Bachelor of Science in Education
School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies
College of Education and Human Development
The Athletic Training/Clinic Management (AT/CM) major is an undergraduate degree program that prepares students to become certified athletic trainers. The AT/CM major is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Athletic Training students are educated in the 12 core content areas of athletic training. Through a combination of extensive classroom and clinical experiences students are prepared “to challenge” the Board of Certification Examination.
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.
Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as an allied health care profession. The Athletic Training program at BGSU prepares students to be competent athletic trainers prepared to work in many health care settings. Certified athletic trainers can be found almost anywhere people are physically active, including:
Students who want to become a certified athletic trainer must earn a degree from a CAATE-accredited athletic training program. CAATE-accredited programs must include content that covers the following 12 areas:
Classroom learning is enhanced through required clinical education courses.
Furthermore, this rigorous academic program has mandatory technical standards that outline the physical and mental abilities required for students to complete the athletic training curriculum. Some of those technical standards include:
All students desiring to enter the athletic training major enroll as pre-professional athletic training majors. After completing the major’s admission requirements pre-professional students apply for admission to the professional phase of the curriculum that includes advanced athletic training courses, four semesters of rigorous clinical education, and a semester-long internship. Admission to the professional phase is competitive. Students admitted to the professional phase must have a minimum of a 2.5 overall grade point average, 250 clinical observation hours, a personal interview, a “C” or better in all ATCM courses, professional recommendations from certified athletic training staff, and documentation of immunizations.
Prior to admittance to the athletic training program students are considered pre-professional. Application to the professional phase and advanced study occurs during the sophomore.
The AT major must complete extensive clinical education requirements. All students participate in a variety of on-campus and off-campus clinical experiences and internships that enhance their course work.
The AT/CM students attend classes and laboratories in the Gertrude M. Eppler Complex with classrooms that are equipped with state of the art technology and an up-to-date athletic training education laboratory. Furthermore, the Bowling Green State University athletic program offers their state of the art athletic training facilities (Sebo Center, Ice Arena, Memorial Hall) as clinical sites for professional students to engage in clinical education.
Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework may leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is also excellent for preparation for college. You will also benefit from proficiency in computer use. Furthermore, courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts will help you integrate more successfully into the university environment.
Every student’s major is different. Individual programs will vary depending on electives chosen and high school preparation. Courses are chosen from an approved list in order to broaden the student’s professional preparation. For specific Athletic Training program requirements, please check the undergraduate catalog on-line at www.bgsu.edu/catalog/EDHD/EDHD30.html.
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Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.
NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Athletic Training, please check the undergraduate catalog online at www.bgsu.edu/catalog/EDHD/EDHD30.html.