You'll Need a License
To become an Athletic Trainer (AT), a student must pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam to be qualified to receive a state credential (license, registration or other required credential). In order to take the BOC exam, a student must graduate from an accredited Athletic Training (AT) Program through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE). In 2010, Heidelberg's AT Program received the maximum of 10 years of continuing CAATE accreditation through the year 2020!
*The Athletic Training (AT) Profession will be moving the required degree from a bachelor's degree to a master's degree at all colleges and universities across the nation in the coming years. Any future change to Heidelberg's AT Program will not impact students entering the AT Program in 2016 or 2017.
Heidelberg's program has some of the highest academic (3.0 in the major) and clinical ( annual practical exam to review skills) retention standards of any program that you will find. This is achieved in part because we are one of the few institutions in the nation that has an independent Athletic Training Department. Athletic Training is housed within the Division of Health Sciences which include like programs that compliment the educational experience for AT students by interprofessional education opportunities.
Heidelberg students have a 100% overall pass rate on the Board of Certification Exam over the past 5 years! More
The AT Department requires and provides clinical education and internships for all AT students to ensure that they have the ability to apply the knowledge that they learn in the classroom into real patient-care situations. You'll experience clinical education that involves working directly with primary care and orthopedic physicians, NCAA Division II & Division III athletics and various medical professionals, including but not limited to nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and chiropractors.
Students completing the Pre-Professional curriculum with the Athletic Training major or Health Sciences major have a strong record of getting accepted to graduates school for Physical Therapy, Nursing, Physician Assistant Studies, and Chiropractic Medicine. 85% of AT department graduates find related employment, internships, and/or are accepted to graduate school prior to graduation!
The department's faculty members all hold multiple credentials in the Healthcare field. Several department faculty have dual roles that involve clinical and academic duties. With a department student-faculty ratio of 8-1, you'll get to know these qualified professors on a personal level.
Please view the AT Student Handbook for additional information regarding the ATP.