Think athletic trainers are only found on the football field? Think again.
Certified athletic trainers can be found in secondary schools, intercollegiate athletics, professional athletics, sports medicine clinics, the military, the movie industry, professional dance settings, industrial and commercial settings, hospitals, and health clubs.
The Defiance College Athletic Training Program (ATP) combines intensive course work with hands-on clinical experience to prepare students for athletic training careers. Students gain individualized instruction and clinical experience under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer, both on campus and off in settings that range from physicians’ offices and physical therapy clinics to high schools.
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), graduates of Defiance College’s ATP program are eligible to take the Board of Certification (BOC) exam and earn ATC (Certified Athletic Trainer) certification.
On the playing field and beyond, certified athletic trainers help people avoid and recover from injuries, embrace health and wellness, and perform to the best of their abilities. The first step begins here.
Athletic Training includes preventing, recognizing and evaluating athletic injuries, managing and administering the initial treatment of athletic injuries, giving emergency care or first aid for an athletic injury, and rehabilitating and physically reconditioning athletic injuries.
Theory and practical applications of the athletic training principles are distributed through the student’s undergraduate career. The student must complete 65 hours of athletic training professional courses and the college’s general education requirements. The student must also complete clinical requirements under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer. There is a low athletic training student-to-instructor ratio which allows for a tremendous amount of individual instruction.
ATP Mission Statement
The primary mission of the Defiance College ATP is to prepare students to successfully complete the Board of Certification (BOC) examination and to prepare them for the contemporary professional and ethical challenges of employment and practice as an entry-level certified athletic trainer.
The Defiance College Athletic Training Program (ATP) shall endeavor to prepare athletic trainers of recognized excellence in the context of small, private, liberal arts, coeducational, residential, undergraduate learning environment. The ATP shall strive to be a program of recognized excellence by virtue of preparing athletic trainers who will: (1) continue to learn after graduation, (2) make significant contributions to the profession, and (3) serve their communities with distinction.
The Defiance College ATP mission will be accomplished by the following goals:
The academic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Graduates of the ATP are eligible to take the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. Successful completion of this exam leads to the credentials ‘ATC’ (Certified Athletic Trainer).
All clinical assignments are determined on an individual basis by the Program Director and the Clinical Education Coordinator upon consultation with the athletic training staff. The athletic training student is directly assigned to an approved preceptor on or off campus. This preceptor is responsible for the supervision and progression of the student.
To enhance the athletic training students’ clinical education, every attempt is made to place students in a variety of situations. While a student in the Athletic Training Program, each student is assigned to a primarily upper extremity sport, a primarily lower extremity sport, an equipment intensive sport as well as numerous exposures to general medical situations. All students accepted into the professional program are assigned to clinical experiences based on the student’s skill level, maturity, outside commitments (e.g. work), and level of responsibility. Students are assigned a mixture of high and low risk sports, a male and female team, and at least one sport that requires travel to away games. Students can expect to return to campus approximately two weeks before fall semester classes begin to participate in pre-season football camp.
Admission into the Athletic Training Program
Admission into the Athletic Training Program is a two-step process. Students enter Defiance College as pre-athletic training majors and must complete the first year consisting of core curriculum degree requirements and athletic training prerequisites. The pre-professional phase is completed in their first two semesters on campus.
Applications for admittance into the professional phase of the program are completed and submitted by March 1st. Completion of the ATP requires six semesters in the professional phase of the program.
Certified Athletic Trainers can be found almost anywhere. Whether on the playing field or in the industrial setting, Certified Athletic Trainers are in place to help people avoid injuries, embrace health and wellness, and perform to the best of their abilities. Certified Athletic Trainers are employed in secondary schools, intercollegiate athletics, professional athletics, sports medicine clinics, the military, sets of the movie industry, professional dance settings, or industrial and commercial settings. Hospitals and health clubs are also venues that create job opportunities for Certified Athletic Trainers.
If you are interested in learning more about the program, please print out the questionnaire, and send or email it to:
Director of Athletic Training Program
Defiance College Athletic Department
701 N. Clinton Street
Defiance, OH 43512
Matthew Lundin, Ed.D., AT, ATC, Director of Athletic Training Program
Assistant Professor of Athletic Training
419-783-2423 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathleen Westfall, M.S., ATC, Clinical Education Coordinator
Associate Athletic Trainer
Instructor of Exercise Science
419-783-2345 | email@example.com
Kevin M. Tong, M.S.Ed., ATC, Head Athletic Trainer
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
419-783-2340 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Bacon, Assistant Athletic Trainer
Instructor of Athletic Training
419-783-2433 | email@example.com