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Important!

Upcoming Changes to Programs

Based on new requirements by the Strategic Alliance, The BSAT/Athletic Training Program will transition to a professional master's degree program by summer 2020. The athletic training program is no longer accepting students into the undergraduate degree program. We will be teaching out the undergraduate curriculum and plan to start Master’s degree program in the summer of 2020.

We encourage future undergraduate students who wish to become athletic trainers to explore our exercise science major, a great way to prepare for the graduate program in Athletic Training.

Athletic trainers often work on the sidelines of competition, but they are on the front lines of preventing, diagnosing, and treating injuries and illness related to physical activity. These health care professionals collaborate with physicians to optimize patient and client activity and participation in athletics, work, and life. They work with a wide range of ages and skill levels in a variety of settings—from professional sports teams and high school programs to sports medicine clinics, government agencies, and performance arts.

Regardless of where they work, athletic trainers play a vital role in the athletic health care team and in the lives of competitive and recreational athletes.

Our bachelor of athletic training provides quality education, which will create lifelong learners that are committed to delivering high quality patient centered care within an interprofessional healthcare team. We aspire to develop students who are dedicated to maintaining involvement within the profession through clinical practice and service.

Our comprehensive curriculum and clinical experiences focus on:

  • evidence-based practice
  • prevention and health promotion
  • clinical examination and diagnosis
  • acute care of injury and illness
  • therapeutic interventions
  • psychosocial strategies and referral
  • health care administration
  • professional development and responsibility

What You Will Learn

As a student, you can expect to master the following learning outcomes:

  • utilize evidence-based decision-making to answer clinical questions and provide patient-centered care
  • demonstrate competence in athletic training knowledge and clinical skills to provide the best possible patient care
  • promote yourself and the field of athletic training through professional and community involvement
  • develop the interpersonal skills needed to communicate and collaborate within an interprofessional health care team
  • model professional and ethical behaviors when representing yourself as a healthcare professional

What It’s Like to Major in Athletic Training at Ball State

Although our research interests vary, we are a strong community of faculty, students, alumni, and friends who support each other in the classroom and in life after Ball State.

Current students connect through the Athletic Training Club, which promotes career exploration and interaction among peers, faculty advisors, and experts within the sports medicine community.

The clinical education portion of the Ball State Athletic Training Program is a key component in the development of future athletic trainers. Clinical education is the application of knowledge and skills, learned in classroom and laboratory setting, to actual practice on patients under the supervision of a preceptor.

You will be placed in a variety of clinical education settings which may include college, high school, sports medicine physician, physical medicine, clinical rehabilitation, and sports performance, to name a few. Some experiences are offered on campus, while others are at off-campus sites.

Ten full-time certified athletic trainers and about 20 clinical preceptors facilitate on- and off-campus clinical experiences designed to outfit you with real-world experiences tailored to your area of interest.

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Our focus extends beyond the classroom. Students engage in clinical education at our two campus facilities:

  • The Dickerson-Hoover Athletic Training Center, located in John B. and June M. Scheumann Stadium
  • The Sayers “Bud” Miller Athletic Training Center, located in Worthen Arena.

Under the supervision of a clinical preceptor, students practice and perform skills related to clinical evaluation and diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries, as well as emergency care, taping, and bracing using the latest in equipment and resources.

Students collaborate with faculty through research and hands-on instruction in the Athletic Training Research and Education Laboratory. In addition, students are exposed to other health care facilities and interact with a multitude of health care professionals in a variety of engaging clinical settings.

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Major Requirements

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Accreditation

Our program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) in Austin, Texas. Learn more.

Total Credits

73-75

Courses

A few of the classes you will take include:

  • Clinical Education in Athletic Training
  • Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Sports Medicine
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Sports Nutrition and Weight Control

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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What Can You Do with a Degree in Athletic Training?

The landscape of careers in athletic training is as diverse as the injuries they treat. A few examples of the areas in which an individual with an athletic training degree can work include:

Sports and the Performing Arts Opportunities

  • Collegiate Sports
  • Professional Sports
  • Specialized Injury Prevention in Performance Arts (Including rehabilitative care to dancers, musicians, and vocalists.)

Educational Setting Opportunities

  • Youth Camps
  • Youth Sports Programs

Institutional Opportunities

  • Hospitals and Specialty Clinics (Including rehabilitation to active individuals.)
  • Private Companies/Governmental Agencies

Paying for Your Education

Department Scholarships

On top of the dozens of funding options offered through Ball State’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, our department awards scholarships to our own students. Find a scholarship.

Apply to Ball State

Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all applications on an individual basis. Applying is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.

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Want to Learn More?

The best way to get a true feel for Ball State is to spend some time here, so we encourage you and your family to schedule a campus visit. Take a tour, attend an information session, meet with a professor in our area, and ask plenty of questions. Or, if you’d rather speak to someone directly by phone or email, please feel free to contact us.