Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Athletic Training Program at Tusculum College accredited?  The Athletic Training Program at Tusculum College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  The program has been placed on Probation as of February 19, 2016 by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.

The athletic training program at Tusculum College has voluntarily withdrawn their accreditation and is no longer admitting students.  The date of voluntary withdrawal of accreditation coincides with the graduation of the last cohort in May 2019. 


Is the undergraduate degree in Athletic Training a four-year degree?  Yes, completing the Athletic Training degree is achievable in 4 years which includes 128 semester hours.

Is there a selective process for acceptance into the Athletic Training major?  Yes, there is a selective application process into the Athletic Training Major. Typically, freshmen students are directed to meet with the Program Director during their first semester of enrollment to begin the application process. Applicants for the Athletic Training Program must have the following:

  1. a 2.500 overall GPA,
  2. a grade of B- or higher in ATEP 116 Responding to Emergencies (including the certifications: First Aid and CPR with AED, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer),
  3. a grade of B- or higher in ATEP 262 Basic Athletic Training,
  4. a grade of B- or higher in PHED 201 Foundations of Physical Fitness and Wellness,
  5. submit the formal application form with an essay and two letters of reference,
  6. complete an admission interview, and
  7. completion of 100 Clinical Observation Hours and a formal interview. 

Students can be admitted in the fall or the spring terms.

I am interested in applying for physical therapy school upon completion of my Athletic Training degree. Does the program at Tusculum College prepare me for this path?  Yes, in addition to the course work for the athletic training major, students who wish to go on and apply for physical therapy school should take a minimum of two courses in biology, two courses in chemistry, two courses in physics, two courses in human anatomy and physiology, and general psychology. These science courses are in addition to those courses required for the athletic training degree.  Students seeking admission in to physical therapy school should review the specific admission requirements for the schools they will be applying to for any additional requirements they must meet.  The athletic training and physical therapy credentials work very well together for careers in sports medicine and rehabilitation.

How long is the clinical program?  The clinical portion of the program is comprised of four clinical courses; each course is a semester in length.  Clinical courses are taken in the sophomore through senior years culminating with a one academic block (Clinical) Practicum course taken at the end of the senior year.

What specific clinical experiences does the program at Tusculum College offer?  Students in the Athletic Training Program are required to complete experiences with a men’s sport, a women’s sport, an equipment intensive sport, an upper extremity dominant sport, a lower extremity dominant sport, orthopedics, general medical, and rehabilitation rotations.  Students, working with preceptors on campus, can complete rotations with Tusculum College sponsored sports:: football, cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, golf, tennis, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s lacrosse. In addition to the on campus rotations, students have the opportunity to work with Greeneville High School, Morristown East High School, Takoma Medical Associates, Laughlin Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation, Laughlin Medical Group, Greeneville Orthopedics, Greeneville Orthopedic-Physical Therapy, ETSU, UT-Knoxville, Watauga Orthopedics-Johnson City, Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic, Knox County Schools, Knoxville Catholic High School, STAR-PT Fairview, Cedar Creek High School, Emory Sports Medicine, and Vanderbilt Sports Medicine.

What is the time commitment when engaged in the clinical aspect of the program?  Students are required to complete a minimum of 200 clinical hours per semester for each clinical course.  This usually averages out to approximately 20 hours per week. Students also complete a 120 hour Practicum course at the end of their senior year at Tusculum College.

Are there any leadership opportunities within the Athletic Training Program at Tusculum College?  Yes, within the Department of Athletic Training, there is the Athletic Training Student Society (ATSS) and a chapter of the Iota Tau Alpha (ITA), Athletic Training honor fraternity.  Both the ATSS and ITA engage in service projects that promote the Athletic Training profession, leadership, and learning opportunities for its’ members.

I am a student-athlete. Can I study Athletic Training at Tusculum College?  Yes, student-athlete’s are welcome to apply for acceptance into the Athletic Training Program.  Student-athletes can complete their clinical courses that meet across the semester, during the semester opposite their particular sports competitive season. The clinical courses are offered both fall and spring to allow student athlete’s this option.

Must I obtain state licensure before I can work as an Athletic Trainer?  Yes.  All graduates from an accredited Athletic Training Program must take and pass the Board of Certification, Inc., national certification exam. Once a candidate is nationally certified, they will either obtain licensed or become registered in the state where they are seeking employment.

What are the types of work settings that I could find a job as an Athletic Trainer?  Athletic Trainers can work in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, High Schools, Colleges, Rehabilitation Clinics, Hospitals, Physician’s Offices, Industrial Medicine, Military, Professional Sports and other emerging settings.

What makes Tusculum College’s Athletic Training Program unique?  There are many reasons for selecting the Athletic Training Program at Tusculum College.  Some of our notable attributes are small class size; access to a patient simulation lab;  opportunity to engage in travel to state, regional and national meetings; a wide variety of clinical experiences including Division I athletic programs; a current a 4 to 1 student to faculty/staff ratio; a dedicated faculty and staff who engage students both inside and outside of the classroom including off campus travel; and an opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience following formal admission into the program.

What are Tusculum College’s BOC Certification Examination Results?  The Athletic Training Program BOC certification exam results are outlined in the table below.


Year Number of Graduates Passed on First Attempt First Attempt Pass Rate
2017 9 4 44%
2016 4 2 50%
2015   6 3 50%
Three Year Total 19 9 47.37%



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