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
The mission of the Ball State University Athletic Training Program is to provide quality education which will create life-long learners who are committed to delivering high-quality patient-centered care within an interprofessional health care team. We aspire to develop students who are dedicated to maintaining involvement within the profession through clinical practice and service.
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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Our program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) in Austin, Texas. Learn more
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.
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
- Hospitals and Specialty Clinics (Including rehabilitation to active individuals.)
- Private Companies/Governmental Agencies
Paying for Your Education
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.
Additional Costs Associated with the Program
There are extra costs associated with the Ball State University Athletic Training Program once admitted to the professional phase of the program. These costs are in addition to tuition, room and board, and fees charged by the university, and include the following:
- Lab Fees ($30 per course) for AT 196, AT 240, AT 372, and AT 373.
- Lab Pack required for AT 250 which contains taping supplies ($78)
- Transportation costs required for travel to off-campus clinical education sites (gas, public transportation fees, etc.).
- Clinical Integration Proficiency (CIP) Manual (approximately $40, purchased at Hiatt Printing)
- Clothing costs to meet clinical education dress code requirements ($35-$200, as students choose).
- Annual TB test (FREE of charge at BSU Student Health Center), and other required immunizations as needed (cost varies).
- Background check fee (required for certain clinical sites) ranging from $7 (paper form) to $17.50 (online). This background check may need to be repeated every semester or yearly, depending on the clinical assignment and requirements of the clinical site.
- Annual National Athletic Trainers’ Association student membership fee ($75)
- Costs associated with maintaining current emergency cardiac care certification (adult/pediatric) for the professional rescuer (cost varies).
- Annual influenza inoculation, required for certain clinical sites ($25)
- Cost associated with attendance at professional conferences (cost varies).
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.
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.