The School of Health Professions mission

The mission of the School of Health Professions is to provide the highest quality education in an inter-professional learning environment that fosters educational and translational research, scholarly activity, critical thinking, evidence-based practice, leadership, and professionalism, while affirming the importance of ethical behavior, human diversity, equity and inclusion, cutting-edge technology, and a team approach to health care.

The Athletic Training Program’s mission

The mission of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited Stony Brook University Athletic Training Program (ATP) is to provide students with an extensive and comprehensive didactic and clinical education from which to build a strong foundation for a career in athletic training.

As such, the ATP is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. The technical standards set forth by the ATP establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the CAATE. The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the ATP. 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. Compliance with the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for the Board of Certification (BOC) certification exam.

Acquire information
Students must be able to:

  • Utilize a variety of sources including but not limited to verbal, print, and electronic means;
  • Demonstrate initiative and actively seek opportunities to increase comprehension and expand knowledge base;
  • Collaborate with others which include but not limited to; faculty, preceptors, colleagues, clients, and supervisors to obtain pertinent information.

Psychomotor skills
Students must have:

  • Sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations and treatments using accepted techniques;
  • The capability to accurately, safely and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients;
  • The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately.

Students must be able to:

  • Communicate effectively and sensitively with patients/clients to elicit information regarding mood, activities, and health complaints, as well as perceive nonverbal communications;
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently with other members of the health care and athletic community to convey information essential for safe and effective care;
  • Read, communicate in writing, and demonstrate computer literacy to complete all didactic and clinical assignments;
  • Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice.

Intellectual ability
In order to effectively solve problems, students must be able to:

  • The cognitive capacities to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments, and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm;
  • Comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand spatial relationships of structures.

Students must have:

  • The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress;
  • The flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations;
  • Tolerate physically and mentally taxing workloads.

Character and Professionalism
Students must demonstrate:

  • The perseverance, diligence and commitment to complete the Athletic Training Program as outlined and sequenced;
  • Affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care;
  • Respect for differences in culture, language and life experience by practicing cultural competency and cultural humility in patient/client care;
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior, both in the classroom and during their clinical experience.

If you have any questions concerning the Technical Standards, please contact the Athletic Training Program.

Student Attestation

By signing this document, candidates for selection to the Athletic Training Program verify they understand and meet these technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet the standards.

If you have a physical, psychological, medical, or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact the Student Accessibility Support Center, Stony Brook Union Suite 107, (631) 632-6748, or at They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation are confidential.

The Student Accessibility Support Center will evaluate a student who states they could meet the program’s technical standards with accommodation and confirm that the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws.

I certify that I have read and understand the technical standards for selection listed above, and I believe to the best of my knowledge that I meet each of these standards without accommodation. I understand that if I am unable to meet these standards I will not be admitted into the program.

Signature of Applicant

Alternative statement for students requesting accommodations:

I certify that I have read and understand the technical standards for selection listed above, and I believe to the best of my knowledge that I meet each of these standards with certain accommodations. I will contact the Student Accessibility Support Center to determine what accommodations may be available. I understand that if I am unable to meet these standards with or without accommodations, I will not be admitted into the program.

Signature of Applicant


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