Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who
specialize in the prevention, evaluation, rehabilitation and
management of injuries that result from physical activity,
especially those involving the musculoskeletal system.
Indiana State University’s Commission on Accreditation of
Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited professional
athletic training curriculum provides students with
classroom and clinical experiences that are appropriate for
the entry-level preparation of a Certified Athletic Trainer.
As one of the oldest established programs in the country,
Indiana State Athletic Training boasts one of the largest
alumni networks in the country including the likes of
National Athletic Trainers’ Association Presidents and Hall
of Fame members, Journal of Athletic Training editors and
section editors, renowned researchers, and celebrated
Coursework in the program/concentration emphasizes strong
theoretical foundations within each of the areas in athletic
training, as well as critical thinking and problem solving
skills associated with obtaining clinical proficiency.
Students also benefit from hands-on clinical education
experiences with health care professionals. Indiana State
University’s Professional Athletic Training Program prepares
students in the areas of Risk Management and Injury
Prevention, Orthopedic Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis,
Medical Conditions and Disabilities, Acute Care of Injuries
and Illnesses, Therapeutic modalities/Conditioning and
Rehabilitative Exercise, Pharmacology, Psychosocial
Intervention and Referral, Nutritional Aspects of Injuries
and Illnesses, Health Care Administration, Professional
Development and Evidence-Based Practice.
According to the
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Athletic Trainers earn about
$42,790 per year and the profession is amongst the 30
fastest growing occupations with an anticipated growth of
37% by 2018. Although athletic trainers will maintain
their presence in the traditional sport settings (secondary
schools, college/university, professional and recreation
sports), more athletic trainers will be needed in hospitals,
outpatient treatment facilities, and other settings
providing substantial job opportunities upon graduation.
Students completing the Athletic Training Clinical
Concentration are eligible for the Board of Certification
Examination to become certified as an Athletic Trainer.
The Indiana State University Professional Athletic Training
Program has a 3-year aggregate Board of Certification Exam
first attempt pass rate on the of 79.5% and an overall pass
rate of 81.8%. In 2011-2012, 11 students graduated, 6
of 7 candidates passed the exam on the first-time attempt
(85.7%) while 7 of 9 passed the exam overall (77.7%).
In 2012-2013, 13 students graduated, 8 of 10 candidates
passed the exam on the first attempt (80%) and 10 of 13
passed the exam overall (76.9%). In 2013-2014, 21
students graduated, 8 of 11 candidates passed the exam on
the first attempt (72.7%) while 10 of 11 passed the exam