Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

Athletic training, as defined by the National Athletic Trainer's Association, is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals that collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment as well as functional limitations and disabilities. Athletic trainers, working in collaboration with other members of the health team, work to help an athlete achieve and maintain their optimum performance ability within their given field or sport.

The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree program prepares students for the Board of Certification Examination. Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC) are qualified to work in a variety of settings, including high schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, clinics, and other areas as an integral part of the health care team. Athletic training students will receive education in prevention, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, reconditioning, organization and administration, and professional responsibility related to the management of athletic-related injuries and illnesses.

The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree program includes topics such as: anatomy and physiology; the care, treatment and prevention of athletic injuries; emergency care for acute injuries; taping and bracing; recognition and evaluation of athletic injuries; physiology of exercise; health and wellness plans; therapeutic modalities; theory of prescribing exercise; rehabilitation plans; management in athletic training; theory and practice of strength and conditioning; and pharmacology.

The athletic training degree program requires that 750 hours of clinical rotations on- and off-campus be completed before graduation. Students must provide their own transportation to clinical rotations. Students are required to complete a number of tasks prior to their clinical coursework including but not limited to a physical exam, CPR certification, and signing a technical standards agreement to ensure the ability to complete tasks and requirements associated with the position.

Important Note: Acceptance into the Athletic Training Education Program is competitive. Not all students will be admitted into the clinical coursework which begins in the sophomore year. Acceptance is determined by the Athletic Training Education Program Admission criteria and the availability of clinical sites. All interested students must attend mandatory advising meetings prior to applying to the clinical portion of the athletic training program and submit an application for consideration to be accepted into the clinical portion of the athletic training program.

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:

Main Campus

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On-campus program disclosures      

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.