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1Master of Athletic TrainingProgram HandbookUpdated - Summer 2022

2Table of ContentsI.A.B.C.D.E.Athletic Training Program Overview . 4Accreditation . 4Athletic Training Program Mission Statement . 4Athletic Training Program Goals . 4Athletic Training Program Learning Outcomes . 4People You Should Know . 5II.National Athletic Trainers’ Association Code of Ethics 6III.BOC Standards of Professional Practice . 7IV.The Athletic Training Student . 10V.AT Program Academic Requirements . 12A. Athletic Training Student Professional Behaviors . 10B. Athletic Training Student Responsibilities . 11VI.VII.A.B.C.D.E.F.G.H.I.J.K.L.A.B.C.D.Admission Requirements Specific to Athletic Training Major . 12Non-Discrimination Policy . 12Transfer Credit . 13Retention Requirements Specific to Athletic Training Major . 13Academic Probation Policy . 13Athletic Training Probation and Dismissal Appeal . 13University Withdraw . 13Grading Policy . 14Academic Integrity and Ethical Conduct . 14BOC Exam Eligibility . 14AT Program Curriculum Requirements . 15Course Sequence Sheet . 16Athletic Training Program Specific Policies . 17Additional Financial Costs . 17Athletic Participation Policy . 17Outside Employment Policy . 17Confidentiality Policy. 17D.1. HIPAA . 17D.2. FERPA . 18E. Athletic Training Student Conduct & Disciplinary Procedures . 18E.1. Disciplinary Procedures . 18E.1.a. Athletic Training Program Appeal Policy . 19E.1.b. Athletic Training Program Grievance Policy . 19E.2. Social Conduct Policies . 20E.2.a. Drug and Alcohol Policy . 20E.2.b. Social Media Policy . 20E.2.c. Professional Relationship Policy . 20Health and Safety Policies . 21A. Bloodborne Pathogen Policy . 21B. Communicable and Infectious Disease Policy . 21C. Venue-Specific Health & Safety Procedures . 22Updated - Summer 2022

3VIII.A.B.C.D.E.F.G.H.I.J.K.L.M.N.O.P.IX.Clinical Education Requirements . 23Purpose . 23Clinical Education Pre-Requisites . 23First Aid & CPR/AED Requirements . 23Liability Insurance . 23Clinical Sites and Contacts . 24Placements . 24Immersive Clinical Experiences . 24Clinical Progression . 24H.1. Clinical Competencies . 25H.2. Student Evaluations . 25Communication with Preceptor . 25Transportation Policy . 26J.1. Carpool Policy . 26Away Contest Travel Policy . 26Remuneration for Services . 27Clinical Requirements during Preseason and/or Breaks . 27Inclement Weather Policy . 27Dress Code/Appropriate Attire . 27Clinical and Program Evaluations . 28Other Program Opportunities . 29A. Athletic Training Student Organization . 29B. In Service Training/Educational Opportunities . 29C. Professional Organizations . 29Appendix A: Glossary of Terms . 32Appendix B: Academic Progress Form . 36Appendix C: Clinical Experience Overview . 38Appendix D: Technical Standards for Admission . 39Updated - Summer 2022

4I.Athletic Training Program OverviewA. AccreditationImmaculata University is currently seeking accreditation for their new Athletic Trainingprogram and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic TrainingEducation (CAATE). The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin theaccreditation process on July 1, 2022. Submission of the self-study and completion of a sitevisit does not guarantee that the program will become accredited. Students that graduatefrom the program prior to accreditation WILL NOT be eligible to sit for the credentialingexamination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states.B. Athletic Training Program Mission Statement:The mission of the Athletic Training major at Immaculata University is to provide acomprehensive learning experience within the discipline of athletic training. Grounded in themission and values of Immaculata University, this program integrates scientific inquiry,theoretical knowledge, and clinical practice.C. Athletic Training Program Goals:The goals of the Athletic Training major are to:1. Provide students with the knowledge, skills, and clinical integration proficienciesessential for Board of Certification eligibility2. Prepare students for meaningful careers in athletic training3. Prepare students for the diverse and changing world of healthcare4. Encourage a lifelong commitment to learning and professional excellence.D. Athletic Training Program Learning Outcomes:Upon completion of the athletic training curriculum students will be able to:1. Demonstrate knowledge and practical skills in prevention and risk management ofathletic injuries and illness.2. Demonstrate critical decision making and problem solving skills that are essential in therecognition, evaluation, and management of athletic injuries and illnesses.3. Design, implement, and assess treatment and rehabilitation protocols and reconditioningprograms.4. Exhibit ethical decision making, administrative, and leadership skills essential for successin athletic training.5. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills, and technological skills inacademic and professional activities.6. Apply and synthesize evidence-based athletic training knowledge to current issues in thevariety of athletic training settings.Updated - Summer 2022

5E. People you should knowFull-Time Athletic Training/Exercise Science FacultyKelly A. Stalker, Ed.D., ATCAT – Program DirectorMichele Monaco, DSc., ATCAT – Coordinator of Clinical EducationLaurie DiRosa, Ed.D.Exercise ScienceNicholas “Cole” Racich, DPTExercise SciencePart-Time FacultyCathy Holt, Ed.D., DHSc, ATCAdjunct FacultyImmaculata University - On Campus PreceptorsEthan AldermanHead Athletic TrainerMarquise PeelAssistant Athletic TrainerGrace SperazzaAssistant Athletic TrainerMedical Director & Associated PhysiciansDr. John KellyAT Program Medical DirectorDr. John LukschImmaculata University Team PhysicianApproved Sites & Head PreceptorDowningtown East High SchoolEpiscopal AcademyGreat Valley High SchoolSpring-Ford High SchoolPenn State AbingtonWidener UniversityKinetic Physical TherapyIM HealthMAT Advisory BoardHealth, Nutrition & ExerciseSciences Department ChairProgram DirectorCoordinator of Clinical EducationMedical DirectorClinical Education PreceptorsOther Health Care ProfessionalsImmaculata AlumnaeMike CaseyCathy HoltKeith JohnsonDan HolmanEmily GardyaszAJ DuffyAngelo LabrinakosRockland WalkerKelly StalkerKelly StalkerMichele MonacoDr. John KellyAJ DuffyCathy HoltTanya DarguschEllis MairKenneth Anderson, PA-CUpdated - Summer 2022

6II.National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Code of Ethics(Updated March 2018)PreambleThe National Athletic Trainers’ Association Code of Ethics states the principles of ethical behavior that should befollowed in the practice of athletic training. It is intended to establish and maintain high standards andprofessionalism for the athletic training profession. The principles do not cover every situation encountered by thepracticing athletic trainer, but are representative of the spirit with which athletic trainers should make decisions. Theprinciples are written generally; the circumstances of a situation will determine the interpretation and application ofa given principle and of the Code as a whole. When a conflict exists between the Code and the law, the lawprevails.1. Members Shall Practice with Compassion, Respecting the Rights, Well-being, and Dignity of Others1.1 Members shall render quality patient care regardless of the patient’s race, religion, age, sex, ethnic or nationalorigin, disability, health status, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.1.2 Member’s duty to the patient is the first concern, and therefore members are obligated to place the well-beingand long-term well-being of their patient above other groups and their own self-interest, to provide competentcare in all decisions, and advocate for the best medical interest and safety of their patient at all times asdelineated by professional statements and best practices.1.3. Members shall preserve the confidentiality of privileged information and shall not release or otherwise publishin any form, including social media, such information to a third party not involved in the patient’s carewithout a release unless required by law.2: Members Shall Comply with the Laws and Regulations Governing the Practice of Athletic Training,National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Membership Standards, and the NATA Code ofEthics.2.1 Members shall comply with applicable local, state, and federal laws and any state athletic training practiceacts.2.2 Members shall understand and uphold all NATA Standards and the Code of Ethics.2.3 Members shall refrain from, and report illegal or unethical practices related to athletic training.2.4 Members shall cooperate in ethics investigations by the NATA, state professional licensing/regulatory boards,or other professional agencies governing the athletic training profession. Failure to fully cooperate in anethics investigation is an ethical violation.2.5 Members must not file, or encourage others to file, a frivolous ethics complaint with any organization orentity governing the athletic training profession such that the complaint is unfounded or willfully ignore factsthat would disprove the allegation(s) in the complaint.2.6 Members shall refrain from substance and alcohol abuse. For any member involved in an ethics proceedingwith NATA and who, as part of that proceeding is seeking rehabilitation for substance or alcohol dependency,documentation of the completion of rehabilitation must be provided to the NATA Committee of ProfessionalEthics as a requisite to complete a NATA membership reinstatement or suspension process.3: Members Shall Maintain and Promote High Standards in Their Provision of Services.3.1 Members shall not misrepresent, either directly or indirectly, their skills, training, professional credentials,identity, or services.3.2 Members shall provide only those services for which they are qualified through education or experience andwhich are allowed by the applicable state athletic training practice acts and other applicable regulations forathletic trainers.3.3 Members shall provide services, make referrals, and seek compensation only for those services that arenecessary and are in the best interest of the patient as delineated by professional statements and best practices.3.4 Members shall recognize the need for continuing education and participate in educational activities thatenhance their skills and knowledge and shall complete such educational requirements necessary to continue toqualify as athletic trainers under the applicable state athletic training practice acts.3.5 Members shall educate those whom they supervise in the practice of athletic training about the Code of Ethicsand stress the importance of adherence.3.6 Members who are researchers or educators must maintain and promote ethical conduct in research andeducational activities.Updated - Summer 2022

74: Members Shall Not Engage in Conduct that Could Be Construed as a Conflict of Interest, ReflectsNegatively on the Athletic Training Profession, or Jeopardizes a Patient’s Health and Well-Being.4.1 Members should conduct themselves personally and professionally in a manner that does not compromise theirprofessional responsibilities or the practice of athletic training.4.2 All NATA members, whether current or past, shall not use the NATA logo in the endorsement of products orservices, or exploit their affiliation with the NATA in a manner that reflects badly upon the profession.4.3 Members shall not place financial gain above the patient’s well-being and shall not participate in anyarrangement that exploits the patient.4.4 Members shall not, through direct or indirect means, use information obtained in the course of the practice ofathletic training to try and influence the score or outcome of an athletic event, or attempt to induce financialgain through gambling.4.5 Members shall not provide or publish false or misleading information, photography, or any othercommunications in any media format, including on any social media platform, related to athletic training thatnegatively reflects the profession, other members of the NATA, NATA officers, and the NATA office.III.BOC Standards of Professional PracticeVersion 3.2, Implemented January 1, 2019I. Practice StandardsPreambleThe primary purpose of the Practice Standards is to establish essential duties and obligations imposed by virtue ofholding the ATC credential. Compliance with the Practice Standards is mandatory.The BOC does not express an opinion on the competence or warrant job performance of credential holders;however, every Athletic Trainer and applicant must agree to comply with the Practice Standards at all times.Standard 1: DirectionThe Athletic Trainer renders service or treatment under the direction of, or in collaboration with a physician, inaccordance with their training and the state’s statutes, rules and regulations.Standard 2: PreventionThe Athletic Trainer implements measures to prevent and/or mitigate injury, illness and long term disability.Standard 3: Immediate CareThe Athletic Trainer provides care procedures used in acute and/or emergency situations, independent of setting.Standard 4: Examination, Assessment and DiagnosisThe Athletic Trainer utilizes patient history and appropriate physical examination procedures to determine thepatient’s impairments, diagnosis, level of function and disposition.Standard 5: Therapeutic InterventionThe Athletic Trainer determines appropriate treatment, rehabilitation and/or reconditioning strategies. Interventionprogram objectives include long and short-term goals and an appraisal of those which the patient can realistically beexpected to achieve from the program. Appropriate patient-centered outcomes assessments are utilized to documentefficacy of interventions.Standard 6: Program DiscontinuationThe Athletic Trainer may recommend discontinuation of the intervention program at such time the patient hasreceived optimal benefit of the program. A final assessment of the patients’ status is included in the discharge note.Standard 7: Organization and AdministrationThe Athletic Trainer documents all procedures and services in accordance with local, state and federal laws, rulesand guidelines.Updated - Summer 2022

8II. Code of Professional ResponsibilityPreambleThe Code of Professional Responsibility (Code) mandates that BOC credential holders and applicants act in aprofessionally responsible manner in all athletic training services and activities. The BOC requires all AthleticTrainers and applicants to comply with the Code. The BOC may discipline, revoke or take other action with regardto the application or certification of an individual that does not adhere to the Code. The Professional Practice andDiscipline Guidelines and Procedures may be accessed via the BOC website, www.bocatc.orgCode 1: Patient ResponsibilityThe Athletic Trainer or applicant:1.1 Renders quality patient care regardless of the patient’s age, gender, race, religion, disability, sexualorientation, or any other characteristic protected by law1.2 Protects the patient from harm and acts always in the patient’s best interests and is an advocate for thepatient’s welfare, including taking appropriate action to protect patients from healthcare providers orathletic training students who are, impaired or engaged in illegal or unethical practice1.3 Demonstrates sound clinical judgment that is based upon current knowledge, evidence-basedguidelines and that thoughtful and safe application of resources, treatments and therapies1.4 Communicates effectively and truthfully with patients and other persons involved in the patient’sprogram, while maintaining privacy and confidentiality of patient information in accordance withapplicable law1.4.1Demonstrates respect for cultural diversity and understanding of the impact of culturaland religious values1.5 Develops and maintains a relationship of trust and confidence with the patient and/or theparent/guardian of a minor patient and does not exploit the relationship for personal or financial gain1.6 Does not engage in intimate or sexual activity with a patient and/or the parent/guardian of a minorpatient1.7 Informs the patient and/or the parent/guardian of a minor patient of any risks involved in the treatmentplan1.7.1Does not make unsupported claims about the safety or efficacy of treatmentCode 2: CompetencyThe Athletic Trainer or applicant:2.1 Engages in lifelong, professional and continuing educational activities to promote continuedcompetence2.2 Complies with the most current BOC recertification policies and requirementsCode 3: Professional ResponsibilityThe Athletic Trainer or applicant:3.1 Practices in accordance with the most current BOC Practice Standards3.2 Practices in accordance with applicable local, state and/or federal rules, requirements, regulationsand/or laws related to the practice of athletic training3.3 Practices in collaboration and cooperation with others involved in a patient’s care when warranted;respecting the expertise and medico-legal responsibility of all parties.3.4 Provides athletic training services only when there is a reasonable expectation that an individual willbenefit from such services3.5 Does not misrepresent in any manner, either directly or indirectly, their skills, training, professionalcredentials, identity or services or the skills, training, credentials, identity or services of athletictraining3.5.1Provides only those services for which they are prepared and permitted to perform byapplicable local, state and/or federal rules, requirements, regulations and/or laws related to thepractice of athletic training3.6 Does not guarantee the results of any athletic training service3.7 Complies with all BOC exam eligibility requirements3.8 Ensures that any information provided to the BOC in connection with exam eligibility, certificationrecertification or reinstatement including but not limited to, exam applications, reinstatementapplications or continuing education forms, is accurate and truthfulUpdated - Summer 2022

93.9 Does not possess, use, copy, access, distribute or discuss certification exams, self-assessment andpractice exams, score reports, answer sheets, certificates, certificant or applicant files, documents ofother materials without proper authorization3.10 Takes no action that leads, or may lead, to the conviction, plea of guilty or plea of nolo contendere (nocontest) to any felony or to a misdemeanor related to public health, patient care, athletics or education;this includes, but is not limited to: rape; sexual abuse or misconduct; actual or threatened use ofviolence; the prohibited sale or distribution of controlled substances, or the possession with intent todistribute controlled substances; or improper influence of the outcome or score of an athletic contest orevent3.11 Reports any suspected or known violation of applicable local, state and/or federal rules, requirements,regulations and/or laws by him/herself and/or by another Athletic Trainer that is related to the practiceof athletic training3.12 Reports any criminal convictions (with the exception of misdemeanor traffic offenses or trafficordinance violations that do not involve the use of alcohol or drugs) and/or professional suspension,discipline or sanction received by him/herself or by another Athletic Trainer that is related to athletictraining3.13 Cooperates with BOC investigations into alleged illegal or unethical activities. Cooperation includes,but is not limited to, providing candid, honest and timely responses to requests for information3.14 Complies with all confidentiality and disclosure requirements of the BOC and existing law3.15 Does not endorse or advertise products or services with the use of, or by reference to, the OC namewithout proper authorization3.16 Complies with all conditions and requirements arising from certification restrictions or disciplinaryactions taken by the BOC, including, but not limited to, conditions and requirements contained indecision letters and consent agreements entered into pursuant to Section 4 of the BOC ProfessionalPractice and Discipline Guidelines and Procedures.3.17 Fulfills financial obligations for all BOC billable goods and services provided.Code 4: ResearchThe Athletic Trainer or applicant who engages in research:4.1 Conducts research according to accepted ethical research and reporting standards established by publiclaw, institutional procedures and/or the health professions4.2 Protects the human rights and well-being of research participants4.3 Conducts research activities intended to improve knowledge, practice, education, outcomes and/orpublic policy relative to the organization and administration of health systems and/or healthcare deliveryCode 5: Social ResponsibilityThe Athletic Trainer or applicant:5.1 Strives to serve the profession and the community in a manner that benefits society at large5.2 Advocates for appropriate health care to address societal health needs and goalsCode 6: Business PracticesThe Athletic Trainer or applicant:6.1 Does not participate in deceptive or fraudulent business practices6.2 Seeks remuneration only for those services rendered or supervised by an AT; does not charge forservices not rendered6.2.1 Provides documentation to support recorded charges6.2.2 Ensures all fees are commensurate with services rendered6.3 Maintains adequate and customary professional liability insurance6.4 Acknowledges and mitigates conflicts of interestUpdated - Summer 2022

10IV.The Athletic Training StudentA. Athletic Training Student Professional BehaviorsThe Athletic Training Program strives to develop professional behaviors in each athletictraining student. This is a non-exhaustive list of the characteristics and behaviors necessaryfor success as an athletic training students and entry-level athletic trainer. Many of thesebehaviors will be evaluated by a preceptor at the end of each clinical experience as part ofour evaluation process. The professional behaviors expected of athletic training students areas follows:1. Demonstrates a positive professional attitude2. Demonstrates punctuality and promptness3. Dresses professionally and maintains professional personal appearance4. Demonstrates reliability and dependability5. Demonstrates organizational skills and manages time efficiently6. Demonstrates the ability to adapt well to changes7. Demonstrates emotional maturity8. Maintains professional rapport/relationship with others9. Communicates regularly and effectively with preceptor10. Reflects upon constructive feedback and modifies behavior as needed11. Demonstrates self-initiative12. Seeks preceptor assistance in proficiency development in a timely fashion13. Expresses thoughts effectively and concisely in verbal and written form14. Uses appropriate medical terminology15. Demonstrates the ability to understand and follow direction16. Maintains patient confidentiality17. Demonstrates ability to work as a team in diverse settings18. Demonstrates the core values of the profession and institution including; honesty,integrity, compassion, service, teamwork and empathy19. Understand the ethical and legal parameters within the scope of practice for athletic

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