Athletic Training offers a bachelor’s degree program specializing in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses. Athletic Trainers are unique health care providers who work as part of a health care team to provide quality care in a variety of health care settings. We offer a challenging curriculum preparing students for careers in the athletic training profession and related fields. Athletic trainers are certified by the Board of Certification (BOC) and licensed in the state of Ohio by the Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers’ Board. The Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
Athletic trainers are health care professionals that work with physicians and other health care professionals to help individuals return safely to sport, recreational, or work activity. Athletic trainers typically work in places where physically active people are found, such as high schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, and many more. Employment is projected to grow 37 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations, because of their role in preventing injuries and reducing healthcare costs.
In the Pre-professional Phase, the student completes a directed observation year. The Professional Phase begins after formal admission into the ATP (Athletic Training Program) and includes clinical courses and clinical educational experiences under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer.
Once accepted into the Professional Phase of the ATP, students will begin the formal clinical education courses which are outlined in our ATP Academic Roadmap.
It is the mission of this program to promote sound educational and clinical experiences for athletic training students in preparation for entry-level careers. A strong commitment to providing a comprehensive perspective of the athletic training profession through cognitive, psychomotor and affective tasks guides this program as it prepares athletic training students for the challenges of caring for the physically active in diverse athletic training settings.
The Athletic Training program strives to promote excellence and diversity in education through a variety of clinical and academic experiences for students. Through an optimal mix of challenge and support, students are prepared to face the challenges of providing health care to the physically active. The Athletic Training program is dedicated to involving community resources in the educational preparation of athletic training students to broaden the scope of the program. Additionally, the students and staff recognize the nature of the rapidly changing allied health care field and remain informed on current techniques through dedication to continuing education. In an effort to remain consistent with the university mission of promoting research, this program is also committed to advancing research in the field of athletic training through student and staff projects and presentations.