ERIC Number: EJ1066030
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
A Subjective and Objective Process for Athletic Training Student Selection
Hawkins, Jeremy R.; McLoda, Todd A.; Stanek, Justin M.
Athletic Training Education Journal, v10 n2 p183-189 Apr-Jun 2015
Context: Admission decisions are made annually concerning whom to accept into athletic training programs. Objective: To present an approach used to make admissions decisions at an undergraduate athletic training program and to corroborate this information by comparing each aspect to nursing program admission processes. Background: Annually, athletic training students are accepted into athletic training programs based on a variety of criteria. Little is known concerning what criteria are useful when making these decisions. The goal is to admit students who will successfully matriculate through the program and become athletic trainers with state-specified credentials for practice. Synthesis: We present an application process that uses both subjective and objective measures, including an application form, achievement in prerequisite course work, grade point average, directed observation with preceptor evaluation, essay, admittance exam, interview, and letters of recommendation. This approach was compared to processes used to admit undergraduate baccalaureate nursing students. Results: Although some of the information presented in the nursing literature is conflicting, there is sufficient evidence to support the use of a multifaceted approach to admission decisions. The approach presented has helped us reduce student attrition and select students who are more likely to complete all program requirements and sit for the Board of Certification examination upon program completion. Recommendation(s): Include a variety of measurements to inform admission decisions. Conclusion(s): Using a variety of measurements affords a more holistic view of the candidate without relying too heavily on any one component.
Descriptors: Athletics, Allied Health Occupations Education, College Admission, Undergraduate Students, Decision Making, Nursing Education, Comparative Analysis, Observation, Interviews, Grade Point Average, Essays, Admission Criteria
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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