Retention Policy

All students admitted into the professional phase of the program must continue to meet the following guidelines:

  1. Maintain an overall 3.0 grade point average.

  2. Must progress through the modules and competency matrix at a satisfactory rate.
    Each module is to be completed in specific semesters and is outlined in the course syllabi. Modules must be completed no later than the last day of classes each semester. Extensions will be handled on a case by case basis.

  3. Must abide by all policies and procedures that are detailed in the DC Policy and Procedure Handbook.

  4. B- or better in all Athletic Training Courses, including all major courses*

  5. Passing of established outcome benchmark scores on end of semester Mock BOC Examination. Bench mark scores are as follows: Year 1 30%; Year 2 35%; Year 3 40%.
    * Students who do not achieve the minimum grade of a B- in Any Athletic Training course (any ATH
    course) will be dismissed from the program.

Failure to complete the above guidelines will result in the following:


Failure to maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average will result in a student being placed on Academic Probation. Students will not be assigned to a clinical site on-campus or off-campus. Students on Academic Probation must return their cumulative grade point average to the appropriate 3.0 within TWO consecutive semesters. If this is not acquired, the student will be permanently suspended from the ATP with no allowance for re-entry.
Students in the athletic training major will not be placed on Academic Probation more than one time after they have been accepted into the Professional phase of the ATP. Multiple “Academic Probation” status will result in permanent suspension with no allowance for re-entry.

Students who do not meet guideline 5 will be placed on Academic Probation with the following stipulations:

  1. First time not meeting an academic action plan will be developed in order to assist student in achieving benchmark score. Academic action plan will consist of review of courses taken, study plan for future benchmark exams, and a review of academic schedule.

  2. The second time that a student fails to reach the benchmark score that above stated academic probation steps will be taken in addition to the academic review plan. If a student does not achieve the benchmark score, but demonstrates significant improvement they will remain on the Academic Action Plan.

  3. If a student fails to achieve the benchmark score on three consecutive attempts, without significant improvement they will be subject to dismal from the program.



This is a trial period in which a student is given time to try to redeem poor conduct. A student is placed on Clinical Probation for any of the following:

  • Failure to progress through the modules, as stated above.
  • Inappropriate behavior at a clinical site.
  • Late or unexcused absence to clinical site.
  • Failure to abide by polices and procedures of the DC Policy and Procedure Manual.

Clinical probation will occur at the discretion of the supervising Preceptor, the Clinical Education Coordinator, and the Program Director. The Program Director will determine the probation length.