The BSAT / Athletic Training Program will transition to a professional Master's degree program by summer 2020. This transition is being made in response to a decision by the Strategic Alliance that requires all athletic training programs to transition to the Master’s degree level. These changes are being made within the athletic training profession in order to maintain a high-quality educational experiences for athletic training students. Final applications to the undergraduate athletic training program will be accepted spring of 2018 for a fall 2018 admission to the professional phase of the athletic training program (see Admission Requirements). This last cohort of students admitted to the BSAT (professional phase) for fall 2018 must complete the program by no later than spring/summer 2021 to be eligible to take the national Board of Certification, Inc. examination for athletic trainers. For further information, please contact Dr. Dorice Hankemeier, Interim Program Director.
Athletic trainers often work on the sidelines of competition, but they are on the frontlines of preventing, diagnosing, and treating injuries and illness related to physical activity. Athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize patient and client activity and participation in athletics, work, and life. They work with a wide range of ages and skill levels in a variety of settings - from professional sports teams and high school programs to sports medicine clinics, government agencies, and performance arts. Regardless of where they work, athletic trainers play a vital role in the athletic health care team and in the lives of competitive and recreational athletes.
Our nationally accredited athletic training program exposes you to the latest philosophies, research, and equipment through classroom instruction and clinical experiences. Ball State University is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) located at 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3184. The program will have its next comprehensive review during the 2025-2026 academic year. Expert faculty and staff are committed to outfitting you with a breadth of expertise to excel in this diverse field. Our students successfully pass the Board of Certification examination in order to practice as a certified athletic trainer (ATC). Click here for the program's BOC exam results. Our comprehensive curriculum and clinical experiences focus on:
- evidence-based practice
- prevention and health promotion
- clinical examination and diagnosis
- acute care of injury and illness
- therapeutic interventions
- psychosocial strategies and referral
- health care administration
- professional development and responsibility
Our focus extends beyond the classroom. Ten full-time certified athletic trainers and about 20 clinical preceptors facilitate on- and off-campus clinical experiences designed to outfit you with real-world experiences tailored to your area of interest.
Students engage in clinical education at our two campus facilities: the Dickerson-Hoover Athletic Training Center, located in John B. and June M. Scheumann Stadium; and the Sayers “Bud” Miller Athletic Training Center, located in Worthen Arena. Under the supervision of a clinical preceptor, students practice and perform skills related to clinical evaluation and diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries, as well as emergency care, taping, and bracing using the latest in equipment and resources. Students collaborate with faculty through research and hands-on instruction in the Athletic Training Research and Education Laboratory. In addition, students are exposed to other health care facilities and interact with a multitude of health care professionals in a variety of engaging clinical settings.
Our Supportive Environment
Although our research interests vary, we are a strong community of faculty, students, alumni, and friends who support each other in the classroom and in life after Ball State. Current students connect through the Athletic Training Club, which promotes career exploration and interaction among peers, faculty advisors, and experts within the sports medicine community.
We welcome our alumni, retirees, and friends to continue to build relationships with us. Your expertise and support provide students with the confidence and connections to succeed within our program and beyond. Whether you share professional experiences with a class, establish a scholarship, or facilitate a partnership—our program is eager to connect you with students and faculty engaged in innovative research and study related to the field. Contact us to share your story and learn about program news and events.
Learn more about what sets our program apart, view our athletic training program brochure, or if you’re ready, apply now.