Athletic Training

NOTE: This program is no longer accepting additional students.


Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Barton’s Athletic Training program gives you a comprehensive foundation in athletic training that includes a thorough understanding of human anatomy, physiology, injuries, illnesses and principles of exercise science. As a result, you’ll have the knowledge and training to serve as part of a complete healthcare team where you’ll play a critical role in preventing, recognizing, managing, and rehabilitating injuries.

Special Features

Barton’s Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. As an athletic training major at Barton, you’ll be prepared for the national Board of Certification examination, which you must pass to become a nationally Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). Students also have an opportunity to take courses related to strength and conditioning. Athletic training students may participate in one intercollegiate sport. The program stresses extensive hands-on learning. In addition to coursework, you’ll accumulate hours of clinical experience.

Course Information

All athletic training majors are required to take the following courses:

  • Athletic Training Practicum I
  • Athletic Training Practicum II
  • Athletic Training Practicum III
  • Basic Athletic Training
  • Basic Athletic Training Laboratory
  • Evaluation of the Lower Extremity and Spine
  • Evaluation of the Lower Extremity and Spine Lab
  • Evaluation of the Upper Extremity and Special Topics
  • Evaluation of the Upper Extremity and Special Topics Lab
  • Therapeutic Modalities
  • Therapeutic Modalities Lab
  • Introduction to Sports Studies
  • Psychological and Sociological Bases of Sport
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Organization and Administration of Physical Education and Sport Programs
  • Exercise Prescription

The athletic training program is highly selective and requires an application and interview process. Selection is prior to the start of the second semester of the sophomore year. Students may meet all of the requirements and not be selected into the program due to space limitations.

Clinical Sites

In athletic training, internships are called clinical rotations. Our students have had clinical rotations at the following sites:

  • Barton College – Division II Athletics
  • North Carolina Wesleyan College – Division III Athletics
  • North Carolina State University – Division I Athletics
  • Orthopaedic Specialists of North Carolina – Raleigh, N.C.
  • Family Medicine – Wilson, N.C.
  • East Coast Eagles Hockey League

Scholarships and Financial Aid

In addition to the awards the Athletics Department offers athletic training students, many scholarships are available to athletic training majors through professional associations.

Career Opportunities

Certified athletic trainers can be found almost anywhere people are physically active. Here are some of the places you’ll find them:

  • Colleges, universities, and secondary schools
  • Professional sports
  • Sports medicine clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Armed forces
  • Industrial and commercial
  • Performing arts
  • Physicians’ offices

You may choose to continue your education in athletic training at the graduate level and pursue a master’s degree or doctorate, or you may decide to continue your professional training and go on to athletic training, physical therapy, or physician assistant school. Recent Barton graduates have attended:

  • Armstrong State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Texas Tech University

Clubs and Organizations

Barton’s Athletic Training Club is open to all athletic training majors.

Contact Us

Dr. Sharon I. Sarvey, Dean
School of Nursing
Nixon Nursing Building
800-345-4973 x6400
252-399-6416 (fax)