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The Department of Health & Human Performance at Norwich University offers programs in:

Athletic TrainingExercise ScienceHealth Science Physical Education Master of Athletic Training*

*A program introduced fall 2019, offered as an accelerated BS-to-MAT 3+2 program for Norwich Health Science students. A two-year Master of Athletic Training degree for post-graduates will begin in fall 2022.


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THE ATHLETIC TRAINING PROGRAM at Norwich—build the skills and knowledge to make a positive impact on the lives of physically active people.

Through classroom and clinical training, you’ll learn by doing and become a highly qualified and multi-skilled healthcare professional. Collaborating with other health and medical professionals, athletic trainers provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions to athletes and other physically active persons. You will enhance lives.

As of November 2019, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) has granted approval for Norwich University to offer the Master of Athletic Training degree. Starting fall 2019, all Athletic Training candidates will matriculate as a Health Sciences student in preparation for the Athletic Training graduate program. The Bachelor of Athletic Training will be phased out with the last class graduating in spring 2022. All students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam upon graduation. Current students should reference information on this web page and/or the course catalog for the year they started the Athletic Training Program for information on their degree completion. All prospective Master of Athletic Training students should reference information on the Master of Athletic Training Program page. 

As of February 11, 2020 Norwich University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program has been placed on Probation as of February 11, 2020, by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.

The probation status is a result of non-compliance with Standard 11, which states that programs must meet or exceed a three year aggregate of 70 percent first-time pass rate on the BOC examination. Our most recent pass rate data can be found under Athletic Training Program Outcomes.

  • Program Details

    Overview

    The Athletic Training Program (ATP) at Norwich University develops the skills of students to recognize, prevent, evaluate, and rehabilitate athletic injuries. Students also develop expertise in health-care administration and professional ethics throughout the program.

    Athletic Training majors are required to take classes in anatomy, physiology, biology, and chemistry. Students also take part in six semesters of clinical rotations in a variety of settings. These include high school and college athletics, rehabilitation clinics, and hospitals, among others. Within these supervised settings, Athletic Training majors evolve their clinical skills while also developing their rational-thinking and problem-solving skills. After completing the required coursework, ATP students are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification Exam. 

    Accreditation

    Norwich University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and our undergraduate ATP has been accredited since 2005.

    Program Handbook

    The NUATP Student Handbook (PDF) outlines program information for Norwich University Athletic Training students, including all policies and procedures. Each student receives a digital copy of this handbook upon entry into the professional phase of Norwich’s Athletic Training Program and at the beginning of each academic year.

    Secondary Application

    The Athletic Training Program at Norwich is a professional degree program. As such, all first-year students go through a secondary application process in the spring semester. This ensures that only qualified students enter the professional phase of the program and that they have the required skills to successfully meet the challenges of the program’s academic courses and clinical experiences.

    The secondary application process includes an interview, review of relevant course work, and submission of resume and application letter. Review of applications and interviews are done by the Sports Medicine Department faculty and Clinical Preceptors.

    Additional Costs

    In this professional degree program, Athletic Training students should expect additional costs on top of their tuition, books, and room and board. These expenses include, but are not limited to, travel expenses to clinical sites, uniform cost, and equipment costs.

     

  • Technical Standards for Athletic Training Program at Norwich University

    Norwich University
    Athletic Training Program
    Technical Standards
    Last Updated Spring 2020

    The Athletic Training Program at Norwich University 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 in 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 in 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 allowed to participate in the program. Compliance with the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for the BOC certification examination.

    Candidates for admission to the NU 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 practice.
    4. The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately in the appropriate style within the prescribed time.
    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 patient care.

    Candidates for selection to the NU Athletic Training Program are required to verify that they understand and can meet the program’s technical standards with or without reasonable accommodations. A student seeking admission to or continued participation in the program who may request academic accommodations will work with the Academic Achievement Center in accordance with Norwich University policy to determine their eligibility for disability support services including appropriate academic accommodation(s). If a student states that he/she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, then the NUATP, with assistance from the Academic Achievement Center, will determine whether it agrees that the requested accommodation is reasonable, does not alter a fundamental element of the program, or does not constitute an undue burden. This determination will also include a review of whether the accommodation(s) requested would jeopardize clinician/patient safety or the educational process of the student or institution including all coursework, clinical experiences, and field work deemed essential to program completion and graduation. This determination will thus establish whether a particular student needing accommodations in order to meet the technical standards is “otherwise qualified” to participate in the program under the ADA’s guidelines and Norwich policy.

  • Clinical Sites

    Green Mountain Family Practice and Norwich University Infirmary

    Located in Northfield, Vt., within walking distance from the Norwich campus, Green Mountain Family Practice works in conjunction with Norwich University to provide health care to NU students. Athletic Training students work with the doctors, physician assistants, nurses, and medical assistants as part of a general medical rotation.

    U-32 Middle/High School

    Located just outside Montpelier, Vt., U-32 educates 850 students in grades 7-12. Thirty girls and boys sports are offered at the varsity, junior varsity, and middle school levels. U-32 is a 25-minute drive from the Norwich University campus.

    Harwood Union Middle/High School

    Located in Moretown, Vt., Harwood Union educates students in grades 7-12. Twenty-eight (28) girls and boys sports are offered at the varsity, junior varsity, and middle school levels.  HUMHS is a 35-minute drive from the Norwich University campus.

    Spaulding High School

    Located in Barre, Vt, Spaulding High School educates students in grades 9-12.  Nineteen (19) girls and boys sports are offered at varsity and junior varsity levels.  Spaulding HS is a 20-minute drive from the Norwich University campus.

    Montpelier High School

    Located in Montpelier, VT Montpelier High School educates students in grades 9-12.  Nineteen (19) girls and boys sports are offered at  varsity and junior varsity levels.  Montpelier is a 20-minute drive from the Norwich University campus.

    Norwich University

    The Norwich University Athletic Training Room is our primary clinical site. Four full time and one part-time Certified Athletic Trainers provide athletic training services to 20 men’s and women’s athletics teams.

    Northfield Ambulance

    Located 1.5 miles from campus, Northfield Ambulance provides ride-along opportunities for students in the Athletic Training Program.

    The RehabGym

    Located in Barre, VT, the RehabGym is a specialty gym offering physical therapy, athletic training, and personal training services to a wide range of patients and clients of all ages and activity levels.  Athletic Training students get the opportunity to work with rehabilitation clinicians in a multi-disciplinary setting.  The RehabGym is a 20-minute drive from the Norwich University campus.

  • First-Year Requirements

    Students may declare as an Athletic Training Freshmen Fall Semester, but they must apply for entrance into the professional phase of the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) during the Freshmen Spring Semester. 

    By the Freshmen Spring Semester, students must have completed, or be enrolled in and achieved a minimum of a C grade in the following courses:  BI 215, BI 216, SM 136 SM 138, SM 139, SM 220.

    Students not meeting the minimum criteria (classes and grades) will need to correct any deficiencies before being considered for entrance into the professional phase of the Athletic Training Education Program.  Athletic Training students must adhere to the policies and procedures of the Athletic Training Education Program and of clinical sites.

  • Athletic Training Additional Costs List

    1st Year

    • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certification - $30.00
    • Workshops / Conferences - varies

    2nd Year

    • NATA Student Membership - $85.00
    • Castlebranch (background check, fingerprinting, immunizations, training for HIPPA, OSHA, BBP) - $150.00
    • Transportation to clinical sites - varies
    • Polo shirt - $25.00
    • Name tag - $5.00
    • Workshops / Conferences - varies
      • Suggested Items
      • Jacket / Rain gear (multi-season) – varies
      • Polo shirt / T-shirt - varies
      • Stethoscope and blood pressure cuff - $30.00
      • Goniometer - $10.00
      • Tape measure - $5.00
      • Scissors - $20.00
      • Tape cutter - $10.00
      • Pen light - $8.00
      • Multi-tool - $50.00
      • Fanny pack - $50.00

    3rd Year

    • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certification - $30.00
    • NATA Student Membership renewal - $64.00
    • Castlebranch renewal - $30.00
    • Transportation to clinical sites - varies
    • Workshops / Conferences - varies

    4th Year

    • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certification - $30.00
    • NATA Student Membership renewal - $64.00
    • Castlebranch renewal - $30.00
    • Transportation to clinical sites - varies
    • Workshops / Conferences - varies

  • Athletic Training Program Outcomes

     

    Program Retention Rate 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 3-year aggregate
    Number of students beginning program (cohort number) 9 5 7 21
    Number of students returning for subsequent year 2 8 5 4 17
    Program retention rate (%) 89% 100% 57% 82%
    Number of students returning for subsequent year 3 7 5 4 16
    Program retention rate per cohort (%) 78% 100% 57% 78%

    Information current as of: 10/16/2020

     
    Student BOC Pass Rate 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 3-year aggregate
    Number of students graduating from program. 8 5 4 17
    Number of students graduating from program who took examination. 7 4 4 15
    Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 5 3 1 9
    Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 71 75 25 60
    Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 5 4 1 10
    Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 71 100 25 67

    Information current as of: 10/16/2020

     
    Student Graduation Rate 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 3-year aggregate
    Number of students graduating from program. 8 5 4 17
    Student Graduation Rate (%) 89 100 57 81

    Information current as of: 10/16/2020

     
    Student Employment Rate 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 3-year aggregate
    Number of students Employed as AT 3 1 0 4
    Student Employment Rate as AT (%) 38 33 0 27
    Number of students employed as other 3 1 0 4
    Student Employment Rate as other (%) 38 33 0 27
    Number of students not employed 1 1 0 2
    Student Not Employed Rate (%) 12 33 0 13

    Information current as of: 10/16/2020

  • View Academic Course Catalog

    To view course offerings and a curriculum map for the Athletic Training major, see the Norwich University academic course catalog:

    View Catalog

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