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Athletic Training

School of Nursing & Kinesiology

The Athletic Training Program (ATP) at Anderson University has a rich history. It was started in 1977 and was first accredited in 1989. The ATP at Anderson University leads to a Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training. The diverse lessons learned while in the ATP prepare students for entry into not only careers in athletic training, but a variety of allied health professions. As the first private college in Indiana with an accredited program, we have a vast network of sport medicine professionals among our alumni. Not only does the athletic training program and the School of Nursing and Kinesiology prepare students for the certification exam, it also prepares them for a lifetime of service dedicated to whole-person, patient-centered care. The ATP at AU is centered in the Gaither Sports Medicine Center located in the Kardatzke Wellness Center on campus.

*Based on new requirements by the Athletic Training Strategic Alliance, the athletic training program will no longer accept students into the undergraduate degree program following the 2020-2021 academic year. In the coming years, we will be teaching out the undergraduate curriculum as we begin the transition to a master’s degree program. We encourage future undergraduate students who wish to become athletic trainers to explore our exercise science major, which is a strong path for preparing for the graduate program in athletic training.

Program Overview

Athletic Training

The mission of the Anderson University athletic training program is to prepare students, within a Christian, liberal-arts tradition, as healthcare providers for a lifetime of service dedicated to whole-person, patient-centered care.

Athletic Training Admissions

Information for potential students:

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Professional Education

Professional athletic training education uses a competency-based approach in both the classroom and clinical settings. Using a medical-based education model, athletic training students are educated to provide comprehensive patient care in five domains of clinical practice: prevention, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, treatment and rehabilitation, and organization and professional health and well-being. The educational requirements for CAATE-accredited athletic training programs include acquisition of knowledge, skills and clinical abilities, along with a broad scope of foundational behaviors of professional practice.

Students must receive formal instruction in the following, specific subject matter areas:

  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Prevention and Health promotion
  • Clinical Examination and Diagnosis
  • Acute Care of Injury and Illness
  • Therapeutic Intervention
  • Psychosocial Strategies and Referral
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Professional Development and Responsibility
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Classes

  • Emergency Response
  • Therapeutic Modalities
  • Lower Body Joint and Extremity Assessment
  • Therapeutic Rehabilitation
  • Research in Athletic Training

 

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Careers

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Medical/Surgical Sales
  • Physician Extender

Athletic trainers find work in a variety of organizations and businesses as qualified healthcare professionals who specialize in the prevention, recognition, management, and rehabilitation of injuries that result from physical activity. As a part of a complete healthcare team, the certified athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other healthcare professionals, athletic administrators, coaches, and parents. Professional athletic training settings include colleges and universities, professional sports, and secondary schools, as well as emerging settings such as healthcare administration, the military, occupational health, the performing arts, physician practices, and public safety.

With additional education, athletic training graduates can move into roles in healthcare administration, physical therapy, chiropractic medicine, as a physician assistant, and as a medical doctor.

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Certification

To practice as an athletic trainer, individuals must successfully complete the BOC examination, which is a computer-based examination that the student is eligible to take after successfully completing the requirements of an accredited athletic training education program. Furthermore, one must meet individual state licensure requirements to practice as an athletic trainer.

Accreditation

The Anderson University Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
The program has been placed on Probation as of February 1, 2019, by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin TX 78731.

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) is the national organization that accredits athletic training education programs in the United States. Anderson University offers a CAATE-accredited athletic training curriculum. Athletic training students will meet the requirements to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination through educational programs accredited by CAATE. Anderson University was the first private university in the state of Indiana with CAATE accreditation. Anderson University offers a student the benefits of a private school and a Christian-based education with extensive clinical experience as a part of a nationally accredited athletic training education program.

Three Year Data

Academic
Year
Number of Graduates Number Taking BOC
Exam
First-Time Pass First Time
Pass %
Overall Pass Overall
Pass %
2014-15 12 12 9 75% 12 100%
2015-16 12 12 10 83% 11 92%
2016-17 11 11 8 73% 9 82%
2017-18 19 18 6 33% 12 67%
2018-19 12 11 8 73% 10 91%
2019-2020 8 8 5 63% 5 63%
Three-Year Aggregate 39 37 19 51% 27 73%
Academic Cohort Number of Graduates Number of On-Time Graduates Percentage of On-Time Graduates
2014-2015 12 10 83%
2015-2016 12 10 83%
2016-2017 11 10 91%
2017-2018 19 17 89%
2018-2019 12 12 100%
2019-2020 8 8 100%
Three Year Aggregate 39 37 96%

*All students who did not graduate on time were from the student’s choice to participate in 4-years of intercollegiate athletics.

Academic Cohort Number of Graduates Employed as an Athletic Trainer Employed as an Athletic Trainer and in a degree program Enrolled in another degree program (Not employed) Employed other than as an Athletic Trainer Not Employed Do Not Know
2014-2015 12 9 0 0 3 0 0
2015-2016 12 7 1 0 3 0 0
2016-2017 11 7 1 0 3 0 0
2017-2018 19 9 2 0 7 0 1
2018-2019 12 4 5 1 1 0 1
2019-2020 8 2 2 1 1 0 2
Three Year Aggregate 39 17 8 2 9 0 3
Term Number of Students in Program at Semester Start Number of Students Withdrew Retention Rate
Spring 2020 24 1 96%
Spring 2019 28 2 93%
Fall 2018 27 0 100%
Spring 2018 41 1 98%
Fall 2017 42 3 93%
Spring 2017 45 1 98%
Fall 2016 46 1 98%
Spring 2016 45 2 96%
Fall 2015 47 0 100%
Three Year Average 31 1.3 96%

OUR Athletic Training FACULTY

Let’s connect during your campus visit.

Athletic Training

Emily Day, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Emily Day

Assistant Professor of Athletic Training

Chris Hamlyn, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Chris Hamlyn

Associate Professor/Chair, Department of Kinesiology & Program Director, Athletic Training Education

Tanya Whiteman, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana

Tanya Whiteman

Associate Professor of Athletic Training & Clinical Education Coordinator, DAT, LAT, ATC, CES

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