Athletic Training Major
The Franklin College Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is an accredited curriculum program through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Accredited athletic training programs improve the preparation of entry-level athletic trainers and help position them for competitive allied healthcare careers.
ATEP is a four-year curriculum that purposefully leads each athletic training student through incremental and sequential classes that blend didactic and clinical experiences with an emphasis on learning over time. Through the integration of formal classroom knowledge and planned clinical experiences, our athletic training students will be prepared to provide quality healthcare in a variety of employment settings. Graduates completing the ATEP will have the ability to think critically, problem solve, make ethical decisions, and assume professional responsibility. The ATEP faculty and staff are committed to the preparation of highly qualified and skilled athletic trainers by providing personalized attention, excellence in learning, and acknowledging them as individuals throughout their education.
Through teaching, supervision and dedication in academics by the athletic training faculty and staff, athletic training students learn to be independent in their clinical experiences and are prepared to become certified as athletic trainers or work in other allied healthcare fields. Numerous field and clinical experiences complement course work throughout the three-year pre-professional athletic training sequence and provide a solid foundation of professional development experiences. In addition, diverse athletic training settings in Franklin, Greenwood, and the Indianapolis area offer unique opportunities for educational advancement.
Requirements for Admission into ATEP
- Receive a grade of ‘C’ or higher in 5 specific courses taken prior to acceptance
- Obtain an overall GPA of 2.5
- Accrue a minimum of 50 supervised observation hours in the athletic training facility and practice settings
- Complete specific athletic training skills
- Submit an essay
- Submit physical, insurance, and technical standard forms
- Complete an interview and demonstrate a strong desire to become certified as an athletic trainer
The number of students admitted into the ATEP is competitive and contingent on the number of students currently in the program. The maximum number of students in the ATEP will not exceed 30 at any one time.
Each candidate is required to observe a minimum of 50 hours in the athletic training facility during the second semester of his/her application year. While the candidate is completing the required hours, he/she will be responsible for completing specific athletic training skills and proficiencies. During these observation hours, the candidate should exhibit interest, enthusiasm, and motivation as shown by work habits, punctuality, responsibility, and initiative. Of the 50 hours, the first 15 must be completed in the Franklin College athletic training facility. Once a minimum of 15 hours has been completed, at least 10 of the remaining 35 hours must be completed by observing on-campus competitions and practices.
ATEP Medical Policies and Procedures
ATEP is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the students in it. Because of this, candidates must submit the following items in order to be accepted into the ATEP:
- Completed medical and technical standard forms to ensure that they are physically able to handle the physical demands
- Proof of completion of the Hepatitis B series of shots or have a signed declination form on record. This is the student’s responsibility!
Once accepted into the program, the following medical policies and procedures will be observed:
- Participation in a blood-borne pathogen training session, and subsequent test over the subject, every year
- Adhering to universal precaution policies and procedures at all times
- Supervision in proper body biomechanics
- Utilization of proper health principles for self and others
- Good time management skills to keep stress levels down
- Utilization of the counseling center, if needed
The ATEP is a rigorous and intense program that places specific physical and intellectual requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. Because of this, each candidate must submit completed and signed physical, insurance, and technical standard forms before spring break in March of his/her application year. These forms ensure that the candidate is able to physically handle the demands of the ATEP and minimally meet the technical standards.
The technical standards, set forth by the ATEP, are to articulate the demands of the program in a way that will allow students applying for admission into the program to compare their own capabilities against these demands. This document meets the requirements as outlined by the American Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The ADA makes it unlawful to discriminate against individuals with disabilities.
The technical standards are designed to articulate the physical and mental demands of the Franklin College ATEP in a way that allows students applying for admission into the program to compare their capabilities against these demands. Applicants to the ATEP are asked to certify their ability to complete specific tasks associated with performance as an athletic training student, with or without reasonable accommodations, by signing the technical standards document. Reasonable accommodation refers to ways in which Franklin College can assist students with disabilities to accomplish a task, i.e. providing extra time to complete an examination, enhancing the sound system in a classroom, or providing a push cart for a student who may not have the strength to carry a heavy item. Reasonable accommodation does not mean that a student with disabilities will be exempt from certain tasks; it does mean that the ATEP faculty/staff will work with the student to determine if there are ways to assist with completion of these tasks. You may click here to view a complete copy of the technical standards document. Students who have questions about this document should inquire with the Franklin College Affirmative Action Officer (AAO) and the ATEP director. These technical standards meet the requirements set forth by the American Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.
A complete copy of the technical standards document will be given to each applicant early in the application process.
The Franklin College ATEP will accept transfer students as long as they have met stated program admission requirements. The level the student is placed in the ATEP depends on competencies and proficiencies completed at the previous institution and the student's ability to demonstrate proficiency in them. Please contact the ATEP Director about your particular situation. Transfer students must also meet Franklin College's requirements for admission. Please refer to the Transfer Student section of the Franklin College catalog for the college's requirements.
Many prospective athletic training students who express interest in the Franklin College Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) are also interested in participating in an intercollegiate sport during their college years. Many of the program's finest and most accomplished alumni were athletes while at Franklin College. Because the ATEP has a significant clinical experience component that requires student commitment throughout the week and on weekends, conflicts between sport demands and clinical experience requirements are a problem. The ATEP faculty and staff are committed to encouraging athletic training students to take advantage of the rich co-curricular opportunities available on campus. They are also dedicated to ensuring that athletic training students graduate on time, fulfill all ATEP requirements, and have enough quality clinical experiences to enable them to become skilled health care professionals. Click here to read the guidelines that are designed to help accomplish all of these purposes.
Continuance in ATEP Program
Franklin College athletic training students are of the utmost importance to the athletic training faculty and staff. Students in the ATEP are reviewed quarterly to ensure satisfactory progress is being made toward graduation by submitting mid-term and final grades to the ATEP director each semester. Students must maintain a 2.5 (4.0 scale) or above cumulative GPA to participate in clinical experiences.
The ATEP director and staff will make every effort to provide support and access to appropriate tutorial assistance to help the student restore his/her good academic standing. The role of the clinical instructors includes not only instruction and supervision of the student, but also advising and supporting his/her academic success. Click here for more information.
The Franklin College ATEP consists of several clinical, field, and internship rotation requirements. Some of the rotations are completed at off-campus athletic training settings in Franklin, Greenwood, Indianapolis, Bloomington and Avon. In order to fulfill the requirements of these rotations, which are completed throughout the three-year pre-professional athletic training sequence, a student in the ATEP must have access to transportation.
Professional Development Experience Sites
ATEP student have had the opportunity to serve internships at these locations and many others:
- Allison Transmission
- American Health Network
- Family Physicians of Johnson County
- Franklin Community H.S.
- JMH Outpatient Rehabilitation Center
- Johnson Memorial Hospital Emergency Room
- Indiana University
- Indianapolis Indians
- Lawrence North High School
- Methodist Sports Medicine
- Navistar Truck and Engine
- OrthoIndy, P.C.
- Performance Chiropractic
- Shelbourne Clinic at Methodist
- Shelbyville H.S.
- St. Vincent’s Sports Medicine
- St. Vincent Sports Performance Center
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