Culver-Stockton College offers a bachelor's of science degree with a major in athletic training, which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Successful completion of this program will provide eligibility, for students to take the Board of Certification examination.
As a recognized allied-health profession, athletic training and the athletic training educational program require intense and rigorous study and clinical skill application. However, small classes (about 8:1) provide intensive learning with extensive personal attention. Due to the mental and physical demands of the profession and the curriculum students must be aware of and ensure that they can meet all technical standards. These technical standards establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program's accrediting agency.
Accreditation standards also require formal admission into this program; therefore, students must be formally admitted before registering for any athletic training courses above the 100 level. Students must complete a prescribed list and sequence of didactic coursework for the bachelor's degree, as well as complete supporting clinical experiences. Students will progress from observing and interacting with other health care professionals to demonstrating clinical proficiency in areas such as, but not limited to, risk management, clinical diagnosis, psychosocial intervention, nutritional counseling, injury management/treatment, and rehabilitative medicine. During the student’s education, they will interact with allied health professionals and patients in collegiate and high school sports medicine settings, as well as other physically active individuals in clinical, surgical, and out-patient facilities. Athletic training majors often combine this major with pre-physical therapy, pre-med or biology.
What can I do with this major?
If you are interested in working with athletic teams and physically active patient populations in a health care arena, then you will find a career in athletic training very satisfying. Athletic training majors have several career options working with physicians and other allied health care personnel in educational settings, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics, and other health care settings. For example, recent graduates have gone on to graduate school at Western Illinois University, Kansas State University, and Emory University; gained entrance into physical therapy school at the University of Missouri, Rockhurst University, and Southwest Baptist University; gained entrance into physician assistants school at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale;or have been hired by two of our clinical rotation sites at Advance Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, Quincy, Ill., and Quincy Medical Group Sports and Rehab, Quincy, Ill.
For a complete listing of the course offerings and requirements for an athletic training major, please see the current academic catalog.