If you wish to visit campus and
meet with someone from the Athletic Training faculty/staff, please call (765)
285-5683 (Ball State Welcome Center).
You can set up a time with them for a campus tour and an appointment
with one of the athletic training faculty/staff members.
If your question is still not
answered after reading this information, feel free to e-mail Dr. Jennifer Popp,
Director of the Athletic Training Program (firstname.lastname@example.org),
or call her at (765) 285-3223.
About Our Program Admissions
What are the requirements for admission into the Athletic Training
Program? Students must meet the following
requirements to be admitted into the Professional Phase of the Athletic
When do I apply to the Athletic Training Program?
As a freshman, you will apply in
the beginning of the spring semester. A
fall semester application period is also available for transfer students,
upperclassmen, and those not admitted in the spring semester. Please contact the program director for
specific information. In any case, the
application will be evaluated for completeness, content, and clarity. Decisions will be made by the Athletic
Training Selection Committee.
How many students apply to the Athletic Training Program each year?
It varies every year, but on the
average there are about 20 applicants.
How many students do you accept into the program each year?
It varies every year, but on the average, we accept about 12-15.
I’m currently in high school, how can I improve my chances of being
accepted in the Athletic Training Program?
If possible, observe with a certified athletic trainer at your high
school or local physical therapy/sports medicine clinic. If you can’t do that on a regular basis, see
if you can at least job shadow for 1-2 days.
Ask as many questions as possible.
Take classes such as anatomy to see if you like learning about the
I’m currently a BSU student, how can I improve my chances of being
accepted into the Athletic Training Program?
There are many things you can
do. First, if you haven’t already,
enroll in AT 196 (Intro to Athletic Training).
If you are meeting the above requirements, our advice to you is to make
sure you talk with students and faculty/staff in our program. During your directed observation experience,
try not to be too shy and let us know who you are. Be professional at all times. Follow the dress code, speak appropriately,
and maintain a good rapport with the preceptors and patients.
Who should I ask to write my recommendation letters?
We recommend that you ask people
such as Athletic Trainers (other than the ones at BSU), teachers, coaches, and
employers. Avoid asking neighbors or
friends of the family who may less objectively attest to your academic ability
or work ethic.
What if I don’t get into the Athletic Training Program the first
time I apply?
In most instances, you may
reapply. We will assist you in identifying
and correcting your deficiencies. We
will let you know if you should consider pursuing another
major/profession. Most of the time,
those who don’t get into the program have poor grades, do not seem to display a
full awareness of our program or the profession, or have not demonstrated good
interpersonal skills or professionalism.
Can I substitute clinical hours from sites other than BSU (i.e., my
high school, local clinic) for the 50 observation hours I need to apply to the
No. Only hours completed at BSU under our
supervision can be included. However,
extra hours gained at other sites can enhance your application to the program.
Can I take Athletic Training classes without being accepted into
There are a few classes that you
can take, such as AT 240 (Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries), AQUA 260 (Emergency
Medical Responder), ANAT 201 (Fundamentals of Human Anatomy), and PHYSL 205
(Fundamentals of Human Physiology).
What have been the unique successes of students completing our
Athletic Training Program?
Our program has enjoyed a fair
amount of notoriety. In some part this
notoriety is due to the success/visibility of some of its alumni and past
professional staff. In some part it is
also due to the current recognition of its clinical education program and
related research. We have had several
students receive national scholarships and awards. Many athletic trainers who have attended or
worked at Ball State have held leadership positions within the National Athletic
Trainers’ Association (NATA). Some have
also received district/national honors.
One past athletic trainer employee, Sayers “Bud” Miller, has a national
“Educator of the Year” award named in his honor. Numerous other athletic trainers, with
perhaps less prominent profiles, have made a collective good impression in the
Is your program accredited?
Yes. The Ball State University Athletic Training
Program was one of the first educational programs to receive National Athletic
Trainers’ Association (NATA) approval as an undergraduate minor in 1971. The
University has remained strongly committed to maintaining and improving this
program as demonstrated by the implementation of the Athletic Training Major in
1987. The program has been accredited by
CAAHEP since 1994, followed by CAATE since July, 2006.
Do you accept transfer students?
Yes, but transfer students must
complete one semester of BSU residency during which time you would apply to the
program. Depending on your past course
work some classes may count towards fulfilling our requirements. Please contact the Program Director about
Can I be a student athlete while in the Athletic Training Program?
This has worked out in the past
with highly dedicated and motivated students. However, it will be more difficult to be an
athlete and an athletic training student because of the time demands required
in both roles, and the time to complete all the requirements for the program
will likely be delayed. To the greatest
extent possible, we are willing to work with you in this situation.
Are there any additional requirements and
costs associated with the Athletic Training Program at Ball State?
All students are required to obtain and
maintain certification in CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, which should be
achieved as a component of AQUA 260.
First aid certification (or higher) is also required for admission into
the program. All costs associated with
CPR/AED and first aid certification is the responsibility of the student. The program offers regular re-certification
classes, or BSU’s Recreation Services offers several training opportunities
throughout the year, and the local American Red Cross chapter will provide
training as well.
admitted into the Athletic Training Program, all students will be required to
become members of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. This membership requires a $75 annual fee
paid for by the student, and will allow the student several membership
benefits, as well as allow students access to the program’s record keeping
are lab fees associated with AT 196, AT 240, AT 372, and AT 373, which is the
responsibility of the student to pay.
are costs associated with clinical education, including an annual TB test, immunizations
(if not already obtained by the student), and background checks. Furthermore, all students will incur travel
costs associated with off-campus clinical experiences, as well as costs
associated with the clinical education dress code requirements.
have any scholarships available for Athletic Training?
Not at this time, but we have a variety of
scholarship/awards for outstanding student performance in the program.
Our Clinical Assignments
When do I begin my clinical experiences?
If you are accepted into the
professional program during the spring semester of your freshman year, you will
begin the actual program fall semester of your sophomore year.
What clinical experiences do I complete?
During the first two semesters
in the BSU Athletic Training Program students will engage in clinical
experiences on campus. During the second
year in the BSU Athletic Training Program students will engage in clinical
experiences both on and off campus at various times throughout the year,
including at least 2 eight-week rotations off campus. During the third year in the Athletic Training
Program, students will assume more clinical responsibilities (under the direct
supervision/instruction of a preceptor). Students will again engage in clinical
experiences both on and off campus at various times throughout the year. Clinical experiences are supervised by preceptors
in those settings and overseen by the program’s clinical education coordinator. Students assigned to off-campus clinical
experiences should anticipate the necessary completion of immunizations,
orientation, etc. for that setting, and the student is responsible for
transportation to/from that site. This
information will be amply available ahead of time. Students who have not completed these
requirements so that they begin the clinical experience on time will be
withdrawn from that site and will be re-assigned to complete it in the summer
or another semester.
What clinical experiences will I receive?
Students will engage in a
variety of clinical experiences/assignments with BSU teams and off-campus sites
during their tenure in the Athletic Training Program. All clinical experiences are under the
supervision of a preceptor. Clinical
assignments are categorized and expose students to general medical conditions,
upper extremity injuries, lower extremity injuries, and equipment-intensive
sports, and will include experiences with a variety of patient populations as
well as different genders. Further, each
student will complete a clinical experience with football for at least one
semester. Athletic training student
clinical assignments will be made by the clinical education coordinator in
consultation with the BSU preceptors.
Student-athletes accepted into the program must meet engage in clinical
education each semester comparable to the expectations of other students in the
program and in accordance with the clinical education courses.
What do our students do upon graduation?
Ball State University graduates
take a variety of paths to success. Many
graduates go on to pursue a Master’s degree while working as a graduate
assistant in the University’s athletic training department. Many also accept jobs at clinics and high
schools and a few have taken jobs at colleges and universities. Still others pursue post-professional
training in education, physical therapy, or medicine.
What is the BOC Exam?
Once you have successfully
earned your degree at BSU you will be eligible to sit for the certification
exam that will give you the credential of ATC®.
The BOC Board of Certification (http://www.bocatc.org/) in conjunction
with CASTLE World-Wide, Inc. developed the certification exam. The exam is a computer-based exam that is
administered 5 times a year at testing Centers throughout the country. The certification exam is designed to test
your knowledge and competence in all the domains of the athletic training
profession. You must pass the
certification exam in order to become certified, but you are not limited to how
many times you can take the test.
What is the first-time pass/fail rate of our students taking the
The following reflects the pass
rate for the past 3 years: 2010-11: 62.5%, 2011-12: 70.0%, 2012-13: 77.27%.
The 3-year average first time pass rate is 70%. Over the past years, nearly 100% of those
students who seek certification become certified athletic trainers.
Athletic Training/Sports Medicine
What is an Athletic Trainer?
The certified athletic trainer
(AT) is a highly educated and skilled allied health professional specializing
in the prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and
Why is athletic training considered sports medicine?
Sports medicine is a very broad
term. It involves any profession or
field of study that is dedicated to the care of athletes and physically active
individuals. Examples include, but not
limited to, athletic training, physical therapy, nutrition, medicine,
psychology, exercise physiology, and biomechanics. The uniqueness of athletic training is that
it combines all of these practices.
Where does a Certified Athletic Trainer (AT) work?
In cooperation with physicians
and other allied health personnel, the AT functions as an integral member of
the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities,
sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs, industrial settings and
other health care environments.
What are average starting salaries?
This is a question that is
difficult to answer because it really depends on which area of the country and
what setting you work in. According to
the 2011 survey across all settings, ATs with 0-1 years earn an average of $34,623
and those with 5-10 years earn an average of $44,505.
What is the employment outlook for AT’s?
Currently, many efforts are
being made to improve the employment opportunities for ATs. There is a large push for high schools to
employ ATs, which has resulted in increased job opportunities in that
setting. Also, great strides have been
made in attaining third-party insurance reimbursement for the services provided
by ATs, which would ATs to be more employable in the clinic setting and result
in higher salaries. In addition,
increasing state regulation of the practice of athletic training (e.g.,
licensure) in most states throughout the country and public awareness of the
value of an AT are proving to protect and enhance the athletic training
What is the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA)?
The National Athletic Trainers’
Association (NATA) (http://www.nata.org) is the professional membership
association for certified athletic trainers with more than 30,000 members worldwide. The mission of the NATA is to enhance the
quality of health care provided by certified athletic trainers and to advance
the athletic training profession.
Founded in 1950 with a
membership of 200 athletic trainers, the NATA is based in Dallas, Texas, and
provides a variety of services to its membership including continuing
education, governmental affairs, and public relations.
The NATA also publishes the
Journal of Athletic Training (http://www.nata.org/jat/index.htm)
and the Athletic Training Education Journal (http://www.nataej.org),
both of which are scientific journals, as well as the NATA News, a monthly
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