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Professional Phase

Professional Phase

Once accepted into the Professional Phase of the Athletic Training Program (ATP), students will begin the formal clinical education courses which are outlined in our ATP Academic Roadmap. Directed clinical experiences and supervised field experiences are also required. Although most of these experiences will be at the University, off-campus high school and clinic sites are also required. These experiences will total 1000 hours minimally and 1200 hours maximally, partially accrued through clinical courses including practicum and internship, in no less than 6 semesters. Completion of 1000 clinical hours minimally is required for sponsorship for BOC national certification exam and for graduation from Kent State University.
Students interested in this area of study will be advised by the Athletic Training Program Coordinator and should contact the Program Coordinator promptly to discuss the specific entrance, selection, health and retention criteria in greater detail. Completion of the following documents are needed each year during the Professional Phase of the program:
All students in the Professional Phase must have on file a Physical Examination Form completed by their own physician.  All students also need a completed student contract, which is filled out and signed once accepted into the ATP.  Failure to have these documents completed will result in failure to participate in the clinical experiences in the program.
Further, The following training and certification must be maintained to be able to participate in the ATP clinical program:
  • Blood Borne Pathogen training- required annually
  • Professional Rescuer certification-required every 2 years
Copies of these trainings and certifications should be turned into the Program Coordinator and kept on file.
Students are also required to follow the guidelines of the ATP that are outlined in the Athletic Training Student Handbook.  This handbook acts as a guide for our students so they know what is expected of them.  The handbook also outlines how to handle particular situations throughout their time within the ATP.
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