Athletic Training

Buena Vista University’s athletic training students work with real patients and put their skills into action rather than watching or observing from afar. While working with BVU’s sports teams, athletic training students get the chance to be involved in every facet of a student-athlete’s care – from injury evaluation all the way through rehabilitation.

BVU's Athletic Training Education Program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. BVU will submit a voluntary withdrawal of accreditation documentation in Spring 2018. BVU has chosen to voluntarily withdraw its CAATE accreditation effective May 2021.

Therefore, no new undergraduate students will be admitted or enrolled to pursue the bachelor’s degree in athletic training beginning Spring 2018. BVU will develop a state-of-the-art curriculum for the new master’s program and begin enrolling athletic training students again in the Fall 2021 or soon thereafter.

Program Admission

To begin the application process, the applicant must enroll in course EXSC 160- Observation. This is the managing course for the Student Mentorship Experience. Completion of this program is required for application. Students interested in the Athletic Training Program should contact the program director to ensure the most up-to-date admissions criteria and seek early course advising, due to the sequential nature of the major, and obtain additional information on specific admission criteria. Only upon formal admission into the program can students continue with advanced courses and clinical education. Admission into the program is competitive, with enrollment limited by clinical availability. Application for admission to the Athletic Training Program is contingent upon several factors including the student satisfactorily completing the following prerequisites:

  1. Completion of written application (obtained from the Athletic Training Program Director)
  2. Two rotations of athletic training directed observation Student Mentor with a minimum of 50 hours.
  3. Experience, with four (4) evaluations from observations turned into ATP Director. (see Mentor Program)
  4. A 2.75 major grade point average (GPA) in courses required for the major while maintaining good academic standing in accordance to the university catalog
  5. At the time of application, one must have taken or be currently enrolled in the following courses:
    1. EXSC 140 Functional Human Anatomy
    2. EXSC 160 Observation
    3. EXSC 170 Fundamentals of Athletic Training
    4. EXSC 173 Introductory Techniques in Athletic Training
    5. EXSC 251 First Aid and Injury Prevention
  6. Two letters of recommendation (not to be written by any member of the Athletic Training Program Review Committee) are required to support the candidacy of the student in the ATP
  7. Completion of the BVU Technical Standards form
  8. Demonstration of appropriate clinical performance and conduct, including: punctuality reliability and responsibility appearance and proper dress communication skills healthcare attitude and discipline initiative cooperative work ethic

Minimum average score of 70 of 100 on completed application.

For further information, please visit www.nata.org.

Program Expenses

Tuition

See a listing of tuition and costs for enrolling as a student on Buena Vista University's Storm Lake campus.

Course Fees

EXSC 170 Fundamentals of Athletic Training $20
EXSC 251 First Aid and Injury Prevention $50
EXSC 205 Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training I with Lab $160
EXSC 304 Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training II with Lab $160
EXSC 306 Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training IV with Lab $0
EXSC 405 Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training V with Lab $160
EXSC 406 Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training VI with Lab $0

Requirement Checkpoints

These five checkpoints outline progressively the requirements of the Athletic Training Program and serve as a guideline as they move toward certification. Download the suggested 4-year plan.

Checkpoint 1: Admission to the Athletic Training Program

  • Major grade point average: 2.75
  • University academic good standing
  • Completion of prerequisite courses:
    • EXSC 140 Functional Human Anatomy
    • EXSC 160 Athletic Training Observation
    • EXSC 170 Fundamentals of Athletic Training
    • EXSC 173 Introductory Techniques in Athletic Training
    • EXSC 251 First Aid and Injury Prevention
  • Completion of application process, two letters of recommendations (not to be written by any member of the Athletic Training Program Review Committee) are required to support the candidacy of the student in the ATP and completion of the BVU technical standards form
  • Program interview
  • Appropriate clinical rotations (Mentor Program) and evaluations by both mentors and clinical supervisors
  • Minimum of 70/100 on complete application
  • Minimum of 50 clinical experience hours

Checkpoint 2: Completion of AT Program Level I

  • Accepted into the AT Program
  • Major grade point average: 2.75 and a grade of C or better in all athletic training major courses
  • University academic good standing
  • Progress toward completion of General Education courses
  • Clinical hour requirement
    • 250 Hour Minimum (350 Maximum)
    • 125 Hours Per Experience (2 Experiences) or 65 Hours Per Experience (4 Experiences)
  • Completion of EXSC 205 Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training I with lab, with C or better
  • Completion of Level I End of Year Exam with greater than 70%
  • Appropriate clinical rotation evaluations
  • Meeting with Athletic Training Program Director

Checkpoint 3: Completion of AT Program Level II

  • Major grade point average: 2.75 and a grade of C or better in all athletic training major courses
  • University academic good standing
  • Progress toward completion of General Education courses
  • Clinical hour requirement
    • 300 Hour Minimum Beyond Level I (450 Maximum)
    • 150 Hours Per Experience (2 Experiences)
      • 10 Hours General Medicine
    • Completion of EXSC 304 Clinical Experiences in AT II with lab & EXSC 305 Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training III with lab or EXSC 306 Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training IV with lab, with C or better
    • Completion of Level II End of Year Exam with greater than 70%
    • Appropriate clinical rotation evaluations
    • Meeting with Athletic Training Program Director

Checkpoint 4: Eligible for Board of Certification Exam

  • Major grade point average: 2.75 and a grade of C or better in all athletic training major courses
  • University academic good standing
  • Progress toward completion of General Education courses
  • Completion of Athletic Training Core Class Requirements with C or better
    • EXSC 140 Functional Human Anatomy
    • EXSC 160 Athletic Training Observation
    • EXSC 170 Fundamentals of Athletic Training
    • EXSC 173 Introductory Techniques in Athletic Training
    • EXSC 251 First Aid and Injury Prevention
    • EXSC 272 Therapeutic Modalities
    • EXSC 273 Therapeutic Exercise and Reconditioning
    • EXSC 333 Lower Extremity Evaluation
    • EXSC 334 Upper Extremity Evaluation
    • EXSC 335 Selected Topics in General Medicine and Pharmacology
    • EXSC 446 Pharmacology
    • EXSC 472 General Medical Conditions
    • EXSC 444 Organization and Administration of Athletic Training
  • Completion of EXSC 405 Clinical Experiences in AT V with lab, with C or better
  • Completion of Level III End of Year Exam with great than 70%
  • Appropriate clinical rotation evaluations
  • Meeting with Athletic Training Program Director

Checkpoint 5: Completion of AT Program Level III

  • Major grade point average: 2.75 and a grade of C or better in all athletic training major courses
  • University academic good standing
  • Progress toward completion of General Education courses
  • Clinical hour requirement
    • 350 Hours Minimum Beyond Level II (500 Maximum)
    • 175 Hours Per Experience (2 Experiences)
      • 10 Hours General Medicine
    • Completion of Athletic Training Supplementary Class Requirements with C or better
      • BIOL 142 Introduction to Human Physiology or BIOL 163 Biological Principles I & BIOL 164 Biological Principles II
      • BIOL 430 Human Anatomy
      • CHEM 151 General and Inorganic Chemistry
      • EXSC 310 Nutrition
      • EXSC 350 Biomechanics of Human Motion
      • EXSC 352 Exercise Physiology
      • PSYC 100 General Psychology or PSYC 102 The Science of Psychology
      • Completion of EXSC 406 Clinical Experiences in AT VI with lab, with C or better
      • Appropriate clinical rotation evaluations
      • Meeting with Athletic Training Program Director

    Program Outcomes

    2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 3-Year Aggregate
    Number of students graduating from the program 3 3 6 12
    Number of students from the program who took the examination 3 3 4 10
    Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 2 1 3 6
    Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 67 33 75 60
    Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 2 1 3 6
    Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 67 33 75 60

Major in Exercise Science: Athletic Training (57 credit hours)

Pre-required courses

A 2.75 major grade point average and a grade of C or better are required in these athletic training courses, prior to acceptance into the Athletic Training program.

  • EXSC 140 Functional Human Anatomy
  • EXSC 160 Athletic Training Observation
  • EXSC 170 Fundamentals of Athletic Training
  • EXSC 173 Introductory Techniques in Athletic Training
  • EXSC 251 First Aid and Injury Prevention

Required major courses

A 2.75 major grade point average (GPA) and a grade of C or better are required in all athletic training courses.

  • EXSC 205 Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training I with Lab
  • EXSC 272 Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training
  • EXSC 273 Therapeutic Exercise and Reconditioning
  • EXSC 304 Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training II with Lab
  • EXSC 305 Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training III with Lab
  • EXSC 306 Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training IV with Lab
  • EXSC 333 Lower Extremity Evaluation
  • EXSC 334 Upper Extremity Evaluation
  • EXSC 405 Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training V with Lab
  • EXSC 406 Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training VI with Lab
  • EXSC 444 Organization and Administration of Athletic Training
  • EXSC 446 Pharmacology
  • EXSC 472 General Medical Conditions

Required support work

A 2.75 grade point average and a grade of C or better are required for these courses.

  • BIOL 142 Introduction to Human Physiology or BIOL 163 Biological Principles I & BIOL 164 Biological Principles II
  • BIOL 142 Introduction to Human Physiology or BIOL 164 Biological Principles II
  • BIOL 430 Human Anatomy
  • CHEM 151 General Chemistry I
  • PSYC 100 General Psychology or PSYC 102 The Science of Psychology
  • EXSC 310 Nutrition
  • EXSC 350 Biomechanics of Human Motion
  • EXSC 352 Exercise Physiology with Lab

Faculty

   Lisa  Bengtson

Lisa Bengtson

Clinical Education Coordinator/Instructor

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Dr.   Shinichiro  Sugiura

Shinichiro “Shinbo” Sugiura

Program Director, Athletic Training

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