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One of the Country’s Top Athletic Training Programs

Athletic Training Major

Division of Professional Studies

Quick Facts:
 

  • 95% of BC’s athletic training students have a first-time pass rate on the national certification exam (since 2010)

 

  • 82% of athletic training students are placed in a job or graduate school within three months of receiving their degree (since 2008)

Do you see yourself as an athletic trainer (AT)? Get ready for a rigorous, but rewarding, program that will prepare you for the future. BC has one of the top athletic training programs in the country.

In the summer of 2017, BC launced a new master of science in athletic training. Bridgewater College is no longer admitting students into the bachelor of science in athletic training program. Any student wishing to pursue athletic training at Bridgewater College should consider seeking admissions to the master of science in athletic training program as an accelerated B.S./M.S. or post-baccalaureate program student.

The Athletic Training Educational Competencies published by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and the Standards of Accreditation established by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) dictate the curriculum requirements. The athletic training program classes are tough, often integrating the sciences with the human body’s functional performance to ensure understanding of function and dysfunction.

The program’s faculty are seasoned veterans in the field of athletic training who have worked with high-level athletes and published in the field of athletic training (including a book adopted across the country by program directors and students to prepare for the Board of Certification [BOC] examination).

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The Bridgewater College athletic training program meshes the requirements of a professional program with the strengths of a liberal arts degree. You are not only exposed to varied knowledge-based skills, but also capable of critically thinking through differing circumstances with a holistic and deep assessment of a given situation or concept. The small classes, usually less than twelve students, and the close, mentoring relationship with the AT faculty and staff provide you with an environment for high achievement

The Bridgewater College athletic training education program has met all of the nationally-recognized Standards for Entry-Level Athletic Training Education. The last review by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) granted the maximum 10 years of reaffirmation. BC will undergo its next comprehensive evaluation during the 2018-2019 academic year.

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Athletic Training Major

Consists of 56 credit hours in the following courses:

Exploration of basic nutritional requirements foractive individuals and the relationship of propernutrition to increased health and humanperformance. Topics include how nutrients (e.g.carbohydrates proteins) can influence exerciseperformance appropriate ways to manage weightand evaluation of the role of ergogenic aids inhuman performance.

Unit(s): 3
 
Survey course in athletic training. Introducesthe student to prevention of injuries emergencycare general medical conditions andadministration.

Unit(s): 3

Introduces the student to risk factorsprevention etiology (anatomical biomechanicaland physiological mechanisms) recognition andtreatment of recreational and competitive sportsinjuries.Prerequisites ES 250 ES 320 and BIOL 305

Unit(s): 3

Introduces the newly admitted athletic trainingstudent to the competencies and proficienciesrelated to the field of athletic training.This clinical affiliation may require travel tooff-campus clinical sites.Prerequisites ES 250 and admission to theAthletic Training Educational Program

Unit(s): 1

Examination of general medical conditions of allbody systems including causes ofpathogen-related illnesses chronic diseases andother acute illnesses. The application of basichuman anatomy is required for common medicalcondition screening assessment referral andtreatment.Prerequisites BIOL 305

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the function of the humanmusculoskeletal system. Selected musculoskeletalstructures and their functions as well asanalysis of movements as they relate to physicalactivity exercise and sport.Prerequisites BIOL 305 or ES 318

Unit(s): 3

Basic physiological concepts of the nervousmuscular and energy systems including theeffect of exercise on such functions ascirculation respiration and temperatureregulation.Prerequisites BIOL 305 or ES 318

Unit(s): 3

Examination of systemic evaluation techniquesfor injuries. The ability to recount analyze and demonstrate an accurate systemic evaluationsuggest a physical dysfunction based on theanalysis of the evaluation findings and plan atreatment approach based on the assessment isrequired for course completion. Prerequisites ES 251 and BIOL 314 or permissionof instructor

Unit(s): 4

Assessment of the competencies and proficienciesrelated to the evaluation and care of lowerextremity injuries and illnesses. This clinicalaffiliation may require travel to off-campusclinical sites.Prerequisites Satisfactory grade in ES 252

Unit(s): 1

Assessment of the competencies and proficienciesrelated to the evaluation and care of upperextremity injuries and illnesses. This clinicalaffiliation may require travel to off-campusclinical sites.Prerequisites Satisfactory grade in ES 352

Unit(s): 1

Examination of the theoretical basesof treatment goals appropriate therapeuticmodality selection application and assessmentof the treatment response that is required forthesuccessful integration of therapeutic modalitiesinto the athletic training practice.Identification of theoretical foundations(physiology physics and safety) for appropriatedecision-making in the selection of theappropriate therapeutic modality includingappropriate psychomotor skillsfor pre-treatment assessment treatment set-upmodality application and assessment of treatmentresponse and appropriate documentation.Prerequisites ES 351 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 4

Development of rehabilitation programs for individuals recovering from injury. Uponidentification of theoretical and practicalapproach for the design of rehabilitationprotocols and the use of available rehabilitationequipment includingspecific parameters for providing exercise andrehabilitation recommendations for peopleencountering special disease illness or injurystates.Prerequisites ES 351 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 4

Examination of advanced evaluation skillsenabling professionals to critically analyzeinjuries and their ensuing treatments.Prerequisites ES 351

Unit(s): 3

Assessment of the competencies and proficienciesrelated to the application and care of protectivemedical devices and athletic equipment. Thisclinical affiliation may require travel tooff-campus clinical sites. Prerequisites Satisfactory grade in ES 353

Unit(s): 1

Assessment of the competencies and proficienciesrelated to the evaluation and care of generalmedical conditions. This clinical affiliation mayrequire travel to off-campus clinical sites.Prerequisites Satisfactory grade in ES 451

Unit(s): 1

Introduction to the concepts of pharmacology andcounseling as related to healthcare. Prerequisites ES 450

Unit(s): 3

Concepts of administration such as devisingpolicy and procedures record-keeping budgetingfacilitydesign risk management and productivitystandards for healthcare professionals.

Unit(s): 3

Introduction to the biological sciences coveringbiological chemistry celltissue structure andfunction genetics and microevolution. Intendedfor biology health and human sciences andenvironmental science majors. Three lectures andone lab per week.Corequisites
Real numbers exponents radicals and algebraicoperations with polynomial and rationalfunctions.Solving equations and graphing expressionsinvolving polynomial and rational functions andexponential and logarithmic functions.Credit may not be received for both MATH 118 and110.General education master core skill2017 Summer Session I offered as an online course

Unit(s): 3
or
This course is designed to provide development ofbasic computational skills and introductoryalgebra concepts like solutions of singlevariable equations. It will also cover someintroductory statistics and probability concepts.Problem solving will be emphasized. The coursewill contain at least one project that requiresstudents to make extensive use of spreadsheetsoftware like Excel.General Education Master Core Skill

Unit(s): 3
Biology and environmental science majors shouldtake
Real numbers exponents radicals and algebraicoperations with polynomial and rationalfunctions.Solving equations and graphing expressionsinvolving polynomial and rational functions andexponential and logarithmic functions.Credit may not be received for both MATH 118 and110.General education master core skill2017 Summer Session I offered as an online course

Unit(s): 3
. Other students should consultwith their advisor about which course to take. General Education natural and physical sciences

Unit(s): 4

Introduction to the structure and function of thehuman body examining the skeletal muscularcirculatory nervous digestive respiratoryurinary and reproductive systems. Lecture focuseson topics of physiologyfunction histology andtheir relation to anatomical structure while thelab focuses on descriptive anatomy. Threelectures and one lab per week.Prerequisites BIOL 110 or permissionof instructor2016 Summer Session I Begins 5-23-16

Unit(s): 4

Introduction to the physiology of the human bodyincluding the physiology of enzymes andmembranes tissue physiology (nervous muscular)and a detailed survey of the physiology of themajor organ systems. Three lectures and one labper week.Prerequisites BIOL 111 or BIOL 110 and 305Credit may not be received for both BIOL 311 and314

Unit(s): 4

For individuals looking to prepare for an allied health career in athletic training. In addition, the major provides an added avenue for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in physical therapy or occupational therapy.

Students are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and complete the application process to the department of health and human sciences (January 15 is the deadline). Additionally, students must complete their clinical experience under the supervision of a preceptor and successfully complete the Clinical Competencies and Proficiences and the five clinical affiliations.

NOTE: Bridgewater College will stop admitting students into the bachelor of science in athletic training program after the 2016-17 academic year. Any student wishing to pursue an undergraduate athletic training degree must be admitted to BC during the 2016-17 academic year. After 2016-17, BC will be only admitting students into the master of science in athletic training program.

Admissions Standards

Admission to the athletic training major is regardless of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin or disability. Only applicants who have met the minimum requirements established below will be considered for a position. The admission process will be competitive for limited positions. Admission packets may be requested from the director of the athletic training program.

  • Understand and sign the Technical Standards Form for the athletic training program.
  • A complete application—submitted before January 15 of the application year.
  • Three letters of reference—stipulating academic and leadership potential and overall character of the applicant—from the faculty at Bridgewater College.
  • Completion of a minimum of 200 “pre-placement” hours with intercollegiate athletics at Bridgewater College. These hours are used to familiarize the student with the athletic training profession and the practical requirements of the program.
  • Successful academic performance resulting in a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Successful completion of
    Survey course in athletic training. Introducesthe student to prevention of injuries emergencycare general medical conditions andadministration.

    Unit(s): 3
    ,
    Exploration of basic nutritional requirements foractive individuals and the relationship of propernutrition to increased health and humanperformance. Topics include how nutrients (e.g.carbohydrates proteins) can influence exerciseperformance appropriate ways to manage weightand evaluation of the role of ergogenic aids inhuman performance.

    Unit(s): 3
    and
    Introduction to the structure and function of thehuman body examining the skeletal muscularcirculatory nervous digestive respiratoryurinary and reproductive systems. Lecture focuseson topics of physiologyfunction histology andtheir relation to anatomical structure while thelab focuses on descriptive anatomy. Threelectures and one lab per week.Prerequisites BIOL 110 or permissionof instructor2016 Summer Session I Begins 5-23-16

    Unit(s): 4
    (final grade of C or above).
  • Self-direction essay (500 words or more).
  • All students meeting established minimum requirements will be interviewed by the Curriculum Admission Committee.

The Curriculum Admission Committee will interview and rank candidates based on objective criteria. Admission will not exceed a ratio of more than eight students per licensed athletic trainer. Letters of admission will be sent to applicants prior to February 1.

Transfer Students

A student who has attended another accredited college or university and is in good standing may apply for admission to Bridgewater College. One who has attended an accredited two-year college may transfer as many as 68 credits in courses comparable to those offered at Bridgewater College. Transfer students applying for admission to B.C. must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above and be in good standing at the college they are attending. A transfer student applying for admission into the Bridgewater College Athletic Training Program must have a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative grade point average and must have completed the aforementioned admissions standards (Technical Standards Form,

Exploration of basic nutritional requirements foractive individuals and the relationship of propernutrition to increased health and humanperformance. Topics include how nutrients (e.g.carbohydrates proteins) can influence exerciseperformance appropriate ways to manage weightand evaluation of the role of ergogenic aids inhuman performance.

Unit(s): 3
,
Survey course in athletic training. Introducesthe student to prevention of injuries emergencycare general medical conditions andadministration.

Unit(s): 3
,
Introduction to the structure and function of thehuman body examining the skeletal muscularcirculatory nervous digestive respiratoryurinary and reproductive systems. Lecture focuseson topics of physiologyfunction histology andtheir relation to anatomical structure while thelab focuses on descriptive anatomy. Threelectures and one lab per week.Prerequisites BIOL 110 or permissionof instructor2016 Summer Session I Begins 5-23-16

Unit(s): 4
observational hours, essay, application and interview). No student will be admitted into the program without successful completion of the pre-placement phase. Credentials collected for admission include all of those that are required for first-time entering students as well as a Dean’s Reference Form and an official transcript from each institution of higher learning attended since completion of the secondary program. Transcripts will be evaluated by the registrar on a course-by-course basis. Credit will be awarded only for those courses that a grade of C or above has been earned. The only course that may be transferred in within the athletic training major is
Introduction to the physiology of the human bodyincluding the physiology of enzymes andmembranes tissue physiology (nervous muscular)and a detailed survey of the physiology of themajor organ systems. Three lectures and one labper week.Prerequisites BIOL 111 or BIOL 110 and 305Credit may not be received for both BIOL 311 and314

Unit(s): 4
. All other courses for this major must be taken at Bridgewater College. Other general education requirements may be transferred based on the above criteria.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 123 credit hours with a minimum of 48 credit hours chosen from junior- and senior-level courses.
  2. Complete general education requirements for the respective degree.
  3. Complete course requirements for the major.
  4. Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a minimum GPA of 2.0 in courses required for the major.
  5. Complete a minimum of 33 credit hours with 30 of the last 33 credit hours of academic work in residence at Bridgewater College or at a College-approved study abroad program. In addition, complete at least 9 credit hours of the major at Bridgewater College.

Following successful completion of this program, a student will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam.

Additional Requirements for Athletic Training

  • There are additional requirements for program progression and retention identified in the Athletic Training Program Student Manual. Please contact the department of health and human sciences for a copy of this manual.
  • All students admitted to the professional phase of the program are required to attend pre-season training as early as August 1 each year.
  • Students admitted to the professional phase of the program may be required to complete their clinical affiliations during normal college breaks, e.g. spring break and holidays.
  • Additional fees for the program are announced in the athletic training student handbook and may include things such as the cost for class books, laboratories, clinical affiliations, criminal background check, medical examinations, CPR/AED/First Aid certification and clinical uniforms.
  • Students admitted to the professional phase of the program and enrolled in clinical affiliation courses may need to travel to off-site locations for their clinical experience.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credit hours with a minimum of 45 credit hours chosen from junior and senior-level courses.
  • Complete general education requirements for the respective degree.
  • Complete course requirements for the major.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a minimum GPA of 2.0 in courses required for the major.
  • Complete a minimum of 33 credit hours with 30 of the last 33 credit hours of academic work in residence at Bridgewater College or at a College-approved study abroad program. In addition, complete at least 9 credit hours of the major at Bridgewater College.
  • Following successful completion of this program, a student will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam.

Additional Requirements for Athletic Training

  • There are additional requirements for program progression and retention identified in the Athletic Training Program Student Manual. Please contact the department of health and human sciences for a copy of this manual.
  • All students admitted to the professional phase of the program are required to attend pre‑season training as early as August 1 each year.
  • Students admitted to the professional phase of the program may be required to complete their clinical affiliations during normal college breaks, e.g. spring break and holidays.
  • Additional fees for the program are announced in the athletic training student handbook and may include things such as the cost for class books, laboratories, clinical affiliations, criminal background check, medical examinations, CPR/AED/First Aid certification and clinical uniforms.

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Careers and Graduate Schools

What can you do with a degree in athletic training?

Like the department’s recent graduates, you might enter graduate schools such as:

  • College of Charleston
  • University of Delaware
  • Delta State University
  • University of Florida
  • Georgia Southern University
  • James Madison University
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • University of Maryland‑Baltimore County
  • University of Maryland‑Eastern Shore
  • Mississippi State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northwestern State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Shenandoah University
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Tech

Or pursue a career as:

  • Adapted Physical Education Supervisor
  • Athletic Director
  • Coach
  • Medical Interpreter
  • Nutrition Specialist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician (MD or DO)
  • Physician Assistant
  • Recreation Specialist
  • Recreation Therapist
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Learn more about career paths, employment and advancement in the field of athletic training from the professional organizations listed under Athletic Training on the Career and Professional Resources page.

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Questions? Contact Us!

Dr. Charles W. Hale
Associate Professor, Health & Human Sciences; Director, Athletic Training Program
540-828-5763
chale@bridgewater.edu