Before anyone can become an Athletic Trainer, they must pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam to receive a license. In order for a graduate to take the exam, they must have graduated from an accrediated Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE). Heidelberg received 10 years of continuing accrediation on our progarm.
Athletic Training at Heidelberg
Heidelberg students have nearly a 90% overall pass rate on the Board of Certification Exam over the past 5 years! More data.
Heidelberg is one of the few institutions in the nation that has an independent Athletic Training Department. In a majority of other schools, Athletic Training is housed under another department (i.e. Physical Education, Athletics...) with related majors or other programs.
The AT Department requires and provides clinical education or internships for all students to ensure that they have the ability to apply the knowledge that they learn in the classroom into real patient-care situations.
Students completing the Pre-Professional curriculum with the Athletic Training major & Health Sciences major have a strong record of getting accepted to graduates school for Physical Therapy, Nursing, Physician Assistant Studies, and Chiropractic Medicine.
The department's faculty members all hold multiple credentials in the Healthcare field. Several department faculty have dual roles that involve clinical and academic duties.
Heidelberg's Athletic Training students experience clinical education that involves working directly with primary care and orthopedic physicians, NCAA Division II & Division III athletics and various medical professionals, including but not limited to nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and chiropractors.
Heidelberg has offered an Athletic Training / Sports Medicine Program for more than 20 years. We have been preparing students for careers in athletic training before many other programs even came into existence! It has some of the highest academic and clinical retention standards of any program that you will find.
85% of AT department graduates find related employment, internships, and/or are accepted to graduate school prior to graduation!
Please view the AT Student Handbook for additional information regarding the ATEP.