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Athletic Training students

Defiance College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The program has Voluntary Withdrew its Accreditation effective May 5, 2019.
As of August, 2016 incoming freshman are no longer able to declare Athletic Training as an undergraduate major.
Defiance College is in the process of starting an entry-level Masters of Athletic Training program. For more information, please contact the program director.

Athletic trainers are health care professionals with knowledge of emergency care, preventative measures, medical diagnosis, therapy, and rehabilitation for athletic injuries and conditions. 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 athletic training program consists of several clinical rotations. Some of the rotations are completed at off-campus athletic training settings such as the Mercy Defiance Clinic. In order to fulfill the requirements of these rotations (which are completed throughout the three-year professional athletic training sequence), a student in the ATP must have access to transportation. 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 clinical preceptor on campus. This preceptor will supervise and guide the progression of the student. 

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.

Benefits of the Program
At DC, there are a variety of organizations and clinics where students gain hands-on experience.

Through the McMaster School, students have the opportunity to travel to another part of the world and complete a project of their own design, thereby growing their skills in identifying issues and problem-solving while nurturing a global perspective. Athletic training majors have completed projects in Cambodia and Belize that include first aid and CPR training, support with the San Carlos youth soccer team, and informational brochures about five preventable common causes of death. 

Related Programs
Defiance also offers four-year programs to earn bachelor’s degrees in exercise science or sport management.

After College – What’s Next?
Athletic Training classThe career opportunities for ATCs are widespread throughout health care. There are opportunities working in high schools, hospitals, orthopedic clinics, collegiate athletics, professional sports, industry, military, and performing arts. 

Some recent graduate employments include:

Ayersville Local Schools, Orthopedic Hospital of Fort Wayne, Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, Defiance Rehabilitation Services, Mercy Defiance Clinic, Northern Illinois University. 



Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education



This Defiance College Athletic Training 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 and earn Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) certification.

The Defiance College Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program has been placed on Probation as of February 19, 2016 by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.

In Their Own Words
"Starting a new chapter in college can be very exciting and stressful alike. I had never imagined attending college anywhere outside of Florida let alone Ohio, but Defiance College offered students of this small college with big opportunities as they had promised. The athletic training program at Defiance College gives students a hands on learning experience along with the opportunities to travel, develop relationships with our athletes and peers, and work closely with very knowledgeable instructors. Because of the smaller class sizes, instructors have a chance to work with each student individually, preparing us for success in our careers."
--Alexis Walker, 2017 Graduate

"The athletic training program at Defiance is excellent.  All of your professors in the program truly care about you as an individual, and do their best to make sure that you get the most out of the classroom and clinical experience. The program is very hands-on, and you are constantly applying what you learn in the classroom to the clinical setting. The program is one big family, and as long as you have the desire to succeed, your professors and peers will ensure that you do."
--Brittany Pease, 2016 Graduate

"The athletic training program at Defiance College brought me not only great connections and wonderful learning opportunities, but a home away from home. Small classes allow the professors to really get to know each and every one of their students. They are encouraging and motivational. My classmates and I became a family through our adventures in the program. I couldn't recommend a better place."
--Christine Bernazzoli, 2015 Graduate

"The athletic training program at Defiance College gave me the foundation I needed to achieve my goals after graduation. The consistent effort from each of the athletic training staff motivated me toward success. Without them and my fellow students, I wouldn't be where I am today."
--Audric Warren, 2007 Graduate


Matthew Lundin, Ed.D., ATC, CKTI
Assistant Professor of Athletic Training
Director of the Athletic Training Program
Phone: 419-783-2423 

Kathleen Westfall, M.S., ATC 
Associate Athletic Trainer
Phone: 419-783-2345 

Kevin Tong, M.S.Ed., ATC
Assistant Professor of Athletic Training 
Head Athletic Trainer
Phone: 419-783-2340 

Timothy E. Rickabaugh, Ph.D.
Professor of Exercise Science
Phone: 419-783-2584