Clinical Concentration

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 clinicians.   

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 overall (90.9%). 

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