The Heidelberg Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is strongly committed to providing an excellent academic and clinical education for Athletic Training majors. We believe that the clinical experiences of a student should supplement a solid, but challenging, Athletic Training core curriculum. The core curriculum is based upon the required subject matter meeting Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Standards and with the 4th Edition of the National Athletic Trainers Association Education Competencies.
Heidelberg's ATEP is committed to fostering an open learning environment both in the classroom and clinical settings. It is our intent that the student will become confident and comfortable in the learning process and the application of skills mastered through didactic and clinical preparation. It is our philosophy to instill a strong ethical and moral ideology in an effort to encourage professionalism as well as personal growth. Students are encouraged to embrace diversity in one another and in the active population they will be working with on a daily basis. We firmly support combining a high level of professionalism with strong interpersonal skills in order to generate trust and open communication among the faculty, staff, peers and clientele. Our program aims to promote a natural curiosity and love of learning in our students. The program is designed to expose students to various allied health professions and encourage the pursuit of continued education and/or research, including but not limited to Master's-level programs in athletic training or related fields. Upon successful completion of all ATEP requirements, the student will be recommended for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training and endorsed to sit for the BOC Examination by the ATEP Director.
Students who successfully pass the BOC examination will have the option of working in a variety of settings as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). Certified Athletic Trainers are commonly employed in high schools, universities, colleges, Olympic sports, physical therapy/rehabilitation clinics, physician offices, corporations and professional sports teams. As the profession of athletic training expands, Certified Athletic Trainers have become entrepreneurs and found employment working in private industry settings, military settings, and other non-traditional settings.
Heidelberg's ATEP is designed to prepare the Athletic Training student for the certification process and examination administered by the Board of Certification (BOC) as well as a career as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) in a variety of professional settings.
The Heidelberg University is designed to:
- Prepare students for the athletic training profession by finding them competent in the 12 clinical proficiency areas:
- Evidence Based Practice
- Prevention and Health Promotion
- Clinical Diagnosis and Examination
- Acute Care of Injury and Illness
- Therapeutic Interventions
- Psychosocial Strategies and Referral
- Health Care Administration
- Professional Development and Responsibilities
- Teach the knowledge, skills and values that will aid the entry-level Certified Athletic Trainer in becoming a successful Allied Health Care Professional.
- Expose students to a variety of related clinical education settings and other educational experiences.
- Promote involvement in research and professional development.
- Promote high ethical and moral standards as well as personal conduct.
Athletic Training Education Resources
- The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
- National Athletic Trainer Association Education Council
- Athletic Training Education Journal
- NATA Research and Education Foundation
- Board of Certification
- National Athletic Trainers Association
- Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association
- Ohio Athletic Trainers Association
- Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board
- The American Medical Association for Sports Medicine
- Gatorade Sports Science Institute
- National Strength & Conditioning Association
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