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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.

Starting in the summer of 2017, BC is launching a new master of science in athletic training. Find out more today. (While the undergraduate athletic training program is fully accredited by CAATE, the master of science in athletic training is currently pending approval by CAATE.)

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 for active individuals and the relationship of proper nutrition to increased health and human performance. Topics include how nutrients (e.g. carbohydrates proteins) can influence exercise performance appropriate ways to manage weight and evaluation of the role of ergogenic aids in human performance.

Unit(s): 3
 
Survey course in athletic training. Introduces the student to prevention of injuries emergency care general medical conditions and administration.

Unit(s): 3

Introduces the student to risk factors prevention etiology (anatomical biomechanical and physiological mechanisms) recognition and treatment of recreational and competitive sports injuries. Prerequisites ES 250 ES 320 and BIOL 305

Unit(s): 3

Introduces the newly admitted athletic training student to the competencies and proficiencies related to the field of athletic training. This clinical affiliation may require travel to off-campus clinical sites. Prerequisites ES 250 and admission to the Athletic Training Educational Program

Unit(s): 1

Examination of general medical conditions of all body systems including causes of pathogen-related illnesses chronic diseases and other acute illnesses. The application of basic human anatomy is required for common medical condition screening assessment referral and treatment. Prerequisites BIOL 305

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the function of the human musculoskeletal system. Selected musculoskeletal structures and their functions as well as analysis of movements as they relate to physical activity exercise and sport. Prerequisites BIOL 305 or ES 318

Unit(s): 3

Basic physiological concepts of the nervous muscular and energy systems including the effect of exercise on such functions as circulation respiration and temperature regulation. Prerequisites BIOL 305 or ES 318

Unit(s): 3

Examination of systemic evaluation techniques for injuries. The ability to recount analyze and demonstrate an accurate systemic evaluation suggest a physical dysfunction based on the analysis of the evaluation findings and plan a treatment approach based on the assessment is required for course completion. Prerequisites ES 251 and BIOL 314 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 4

Assessment of the competencies and proficiencies related to the evaluation and care of lower extremity injuries and illnesses. This clinical affiliation may require travel to off-campus clinical sites. Prerequisites Satisfactory grade in ES 252

Unit(s): 1

Assessment of the competencies and proficiencies related to the evaluation and care of upper extremity injuries and illnesses. This clinical affiliation may require travel to off-campus clinical sites. Prerequisites Satisfactory grade in ES 352

Unit(s): 1

Examination of the theoretical bases of treatment goals appropriate therapeutic modality selection application and assessment of the treatment response that is required for the successful integration of therapeutic modalities into the athletic training practice. Identification of theoretical foundations (physiology physics and safety) for appropriate decision-making in the selection of the appropriate therapeutic modality including appropriate psychomotor skills for pre-treatment assessment treatment set-up modality application and assessment of treatment response and appropriate documentation. Prerequisites ES 351 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 4

Development of rehabilitation programs for individuals recovering from injury. Upon identification of theoretical and practical approach for the design of rehabilitation protocols and the use of available rehabilitation equipment including specific parameters for providing exercise and rehabilitation recommendations for people encountering special disease illness or injury states. Prerequisites ES 351 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 4

Examination of advanced evaluation skills enabling professionals to critically analyze injuries and their ensuing treatments. Prerequisites ES 351

Unit(s): 3

Assessment of the competencies and proficiencies related to the application and care of protective medical devices and athletic equipment. This clinical affiliation may require travel to off-campus clinical sites. Prerequisites Satisfactory grade in ES 353

Unit(s): 1

Assessment of the competencies and proficiencies related to the evaluation and care of general medical conditions. This clinical affiliation may require travel to off-campus clinical sites. Prerequisites Satisfactory grade in ES 451

Unit(s): 1

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

Unit(s): 3

Concepts of administration such as devising policy and procedures record-keeping budgeting facility design risk management and productivity standards for healthcare professionals.

Unit(s): 3

Introduction to the biological sciences covering biological chemistry celltissue structure and function genetics and microevolution. Intended for biology health and human sciences and environmental science majors. Three lectures and one lab per week. Corequisites
Real numbers exponents radicals and algebraic operations with polynomial and rational functions. Solving equations and graphing expressions involving polynomial and rational functions and exponential and logarithmic functions. Credit may not be received for both MATH 118 and 110. General education master core skill 2016 Summer Session I offered as an online course

Unit(s): 3
or
This course is designed to provide development of basic computational skills and introductory algebra concepts like solutions of single variable equations. It will also cover some introductory statistics and probability concepts. Problem solving will be emphasized. The course will contain at least one project that requires students to make extensive use of spreadsheet software like Excel. General Education Master Core Skill

Unit(s): 3
Biology and environmental science majors should take
Real numbers exponents radicals and algebraic operations with polynomial and rational functions. Solving equations and graphing expressions involving polynomial and rational functions and exponential and logarithmic functions. Credit may not be received for both MATH 118 and 110. General education master core skill 2016 Summer Session I offered as an online course

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

Unit(s): 4

Introduction to the structure and function of the human body examining the skeletal muscular circulatory nervous digestive respiratory urinary and reproductive systems. Lecture focuses on topics of physiologyfunction histology and their relation to anatomical structure while the lab focuses on descriptive anatomy. Three lectures and one lab per week. Prerequisites BIOL 110 or permission of instructor 2016 Summer Session I Begins 5-23-16

Unit(s): 4

Introduction to the physiology of the human body including the physiology of enzymes and membranes tissue physiology (nervous muscular) and a detailed survey of the physiology of the major organ systems. Three lectures and one lab per week. Prerequisites BIOL 111 or BIOL 110 and 305 Credit may not be received for both BIOL 311 and 314

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 ES 250, ES 249 and BIOL 305 (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.

Technical Standards Information

The Athletic Training Program at Bridgewater College is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. The technical standards set forth by the Athletic Training Program establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program’s accrediting agency (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education [CAATE]). The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the Athletic Training Program. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted into the program.

Compliance with the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam.

Candidates for selection to the Athletic Training Program must demonstrate:

  1. The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts and problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm.
  2. Sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and accurately, safely and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients.
  3. The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and communicate judgments and treatment information effectively. Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional behavior.
  4. The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately.
  5. The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.
  6. The perseverance, diligence and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced.
  7. Flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.
  8. Affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.

Candidates for selection to the Athletic Training Program will be required to verify they understand and meet these technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they will meet the standards.

The Bridgewater College director of academic support services will evaluate a student who states he or she could meet the program’s technical standards with accommodation and confirm that the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws.

If the student states he or she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, then the College will determine whether it agrees that the student can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodation; this includes a review of whether the accommodations requested would jeopardize clinician/patient safety, or the educational process of the student or the institution, including all coursework, clinical experiences and internships deemed essential to graduation.

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, ES 249, ES 250, BIOL 305 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 BIOL 314. 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 123 credit hours with a minimum of 48 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.

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