Keene State College offers a CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education) accredited undergraduate athletic training education program designed for those students who wish to pursue certification as an athletic trainer. Students who graduate with a degree in Athletic Training are eligible to take the BOC (Board of Certification) Athletic Training Certification Examination. The program prepares students for athletic training positions in educational, professional sport, military/law enforcement training, performing arts and clinical settings, as well as for graduate programs in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training, Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics or other Medical and Allied Health fields.
Because of the professional nature of Athletic Training and its responsibility to the public, the Program has established admissions, progression, and graduation standards for student selection and graduation; as such retention guidelines are REQUIRED.
Competency Requirements for Athletic Training
All students majoring in Athletic Training are required to be certified in Standard First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Proof of a current certification card must be provided for the application and maintained for courses marked with a ¹. Once admitted, all students majoring in athletic training are required to be certified as an Emergency Medical Technician. Proof of certification must be provided and maintained for courses marked with a ². Students may enter Keene State College with these competencies or choose to enroll in course electives at Keene State College to complete the required competencies. These courses include HP 191 Standard First Aid/CPR; HP 240 Emergency Medical Technician ¹; HP 242 EMT Practicum (2 credit)¹.
Athletic Training Candidate Declaration
Entering first-year students must meet minimum entry requirements of the college. Students must complete a Declaration of Major form for the B.S. in Athletic Training at the time of First-Year Orientation. Students enrolled in HPAT 140 Introduction to Athletic Training will be provided an Athletic Training Program Booklet with specific instructions and guidelines for retention & progression.
Additional expenses associated with the athletic training education program include:
- Students maintain Standard First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer at the point of application and must maintain certification until after graduation
- Students maintaining EMT Certification at the point of off-campus clinical assignments.
- Students must provide proof of immunization prior to clinical placement. Immunizations include: Tb, Varicella, MMR, Hepatitis B series.
- Travel outside of the Keene area is required for clinical experiences, and students are responsible for their own transportation.
- Students are responsible for the purchase of uniforms and medical equipment for clinical courses.
- Students are responsible for expenses associated with a required criminal background check prior to clinical placement due to laws in MA and VT where we have clinicals.
- Students are responsible for maintaining professional memberships and may attend or present at conferences and workshops.
- Liability Insurance: Students admitted to and enrolled in Athletic Training major clinical course, including the advanced clinical, are provided medical liability insurance; however, students may opt to purchase additional liability insurance for additional coverage.
- Students will incur additional costs when enrolling in HPAT 445 review due to the cost of the ACES Workshop that is required within the course. Additional fees for preparing for the BOCATC and the cost of the examination are necessary and will be paid for by the student.
Integrative Studies Requirements
40 credits minimum
Professional practice of Certified Athletic Trainers specifies the importance of understanding basic concepts in psychology. Athletic Training majors are advised to enroll in one psychology course as part of their Integrative Studies Program.
(including major + allied requirements)
- HPAT 140 Introduction to Athletic Training (2 credits)
- HP 141 Wellness from Theory to Practice
- HPAT 284 Injury Prevention Strategies¹(2 credits)
- HPAT 294 Athletic Training: Foundations Practicum¹ (1 credit)
- HP 340 Epidemiology of Injury and Illness
- HPAT 341 Recognition of Sport-related Injuries and Illness
- HPAT 342 Therapeutic Interventions I
- HPAT 343 Therapeutic Interventions II
- HP 344 Sports Nutrition
- HPAT 383 Clinical Examination Strategies (2 credits) ¹
- HPAT 384 Advanced Clinical Examination (2 credits) ¹
- HPAT 385 Emergent Care Strategies² (2 credits)
- HPAT 441 Pharmacology and Pathology for Athletic Trainers
- HPAT 443 Health Care Administration of Athletic Training
- HP 460 Experimental Design and Analysis for Physical Education
- HPAT 483 Athletic Training: Clinical I²
- HPAT 484 Athletic Training: Clinical II²
- HPAT 493 Athletic Training: Advanced Clinical² (6 credits)
- HPAT 494 Athletic Training: Advanced Practicum2 (2 credits)
Allied Requirements for Athletic Training
- MATH 141 Introductory Statistics
- INCHEM 103 Fundamentals of Chemistry (Accepted course substitution: INCHEM 100 or INCHEM 111)
- INPHYS 141 College Physics I
- BIO 230 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
- BIO 232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
- HP 200 Applied Kinesiology
- HP 201 Physiology of Exercise
- HP 191 First Aid/CPR (1 credit) to meet the competency of Emergency Cardiac Care
- HP 240 Emergency Medical Technician and HP 242 EMT Practicum (2 credits) to meet the competency of EMT certification eligibility
- HPAT 445 BOC ATC Examination Preparation and Review (1 credit) to be eligible to sit for the BOCATC examination
Students are accepted to the College as Athletic Training Majors. Students are advised and assisted with program planning throughout the program of study. Because of the professional nature of Athletic Training and its responsibility to the public, the Athletic Training program has established standards for progression and graduation.
With an enrollment target of 16 pre-certification students in each cohort, progression to upper level courses and the clinical component of the Athletic Training Major occurs in April for first year students and November for eligible Accelerated Transfers. Requirements are reviewed each semester to monitor student's eligibility for progression. Pre-Certified Athletic Trainer candidates are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification-ATC exam during their last semester before completion of the Athletic Training major.
The Athletic Training curriculum is tightly structured and has sequential coursework, so it is essential that new students begin the major in their first year at Keene State College. Transfers and other students who begin the major at the sophomore or junior year should plan on staying an additional one to three semesters beyond the traditional four-year schedule to complete the program. Any student who competes in a varsity or club sport will likely complete the Athletic Training major in more than four years because of conflict of practice times and required athletic training clinical education. First year students who intend to apply to this major must enroll in INCHEM and HP 141 for the Fall semester and HPAT 140 and MATH 141 for the Fall or Spring semester and BIO 230 for the Spring semester.
Technical Standards for Admission
The Athletic Training Educational Program at Keene State 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 Educational Program establish the essential abilities considered necessary for students progressing through the clinical education portion of this program. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be eligible for progression.
- More than 30 credits
- Successful completion of Human Anatomy and Physiology I, a Chemistry course, and Statistics
- Attend mandatory Athletic Training meeting with the Program Coordinator to complete an Accelerated Transfer Sequence form
- Meet the minimum GPA requirement of a 2.75 from the previous institution
- Enter the institution with Standard First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Proof of a current certification card must be provided.
The progression to the clinical component of the program requires Accelerated Transfers to submit portfolios by November 30 and complete the Certified Background package by December 30. Review of transfer students' applications and official notification of the results of this review would occur before the start of the spring semester.
The progression to the clinical component of the program requires freshman/first-year students to submit portfolios by April 15 and complete the Certified Background package by May 15. Review of portfolios and official notification of the results of this review would occur during the summer.
Athletic Training Clinical Portfolio
Students progressing to begin the clinical portion of the major must submit a portfolio documenting each of the following components (please note details of the Retention Application and some components will occur in HPAT 140):
- Overall GPA of 2.75
- Completion of required allied courses of a grade C or better
- Required major courses of grade BC or better.
- Successful proof or completion of required competencies including: Proof of Emergency Cardiac Care (i.e. CPR for the Professional Rescuer/Healthcare Provider)
- Students must provide documentation of the following health requirements: proof of immunization (Hepatitis B, MMR, etc.) and TB screening.
- Castle Branch Background Check and Drug Screening
- Retention Application
- Performance evaluation by the Keene State College Clinical Faculty
- A minimum of 25 observation hours of pre-professional clinical experience in the Keene State College Athletic Training Room
- Recommendation Form for admission by two Keene State College faculty or staff.
Eligible students' progression to the clinical portion of the program will be based on seat availability. In the event that more students are eligible than there are seats, students will be ranked based on GPA in Allied requirements and quality of Retention Application.
Students must meet the following criteria to progress to each clinical course. Clinical Athletic Training I, II, Athletic Training Advanced Clinical, Athletic Training Advanced Practicum require the following:
- Proof of CPR for Standard First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer.
- Proof of successful completion of Emergency Medical Technician course, with eligibility for National Registry Examination and Certification
- Show progression from 2.75 to 3.0 GPA.
- Completion of the required Athletic Training major courses with a grade BC or better
- Completion of Allied courses with a grade C or better.
- Background check per initial portfolio submission
Admission to HPAT 493 Athletic Training: Advanced Clinical: Students are required to submit letters of intent to register for HPAT 493 Athletic Training: Advanced Clinical following completion of courses leading up to and including junior level courses in the Athletic Training Major. The Advanced Clinical Application Deadline is March 1 of the junior/3rd year. Students should apply for a fall sport rotation or for a winter/spring sport rotation. Portfolios will be reviewed prior to placing students in the Advanced clinical.
In addition to the progression requirements, the following criteria will be applied to HPAT 493 enrollment:
- Successful completion of a minimum of 75 credits
- Successful completion of required clinical proficiencies and comprehensive competencies at the proficient level (evaluated in previous clinical courses).
- Overall GPA of 3.0
If a student is not retained, the student will receive a letter that will clearly indicate the deficiency and clearly define how it should be addressed. A consultation will be scheduled with the Athletic Training Education Program Coordinator. During this conference, the student will be notified of any course adjustments and will need to indicate their willingness to address the deficiency in order to progress toward degree completion. The student will be eligible for progression once the deficiency is met.
Select courses to reach a total of 120 credits for the degree.
(Total degree requirements may change pending Integrative Studies requirements.)