The ATEP at Concordia University, Irvine is a rigorous intensive program that places specific requirements that challenge the student intellectually, physically and psychologically. The technical standards are set forth by the ATEP to establish the abilities that an athletic trainer must have to practice safely. They are described by the National Athletic Trainer's Association and meet the expectations of the program's accrediting agency (CAATE). The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the ATEP. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodations (see below), the student will not be admitted to the program.
The student must have the ability to use vision, hearing and somatic sensations. A student must be able to participate in lectures and laboratory demonstrations. The student must be able to observe and palpate a patient accurately.
The student must have the ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues. This includes members of the health care and athletic communities as well as individuals from different cultural, social and religious backgrounds. Students must be able to convey information effectively. Students must be able to read, understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice.
Motor and Sensory Function
The student must have sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function and coordination to perform and elicit information from the patient examination. The student must be able to safely and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of patients. The student must perform appropriate skills requiring the coordination of both fine and gross motor muscular movement and equilibrium.
The student must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze and integrate information in a timely fashion. The student must be able to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgment and be able to distinguish deviations from the norm.
Behavioral and Social Attributes
The student must have the capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress. The student must have the flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations. The student must have the perseverance, diligence and commitment to complete the athletic training program as outlined and sequenced.
A student must demonstrate the above skills and abilities, but may do so with or without reasonable accommodations. Concordia University will provide reasonable accommodations to students to enable them to meet these technical standards.
Students seeking academic accommodations must provide medical documentation of their disability and comply with the procedures of Concordia University and the Disability and Learning Resource Center. Failure to give notice or provide detailed information to the DLRC may result in your accommodations being delayed or your request being denied. You may view the DLRC policies at www.cui.edu/dlrc.