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Actively Improving Athletic Life

Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of active individuals? If so, Ashland University’s nationally-accredited Athletic Training program will provide you with a strong foundation in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses in a variety of settings so you’ll be prepared for a successful career in athletic training.

Contact Us

Dennis Gruber
Chair, Health Sciences Department
Athletic Training Program Director
252 Rybolt Sports Science Center
419.289.5446
dgruber@ashland.edu

Accreditation

Accreditation

 Ashland University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.

Scholarships

The Skip Vosler and Bill Jones Athletic Training Scholarships

This is a private scholarship endowed by a former Athletic Training Student of Skip and Bill. The money comes directly from the donor. Each scholarship is worth $1,000.00.

Criteria:

  • Formally admitted into the Athletic Training Program
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Desire to continue in the Athletic Training Profession
  • Award is based on financial need as well. Scholarship athletes are excluded.
  • Selection is made by the Athletic Training Faculty and Staff and awarded in the Fall.

Admission Requirements

AT Program Selective Admission Requirements

Entrance into the Athletic Training program is by selective admissions.  A student is permitted to apply for admission into the program during the second semester of the freshmen year or during the sophomore year.  The formal application process must be completed by the second Monday of February.  The formal application process requires that each student complete the following criteria:

  1. Prerequisite coursework – Students must attain a C or better grade in the following courses:  ATR 165, ATR 166, ATR 167 and ATR 170.
  2. Completed application (PDF)– Each student must submit a completed application which includes a brief essay on why they have selected athletic training as their intended profession.  
  3. Three letters of recommendation – A professor/instructor at Ashland University must complete one letter.  The professor should elaborate on the student’s academic ability.
  4. Cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
  5. Interview with the Athletic Training Selection Committee.
  6. Completion of the Athletic Training Program Technical Standards (PDF) document.

After the student has been selected into the program, he/she must complete formal training in blood-borne pathogens which includes obtaining or declining the Hepatitis B vaccination.  Students must pass a 10-panel drug screen through AIMS Occupational Health Clinic at a cost of $48. Students must pass an FBI/BCI background check through AU Safety Services at a cost of $60. Students must also pass a physical examination and provide a copy of his/her immunizations. The physical exam must be completed by the AU Health Center and is at a cost of $30.

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes Data

Students interested in the Athletic Training Program may apply during the second semester of their freshman year or during the sophomore year. Applications are due the second Monday in February and interviews are held the week before spring break.

Employment Rate

Employment rate is defined as the percentage of graduates who were employed in athletic training or full-time advanced graduate study within six months of passing the Board of Certification examination. The data for the past graduating ATP classes is provided below: (Cohorts are identified by year of graduation)

Class of 2016Class of 2017Class of 2018
8/8 (100%) 5/5 (100%) 4/4 (100%)

Retention Rate

Retention rate is defined as the number of students in each cohort that have been admitted and return to the Program the following Fall.

Enrollment FA 2016Enrollment FA 2017Enrollment FA 2018
FA 16 5 students FA 17 5 students FA 18 7 students

FA 15 3 students

3 students changed majors; 1 transferred to another University

FA 16 3 students

2 students changed majors

FA 17 3 students

1 student transferred to another University; 1 student changed major

FA 14 5 students

FA 15 3 students

FA 16 2 students

1 student graduated Spring 2018

Board of Certification Examination Results

A person must graduate from an athletic training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and must also pass the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination in order to obtain certification in athletic training. The data for graduates of the Ashland University Athletic Training Program and BOC data are below.

Athletic Training Program Data from Ashland University

Class of 2016

Class of 2017

Class of 2018

Three Year Aggregate

Program Graduates

8 5 4 17

Graduates Attempting BOC Exam

8 (100%)

5 (100%)

4(100%)

17 (100%)

First Time Pass on BOC Exam

5 (62.5%)

4 (80%)

4(100%)

13(76%)

Total Pass on BOC Exam

8(100%)

5(100%)

4(100%)

17(100%)
BOC National Data (First Time Pass Rate) 78% 83%

Goals and Objectives

Goal 1

The AU ATP will provide the student a learning environment that offers the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to become an entry-level athletic trainer.

Objectives:

  1. Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate the synthesis of knowledge from athletic training and a liberal education as the basis for clinical judgement, reflective practice and decision making.
  2. Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate meaningful engagement in active academic study and the facilitation of theory into practice transference by utilizing athletic training knowledge, skills and abilities effectiviely in the Field Experiences.

Goal 2

The AU ATP will provide the student the ability to develop and apply leadership and decision-making skills that include ethics and self-reflection in the application of the foundational behaviors of professional practice in the service of the profession, university and community.

Objectives:

  1. Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate an entry-level understanding of the Foundational Behaviors of Professional Practice.
  2. Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate leadership development for the profession.
  3. Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate meaningful engagement in service to the profession, university and members of the community.

Benchmarks:

  1. 80% of students will score an 80% or higher on the Exit Portfolio in ATR 420 according to the Portfolio Rubric.
  2. 80% of students will score an 80% or higher on the Self-Assessment evaluation in ATR 420.

Goal 3

The AU ATP will provide the student the ability to promote the importance of evidence and provide the tools for understanding basic research and evaluation techniques. Students will develop skills in the facilitation of theory into practice transference by utilizing athletic training knowledge, skills and abilities.

Objectives:

  1. Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to select current theory and evidenced-based knowledge regarding the competencies of athletic training education to guide and teach patients, families and populations.
  2. Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate meaningful engagement in the application of scholarship related to athletic training.
  3. Upon completion of the program, the student will commit to the responsibility of academic, professional and ethical growth and self-reflection in contributing to the profession.

Benchmarks:

  1. 80% of 3rd year students will score a 90% or better on their Final Semester Evaluation in ATR 472.
  2. 80% of 3rd year students will have submitted and have accepted an abstract for presentation at a National, Regional, State, or Ashland University Professional Conference.
  3. 80% of 3rd year students will score an 80% or better on the End of Semester Reflection in ATR 472.

Contact Us

Dennis Gruber
Chair, Health Sciences Department
Athletic Training Program Director
252 Rybolt Sports Science Center
419.289.5446
dgruber@ashland.edu

Accreditation

Accreditation

 Ashland University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.

Scholarships

The Skip Vosler and Bill Jones Athletic Training Scholarships

This is a private scholarship endowed by a former Athletic Training Student of Skip and Bill. The money comes directly from the donor. Each scholarship is worth $1,000.00.

Criteria:

  • Formally admitted into the Athletic Training Program
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Desire to continue in the Athletic Training Profession
  • Award is based on financial need as well. Scholarship athletes are excluded.
  • Selection is made by the Athletic Training Faculty and Staff and awarded in the Fall.

Admission Requirements

AT Program Selective Admission Requirements

Entrance into the Athletic Training program is by selective admissions.  A student is permitted to apply for admission into the program during the second semester of the freshmen year or during the sophomore year.  The formal application process must be completed by the second Monday of February.  The formal application process requires that each student complete the following criteria:

  1. Prerequisite coursework – Students must attain a C or better grade in the following courses:  ATR 165, ATR 166, ATR 167 and ATR 170.
  2. Completed application (PDF)– Each student must submit a completed application which includes a brief essay on why they have selected athletic training as their intended profession.  
  3. Three letters of recommendation – A professor/instructor at Ashland University must complete one letter.  The professor should elaborate on the student’s academic ability.
  4. Cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
  5. Interview with the Athletic Training Selection Committee.
  6. Completion of the Athletic Training Program Technical Standards (PDF) document.

After the student has been selected into the program, he/she must complete formal training in blood-borne pathogens which includes obtaining or declining the Hepatitis B vaccination.  Students must pass a 10-panel drug screen through AIMS Occupational Health Clinic at a cost of $48. Students must pass an FBI/BCI background check through AU Safety Services at a cost of $60. Students must also pass a physical examination and provide a copy of his/her immunizations. The physical exam must be completed by the AU Health Center and is at a cost of $30.

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes Data

Students interested in the Athletic Training Program may apply during the second semester of their freshman year or during the sophomore year. Applications are due the second Monday in February and interviews are held the week before spring break.

Employment Rate

Employment rate is defined as the percentage of graduates who were employed in athletic training or full-time advanced graduate study within six months of passing the Board of Certification examination. The data for the past graduating ATP classes is provided below: (Cohorts are identified by year of graduation)

Class of 2016Class of 2017Class of 2018
8/8 (100%) 5/5 (100%) 4/4 (100%)

Retention Rate

Retention rate is defined as the number of students in each cohort that have been admitted and return to the Program the following Fall.

Enrollment FA 2016Enrollment FA 2017Enrollment FA 2018
FA 16 5 students FA 17 5 students FA 18 7 students

FA 15 3 students

3 students changed majors; 1 transferred to another University

FA 16 3 students

2 students changed majors

FA 17 3 students

1 student transferred to another University; 1 student changed major

FA 14 5 students

FA 15 3 students

FA 16 2 students

1 student graduated Spring 2018

Board of Certification Examination Results

A person must graduate from an athletic training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and must also pass the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination in order to obtain certification in athletic training. The data for graduates of the Ashland University Athletic Training Program and BOC data are below.

Athletic Training Program Data from Ashland University

Class of 2016

Class of 2017

Class of 2018

Three Year Aggregate

Program Graduates

8 5 4 17

Graduates Attempting BOC Exam

8 (100%)

5 (100%)

4(100%)

17 (100%)

First Time Pass on BOC Exam

5 (62.5%)

4 (80%)

4(100%)

13(76%)

Total Pass on BOC Exam

8(100%)

5(100%)

4(100%)

17(100%)
BOC National Data (First Time Pass Rate) 78% 83%

Goals and Objectives

Goal 1

The AU ATP will provide the student a learning environment that offers the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to become an entry-level athletic trainer.

Objectives:

  1. Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate the synthesis of knowledge from athletic training and a liberal education as the basis for clinical judgement, reflective practice and decision making.
  2. Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate meaningful engagement in active academic study and the facilitation of theory into practice transference by utilizing athletic training knowledge, skills and abilities effectiviely in the Field Experiences.

Goal 2

The AU ATP will provide the student the ability to develop and apply leadership and decision-making skills that include ethics and self-reflection in the application of the foundational behaviors of professional practice in the service of the profession, university and community.

Objectives:

  1. Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate an entry-level understanding of the Foundational Behaviors of Professional Practice.
  2. Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate leadership development for the profession.
  3. Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate meaningful engagement in service to the profession, university and members of the community.

Benchmarks:

  1. 80% of students will score an 80% or higher on the Exit Portfolio in ATR 420 according to the Portfolio Rubric.
  2. 80% of students will score an 80% or higher on the Self-Assessment evaluation in ATR 420.

Goal 3

The AU ATP will provide the student the ability to promote the importance of evidence and provide the tools for understanding basic research and evaluation techniques. Students will develop skills in the facilitation of theory into practice transference by utilizing athletic training knowledge, skills and abilities.

Objectives:

  1. Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to select current theory and evidenced-based knowledge regarding the competencies of athletic training education to guide and teach patients, families and populations.
  2. Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate meaningful engagement in the application of scholarship related to athletic training.
  3. Upon completion of the program, the student will commit to the responsibility of academic, professional and ethical growth and self-reflection in contributing to the profession.

Benchmarks:

  1. 80% of 3rd year students will score a 90% or better on their Final Semester Evaluation in ATR 472.
  2. 80% of 3rd year students will have submitted and have accepted an abstract for presentation at a National, Regional, State, or Ashland University Professional Conference.
  3. 80% of 3rd year students will score an 80% or better on the End of Semester Reflection in ATR 472.

What to Expect in the Athletic Training Program

Ashland University’s Athletic Training program integrates the knowledge and skills outlined by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) through didactic and clinical experiences in order to prepare you to be a successful athletic trainer. You will learn to practice with the highest integrity by observing and practicing the Code of Ethics as outlined by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

We do more than improve athletic life. If you go to NATA.org you'll learn more about the profession. Also, the whole discussion regarding concussions was begun by the AT Profession.
WE ARE: Individuals working with the physically active: we provide rehabilitation, treatment, and return to play guidelines to the military, professional athletes, high school athletes, and any other individual that needs to be physically active for his/her career or life.
WE HAVE: Alumni working in all aspects of health care.

Athletic Training Program Benefits

The Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). It gives you the chance to integrate coursework and clinical experience, resulting in eligibility and excellent preparation for national certification.

Other program benefits include:

  • 100% total pass rate on the Board of Certification (BOC) exam
  • Valuable field experience to gain real-life experiences and develop professional skills
  • Accent on the Individual with small class sizes and passionate faculty mentorship

Athletic training students complete field experiences as part of the curriculum. Students are paired with a preceptor who is an athletic trainer or other healthcare professional. Field experiences give students the opportunity to gain valuable real-life experiences and develop professional skills.

How field experiences at Ashland University will help you

  • You will be able to spend time in the clinical field where you will practice what you learn in the classroom and lab
  • You will graduate college with 600 hours of experience with patients over the course of at least two years
  • You will develop a richer and more realistic understanding of the athletic training profession

Course Rotation for Progression into Field Experience for Class of 2016 and Later

Field Experience CoursePre-Requisite Course (C or better)
270 165/166/167/170
271 270/272/273
373 271/274/275/279
375 371/373
471 354/375
472 376/471

Athletic Training Career Outlook

 Average Career Salary

$46,630

Average Career Growth

The demand for athletic trainers across all practice settings is increasing, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating this career field will grow 23 percent by 2026.

Career Opportunities

The many career opportunities include:

  • Sports medicine clinics

  • Professional sports organizations

  • High schools, college/universities

  • Corporations

  • Chiropractic offices

  • Military bases and training facilities

  • Performing arts (dance, theater, etc)

  • Orthopedic practices

Athletics

Athletics