Athletic Training M.S. Technical Standards

Next start June 2021 | Credits 57 | Cost/credit $525 | Program length 2 Years (6 semesters) | Format In-person

Objectives of the Northwestern College AT program are to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to provide care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. The technical standards for the AT program establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills, and abilities of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program's accrediting agency (CAATE).

The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the AT Program. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted into the program.

Candidates for selection to the Northwestern College AT Program must demonstrate: 

  1. The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts and problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm.
  2. Sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and accurately, safely and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients.
  3. The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and communicate judgments and treatment information effectively. Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice.
  4. The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately. 
  5. The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress
  6. The perseverance, diligence and commitment to complete the AT Program as outlined and sequenced.
  7. flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.
  8. Affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.

Candidates for selection to the AT Program will be required to verify they understand and meet these technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet the standards. The Northwestern College Department of Academic Support will evaluate a student who states he/she could meet the program’s technical standards with accommodation and confirm that the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws. 



CAATE Accreditation

Northwestern College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education ( CAATE) for the Master of Science in Athletic Training program.