What is a Certified Athletic Trainer?
A certified athletic trainer (AT) is a highly educated and trained professional who specializes in the prevention, recognition, management, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. An AT works closely with physicians and other allied healthcare professionals in the total healthcare of the athlete. Certified athletic trainers are employed in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, sports medicine clinics, industrial settings and several other healthcare environments.
The mission of the Athletic Training Program at Southwestern College is to develop competent entry level Athletic Trainers through a positive learning environment by providing opportunities to learn and master skills necessary to succeed in the profession of Athletic Training.
- To maintain a CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education) accredited athletic training education program.
- To prepare students to pass the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification (BOC) national certification examination.
- To prepare students for their future as a Certified Athletic Trainer.
- To provide students a high quality learning environment that encourages critical thinking.
- To increase the number of students who graduate with a major in Athletic Training and seek employment in the field.
- To promote the profession of athletic training as a vital component in the healthcare environment of athletes.
Southwestern College has received formal accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The undergraduate athletic training education curriculum prepares students to take the Board of Certification (BOC) exam.
The curriculum is structured as a three-year program with an additional application year for freshmen. Students will be involved in the clinical setting during their sophomore (level one), junior (level two), and senior (level three) years while completing academic course requirements. This allows students to learn the skills and techniques necessary in evidence-based practice; prevention and health promotion; clinical examination and diagnosis; acute care of injury and illness; therapeutic interventions; psychosocial strategies and referral; health care administration; and professional development and responsibility.
Student clinical assignments will be in traditional, clinical, and high school settings, observing under an assigned clinical instructor. Students will gain experience with collision, contact, and non-contact sports and through a wide variety of clinical settings. Students will observe team physicians and orthopedic surgeons as they evaluate and perform surgical procedures on injured athletes.
Students accepted into the athletic training curriculum are permitted to participate in varsity sports and are welcome to select from numerous available minors, emphases, and a second major if interested. Students are advised that athletic training is a rigorous, time-consuming program and all students admitted to the Athletic Training Program will adhere to the same academic standards.
The athletic training program is an excellent combination for those students interested in post-graduate studies in other allied health professions, such as physical therapy, physician assistant, and medical school.
Southwestern College is a member of the NAIA and participates in the following 15 varsity sports:
- Women’s Volleyball
- Women's Softball
- Men’s and Women’s Basketball
- Men’s and Women’s Soccer
- Men’s and Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track
- Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country
- Men’s and Women’s Golf
- Men’s and Women’s Tennis
Criteria For Admission
Prospective students must meet all the criteria below to be considered for admission. Completion of the application criteria does not guarantee admission to the program. Admission is competitive and is based on a point system assessed to each student's application. Students can obtain the necessary application forms from the Director of Athletic Training Education.
- Completed application with one letter of recommendation
- Cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
- A grade of “C+” or higher in ATEP 230 Introduction to Athletic Training and successful completion of BIOL 101 Essentials of Biology or BIOL 111 Biology 1, and PESS 126 First Aid and Safety (or current Emergency Cardiac Care Certification)
- Completion of at least 50 documented clinical observation hours
- Verification of immunizations
- Verification of a tuberculosis (TB) skin test
- Submission of signed Technical Standards form
Transfer students must meet the above mentioned criteria and will only be admitted to Level 1 of the Athletic Training Program (ATP). Transfer students must submit course descriptions or syllabi for each of the prerequisite courses along with a copy of transcripts to the director of athletic training education for review.
Admitted students must immediately declare as an athletic training major. Students who are not admitted may elect to apply again the following year or may declare another major. Admission to the program is very competitive and the number admitted is based on graduation and attrition rates.
For more information email Lisa Braun, Director of Athletic Training Education at firstname.lastname@example.org