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Declaration of Major

Candidates for admission to the Athletic Training Program must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicants must be at least a sophomore.
  2. Have completed or be enrolled in BIOL 1610, PEDU 2010, HEDU 4110 (or PEDU 3500), and PEDU 2250.*
    * Students must earn a C or higher in all prerequisite classes and BIOL 1300 (prerequisite for BIOL 1610).
  3. Submit a complete application (applications are distributed by the program director at a September applicants interest meeting), including:
    1. NCCU Athletic Training Program Application for Admission
    2. College transcript indicating the required GPA of 2.5 or higher
    3. Resume, including work experiences
    4. Three letters of recommendation
    5. Athletic Training clinic observation sheet (minimum 20 hours)
    6. Signed copy of the Athletic Training Program technical standards packet
      1. Technical Standards form
      2. Completed physical (within six months on the required form)
      3. Immunization Records : HBV, TB (annually), Varicella
    7. Sign the confidentiality statement
    8. Provide copies of current CPR for Professional Rescuer and AED cards
    9. Provide a writing sample with professional goals
    10. Provide a transcript showing proof of prerequisite courses or courses in progress
  4. Applications are due Nov. 1 for students who wish to enter the program for the spring semester. The application process is completed with a formal interview in November. Athletic training faculty, the department chairperson, athletic training students and other faculty may serve on the interview committee. Admission is selective; meeting all the above criteria does not guarantee admission. The objective criteria for the selection process will be given to students at the application meeting.
  5. Students are notified of their status after the completion of fall semester grades.
  6. The NCCU Athletic Training Program is a highly competitive program. Even if all admission requirements are met, admission into the Athletic Training Program is NOT guaranteed.
  7. Students must commit to a minimum of five semesters and a minimum of 150 clinical hours per semester for the completion of course work and clinical experiences.
  8. Transfer students may apply for admission into the program. They must meet the aforementioned admission policies. Athletic Training Program-specific classes and/or clinical hours must have been completed at a CAATE accredited institution to be considered for transfer credit. A transcript and course descriptions must be submitted to the Athletic Training Program director, who will make the final decision as to the acceptance of Athletic Training Program-specific classes. The final 30 credit hours of a student's degree must be completed at NCCU.
  9. Student-athletes are eligible to apply for admittance to the Athletic Training Program. It will not be possible to complete the program requirements without full cooperation from the student-athlete's coaching staff. No exceptions will be made to course sequencing or completion of acceptable clinical experiences.
  10. The Athletic Training Program does not discriminate based upon race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, political affiliation, sexual orientation or disabling condition. The program adheres to the North Carolina Central University equal opportunity/affirmative action/nondiscrimination policy.

Progress Evaluation and Retention Requirements

  1. The student's faculty advisor, the Athletic Training Program Director, and Clinical Education Coordinator will monitor normal progress toward completion of the required courses and clinical rotations.
  2. Students falling below a 2.5 cumulative GPA are placed on one-semester probation and may be removed from their clinical assignments. The student must maintain a 2.50 GPA for one semester to remain in the Athletic Training Program.
  3. No grade lower than a C will be accepted in any athletic training course, and all clinical integrated proficiencies must be passed with a minimum of 80 percent for the student to advance to the next athletic training course.
  4. Any student who finds that he or she is having trouble in a class is encouraged to talk to the Athletic Training Program director so that appropriate help or tutoring can be provided. This is to ensure that the student has every opportunity to retain his or her GPA and spot in the Athletic Training Program.
  5. Tutoring and academic advising are available in the Academic Support Center. This service is available to all NCCU students.
  6. Students must demonstrate throughout their clinical rotations a continued improvement and eventual achievement of proficiency as an entry-level athletic trainer.
  7. If an athletic training student is unable to complete the minimum of 150 clinical hours, but is able to complete all of the other requirements for the associated clinical class, the student will be assigned an "I" for the course (with appropriate administrative approval) and will have the opportunity during the following semester to make up the required clinical hours with a preceptor outside of his or her normal clinical time. Upon completing the required hours the student will be granted a grade that is reflective of his or her work. See the University Undergraduate catalog for requirements for an incomplete grade.
  8. If the student is unable to complete his or her clinical requirements (other than clinical hours) due to circumstances beyond his or her control, it will be up to the student, clinical course instructor and Athletic Training Program director to determine an appropriate course of action. Every effort will be made to allow the student to complete the requirements in a timely manner and to continue in the program. If the magnitude of work missed exceeds 25 percent of the required work, the student will not be allowed to continue with his or her clinical progressions and will require additional time at NCCU to complete the Athletic Training Program.
  9. Students must maintain Professional Rescuer CPR and AED certification throughout their enrollment in the Athletic Training Program.
  10. Students must have received the Hepatitis B vaccination, show proof of having begun the series, or sign a waiver denying the HBV before he or she will be allowed to begin his or her clinical rotation (cost $ 50). Students must have current immunizations including Varicella and an annual TB test. Background checks are required for certain sites ($20). It is the responsibility of the student to comply with all required documentation and training specific to each clinical site prior to going to the site.
  11. Once accepted the student must:
    1. Maintain at least a 2.5 GPA
    2. Complete at least 150 clinical hours per semester
    3. Purchase annual liability insurance (approximately $20)
    4. Purchase Athletic Training Program shirts each year (approximately $30-$50)
    5. Obtain required immunizations
    6. Maintain Professional Rescuer CPR/AED (approximately $35/every 2 years)
    7. Additional costs associated with transportation may be incurred when participating in clinical education experiences located off campus.

Sign a preceptor contract which includes verification of understanding of the Program's Communicable Disease policy. Click here to see this document.

Other costs associated with the University can be found in the University Undergraduate Catalog.

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