You'll Need a License
To become an Athletic Trainer, you must pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam to be qualifed to recieve a state license. In order to take the BOC exam, you must graduate from an accrediated Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE). Heidelberg's ATEP received the maximum of 10 years of continuing CAATE accrediation.
Heidelberg's program has some of the highest academic and clinical 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. In other schools, Athletic Training is housed under another department (i.e. Physical Education, Athletics...) with related majors or other programs.
Heidelberg students have nearly a 90% overall pass rate on the Board of Certification Exam over the past 5 years! More data.
The AT Department requires and provides clinical education and internships for all ATEP 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 ATEP.