Athletic Training

School of Health, Physical Education & Sport Sciences
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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.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). It combines comprehensive coursework with hands-on learning to provide solid preparation for the national Board of Certification exam as well as a variety of career opportunities.

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.

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 for clinical rotations as well as interact in the classroom.

Impressive BOC Pass Rate
BW students have a strong first time as well as overall pass rate on 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. View BOC pass rates for recent BW graduates.

Career Opportunities

Certified athletic trainers can find employment at:

  • Sport medicine clinics
  • Professional sports organizations
  • High schools, colleges/universities
  • Corporations/industries
  • Chiropractic offices


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.

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


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).


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

Recent BW Athletic Training majors are finding their success at:

Tanya Davis '11, pre-physical therapy and athletic training, is at Chatham University for a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (2013).

Deanna Graber '12, exercise science and athletic training, is pursuing her master's degree at Cleveland State University (Cleveland Clinic graduate assistant). She is also the athletic trainer for Brunswick High School and the Independence Community Center.

Jeremy Harris '13, pre-physical therapy and athletic training, is at the University of Pittsburgh (DPT program).

Mallory Kobak '11, exercise science and athletic training, is at The University of Akron in the Master of Science in Exercise Physiology program.

Mary Claire Plummer '09, pre-physical therapy and athletic training, is a physical therapist at The Ohio State University Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation program.

Whitney Snyder '11, exercise science and athletic training, is an athletic trainer at the University of Mount Union.

Emily Ward '11, pre-physical therapy and athletic training, is a Cleveland Clinic athletic trainer-Saint Joseph Academy.

"My experience here at BW is a unique one because I graduated from the athletic training education program and now I have the opportunity as a full-time staff member to lead students through the programs." - Andrea Rugley, head athletic trainer, approved clinical instructor preceptor


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Dr. Kerry A. Bebie
Dr. Charles Campisi
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Dr. Jessica Emlich Jochum
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Dr. Alvy Styles
Dr. Megan Williamson