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Q and A — Athletic training and Central College

Athletic Training

What is an athletic trainer?

A certified athletic trainer is a highly educated and skilled professional specializing in health care for the physically active. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, industry, professional sports programs and other allied health settings.

What kind of education do I need?

Certified athletic trainers must have a bachelor's degree in athletic training from a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP) accredited program. In addition, athletic training students study human anatomy, human physiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, athletic training, nutrition and psychology/counseling. Athletic training students also participate in extensive clinical affiliations with athletic teams under appropriate supervision. To become a certified athletic trainer, a student must pass the national exam administered by the Board of Certification (BOC).

Athletic Training

Where can I go to school?

As you begin to contemplate the educational process for an athletic training student, you need to do some homework. Recent educational reforms require that anyone wishing to sit for the BOC exam must graduate from an accredited program. If you graduate from a school without an accredited program, you must attend an accredited entry-level graduate program to be eligible for the BOC exam.

Does Central College have an accredited program?

Central College has an accredited athletic training education program. For the most current information related to accreditation, contact the Athletic Training Education Program Director.

For more information . . .

John Roslien
Director, Athletic Training Education Program
Phone: (641) 628-5132
Email: roslienj@central.edu

Or check out the Central Athletic Training Department website

Feel free to contact any of our athletic trainers or find general information about athletic training at the following websites:


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