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Students determine their interest in athletic training prior to their freshman year at Barton College. Students officially declare their major during the second semester of their freshman year.
During their first two semesters, athletic training students take two clinical classes and observe in the athletic training setting while learning through a variety of on campus clinical rotations. Athletic Training students are referred to as pre-professional students during this time.
Pre-professional students are required to observe clinical hours before applying for selection into the ATP near the end of the second semester of the freshman year. They must complete ATR 120 and ATR 113 with a C average while observing each ACI during clinical rotations. Students are selected into the ATP based on published entrance requirements and an interview with the ATP Selection Committee. Athletic training students are selected into the program prior to the beginning of their third semester and are then considered professional students in the ATP.
Professional students are assigned clinical rotations in the athletic training setting with an ACI or a clinical supervisor and must maintain constant contact with supervisor. Clinical assignments include upper extremity, lower extremity, general medical and equipment intensive rotations. In addition there are rotations at a hospital, high school, college, with physical therapists, occupational therapists and doctor’s offices.
Students may also take 4 additional hours in strength and conditioning and be prepared to sit for the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) national examination.