Operational Fair Practices
Current expenses for tuition fees, vehicle registration, health fee, and laboratory fees are listed in the Concordia University Irvine Graduate Catalog. Other expenses specific to the AT Program can include the following:
In accordance with the CAATE Standards for Accreditation the following additional fees and are disclosed. These fees will be applied upon acceptance and entrance into Concordia University Irvine’s Master of Science in Athletic Training Program.
- Each athletic training student will be billed a clinical laboratory fee of $50.00 per semester for each clinical courses. These fees are used to pay for the cost of teaching aids and expendable supplies.
- Each athletic training student will be billed an additional fee of $25.00 per year for liability insurance.
- Each athletic training student will be required to invest in professional attire in order to meet the standards of professional practice in clinical education field experiences.
- Each athletic training student will be subject to drug screening upon and a criminal background check before beginning their clinical field experiences. Upon completion of all admission requirements, the applicant will be notified by the graduate admission office regarding program acceptance.
- Books (variable)
- Membership to Professional Organizations (NATA - $60.00 per year) Students are required to join by their final year in the curriculum.
- Registration to conferences (optional)
- Certification in CPR, First Aid, and AED ($35-$50)
- Transportation to clinical facilities (variable - but can be significant. The Program attempts to keep students local for at least one semester each year)
- Board of Certification (BOC ®) Application Fee - $35 (if NATA member) Exam Fee - $300 (last semester only)
In clinical education which involves multiple affiliated clinical sites for field experiences to occur, it is sometimes necessary for the student to attend classes and clinical affiliations outside of Concordia University Irvine’s main campus. In all cases, it is the student’s responsibility to arrange transportation, and assume the cost and time associated with travel. Example travel costs include gas, tolls, and vehicle maintenance. Students are NOT permitted to provide patients with transportation to medical appointments. Students who choose to attend patient medical appointments by driving themselves or riding with another, do so at their own risk. Students may be invited to travel with teams. In these cases, liability rests with the organization traveling and not with the AT Program. The program does not require travel. It is considered an extra benefit to the student and the host organization, which is extended by the practicum site.
CUI’s AT Program is rigorous and time demanding. AT students are challenged in their ability to manage time in balancing the rigors of the academic demands of the curriculum coupled with a minimum of 950 hours of supervised clinical field experiences. Failure to meet the minimum required hours will result in an incomplete grade for each clinical sequence. Athletic Training Students will not use work as an excuse for failure to meet the minimum clinical requirements of the program. Outside employment is very difficult to manage with the demands and requirements of the AT Program. If a student must be employed, they should maintain excellent communication with their preceptor and the Clinical Education Coordinator.
Students may not receive any monetary remuneration during their educational experiences. Travel stipends, scholarships, clothing, and meal payments are acceptable. It is a conflict of interests for a student who may be employed at a licensed medical facility (ie, a physical therapy clinic) to log clinical hours and internship documentation at the place of employment.
Concordia University student-athletes (SA) will be granted permission to participate in the AT Program with the same requirements as all other AT Program students. The SA must realize that extra effort is necessary on their part to complete the required athletic training experience hours associated with each clinical course. This may include completing clinical hours during double day practice schedules, and during university holidays. Sports participation can at times conflict with AT Program requirements. Sports participation is very difficult to manage with the demands and requirements of the AT Program. Students who wish to enter the AT Program and remain on their sports team need to schedule an appointment with the Program Director, Clinical Education Coordinator, and their sport coach to determine the feasibility of such a request. In many cases, sports participation will require an adjustment of the athletic training student’s clinical schedule and may delay graduation.