Brunet, Nelson, Passman, Spears, J. Tinsley, S. Tinsley
The Department of Health and Exercise Science offers a program designed to promote the health, development and maintenance of the individual. Its purposes are to offer (1) professional courses for majors and minors and (2) service courses designed to educate each student in constructive use of leisure time.
Athletic Training Program
The athletic training major is designed to foster and nurture the educational needs of interested students in the area of sports health care for the physically active. The program of study offered within this major encompasses clinical integrated competencies related to a systematic approach that provides building blocks to employ evidence based practice. Within the structure of the program, students are guided through a series of general education courses designed to heighten their awareness in the arts and sciences. The cognitive development is focused on building a strong foundation grounded in the liberal arts and characterized by the devotion to the Christian faith. In addition, the athletic training program, with its small classes, individual instruction, empathetic advising and personal attention, strives to provide the student with a quality experience.
The major in athletic training provides interested students with theoretical and professional preparation in allied health care for athletes and physically active persons. This entry level preparation is designed to facilitate an academic foundation that will allow graduating students to seek professional certification through the Board of Certification (BOC), professional career opportunities in both the public and private sector, or to continue their education at the graduate level. The above objectives are met through the Athletic Training Competencies that incorporate related academic course work and supervised clinical training. This curricula has been designed to meet national certification (BOC) and accreditation standards set forth by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) . This program of 127 semester credits is designed to be completed in four years.
Students with a disability will not be discriminated against but must provide evidence that he or she can meet the program’s technical standards provided for in the LC Athletic Training Program Policies and Procedures Manual.
Upon completion of the curriculum, Athletic Training majors will:
- Demonstrate mastery of basic knowledge of athletic training concepts.
- Demonstrate competency in the clinical setting.
- Demonstrate effective verbal/non-verbal and written communication skills.
- Exhibit readiness as entry level athletic trainers through evidence based research and career development.
Entry level career opportunities in Athletic Training include, but are not limited to public and private secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, hospitals, industrial work hardening centers, and professional sport organizations. Typically, this work includes prevention, primary care, evaluation of injuries and illness, rehabilitation of injuries and re-integration into activity.
The Athletic Training Program at Louisiana College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
Due to the competitiveness of all athletic training programs and guidelines set by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE), students must apply for formal admission. The program has a designated number of students it formally admits after all entrance criteria are met.
Admission to Upper Division Athletic Training
Admission to Louisiana College as a Health & Exercise Science / Athletic Training major does not insure progression to the upper division Athletic Training course work. Since admission to the LC Athletic Training program is competitive, students are not formally admitted into the program until their sophomore year.
All transfer students applying for admission into the Athletic Training Program are subject to the same admissions procedures and standards of the college as well as the ATP. The Registrar’s Office has the final authority to accept or reject transfer courses. If you are transferring, you must plan to enroll for two and one-half to three years at LC to complete all program requirements.
In addition to meeting general college admission requirements, formal admission to the Athletic Training Program (ATP) consists of the following:
- Complete HP 203 , HP 205 , HP 206 , HP 207 , and BI 101 -BI 102 , BI 113 -BI 114 , or BI 115 -BI 116 .
- Be observed by clinical instructors.
- Be observed and evaluated by preceptors in HP 206 Orientation to Athletic Training
- A completed athletic training major application.
- Completed a minimum of 30 semester hours and enrolled in at least 12 semester hours during the time of application. Total hours must reflect at least 7 hours from science and math.
- Submission of a completed physical examination, a current tetanus immunization (within 10 years) and verification of Hepatitis B vaccination and TB test. A liability insurance fee of $22 will be added automatically in the Business Office to your student fees at fall registration. This must be completed before students can participate in clinical experiences.
- Compliance with the program’s technical standards.
- CPR certification.
- 2.5 GPA.
- At the beginning of each academic calendar year, OSHA, HIPPA, CPR/AED, modalities, as well as other athletic training relevant in-services will be conducted for appropriate students.
- All athletic training courses must be taken in the curriculum sequence unless authorized by the program director of the athletic training program.
- Students must complete clinical hours and clinical competencies/proficiencies assigned for each semester before advancing to the next clinical/practicum.
- Students are not allowed to complete two clinicals in any one semester.
- A student who drops below a 2.5 GPA will be placed on academic probation for one semester and reviewed by the Athletic Training Admission Committee before being readmitted to the program. The student must petition in writing to be considered for readmission to the program. Once readmitted, they will remain on probation for one year and if during that time their GPA drops below 2.5, they will be dropped from the program. If the student still desires participation in the LC Athletic Training Program, they will have to begin the curriculum from the beginning. On the other hand, if they maintain the 2.5 GPA throughout the probation year, the next year their probation status will be dropped.
- A minimum grade of “C” in each athletic training course with the exception of the clinical and practicum classes.
- Students are expected to conform to the Code of Student Conduct as stated in the Louisiana College Student Handbook.
- All clinical responsibilities have to be completed before the start of the next semester. The student must make a B or better before advancing to the next clinical class. If student doesn’t make a B they will have to wait till the following year to retake the class. However, the student can continue to take academic coursework that does not require clinical courses upon approval of the program director.
- Students who do not pass HP 311 Athletic Training Certification Prep 80% or above on all practice tests will not be endorsed to take the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. Students who fail go into remediation and will be allowed only three retakes
Special Facilities and Programs
All transfer students will need to go through the Registrar’s Office to see which classes will transfer or will not. The ATP program has no authority over this matter. The Department Chair and Program Director will then discuss which Athletic Training Program classes can be substituted, though no clinical classes can be substituted. This means that it will still take three years to complete this program of study.
The Department of Health and Exercise Science offers a variety of activities in which to engage during leisure time. One may engage in the intramural program in team sports, individual sports, or in activities on a casual basis. Available during specified hours are two gymnasia, a heated indoor pool, and six tennis courts.
Health and Physical Education