In accordance with the most recent role delineation study, students in the athletic training program at Illinois State develop knowledge and skills in the prevention, recognition, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. As professionals working closely with physicians, athletic trainers also act as a liaison between the patient and the physician (see Standards of Professional Practice).
Recognized by the American Medical Association as allied health care professionals, athletic trainers work in various settings including high schools, colleges and universities, professional sport venues, sports medicine clinics, corporations and industrial settings, health clubs, and nontraditional settings.
In addition, Illinois State's program meets the academic requirements necessary to become licensed as an athletic trainer in the State of Illinois once board certification is achieved. To earn a degree in athletic training, students are required to complete all major courses and 1,200 hours of supervised clinical experience divided over five semesters plus a comprehensive summer internship prior to taking the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination.
The Illinois State University Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program meets or exceeds all standards for accreditation and upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible for the Board of Certification, Inc. examination.
The Athletic Training major is designed in accordance with the Board of Certification, the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, and CAATE.
The mission of the Illinois State University Undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program is to develop graduates who possess entry-level knowledge and skills in the prevention, recognition, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries while emphasizing integrated learning, problem-solving, critical thinking, and professionalism. By effectively delivering a nationally accredited curriculum, graduates will be prepared to successfully pass the Board of Certification exam and become productive certified athletic trainers who foster excellence, either by entering the work force as an athletic trainer or continuing educational pursuits in seeking an advanced degree.
Upon completion of this degree, the athletic training student will:
Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
Program Interviews - November 26 - 30 and December 3 - 7
Program Application - November 30