Selection Process

A maximum of fourteen students per semester are selected to the professional phase of the athletic training education program (ATEP). All students must meet the Selection Criteria and Technical Standards to be eligible for selection and therefore continue to the professional phase. Each student will have two opportunities to be considered for selection to the professional phase of the ATEP.

Selection Criteria

1. Practical Experience

Prior to entering ATR 280 and a component of the Selection Application for the Professional Phase, students must complete a MINIMUM OF 120 HOURS of practical experience in an athletic training or sports medicine related setting. Examples of settings include, but are not limited to:

  • Sports Medicine or Rehabilitation Clinic
  • Corporate or Industrial Injury Care/Rehabilitation Facility,
  • High School
  • College or University*

* Only 30 hours (of the minimum 120) may be counted from a college or university venue other than CMU.

A health-care provider, preferably a certified athletic trainer, must supervise the hours in order for the student to be given credit for the experience. If a certified athletic trainer is not available due to the student's geographical location, a physician, physical therapist, occupational therapist, paramedic, or other licensed health care provider may be utilized. Students who are unable to arrange an experience, under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer, should consult their major advisor regarding the acceptability of their experience. The primary purpose of this requirement is to have the potential athletic training student experience various work settings of the certified athletic trainer. Secondarily, the student may have the opportunity to begin to network with athletic trainers, as well as, other health and/or medical professionals. Additionally, potential sites for a future internship experience or even employment may be identified. Students are required to have the verification of practical experience form completed as apart of the Selection Application for the Professional Phase to verify the hours spent in an athletic training/sports medicine practical experience.

Instructions For Verification of Practical Experience Form

The verification of practical experience form, found as a part of the application packet, must be completed by the supervising health-care provider and then placed in a sealed envelope with the health-care provider's signature across the seal of the envelope. If a student has compiled 120 hours from different venues or health-care providers, the student must have a verification of practical experience form completed from each venue or health-care provider that he or she worked with for his or her experience. If more than one copy of the verification of practical experience is needed, it is the student's responsibility to make additional copies of the verification of practical experience form. The student is also responsible for including the verification of practical experience form within its sealed envelope in the application packet.

2. Selection Application for the Professional Phase

Selection Application for the Professional Phase must be downloaded from the ATEP website. Click here to view the selection application packet. 

Submission Deadline: On or before the first class meeting as enrolled in ATR 280 . Packets will not be accepted past the deadline. Students who have submitted late, incomplete, or improper packets will be administratively dropped from ATR 280 for that semester. A selection opportunity will not be counted against the student and the student will need to apply in a subsequent semester.

Required Application Materials:

  • Application form
  • Copy of immunization records
  • Verification of Practical Experience Form.
    • The form(s) must verify 120 hours of practical experience related to athletic training.
    • The form must be secured in a sealed envelope with supervisor signature across the envelope.

3. Grade of CR in ATR 280 Field Experience in Athletic Training

Students who receive a NC in this class are removed from the list of eligible candidates for that semester. The student is charged a selection opportunity.

4. Overall Grade Point Average

Maximum of 60 points (per 1/100th GPA). As calculated from all courses taken at Central Michigan University

  • 4.0 GPA = 60 points
  • 3.5 GPA = 40 points
  • 3.0 GPA = 20 points
  • 2.5 GPA = 0 points

5. Pre-Professional Courses Grade Point Average

Maximum of 120 points (per 1/100th GPA). As calculated from all pre-professional phase courses.

  • 4.0 GPA = 120 points
  • 3.5 GPA = 80 points
  • 3.0 GPA = 40 points
  • 2.5 GPA = 0 points

6. Directed Observation Staff Evaluation

Maximum 120 points (60 points per evaluation). One staff evaluation is completed by the assigned certified athletic trainer and professional phase athletic training students per six week directed observation rotation during the ATR 280 semester. The student is assigned two different rotations during the semester, which will provide for two different staff evaluations.

7. Proficiency Written Examination

Maximum 80 points. The student will take the written exam during the last week of the ATR 280 semester.

8. Proficiency Skills Test

Maximum 50 points. The student will take the skills portion of the exam at a specified appointment time during the last week of classes during the ATR 280 semester.

9. Selection Interview

Maximum 60 points. The interview will assess traits such as professional motivation, interpersonal sills, integrity and orientation to the field as a future health care provider. The student will sign-up for the interview at a specified appointment time between the 8th and 10th week of classes during the ATR 280 semester.

There are 490 total points possible for Criteria 4-9. An overall minimum of 318.5 (65%) must be achieved in order for the candidate to be considered for selection into the professional phase.

Selection Opportunities

Students will have TWO selection opportunities to be considered for selection to the Professional Phase of the Athletic Training Education Program. A selection opportunity is counted when the student:

  • Was not selected into the professional phase as one of the fourteen students.
  • Earned a grade of NC in ATR 280.
  • Participated in the selection interview, written test, and/or practical skills test.
  • Remained in ATR 280 beyond the 8th week of class but withdrew their name from consideration.

Re-Selection Process

Students are reminded they have TWO selection opportunities to be considered for selection to the Professional Phase of the Athletic Training Education Program. If one or more of the following apply, students must follow the steps outlined below in order to be an eligible candidate for selection.

1. Contact your faculty advisor to discuss selection criteria and plan of action for re-selection. The ATEP faculty suggests the student contact their major advisor prior to the re-selection application deadline to assure the student has ample time to complete the necessary actions to be considered a candidate for re-selection.

2. Enroll in ATR 280

All students must be enrolled in ATR 280 to be considered as a candidate for selection. A grade of CR must be earned in ATR 280 for selection eligibility.

3. Acquire a re-selection application

A re-selection application must be obtained from the ATEP director.

4. Complete the re-selection application

The student's 120-hour practical experience requirement will carry forward from the previous semester.

Required Application Materials:

  • Application form
  • Copy of immunization records

5. Submit the re-selection application

Submission Deadline: On or before the first class meeting as enrolled in ATR 280 . Packets will not be accepted past the deadline. Students who have submitted late, incomplete, or improper packets will be administratively dropped from ATR 280 for that semester. A selection opportunity will not be counted against the student and the student will need to apply in a subsequent semester.

6. Complete the remaining selection criteria

Re-selection begins the process of selection a second time. The scored criteria from the first selection attempt are removed and the process begins new, from zero points.


 

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