Athletic Training

Degree to be earned: 
Major Academic Plan: 
Athletic Training 16-17
Major Academic Plan: 
Athletic Training Pre-professional

group of trainers walkingSuccessful completion of all components of the Athletic Training Major (including technical and ethical standards) meets the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education® (CAATE) requirements to sit for the Board of Certification® (BOC) examination to become a Certified Athletic Trainer® (ATC) after endorsement by the Program Director.

*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.

Major Courses

47 semester hours of ATR & HSC plus 29 hours of allied courses.

  • ATR 171 - Acute Care of Injury and Illness
  • ATR 180 - Advanced Emergency Care
  • ATR 213 - Anatomy for Orthopedic Assessment
  • ATR 252 - Taping, Bracing, and Splinting Lab
  • ATR 269 - Axial & Abdominal Evaluation and Diagnosis
  • ATR 270 - Clinical Proficiencies I
  • ATR 271 - Clinical Proficiencies II
  • ATR 345 - Lower Extremity Orthopedic Examination and Diagnosis
  • ATR 350 - Upper Extremity Orthopedic Examination and Diagnosis
  • ATR 371 - Clinical Proficiencies III
  • ATR 372 - Clinical Proficiencies IV
  • ATR 381 - Therapeutic Modalities
  • ATR 382 - Therapeutic Exercise 
  • ATR 389 - Principles of Strength and Conditioning
  • ATR 470 - Clinical Proficiencies V
  • ATR 471 - Clinical Proficiencies VI
  • HSC 110 - Foundations of Professional Practice
  • HSC 150 - Medical Terminology
  • HSC 290 - Applied Pharmacology and Pathology
  • HSC 425 - Healthcare Seminar
  • HSC 477 - Kinesiology
  • HSC 485 - Healthcare Administration
  • HSC 487 - Exercise Physiology
  • HSC 490 - Research Methods in Health Sciences

Allied Courses

  • BIO 363 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 364 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • HPE 306 - Nutrition
  • MTH 115 - Quantitative Reasoning
  • MTH 210 - Elementary Statistics
  • PSY 101 - General Psychology
  • PSY 406 - Sport Psychology
  • BIO 110 - Contemporary Biological Problems or 123 - Biology I

Students interested in entry into the Athletic Training Program (ATP) must:

  1. Complete the following course work at Heidelberg with a grade of “B-” or better:
    HSC 110 Foundations of Professional Practice (Fall or Spring)
    ATR 180 The Professional Rescuer (Spring Only - 2 credits)
    ATR 171 Prevention of Athletic Injury and Illness (Fall OR Spring - 3 credits)
    HSC 150 Medical Terminology (Spring Only - 1 credit)
     BIO 110 Current Biological Problems (Fall OR Spring 3 credits)
    (BIO 123 strongly recommended for students interested in further pursuing a degree in physical therapy or like health care professionals) (Fall)
  2. Complete a minimum of 75 minimum hours of observation (non-patient care) in the clinical athletic training setting under the supervision of a Heidelberg University ATP Faculty Preceptor. These hours do not count toward the required minimum 800 clock-hours for graduation for the ATP. Students will be formally evaluated at the completion of the observation hours.
  3. Successfully complete the Observation Proficiencies associated within ATR 180 in conjunction with the minimum 75 observation hours. The proficiencies should be submitted with the formal application to the ATP.
  4. Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 during the application year.
  5. Demonstrate compliance with all of Heidelberg’s ATP policies.
  6. Complete a formal interview with members of the ATP Selection Committee to assess the intellectual, social and technical skills of the candidate.
  7. Completion of Blood-Borne Pathogen Training prior to beginning any clinical observation hours with the ATP Clinical Coordinator and completion of Blood-Borne Pathogen Training provided by the Stoner Health Center (TBA Spring semester).
  8. Submission of three letters of recommendation using the form within the ATP Application (can be completed by any non-Heidelberg Athletic Training Faculty).
  9. Submission of the completed ATP Application that includes all general forms and medical forms information included therein.
  10. The completed ATP Application is DUE on or before APRIL 1st by noon to the ATP Director’s Office. If APRIL 1st were to fall on a weekend, candidates need to make arrangements to turn the application in on the following Monday by noon.
  11. Admission to the Athletic Training Program is competitive and selective. Completion of the application standards does not guarantee admission into the ATP. Final admission into the program rests with the decision of the ATP Selection Committee. Enrollment in the ATP is typically limited to twelve per-academic year.
  12. The ATP Director reserves the right to institute an “Ability to Benefit Policy” in unique situations. This policy allows an AT candidate to be considered for entry into the ATP if:
    1. An AT candidate does not meet all ATP Application requirements because of some unusual and/or extenuating circumstances which may have potentially affected their application process.
    2. There are more than 12 qualified AT candidates that have completed the ATP Application, the ATP Director may admit more that 12 candidates if the ATP is able to maintain the required 8:1 students to faculty ratio.

ATP Clinical Education: The clinical education component of the Athletic Training Program (ATP) offers both on-campus and off-campus clinical education experiences. The educational experiences provide the athletic training students (ATS) an opportunity to progress from competency to proficiency in clinical skill work. These clinical skills are directly related to the profession of Athletic Training as outlined by the 4th Edition of the NATA Educational Competencies.

Students will be assigned by the Clinical Coordinator to be supervised by an Approved ATP Preceptor. Each student will be typically assigned to three different clinical rotations per academic calendar year. The clinical experiences are directly tied to the ATP Clinical Coursework (see below). The ATS will gain experience working in a variety of clinical settings and patient populations. The ATS will also gain practical clinical educational experiences that will provide direct and regular interactions with various physicians, certified athletic trainers, registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and other relevant members of the sports medicine team.

Clinical Education Requirements:

  1. Adherence to all ATP Policies and Procedures, see the complete ATP Student Handbook at
  2. Under the direct supervision of a Heidelberg University ATP Preceptor at an ATP affiliate clinical site, ATP students will:
    • Complete a minimum of 800 clinical hours in a variety of settings including but not limited to collegiate, high school, rehabilitation, general medical, and other settings as assigned by the Clinical Coordinator.
    • Completion of 75 clinical observation hours as an Athletic Training Candidate as a requirement of the ATP application. NOTE: observation hours do not count toward the required minimum 800 clinical hours. 
    • Complete the six sequential clinical courses including ATR 270, ATR 271, ATR 371, ATR 372, ATR 470, and ATR 471
      • The general medical rotation requirements are outlined in the AT Student Handbook and the clinical course syllabus for both ATR 270 and ATR 271
      • Each clinical course reflects didactic instruction of clinical skills learned in previous semester of academic coursework
      • Each clinical course has specific completion criteria and is appropriate to the ATS level within the ATP (See Item 3 below for more details)
    • If a student does not successfully complete all of the requirements of their clinical course as outlined in each clinical course syllabus, the student will not be allowed to proceed to additional clinical or didactic ATR coursework which will result in the student needing to complete a(n) additional semester(s) at Heidelberg University beyond the traditional 4 year plan to complete the ATP.
  3. Enroll in Athletic Training Clinical Course appropriate to student level and successful completion at 80% of the overall course grade. Additional detail regarding the ATP Clinical Coursework can be found in the AT Student Handbook.