Technical Standards for Admission

The Athletic Training Program at Xavier 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 (ATP) establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to 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 admitted to the ATP. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted into the program.  Compliance with the ATP's Technical Standards does not guarantee a student's eligibility for the BOC certification exam.

Candidates for selection to the ATP must demonstrate the following essential elements prior to admission consideration:

  • Demonstrate 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.
  • Possess 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.
  • Exercise 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.
  • Illustrate the ability to record the physical examination results and treatment plan clearly and accurately.
  • Exhibit the capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.
  • Confirm the perseverance, diligence and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced.
  • Display the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.
  • Possess affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.

Candidates for selection to the Athletic Training  Program will be required to verify they understand and meet these technical standards, or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet the standards. Cassandra Jones in the Learning Assistance Center will evaluate a student who states he/she could meet the program's technical standards with accommodation and confirm that the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws. If a student states he/she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, then the University will determine whether it agrees that the student can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodation; this includes a review to determine if the accommodations requested are reasonable, taking into account if the accommodation would jeopardize clinician/patient safety, or the educational process of the student or the institution, including all coursework, clinical experiences and internships deemed essential to graduation.

If you believe that you can meet each of these standards with certain accommodations, contact the ATP Program Director, Dr. Tina Davlin-Pater at 745-3430.  You may also contact Cassandra Jones in the Learning Assistance Center (745-3003) to determine what accommodations may be available.