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Athletic Training Program

Technical Standards

The profession of athletic training requires that the application of acquired knowledge be concurrent with the acquisition and development of psychomotor skills and tasks as well as professional behaviors and attitudes. The skills and behaviors listed below represent the minimal technical standards required for admission and retention in the Athletic Training Program at the University of North Florida. These requirements are needed to meet the necessary competencies and proficiencies to successfully complete the Program. 

  1. The student must possess the visual acuity and reading ability sufficient to monitor and manipulate equipment, implement modality and therapeutic treatments, and follow written protocols and/or plans of treatment for physically active individuals. 
  2. The student must possess the oral, auditory, and written abilities to effectively and sensitively communicate with patients, physicians, colleagues, and other allied health personnel. The student must also be able to establish rapport with patients and communicate judgments and treatment information effectively.
  3. The student must possess sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques. This includes sufficient motor control and function to position, transport, evaluate, and assist with moving physically active individuals. These physical and neurological requirements must be able to be implemented in both emergency and nonemergency situations.
  4. The student must possess and demonstrate the necessary professional behaviors, which include the affective skills and appropriate demeanor needed for professional education and quality patient care. The student must also demonstrate the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations. Furthermore, the student must demonstrate the ability to maintain composure and continue to function effectively during periods of high stress. 
All athletic training students must complete the University of North Florida Athletic Training Program Technical Standards form prior to admission into the Program. A student who is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, will not be able to complete the Program. If accommodations are required, you can contact the Disabilities Resource Center in Building 57, Room 1500 to determine what accommodations may be available.