Frequently Asked Questions
What is an athletic trainer?
Athletic trainers are allied health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Click to access the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, where you can find out more about the profession, as well as typical work settings. Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statitics: Athletic Trainers website to learn more about the job outlook for Athletic Trainers.
What classes can I expect to take as a freshman athletic training student?
The first two years of the five-year curriculum comprise the “Candidacy Phase.” During the Candidacy Phase, students will study the necessary coursework to gain a strong foundation for success in Professional Phase coursework and clinical rotations. We feel it is important for students to get hands on experience early in their college career. Therefore, as a sophomore, you can expect to take some beginning classes in care and prevention of athletic injuries, laboratory experiences in the natural and exercise sciences, as well as an athletic training clinical observation course. The Candidacy Phase lays the foundation for the advanced professional courses you will attend as an upperclassman and as a fifth-year student. Please refer to the course sequence sheet to give you an idea of a typical five-year program.
What is the advantage of a 5-Year Master’s Degree Program?
Similar to other allied health professions such as Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy, students will stay at Adrian College for only a fifth year and…
- Earn a B.S. in Exercise Science/Pre-Athletic Training
- Earn an M.S. in Athletic Training
- Choosing a major is a huge undertaking, and often students need a year or two of discovery before committing to a major. With this new curriculum, students will have the opportunity to take some introductory and exploration courses before they decide to commit to the field of athletic training.
Having earned an advanced degree, students will have more opportunities upon graduation…
- More earning power – on average $5-7,000.00 more annually
- More job opportunities
- 70% of ATCs hold a Master’s Degree or higher
- With both a clinical emphasis and a thesis requirement, students will prepared for a variety of graduate school opportunities
When can I start working directly with the patients?
Under accreditation standards, athletic training students (ATS) may only perform clinical skills on patients under the following circumstances:
- The student has learned and been formally evaluated on the skill in a previous course
- The student is officially enrolled in the athletic training program
- The student is directly supervised
Clinical education seeks to create an environment where novice students have limited responsibility, and more seasoned students are allowed comprehensive responsibility. Therefore, students take an observation course during the Candidacy Phase. Once they have learned skills in the classroom and lab, they will start putting that knowledge to work during their junior year at both on- and off-campus clinical sites.
Is it hard to get into the Athletic Training major?
You may declare the major of exercise science with a concentration in athletic training as a freshman. However, because athletic training is an allied health profession, we need to make sure that all students are maintaining minimum academic standards before caring for patients. Therefore, there are specific retention criteria in order to enter the Professional Phase of the program junior year. Additionally, there are specific health requirements that must be met prior to beginning your clinical rotations.
What can I expect during my clinical rotations?
Clinical education is an extremely important facet of our curriculum. You will gain a variety of experiences at a variety of healthcare sites. Clinical sites may include Adrian College athletics, Siena Heights athletics, local high schools, health centers and rehabilitation clinics. Follow the clinical education link to find out more.
Can I play sports and be an athletic training student?
Adrian College’s policy on AT majors who are athletes is as follows:
- Undergraduate student athletes must limit their participation to the traditional season of ONE sport
- The student-athlete may only play a sport during the undergraduate portion of the program. Due to increases in clinical expectations and research responsibilities during the graduate program, the AT will NOT retain athletes during the graduate program
- Undergraduate student athletes must maintain constant communication with the clinical coordinator, the program director and their coach to alleviate any clinical education and sport conflicts.
- Undergraduate student-athletes must complete ALL required course content and clinical education requirements in order to graduate
Athletic Trainers specialize in the emergency treatment, prevention and care of athletic injuries. Consequently, athletes or former athletes, are generally the population most interested, and in many cases most qualified, to work in this field. At Adrian College, over half of the student body are student athletes, and it is the AT’s desire to serve that population as well as possible. In order to gain clinical experience, students must work with athletes during practice times and games. If the athletic training student is also an athlete, there is a constant and severe conflict of scheduling between athletics and academics. Consequently, for success, student athletes in athletic training MUST have excellent time-management and communication skills.Are there any additional program fees or expenses?
- Please refer to the ATS Handbook posted on the front page of the program's website. You will find all lab fees and program expectations here.
What are my responsibilities as an athletic training student?
- Follow AT’s policies and procedures
- Follow the clinical site’s policies and procedures
- Maintain in good academic standing with the AT
- Report on-time to ALL assigned clinical rotations
- Treat fellow students, athletes, coaches, and clinical instructors with respect (see code of conduct)
- Maintain professional attire and a professional demeanor
- Be proactive. Take an active role in learning, and contribute to the productive operation of the clinical site
- Communicate with the program director, clinical coordinator and clinical instructor if anything precludes you from completing your clinical or academic responsibilities.
- Maintain patient confidentiality at all times
- Participate in professional activities:
- The athletic training program strongly encourages students to become involved in professional organizations early in their academic career. While not mandatory, membership with the Athletic Training Student Organization (ATSO), National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA) and Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society (MATS) is a nice compliment to students’ academic experiences. Membership and conference attendance opens opportunities for scholarship, learning and networking within the profession.