Purpose: To introduce the profession of athletic training to young adults who have a desire to pursue a career in athletic training or want to learn more about the profession of athletic training and all of its domains.
Requirements: A minimum cumulative G.P.A of 2.5 A general interest in sports, along with the desire to learn and the willingness to work hard and maintain a positive attitude.
Student Athletic Trainer Responsibilities
Student athletic trainers will be responsible for assisting the sports medicine staff with the daily tasks associated with providing the appropriate medical coverage for all student athletes at the University of Arkansas. Daily responsibilities of a student athletic trainer may include assisting with treatments and rehabilitation, practice and game preparation, practice and game coverage and various tasks related to the operation of the sports medicine facilities.
$500.00 Scholarship Stipend (starts after observational period (if funds are available) and is awarded every semester you continue in the USATP; maintain a cumulative 2.5 G.P.A. and have a positive evaluation)
Priority Registration for classes (this will allow you to register for classes early in order to accommodate practice/game schedules as well as other sporting events)
Attire (you will be provided with clothing to wear during work hours while you remain in the program)
A GREAT LEARNING EXPERIENCE!!!
1st Semester: (Observational Period) During this time students will work a maximum of 12-15 hours a week. They will have the opportunity to work with and observe the staff and other students already in the program. Students can discontinue their involvement in the program at any time during the observational period. Students will not be required to travel or work any games during this period. There will be no benefits earned during the Observational Period EXCEPT, for the GREAT LEARNING EXPERIENCE they will receive interacting with the staff and students in the program.
2nd Semester-Final Semester: You have successfully completed the Observational Period, received a 2.5 cumulative G.P.A. from your first semester of work as well as received a positive evaluation from the staff. Student work hours will increase to approximately 20-30 hours a week. All benefits will be received at this time and student will be required to work all games including travel.
What if I Fall Below the Minimum G.P.A. Requirement?
If at any time a student falls below the 2.5 G.P.A. requirement, they will be placed on probation for the next semester. The student will forfeit their $500.00 scholarship stipend for the semester. They will also be required to attend the athlete academic center 2-3 times weekly to work with a tutor and do study hall hours. If at the end of the semester the student is unsuccessful in raising their G.P.A. to the minimum 2.5 they will be removed from the program. If the student is successful in raising their G.P.A. to the minimum 2.5 they will be taken off probation and granted their $500.00 scholarship stipend for the next semester.
Calendar of Events
April: Student Athletic Trainer Undergraduate Information packets are sent out to area high schools
June: Deadline for student applications
July: Interview candidates are notified
September: Conduct interviews; Candidates receive notification and receive official start date information (You will need to provide a copy of your class schedule). Official start date of observational period.
Applications and questions regarding the University of Arkansas Undergraduate Student Athletic Training Program should be sent to:
Jon Melia, M.AT, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer- Razorback Football
(C): (479) 313-2422