Athletic Training

The mission of the Lasell College Athletic Training Program is to allow for the intellectual and personal growth of students pursuing a career as an Athletic Trainer. The role of an Athletic Trainer as part of the health care team, and the development of professional and ethical principles are emphasized within a comprehensive competency-based didactic and clinical education foundation designed to prepare the student for eligibility to take the Board of Certification (BOC), national examination. Athletic Trainers are involved in the care, prevention, evaluation and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions to athletes and the physically active. Athletic Trainers are recognized by the American Medical Association as Healthcare Professionals, and are employed in numerous settings including high schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, sports medicine clinics, non-profit organizations, industrial medicine settings and hospitals. The program is fully accredited under the guidelines set forth by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

The four-year program in Athletic Training includes formal classroom instruction along with extensive clinical experiences, for credit, under the direct supervision of Athletic Trainers. Clinical experiences take place at Lasell College and at affiliated off-campus sites, and include a variety of practice settings and sport exposures. Athletic Training majors are afforded opportunities to participate in domestic and international service learning. The program culminates with students engaged in a year of undergraduate research through research concepts and capstone courses, in addition to extensive clinical experiences in Clinical Athletic Training V and VI. . While matriculated in the Athletic Training Program students have the opportunity to acquire certifications in CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, Strength and Conditioning and Coaching Education

Candidates for admission to the freshmen class are expected to complete a college preparatory program of an approved secondary school, satisfying the following Carnegie Units:

4 Units of English
3 Units of Mathematics, including Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry
(4 recommended)
2 Units of Laboratory Science (3 recommended)
2 Units of Social Science (3 recommended)
2 Units of Foreign Language recommended (not required)

Lasell College will also consider applicants who have successfully fulfilled the requirements for a secondary school diploma or GED.

Academic Program Specific Requirements
Admission into the Athletic Training Major is competitive and includes: successful completion of all required Carnegie Units with a minimum two units of Laboratory Science (preferably Biology and Chemistry, or Physics), a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, and a minimum combined SATI score of 1000 (Critical Reading and Math sections only). With more applications than admission slots, the College may restrict enrollment into the Athletic Training Major. Both first year and transfer applicants who are admitted into the Athletic Training program enter directly into the major; there is no secondary selection process. Applicants are encouraged to complete the application process by January 15th for fall (September) consideration.

Transfer applicants may be accepted into the Athletic Training Program at Lasell College based upon their previous record of academic performance. Transfer students will only be considered on a space-available basis, as admission is competitive in nature, and need to be aware of the possibility of additional time beyond eight academic semesters of college work in order to complete all of the program requirements due to the sequencing of courses and their prerequisites.

Lasell College students (including students who are designated as Undeclared Allied Health) wishing to transfer into the Athletic Training Program will be considered on a space-available basis following their freshmen year. A change of major form should be filed with the Program Director at the end of the spring semester of their freshmen year. The applicants' grades for their freshmen year will then be reviewed. Specifically, a "C" or better is needed for all AT, EXSC and BIO courses. A cumulative GPA of 2.3 or better will be required for admission into the Athletic Training Program and to enroll in AT 203. Graduates of the program receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training.

Program Fee
Each Athletic Training student is charged a program fee for each semester. The program fee is used to provide instructional supplies, discipline-specific technology, guest speaker honorariums, educational opportunities outside of the classroom and miscellaneous materials/supplies needed to maximize student learning.

Students in the Athletic Training major may incur some extra costs associated with their clinical education experience. Additional expenses may include costs associated with travel to off-campus affiliated clinical sites and dress code requirements. If the students do not have access to an automobile, public transportation is available.

The following goals and associated learning outcomes delineate what we strive for students to achieve when they complete the major program of study in Athletic Training:

Goal 1: Communication

  1. Interpret, Develop, Produce and Disseminate disciplinary research
  2. Understand and create discipline specific written work
  3. Professional Oral Presentations
  4. Interact professionally and educate clients, patients, peers, colleagues and medical/athletic personnel
  5. Apply a team approach to patient care

Goal 2: Foundational Behaviors

  1. Adhere to the National Athletic Training Association (NATA) code of ethics
  2. Identify ethical issues
  3. Deliver Patient Center Care
  4. Model professional conduct and behavior
  5. Advancing Knowledge through the use of evidence based practice
  6. Practice Cultural Competence

Goal 3: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA)

  1. Demonstrate knowledge in 8 athletic training content areas as required by the CAATE (The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education)
  2. Demonstrate skills in 8 athletic training content areas as required by the CAATE (The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education)
  3. Demonstrate abilities through clinical integration proficiencies (CIP) in 8 athletic training content areas as required by the CAATE (The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education)

Goal 4: Clinical Reasoning

  1. Incorporate evidence based practice into clinical decision making to improve patient outcomes
  2. Distinguish between Hypothetical Deductive Reasoning and Case Based Reasoning for clinical decision making