT Program, follow all application procedures, provide current documentation required for application, and demonstrate consistent improvement in the area that resulted in the dismissal to be considered as a candidate.
      • Appeals
        1. Student appeals may be sent to the Director of the Athletic Training Program or the HERS Department Chair.
        2. Appeals may also be directed to the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
      • University Offenses will follow the student Citizenship Standards Procedures (WSU Student Handbook.)
        1. The HERS Department Chair, Director-AT Program and the student will discuss how the offense and University affect the student's matriculation in the Athletic Training Program. Previously describe sanctions may be applied.
      • Off-Campus Offenses
        1. The HERS Department Chair, Director-AT Program and the student will discuss how the offense and sanctions affect the student's matriculation in the Athletic Training Education Program. Previously describe sanctions may be applied.

Assistance Procedures

  • Mentor Program: during clinical experiences required for HERS 191 each student will shadow an Athletic Training Student that has been accepted to the AT Program. The mentor guides the new student through his/her daily experiences by answering questions about clinical procedures and academic or AT Program questions.
  • Peer Study Groups: Athletic Training Majors have a considerable amount of clinical skills and academic material to acquire for successful completion of the BOC Certification Examination and it is highly recommended that the students form regular study groups during the senior and junior year.
  • Faculty & Preceptor Assistance: All WSU preceptors are available for individual and small group tutoring and additional instruction. Students are encouraged to set-up times with preceptors as far in advance as possible due to hectic schedules.
  • Academic Assistance Center - provides students with academic counseling, tutoring, supplemental instruction, and writing instruction. Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the services provided by the university.
  • Counseling Center - provides crisis counseling, personal counseling for depression, anxiety, adjustment to college, stress management, self-esteem, relationships, sexual assault, eating disorders, and chemical dependency, as well as career counseling and other resources and consultation services.