Bachelors (BSAT) in Athletic Training

The Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The athletic training major offers a 65-credit-hour course of study that is designed to prepare students for work in professional and collegiate sports, secondary and intermediate schools, sports medicine clinics, hospital ER and rehab clinics, occupational settings, fitness centers, and physicians' offices. Certified athletic trainers are medical professionals who are experts in injury prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation, particularly in the orthopedic and musculoskeletal disciplines. Students who are accepted into the Athletic Training Program and complete all requirements will be prepared to sit for the athletic training board of certification exam.

Students are required to obtain a minimum grade of C- in all courses taken for the degree.

Admission to Athletic Training Program

Students wishing to prepare for a career in athletic training should consult with the athletic training program director within the first two weeks of the fall semester of their freshman year. Students must complete a minimum of 25 observational hours in the athletic training room to be eligible for acceptance in the Athletic Training Program.

Students make formal application for admission to the Athletic Training Program through the program director in the spring of their freshman year. Application must be made by April 1 of the semester prior to formal entry into the Athletic Training Program. A maximum of 20 qualified students will be accepted into the Athletic Training Program each year.

Admission to the program is based on a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on all college-level courses including required prerequisites (PSYC 150, HHPE 390, and HLTH 233); two written recommendations; two written essays; a minimum predicted college GPA of 2.75 using the George Fox admission and financial aid standards; meeting technical standards as described in the Athletic Training Program Policies and Procedures Manual; good standing with student life as described in the George Fox University Student Handbook; and submission of the formal application no later than April 1. Generally, any application submitted after April 1 will not be considered for admission the following school year. Admission to the program is required before applicants may gain experience as athletic training students within the Athletic Training Program or declare athletic training as a major.

Transfer students must demonstrate the completion of a basic college-level first aid/CPR-PR course and the completion of at least 75 athletic training internship hours working under the guidance of a BOC certified athletic trainer. In addition, the supervising certified athletic trainer must write one of the letters of recommendation. Upon acceptance into the program, the student must follow the academic course plan as described in the Athletic Training Program Policies and Procedures Manual. Guidelines covering transfer credit are stated in the Athletic Training Website. Transfer credit generally will not be granted for practicum (sequence courses: HHPE 374 through HHPE 379).

Generally, continuation in the Athletic Training Program is dependent upon maintaining a minimum 2.75 GPA within the athletic training major, maintaining a minimum overall GPA of 2.5, and receiving satisfactory evaluations within the clinical educational experience. In addition, continuation is based upon satisfactory evidence of good standing with student life and the physical health needed for successful performance in the athletic training environment. Admitted students are subject to the policies and procedures contained within the Athletic Training Program Policies and Procedures Manual. Students failing to meet expectations will normally be placed on probation for one semester. Continued failure to meet expectations during the probationary period will generally result in dismissal from the athletic training concentration. Athletic training students are required to obtain the hepatitis B immunization series in the first year and yearly tuberculosis screens in order to remain in the program.

Degree Outcomes

Graduates with a BSAT in athletic training will:

  1. Competently perform the role of an entry-level athletic trainer in the five domains of athletic training.
    1. Collaborate with other allied health care professionals
    2. Communicate effectively and respectfuly with individuals/groups, professionals, and society
    3. Demostrate recognition, evaluation, treatment and management of injuries and illness in an active population
    4. Engage in clinical educational experiences within a vareity of populations, work settings, and allied health care professionals
    5. Apply the NATA code of ethics and abide by Standards of Practice
    6. Achieve 70% first-time pass rate on the BOC exam
  2. Demonstrate that each individual is unique in terms of anatomic, physiologic, emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions.
    1. Value and understand the role of faith in the practice of whole person healthcare
    2. Value the principles of patient-centered care (patient values, needs, emotional support, education, and family and friends) as a central piece in whole person healthcare
  3. Develop competence in evidence-based practice.
    1. Describe the concepts and components of evidence-based practice.
    2. Demostrate the ability to search the medical literature for published research
    3. Define an appropriate clinical question to direct patient care
    4. Employ and integrate the best available evidence into clinical practice
    5. Appreciate the value and best interest of the patient in making clinical decisions
  4. Develop lifelong learning and professional development.
    1. Invest in the profession of athletic training
    2. Define professional development in athletic training
    3. Develop skills in leadership and service in the profession of athletic training
    4. Attend local, state, and national athletic training meetings

All human performance majors are exempt from the general education human performance activity class requirement.

Major Requirements (65 hours)

BIOL 221 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIOL 222 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
HHPE 228 Principles of Conditioning 2
HHPE 363 Organization and Administration of Athletic Training 2
HHPE 364 Psychosocial Intervention and Referral in Athletic Training 3
HHPE 366 General Medical Conditions in Athletic Training 2
HHPE 374 Athletic Training Practicum I 1
HHPE 375 Athletic Training Practicum II 1
HHPE 376 Athletic Training Practicum III 3
HHPE 377 Athletic Training Practicum IV 3
HHPE 378 Athletic Training Practicum V 3
HHPE 379 Athletic Training Practicum VI 3
HHPE 384 Pharmacology in Athletic Training 1
HHPE 390 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 3
HHPE 394 Kinesiology 3
HHPE 401 Physical Exam of the Lower Extremities in Athletic Training 3
HHPE 402 Physical Exam of the Spine and Upper Extremities in Athletic Training 3
HHPE 413 Therapeutic Exercise 2
HHPE 414 Therapeutic Modalities 2
HHPE 430 Exercise Physiology 3
HHPE 490 Senior Seminar 1
HLTH 210 Drug Education 2
HLTH 233 Responding to Emergencies 2
HLTH 300 Nutrition 3
PSYC 150 General Psychology 3
PSYC 240 Statistical Procedures 3