Athletic Training

School of Health, Physical Education & Sport Sciences

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OVERVIEW

Overall health care for physically active individuals is the forefront of athletic training. Key aspects of the profession involve clinical evaluation and diagnosis, preventive and wellness care, emergency care and rehabilitation. BW's rigorous clinical athletic training program helps you build career skills and insights that can be applied to health care treatment in a wide variety of settings.

Faculty mentoring is integral to your studies. You'll have sequential practicum courses that allow you to develop the psychomotor skills needed for this major. As part of your clinical rotations, you'll spend 12-18 hours a week at on- and off-campus sites engaged with patients/athletes both at on-campus as well as off-campus clinical sites.

Internships offer outstanding experiential learning and networking opportunities. BW's 20-minute proximity to Cleveland puts you within easy access to professional and amateur sports teams, hospitals, clinics, sports medicine facilities and public health organizations.

Career Opportunities

Certified athletic trainers are finding employment in the following areas:

  • Sport medicine clinics
  • Professional sports organizations
  • High schools, colleges/universities
  • Corporations/industries
  • Chiropractic offices
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

CAATE Accreditation

BW’s athletic training major is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The program is designed to prepare students to become skilled allied health care practitioners.

Impressive BOC Pass Rate

BW students have a strong first time as well as overall pass rate for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. This exam is taken at the completion of BW's athletic training program and is the national standard for certifying athletic trainers. Over a three-year period, 95 percent of BW students passed the BOC exam.

Cleveland Clinic Affiliation

Through BW's affiliation with the Cleveland Clinic, you'll gain expertise from the medical director and team physicians who are part of the Clinic's Sport Health Program. You'll work alongside them at clinical rotations as well as interact with them in a classroom environment.

Cleveland Health Care Hub

BW's 20-minute accessibility to Cleveland and its expansive offering of renowned hospitals, clinics, sports medicine facilities and public health organizations provides outstanding opportunities for internships, clinical experiences and career placement.

CURRICULUM

Offered as a major, athletic training is a comprehensive program that includes prevention and health promotion, clinical examination and diagnosis, acute care of injury and illness, therapeutic interventions, psycho social strategies, evidence-based practice and more. It provides solid preparation for the national Board of Certification exam.

Athletic training is an ideal companion major to pre-physical therapy and exercise science.

Catalog

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.

STUDENT EXPERIENCES

Small class sizes, individual attention and ongoing faculty mentoring are hallmarks of the program.

With 23 varsity sports, four athletic training facilities and six certified athletic trainers on staff, BW offers outstanding hands-on learning.

Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities.

COAST (Collegiate Organization of Athletic Student Trainers) is a BW student organization that puts you in contact with peers and career professionals.

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At the annual Honors Ceremony in the spring, recognitions include:

  • Bonnie Raye Graduate Scholarship (in honor Bonnie Raye, who taught at BW and was the women's basketball coach, 1980-89).
  • Dr. Lee J. Tressel Scholarship (in honor of Dr. Lee Tressel '48, who taught and was BW's football coach, 1957-80).
  • Hower-Stover Award (in honor of Dr. Marjorie Hower, who was a professor at BW, 1947-80, and Myrta Stover, who coached and taught at BW, 1943-68).
  • Dr. Robert H. Lechner Memorial Athletic Training Student Service Award (in honor of Dr. Lechner '30, who served as BW's team physician).

ALUMNI SUCCESS

At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed. 

Baldwin Wallace has long championed the success of its students. Evidence of this can be seen in the extraordinary achievements of its alumni spread throughout the United States and the world. Among recent accolades, 92 percent of graduates from the Class of 2014 reported being in rewarding jobs or in graduate school studies within six months after graduation.

Recent BW athletic training graduates are finding success in graduate school and various careers. 

Jason RobertoJason Roberto ‘14 is pursuing an M.S. in physician assistant studies at Philadelphia University where he is a certified athletic trainer. A faculty mentor at BW encouraged the Milford, Mich., native to pursue a double major in athletic training and pre-physical therapy, a decision that led to his acceptance into graduate school.

Alicia White VanlandinghamAlicia White Vanlandingham ’04 is physical therapist for the Department of Veterans Affairs in San Antonio. BW’s rigorous athletic training curriculum, a strong peer network and faculty mentoring prepared the Mecca, Ohio, native to earn a doctorate in physical therapy and to work in a specialized setting treating highly active patients.

FACULTY

Amy Jo Sutterluety
Associate Dean, Health and Physical Education
Professor
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Cassandra August
Associate Profesor
M.S., Kent State University

Kerry A. Bebie
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., The University of Akron

Charles Campisi
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Jaimy M. Dyer
Associate Professor
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Karyn Gentile
Program Director for Athletic Training Program
Assistant Athletic Trainer
M.S., Syracuse University

Jessica Emlich Jochum
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi

Jesse Jones
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

James Mattern
Assistant Professor
M.S., Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

Alvy Styles
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Kent State University

Megan Williamson
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Kent State University