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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.

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