Athletic Training

Athletic Training

Admissions Criteria

Technical Standards for Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program

Graduates of the Athletic Training program are qualified to work as a clinician within a variety of employment and educational settings.  These graduates must have the knowledge and skills to care for a wide range of individuals engaged in physical activity.  The following are essential qualities, skills, and expectations deemed necessary for students to be admitted to the Canisius College Athletic Training program.  Students are also required to meet the expectations of the program accrediting agency (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education or CAATE).  Applicants who feel that they may not meet these standards are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services at (716) 888-3748 or or the Athletic Training program director at (716) 888-2954 or  Compliance with the technical standards does not guarantee students admission to the program or eligibility for the BOC Certification Exam.

  1. Applicants must be able to learn to analyze, synthesize, and integrate concepts, solve problems, reach assessments, and therapeutic judgments and recognize deviations from the norm.
  2. Applicants must have sufficient use of postural control and the senses of vision, hearing, and the somatic sensation (touch, feel) necessary to perform physical examinations and to accurately, safely, and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients.
  3. Applicants must be able to relate reasonably to patients, parents, and colleagues the results of the assessment of the injured and to establish sensitive, professional relationships with clarity, and accuracy.
  4. Applicants are expected to learn and perform routine prevention, assessment, emergency care and therapeutic procedures.
  5. Applicants are expected to be able to display good judgment in the assessment and treatment of injured or ill athletes and to be able to record this assessment precisely and clearly.
  6. Applicants must be able to learn to respond with precise, quick and appropriate action in emergency situations in a composed manner.
  7. Applicants are expected to be able to accept constructive criticism and respond by appropriate modification of behavior.
  8. Applicants are expected to be able to associate with professionals in the work place and give quality patient care with the appropriate skills, language, and demeanor.
  9. Applicants are expected to possess the perseverance, diligence, and consistency to complete the athletic training emphasis of the athletic training major as outlined and sequenced, to attempt the BOC certification within a year of program completion in order to enter the practice of athletic training.

Download the Technical Standards for Admission and final statement.