What Happens After Admission?
Acceptance into the Professional Phase of the Athletic Training Program
Upon acceptance/admission into the Athletic Training program, Piedmont College will provide the following services to students in good academic and clinical standing:
- Professional Liability/Malpractice Insurance
- Proof of current First Aid and Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) Certification (front and back of each card; which must be maintained while in the program)
Upon acceptance/admission into the Athletic Training program and prior to engaging in clinical experiences, students must provide the following at their expense:
- On-line access to e*Value for documentation purposes ($150/year billed to the student account)
- Successful background check with 10 Panel Drug Screening (approximately $100) using the www.advantagestudents.com service. Students who have patient contact in agencies regulated by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals and Health Care Organizations (JACHO) and public schools must have a background check. The fee associated with the background check is the student’s responsibility. Instructions for completing this check are provided to applicants after a successful interview.
- NATA Student membership (annual dues)--$50-$123 based on state of residence (https://www.nata.org/membership/about-membership/join-and-renew/dues) (which must be maintained while in the program)
- Proof of current Health or Accident Insurance (front and back of each card; which must be maintained while in the program)
- Signed declaration of understanding and acceptance of all Program Policies and Procedures, including Statement of Confidentiality and HIPPA, as delineated in the Athletic Training Program Student Handbook
- Proof of a negative TB skin test within the past 12 months (this must be repeated every 12 months)—approximately $15/year
- Clothing – approximately $60-$100 (Depends on items and the amount the student wishes to purchase)
- Transportation – Students are responsible for their own transportation to clinical site rotations. The cost is approximately $200 per semester for those terms in which the student is participating in an off-campus clinical experience.
Depending upon the clinical experience placement, students may also be required to:
- Continuing background checks as required by clinical sites
- Submit additional site-specific paperwork, immunizations, or drug testing
- Submit or complete other site-specific training modules
Once admitted into the program, students must:
- If on the 3+2 track, completion of a minimum of 165 credit hours, of which all 65hrs in the professional phase of the program must be completed at Piedmont College;
- Complete all professional phase required courses and elective coursework with no more than one grade lower than a “B” (one grade of “C” is allowed over the course of the program). Failure to do so will necessitate repeating the course. Advanced courses for which a pre-requisite has not been met with a grade of “C” or better cannot be taken until this requirement is met.
- Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA with no more than one course grade below “B”; students who fall below this mark will be placed on academic probation and be allowed one semester in which to improve their grades. During the academic probationary period, the student will be required to meet with the program director or clinical coordinator at regular intervals to gauge their progress. Failure to earn a 3.0 term GPA by the end of the probationary semester will result in the student being removed from the program. They may choose to re-apply the following year or change their major.
- Demonstrate satisfactory performance during the clinical experiences (≥70% on all evaluations)
- Complete all required skills as documented in the Master Log on e*Value
- Complete all required clinical hours (900hrs) as documented in the Practicum (required) and Internship (recommended) courses
- Demonstrate satisfactory performance on the thesis project and presentation (≥70% on each)