Whether you want to become a trainer or prepare for a physical therapy program, you’ll benefit from curriculum that combines classroom concepts with real-life situations. In collaboration with faculty and healthcare professionals, you’ll learn to master competencies and clinical proficiencies within a liberal arts framework.
Central’s athletic training program, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), provides education experiences that will effectively prepare you to sit for the Board of Certification exam and attend top graduate programs across the nation. The fact that you’ll leave Central with board certification is pretty unique when compared to other schools’ athletic training programs — but it’s the norm at Central.
Formal application to the athletic training program occurs during the student’s first year at Central. To enter the program, students must complete prerequisites from the exercise science department, maintain at least a 2.8 GPA and complete an interview and the required experiences in the athletic training room.
Students progress through an educational sequence that stresses critical thinking skills. Clinical skills are evaluated regularly by faculty and healthcare professionals throughout the four years. The athletic training major is affiliated with exercise science—find out more about exercise science.
Learn more about Athletic Training in the course catalog.
Shelli Green, B.A., M.S. Lecturer and Clinical Education Coordinator of Exercise Science, interest areas include: athletic training and exercise science
Cody Huisman, B.A., D.C. Assistant Professor of Exercise Science, interest areas include: human anatomy and physiology, structural kinesiology, functional movement screens and strength and conditioning
David Pavlat, B.S., M.S., Ed.D. Associate Professor of Exercise Science, interest areas include: physiology, kinesiology
Pam Richards, B.S., M.S., Ed.D. Associate Professor of Exercise Science, interest areas include: information literacy, exercise science curriculum, program assessment and health/wellness education
John Roslien, B.S., M.S. Associate Professor Exercise Science, interest areas include: professional leadership
Sara Shuger Fox, B.S., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Exercise Science, interest areas include: Electronic feedback for diet and physical activity, sports nutrition, Exercise Is Medicine and Blue Zones
Katelin Valster, B.A., M.S. Lecturer of Exercise Science, interest areas include: sport performance, impact of activity on chronic disease, older adult fitness, service learning, female athletes and ACL injuries
Central students consistently excel on the CAATE Board of Certification Exam, far outperforming the National Pass Rate.
|Year||Graduates||Graduates taking exam||Graduates passing exam on first attempt||First attempt pass rate||Overall pass rate|
|Three Year Aggregate||86%||91.66%|
To practice as an athletic trainer, you must first pass a national certification exam administered by the Board of Certification. In this exam, you’ll be required to demonstrate competency in many areas, including biology, anatomy, kinesiology, management, psychology, first aid and others. The primary objective of Central’s athletic training program is to prepare you for certification through classroom and clinical experiences that help you develop and master the proficiencies you need to succeed in a rewarding career.
You’ll spend a great deal of time in the Ron Schipper Fitness Center, which features a 2,000-square-foot athletic training area. In Central’s state-of-the-art exercise science building, you’ll find a dedicated classroom that features taping stations instead of desks. The human performance lab features a hydrostatic underwater weighing tank, one of only three in the Midwest. The building uses LCD screens and classroom capture, which enables all classes to be videotaped so you can review them later.
Enhance your development as a global citizen and earn credits toward your major when you participate in one of Central’s international programs. Our Wales program expands your studies with “Outdoor Pursuits,” which includes rock climbing, spelunking and more. It’ll help you get that much more ahead while gaining international experience. Get the attention of prospective employers and graduate schools by adding this to your résumé. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.
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Want to find out more about Athletic Training at Central? Contact us to learn more about this major and our other strong academic programs. Visit campus to observe classes and experience The Central Difference firsthand.