Admission into the ATP is designed to be competitive. Students apply after meeting academic prerequisites during the spring semester of the freshman year. Specific transfer policies exist and are explained in the application. Download and review the complete application from the Athletic Training section at www.tabor.edu/academics. The application includes a physical exam, immunizations, first aid and CPR card, criminal background questionnaire, technical and performance standards verification, and an essay explaining the student’s interest in athletic training. Students must also receive a B or better in PE 120, PE 125, PE 185, and PE 220, maintain a 3.0 overall GPA, acquire a minimum of 30 athletic training observation hours, complete a blood-borne pathogen in-service, participate in an interview with the Athletic Training Selection Committee and purchase student liability insurance once accepted into the ATP and annually thereafter. Completing the application and meeting all requirements does not guarantee admission to the program due to an 8:1 faculty to student ratio restriction. Students not accepted may reapply the following academic year.
Program is both challenging and rewarding. In addition to a number of demanding classes, Athletic Training students must acquire 120 hours of field experience per semester over the three years in the program. Field experience is an opportunity for students to apply skills, once evaluated, under the supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer. Students also gain knowledge with various medical professionals through off-campus clinical settings: general medical physician’s offices, orthopedic physician’s offices, physical therapy clinics and orthopedic surgeries. Students are expected to be responsible and dedicated to professional service. The Athletic Training staff and faculty members encourage and support the students throughout the program. We’re confident that after completing our Athletic Training Program, students will be well prepared for a career in athletic training.
Certified Athletic Trainers work in many professional settings. Commonly, ATCs work in high schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, research laboratories, industrial settings, and professional sports. The job-related responsibilities include prevention of athletic injuries; recognition, evaluation, and assessment of injuries; immediate care of injuries; treatment, rehabilitation, and reconditioning of athletic injuries; health care administration; and professional development.
All undergraduate candidates for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam must graduate from a CAATE accredited Athletic Training Education Program. The BOC Exam is a computer based exam administered at various locations and times throughout the country. For further information regarding BOC exam development and scoring visit www.bocatc.org. The Tabor College Athletic Training Program can provide its students the opportunity to sit for the exam.