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Athletic Training is an allied health profession dedicated to the prevention, care, and rehabilitation after physical trauma.
According to the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) the Athletic Trainer is an integral part of the health care system associated with physical activity and sports. Athletic Trainers work in a number of settings including collegiate athletics, interscholastic athletics, professional sports, fitness centers, sports medicine clinics, and industrial settings.
The entry-level credential needed to practice Athletic Training is certification by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, called the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. Some states also require Athletic Trainers to be licensed. Michigan just passed a licensure bill for the field of athletic training. There is no extra examination, but yearly dues are required in order for an athletic trainer to practice in the state of Michigan.
The mission of our program is to prepare students for careers in Athletic Training as Certified Athletic Trainers in the context of an outstanding liberal arts education. The curriculum is designed to meet the standards set forth by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), and the Board of Certification. The students that complete the requirements for the Athletic Training major can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Additional science electives can be taken to earn a Bachelor of Science degree. The Athletic Training major is located in the Integrative Physiology and Health Science Department.
The Alma College Athletic Training Program is dedicated to a quality education for those students who wish to pursue a career in Athletic Training. We are committed in providing essential educational and clinical experiences in a stimulating and supportive environment. We will prepare our students for entrance into an ever-evolving field by offering them opportunities to work in multiple experiences to qualify as a candidate for the Board of Certification examination.
Goals of the Athletic Training Program
These objectives address several of the commitments addressed in the Mission Statement.
Meet the educational competencies and standards determined by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) in the following areas:
- Risk Management and Injury Prevention
- Pathology of Injuries and Illnesses
- Assessment and Evaluation
- Acute Care of Injury and Illness
- Therapeutic Modalities and Exercise
- General Medical Conditions and Disabilities
- Nutritional Aspects of Injury and Illness
- Psychosocial Intervention and Referral
- Health Care Administration
- Professional Development and Responsibilities
- Provide a rigorous and top-quality education in a supportive and non-threatening environment.
- Graduate with a bachelor’s degree in four years.
- Offer the student a variety of settings in which to gain experience and to give them a well-rounded view of the profession.
- Incorporate new research and techniques to provide the latest information in the field.
- Provide continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers in the mid-Michigan region.
- Continually monitor and evaluate our program to ensure its effectiveness.
- Provide clinical instructors who are knowledgeable in Athletic Training Education and share a passion for the profession.
- Instruct professional conduct and abide by the code of ethics set forth by the National Athletic Trainers’s Association.
- All Athletic Training Students take the Board of Certification examination with a 75% passing rate on the first attempt.