What Is Athletic Training?

Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.

Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree.

Athletic training is not the same profession as personal training. And certified athletic trainers work with more than just athletes – they can be found just about anywhere that people are physically active.

National Athletic Trainers’ Association

Program Description

Barton College’s Athletic Training Program (ATP), accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), is an undergraduate entry-level professional program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. The ATP is dedicated to providing a quality education to enrolled students and offers a diverse and cooperative didactic and applied clinical education environment, with a faculty and staff that collaboratively offer a multitude of supervised opportunities for service and direct problem-based learning, coupled with professional research and interaction.

Diversity in ATP encompasses inclusion, acceptance, respect, and empowerment. This means understanding that each individual is unique and that our commonalities and differences make the contributions we have to offer all the more valuable. Diversity includes the dimensions of race, ethnicity, and national and regional origins; sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation; socioeconomic status, age, physical attributes, and abilities; as well as religious, political, cultural, and intellectual ideologies and practices.

Supervised clinical education is based in the College’s intercollegiate Athletics Department and is affiliated with several off-campus clinical education sites. Both the didactic and clinical education component are made available to every athletic training student with a commitment to an academic program that will prepare the student for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination and pursuit of a professional career as an entry-level certified athletic trainer.

The Barton College Athletic Training Program is a rigorous and intensive educational program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled. The main objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. The technical standards, student code, and ATP student policies and procedure manual, set forth by the ATP, establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the requirements of the program’s accrediting agency.

Assessment Measures 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 5-YR Aggregate 3-YR Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program 3 3 4 2 4 16 10
Number of students graduating from program who took examination 3 3 4 2 4 16 10
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 2 2 3 1 4 12 8
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 67% 67% 75% 50% 100% 75% 80%
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 3 3 3 2 4 15/16 9/10
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 100% 100% 75% * 100% 100% 94% 90%
* Cohort member result pending from additional attempt