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Admissions for Athletic Training

Admission Standards

Admission to the athletic training major is regardless of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin or disability. Only applicants who have meet the minimum requirements established below will be considered for a position. The admission process will be competitive for limited positions. Admission packets may be requested from the director of the athletic training program.

  • Understand and sign the technical standards form for the athletic training program.
  • Three letters of reference--stipulating academic and leadership potential and overall character of the applicant--from the faculty at Bridgewater College.
  • A complete application--submitted before January 15 of the application year.
  • Completion of a minimum of 200 "pre-placement" hours with intercollegiate athletics at Bridgewater College. These hours are used to familiarize the student with the athletic training profession and the practical requirements of the program.
  • Successful academic performance resulting in a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Self-direction essay (500 words).
  • Successful completion of ES 249, ES 250 and BIOL 305 (final grade of C- or above).
  • All students meeting established minimum requirements will be interviewed by the Curriculum Admission Committee.

The curriculum admission committee will interview and rank candidates based on objective criteria. Admission will not exceed a ratio of more than 8 students per licensed athletic trainer. Letters of admission will be sent to applicants prior to February 1st.

Technical Standards Information

The Athletic Training Educational Program at Bridgewater College 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 Education Program 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 the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)). The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the Athletic Training Education Program. 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 program's technical standards does not guarantee a student's eligibility for the BOC certification exam.

Candidates for selection to the Athletic Training Educational Program must demonstrate:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 behavior.
  4. the ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately.
  5. the capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.
  6. the perseverance, diligence and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced.
  7. flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.
  8. affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.

Candidates for selection to the athletic training educational program will be required to verify they understand and meet these technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they will meet the standards.

The Bridgewater College director of academic support services 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 the student states he/she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, then the College will determine whether it agrees that the student can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodation; this includes a review of whether the accommodations requested 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.