Pre-Athletic Training

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School of Health, Physical Education & Sport Sciences

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Overview

Prepare yourself for a career in athletic training, a dynamic profession in healthcare focusing on the overall care for physically active individuals. As a pre-athletic training major, you will experience a unique and academically rigorous curriculum along with clinical exposures. The coursework complimented by clinical experiences provides you with a comprehensive insight into the profession. As an aspiring athletic trainer, this major allows you to gain real-life heath care career skills and insights that can be applied in a wide variety of employment settings. In addition to the coursework, the practicum courses and internships provide a means to enhance your confidence and marketability as a future professional. Our pre-athletic training major provides foundational knowledge in the key aspects of the profession; such as clinical evaluation and diagnosis, preventive and wellness care, as well as emergency care and rehabilitation. Upon successful completion of your pre-athletic training major, you will have all the necessary skills and knowledge to continue your education in a graduate studies program.

Career Opportunities

Athletic trainers must graduate from a CAATE-accredited program and must pass the BOC certification and licensure exam before they can practice. A bachelor's degree in pre-athletic training can prepare you for post-graduate education opportunities and ultimately a career in athletic training.

Certified and licensed athletic trainers are finding employment in the following areas:

  • Colleges/universities
  • High schools/secondary schools
  • Professional sports organizations
  • Sport medicine clinics/hospitals
  • Corporations/occupational health
  • Physician offices
  • Performing arts
  • Public safety
  • Military

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.

Cleveland Clinic Affiliation and BW Athletic Teams

Through BW's affiliation with the Cleveland Clinic, you'll have exposure to our team physicians who are part of the Clinic's Sport Health Program, as well as BW's athletic training staff as you engage in the real-time learning in our athletic training facilities.

Curriculum

Our pre-athletic training curriculum is currently under development and review by our faculty governance. The curriculum will provide foundational knowledge (e.g. anatomy physiology, exercise physiology, kinesiology) and pre-requisite graduate program requirements (e.g. biology, chemistry) along with specific athletic training content in areas of prevention, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, preventive and wellness care, emergency care and therapeutic interventions. In addition, the curriculum will also have added focus on professional concepts/leadership, evidence-based practice, and research design; all culminating in a solid preparation for graduate studies in athletic training.

The pre-athletic training major prepares students to:

  • Pursue graduate studies in healthcare, specifically an athletic training graduate degree
  • Interpret foundational athletic training knowledge
  • Integrate didactic knowledge with application of practical skills in the clinical setting
  • Effectively communicate with patients, physicians, colleagues, administrators, parents/family members using appropriate terminology and complying with privacy statutes/regulations
  • Analyze and interpret current scientific literature
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior consistent with the disciple of athletic training
  • Recognize the collaborative approach necessary for patient-focused care

If you are also interested courses that complement the pre-athletic training major, such as exercise science, it is common to declare a double major.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a pre-professional major?

As a pre-professional major, you will be prepared for graduate studies in the field. Our pre-athletic training major prepares you with the foundational knowledge, skills and pre-requites courses necessary to continue studies at the graduate level; specifically focused on entry-level into a CAATE-accredited master's degree athletic training program.

What is athletic training?

Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession. (https://www.nata.org/about/athletic-training, 2018).

What are the benefits to studying pre-athletic training at BW?

Our pre-athletic training major will allow you to have immediate hands-on learning experiences and foundational athletic training knowledge while also allowing the flexibility for you to explore healthcare careers. Our major will also allow you to deepen your passion for the profession of athletic training and prepare you for graduate studies at a CAATE-accredited masters of athletic training program. BW offers tremendous clinical exposures as well as internship opportunities to enhance your overall learning.

What type of degree will I earn when completing the pre-athletic training major?

As a pre-athletic training major, you will graduate with a bachelor of arts degree with a declared major in pre-athletic training.

How long will it take me to earn a bachelor's degree in pre-athletic training?

The courses for the pre-athletic training major, along with BW core requirements, typically you can expect to attend BW for six to eight semesters to complete. BW's program is an undergraduate program designed for the full-time day student.

I am passionate about becoming a certified athletic trainer, what can I expect after graduating from BW?

BW's pre-athletic training major will provide you with excellent pre-requisite foundational knowledge/skills necessary to pursue a graduate degree in athletic training. We are currently working on affiliations with CAATE-accredited athletic training entry-level master's programs all over the country to develop guaranteed acceptance into their program that meet that program's application criteria. These measures will set you up for success in becoming eligible to sit for the Board of Certification exam and ultimately practice athletic training.

Am I able to be a BW student-athlete and major in pre-athletic training?

Yes! At BW, we are aware that many individuals develop a passion for the profession due to their personal experiences with athletic trainers when they were high school athletes. Therefore, our pre-athletic training major allows individuals desiring to participate on varsity teams to be both a student-athlete and a pre-athletic training major. It is important to note that some other athletic training programs do not permit athletic participation during a student's fourth year, especially if the program is a combined undergraduate/graduate program.

What other options exist outside of athletic training if my career passion changes?

The pre-athletic training major is intentionally designed to allow you to have flexibility and opportunities to explore multiple career options, while still providing the pre-requisite foundational knowledge necessary for you to pursue acceptance to a graduate program in athletic training. Pre-athletic training classes overlap nicely with pre-physical therapy and exercise science.

Am I permitted to double major?

It is possible, if desired to double major in exercise science or pre-physical therapy along with the pre-athletic training. If so, a dual degree in exercise science would allow you for potential and immediate career opportunities in clinical, corporate, community and commercial settings, while a dual pre-physical therapy degree would prepare you to enter graduate school for either athletic training or physical therapy.

What is the job outlook for athletic trainers?

Employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 23 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is much faster than the average growth rate for all occupations. (The average growth rate for all occupations is 7 percent.) Demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase as people become more aware of the effects of sports-related injuries, and as the middle-aged and older population remains active. (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/athletic-trainers.htm, 2018)

Where can I find more information on athletic training?

For more information on athletic training, visit the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA).

For more information on the future occupation outlook for the field of athletic training please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Information for Current BW Students

Current BW students can find information online about BW's CAATE-accredited athletic training major:
Athletic training major webpage >