The mission of the Athletic Training Department at Emory & Henry College is to prepare students for entry-level careers or advanced study by educating them in the knowledge, clinical skills, and professional behaviors needed to successfully practice as an athletic training professional. We strive to provide students with a comprehensive liberal arts education in order to develop critical thinking and promote civic engagement.
The curriculum design is guided by the Educational Competencies and Clinical Proficiencies identified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Education Council. The Methodist principles on which the College was founded, along with the NATA Code of Ethics, is the basis upon which our students strive to uphold the college motto, “Increase in Excellence!”
Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association as a health care profession. With more emphasis on preventative care in today’s health care environment, the role of athletic trainers is becoming increasingly important in preventing, assessing, and rehabilitating injuries & illnesses.
The Board of Certification (BOC) is the official certifying agency for athletic trainers. Anyone wishing to become a BOC–certified athletic trainer must have graduated from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation on Athletic Training Education (CAATE). In response, Emory & Henry has obtained CAATE accreditation and is one of a small number of educational institutions with this designation. Through a blend of classroom instruction and clinical experience, the program teaches the prevention, management, and rehabilitation of athletes’ injuries and illnesses. Our faculty offers exciting opportunities and challenges in a demanding but rewarding curriculum.
E&H offers two majors in athletic training. One major, leading to a B.S. degree, can be completed in four years and is designed for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in athletic training or physical therapy and to sit for the BOC exam. The second major, leading to a B.A. degree, is for the student wishing to teach as well as to prepare to sit for the BOC exam. This track takes an additional year to complete.
The 9 areas of Athletic Training Educational Competencies are as follows:
After participating in orientation and observation experiences in the clinical settings of athletic training, students may apply to the ATP at the end of the second semester of their first year. For more information about the specific requirements, view the "Resources" section.
Athletic training is a growing profession providing a wide selection of career opportunities. The following are settings where athletic trainers may find employment: