The Tusculum College Athletic Training Program (ATP) provides educational and clinical foundations to prepare students to successfully challenge the Board of Certification examination and serve as active leaders in the athletic training profession. ATP provides the student with the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills necessary to work with all aspects of athletic injury, illness, and performance.
The Athletic Training Program is designed for those students who want to meet the course work and clinical requirements established by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association Education Council, Board of Certification (BOC) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, (CAATE). In addition to course work, students must complete four semester-length clinical rotations and a one semester practicum working under the supervision of a preceptor who is a certified and state licensed athletic trainer or a state-licensed healthcare provider.
Students complete clinical observation during the freshman year and upon formal admission into the ATP, are assigned to a preceptor at the beginning of their sophomore year. Student athletes enrolled in ATP need to be aware of the clinical requirement of this program and plan accordingly.
Hour requirements and clinical course sequencing necessary for successful completion the ATP major while participating as an intercollegiate athlete may necessitate students needing more than the traditional eight semesters to complete the undergraduate degree. Students wishing to pursue graduate studies in Athletic Training should maintain at least a 3.0 GPA or better through graduation. Students identifying athletic training as their major will be assigned to an ATP faculty member for academic advising.
Pre-Physical Therapy Option
A Pre-Physical Therapy Option is available to students in the Athletic Training major who plan to pursue graduate level education in physical therapy. This option requires additional coursework needed for admission into a physical therapy graduate program. Students pursuing this option will complete the athletic training curriculum and additional specific course sequences in biology, chemistry and physics, which require an additional semester of coursework.
High School Athletic Trainers
Students seeking employment as high school athletic trainers are strongly encouraged to pursue teacher certification. This requires students to fulfill both Athletic Training and Scho9ol of Education requirements.