The Bachelors in Arts degree in Athletic Training provides the educational and clinical foundations to prepare students for a career as an Athletic Trainer. The Athletic Training Program provides students with the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills necessary to work with all aspects of athletic injury, illness, and performance.
The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at Tusculum College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The Athletic Training curriculum is designed to meet the course work and clinical requirements established by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association Education Council, Board of Certification (BOC) and CAATE.
Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Board of Certification examination. Once the BOC exam has been successfully completed, students are eligible for licensure in their respective states.
In addition to course work, students must complete four semesters of clinical rotations working under the supervision of a BOC certified and state licensed athletic trainer and/or preceptor. Tusculum student athletes enrolling in the Athletic Training Program need to be aware of the clinical requirements of this program and should work closely with the program advisors to plan for timely completion of the clinical rotations.
Hour requirements and clinical course sequencing necessary for successful completion the ATEP major while participating as an intercollegiate athlete may necessitate the student needing more than the traditional eight semesters to complete the undergraduate degree.
Students wishing to pursue graduate studies in Athletic Training should maintain a 3.0 GPA or better through graduation.
Athletic Trainer Career Opportunities
Students seeking employment as a high school athletic trainer are strongly encouraged to pursue teacher certification. This requires students to fulfill both Athletic Training and Education department requirements.
Expected Program Outcomes of the Athletic Training Program
- Support the mission and vision of Tusculum College
- Foster a learning environment that promotes collaboration and continued growth of students, faculty and preceptors through student-centered educational experiences.
- Provide clinical and educational experiences which prepare graduates for employment and life-long learning.
- Collaborate with other departments within the college to enhance the educational experiences of the athletic training students.
- Prepare the students to meet the entry level standards of knowledge and clinical decision making as evident by number of students passing the BOC exam o their first attempt.
- Prepare students to provide safe, effective care through competent application of psychomotor skills.
- Conduct a systematic evaluation of the athletic training program using data and the application of standards for ongoing program and curriculum improvement.
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