All AT majors begin as pre-professional students in the program. Once the criteria below is satisfied students may apply for the professional phase of the program. Once in the professional program strudents begin their clinical rotations.
The competitive admission criteria includes:
- Completion of AT 130, AT 135, and AT 140 with a grade of "B"or better
- Completion of BI 131 "C-" or better
- Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better
- Current First Aid and CPR certification
- Satisfactory physical examination
- Hepatitis B vaccine
- Letter of application
- Two reference letters
- Athletic Training faculty and mentor evaluations
- Successful interview with selection committee
- Completion of 75 clinical observation hours
Academic Requirements for Athletic Training:
1. Students who begin their freshmen year at Wilmington College are declared Pre-professional and have a maximum of four (4) semesters to meet admission requirements for the Professional Program. Students not meeting the requirements because will be advised to change majors as no student will be permitted to graduate without formal admittance to the Professional program.
2. Students must achieve and maintain a 2.75 GPA or better to stay in the program and graduate. Students falling below this GPA requirement will not be permitted to graduate and will most likely need to stay additional semester(s) to boost their GPA or change majors.
3. Students must earn the grade of C- or better in all AT course work or the specific course must be repeated.
4. Students accepted into the professional program and remain in good standing will receive an athletic training scholarship equal to $6,500 spread out over three academic years.
5. The Athletic Training Program Director, with consultation from and approval from the Area Coordinator Sport Sciences, Records office and Academic Dean will be responsible for approval or disapproval of internships, independent studies, class by appointment, transfer credits and special topics courses. The sponsoring professor will closely monitor each student taking an independent study, class by appointment, or special topics course. Off campus senior internships are organized by the Athletic Training Program Director. All other clinical rotations are coordinated by the Clinical Education Coordinator (CEC).
6. No Student may graduate without completing the clinical education program. Students must complete all six clinical practicum courses.
Transfer Student Policy
Transfer students will be evaluated on a case by case basis to determine the date of eligibility to apply to the Athletic Training Education Professional Program. Transfer student must complete as least one semester at Wilmington College in pre-professional status, and must complete all requirements for application listed below. Application may be made at the end of any term in which the requirements are met. Students previously enrolled in an AT program at another College will be able to challenge first year level competencies and proficiencies only. Student must spend a minimum of two years at Wilmington College in the Professional Program. Transfer students generally require three years of study on our campus to satisfy all requirements.
Technical Standards for Athletic Training
Technical standards are the essential requirements of the program that all students must master in order to successfully complete the educational program. In appropriate circumstances, corrective devices and reasonable accomodations may be utilized to satisfy technical standards.
- Read patient charts, instructions related to the use of all equipment and supplies, and instrument panels, and print outs generated by various pieces of equipment (e.g., isokinetic therapy equipment).
- Be able to discriminate colors in order to detect the presence of various bodily fluids, differentiate various topical applications, and ascertain the presence of biological abnormalities according to visual cues (e.g., erythema or redness).
- Be able to read, write, and communicate in the English language in order to facilitate effective communication with patients (athletes), physicians, allied health staff, peers, and others charged with patient and health care functions.
- Hear and understand the normal speaking voice and discern audible instrument alert signals and timing devices.
- Demonstrate sufficient manual dexterity, strength, and stamina to perform such required tasks as: performing emergency management (e.g., rescue breathing, CPR, etc.) and first aid techniques (e.g., splinting, transportation, wound care); apply supportive devices (e.g., taping, wrapping, bracing, equipment fitting); access joint/ extremity motion, strength, and stability; utilize therapeutic modalities (e.g., ultrasound and electrical stimulation devices); and perform passive and active mobility/strength restoring techniques on patients.
- Transverse about the campus grounds and at affiliated site settings, and be able to render assistance to patients (athletes) who are acutely disabled on an athletic field or court.
- Problem solve and react effectively in emergency and other stressful situations. The student must be able to recognize trauma settings and then take appropriate steps to render care using their intellectual abilities in these stressful situations.
Additional information about the program policies and procedures is available in the Athletic Training Student Handbook.