Policy on Athletic Training Student Participation in Intercollegiate Athletics

This applies to athletic training students that have been accepted into the Athletic Training Program, i.e., professional students.

Athletic training students that are also athletes are eligible to apply for selection into the Athletic Training Program; however, it will not be possible to complete the program requirements without the full cooperation from the coaching staff. The Athletic Training Program has a significant clinical component which often requires student commitment during afternoons, evenings, and on weekends. Time commitments between sport demands and clinical requirements can conflict. The Athletic Training Faculty are committed to making sure that the students can graduate on time, fulfill all of the requirements for the Athletic Training Program, and have quality clinical education experiences to prepare them for successful careers as certified athletic trainers.

The following guidelines are designed to ensure that the student athletes are given the opportunity to complete the Athletic Training Program and participate in intercollegiate activities:


  1. Applicants to the Athletic Training Program will be provided with a copy of this policy statement during the interview. The intention on the part of a prospective student to participate in intercollegiate athletics shall not factor into the admissions decision into the Athletic Training Program.
  2. Athletic training students will limit his or her participation to ONE intercollegiate team.
  3. Athletic training students who are members of an intercollegiate team are able to participate during his or her team’s championship segment/season (however, clinical education rotations must still be performed during the championship season). Students must maintain constant contact with the ATP and the clinical assignment during this time as determined by the assigned preceptor, program director, and clinical coordinator. Athletic training students are able to participate in athletic team activities (other than the championship segment) ONLY if it does not interfere with the athletic training student’s clinical assignment, as determined by the preceptor, program director, and clinical coordinator.
  4. Athletic training students who participate in intercollegiate athletics must, like all students, fulfill all the didactic and clinical program requirements before he or she graduates. All such students are strongly encouraged to consult with the ATP director/clinical coordinator early in the program since effective planning is crucial to on-time graduation for these students.
  5. All students are required to have an “equipment intensive” clinical experience (football or lacrosse), most likely scheduled in the fall semester during his or her junior year in the program. Athletic training students who participate in a fall sport can either choose a spring equipment intensive rotation or return for a ninth semester to complete the “equipment intensive” clinical experience (CAATE Standard J3.3).
  6. There must be opportunities for students to gain clinical experiences associated with a variety of different populations including genders, varying levels of risk, protective equipment (to minimally include helmets and shoulder pads), and medical experiences that address the continuum of care that would prepare a student to function in a variety of settings and meet the domains of practice delineated for a certified athletic trainer in the profession.
  7. No exceptions will be made to the course sequencing for student athletes who are admitted to the program.

Students with questions regarding this policy are encouraged to speak with the Athletic Training Program Director for clarification on his or her concerns.

Employment and Extracurricular Activities

The Barton College ATP understands that employment opportunities, social interaction, and sport participation are activities that are commonly desired and necessary. If the ATS desires to participate in any of the aforementioned extracurricular activities, it is mandatory to consult the program director, clinical coordinator, and staff athletic trainers to discuss the feasibility and possible accommodations for inclusion of such activities while meeting the requirements of performing clinical education rotations. While the Athletic Training Program at Barton College supports an ATS’ need to work in order to financially support his or her education, the ATS must meet with the program director, clinical coordinator, and assigned preceptor for details in regards to clinical education rotation scheduling.

Although it is a difficult requirement, an ATS will be mandated to arrange his or her schedule to accommodate all responsibilities corresponding to his or her clinical education rotation assignment; employment and all other extracurricular opportunities must fall outside of the ATS’s clinical education rotation assignment. All clinical education rotation requirements are tied directly to, and considered curricular coursework, and therefore to miss or leave a clinical education rotation assignment early will be reflected in an ATS’s clinical education rotation performance evaluation; therefore his or her overall grade in the corresponding course will be negatively affected. It is an essential requirement that all clinical and academic requirements be met in order to continue in the Athletic Training Program at Barton College.