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Athletic Training

It's nearing the end of the fourth quarter. The quarterback just went down from a brutal hit. Can he go on? Is he OK? While the crowd holds its breath, the team's athletic trainers spring into action. From the moment of impact, they assess possible injury through sight and touch.

Where athletics and medicine combine, you'll find athletic trainers. Whether working with professional athletes or the school soccer team, they help ensure the health and performance of those on the field. Athletic trainers bring an understanding of what it takes for a person to be in top form, helping with everything from diet concerns to work regimens. They teach athletes how to prevent injury, show them how to train more effectively, and help rehabilitate injuries when they do occur.

Key Personality Traits of Athletic Trainers:

Courses of study

Major in Athletic Training: 55 credit hours

BIOL 142 Introduction to Human Physiology
BIOL 375 Human Anatomy
CHEM 151 General and Inorganic Chemistry
EXSC 140 Functional Human Anatomy
EXSC 160 Athletic Training Observation
EXSC 170 Fundamentals of Athletic Training
EXSC 173 Introductory Techniques in Athletic Training
EXSC 205 Clinical Experiences I in Athletic Training
EXSC 251 First Aid and Injury Prevention
EXSC 272 Therapeutic Modalities
EXSC 273 Therapeutic Exercise and Reconditioning
EXSC 304 Clinical Experiences II in Athletic Training
EXSC 305 Clinical Experiences III in Athletic Training
EXSC 306 Clinical Experiences IV in Athletic Training
EXSC 310 Nutrition
EXSC 333 Lower Extremity Evaluation
EXSC 334 Upper Extremity Evaluation
EXSC 335 Selected Topics in General Medicine and Pharmacology
EXSC 350 Biomechanics of Human Motion
EXSC 352 Exercise Physiology
EXSC 405 Clinical Experiences V in Athletic Training
EXSC 406 Clinical Experiences VI in Athletic Training
EXSC 444 Organization and Administration of Athletic Training
PSYC 100 General Psychology

Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP)

The athletic training education program (ATEP) is an academic and clinical education program fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The athletic training major provides students with a thorough knowledge of many areas including the prevention, evaluation, management, and rehabilitation of injuries to those who are physically active. This preparation, along with the passing of the board of certification exam, will prepare a student for an entry-level position in the field of athletic training. Students interested in the ATEP 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 ATEP can students continue with advanced courses and clinical education. Admission into the ATEP is competitive, with enrollment limited by clinical availability. Admission to the ATEP is determined by the following criteria:

Transfer Policy

Transfer students to BVU who desire to complete the athletic training education program must be admitted to this competitive enrollment program. In order to be admitted one must meet all of the published admission requirements and be approved by the athletic training review committee. Persons eligible for admission to the program who desire prior course work and clinical experiences be considered as equivalents of BVU courses and/or clinical experiences must follow the procedures outlined on the athletic training education program web site. Accepted transfer students must begin their coursework in the athletic training education program in the fall semester or Interim. All transfer students admitted to the program should plan on three full academic years to complete the program regardless of their college academic status.

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