Located in Huntington, West Virginia, the Marshall University Athletic Training Program (ATP) is under the direction of Dr. Joe Beckett, ATC. The ATP is fully accredited by CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education). It is a rigorous academic program that includes course work in athletic training, anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology, psychology, and other science related courses. The multifaceted program blends classroom instruction with clinical rotations where students obtain real life experience working hands-on with certified athletic trainers, physicians, physical therapists, and other allied health care professionals to provide patient care. The rigorous curriculum prepares students to take the national BOC board exam (Board of Certification Exam). A degree in Athletic Training and BOC certification offers graduates opportunities to practice in a variety of settings. These settings include, but are not limited to, high school, college, and professional athletics, outpatient clinics, industrial rehabilitation sites, physician practices, the performing arts, safety settings, and higher education.
Once a student has been admitted to Marshall University and declared athletic training as their major, they must complete specific prerequisite courses to apply for admission into the athletic training program (admission criteria). Students can review the 2015-16 Athletic Training Program Policy and Procedures Manual here. Acceptance into the ATP is competitive and separate from acceptance to Marshall University. The 2015-2016 academic year is the last year students may pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. Beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year, students will begin the Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training Program. This new program will be organized in a 3 + 2 structure. This means that during the student’s first three years at Marshall University, he/she would be taking the required MU core courses in addition to the those courses that are required to apply to the ATP including: Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, Personal Health/ Wellness, Medical Terminology, Statistics, First Aid & CPR, and Introduction to Athletic Training. During these first three years, students could also elect to take pre-requisite courses that are needed to apply to Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician’s Assistant, or Medical School. At the end of this three year period and assuming that all the ATP admission requirements have been met, Athletic Training majors would then apply to the Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training Program. Once admitted, students will have two additional years to complete all the ATP class and clinical requirements and would graduate with the Master’s degree. So, in a 5-year period, students could finish the ATP with a Master’s degree. Students presently enrolled at Marshall and having completed the ATP application requirements by the spring 2016 semester would apply to this new program at this time and be able to graduate with the Master’s degree in May 2018 assuming that all class and clinical requirements have been appropriately met. Students from other institutions who have met all the ATP admission requirements may also apply to the Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training Program.
Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions (www.NATA.org). Athletic trainers are an integral part of health care in the clinical, high school, college and professional settings. The certified athletic trainer has the medical and physiological skills necessary to provide initial assessment and treatment of injury and the foresight to reduce the risk of their occurrence.
Clinical experiences include:
- University Athletics – Fall and Spring Sports
- High School Athletics- Fall and Spring Sports
- Allied Health Care Clinical Experiences
- Orthopaedic Surgery
- Physical Therapy Outpatient/Inpatient
- Balance Center EMS Ride-a-Long
- Emergency Room
- Family Practice
The CAATE-accredited athletic training program offers classes in first aid, assessment of orthopedic injuries, health assessment, modalities, therapeutic exercise, and current trends in athletic training. An evidence-based practice approach integrated with five clinical experience rotations with collegiate sports, high school sports, and allied health clinics prepare Marshall athletic training students for the next generation of health care professionals. Many of our students go to graduate or professional school in various fields (e.g. medical school, physical therapy school, cardiac rehab, athletic training, strength & conditioning, etc.) and become dual credentialed. Marshall University serves athletic training students in West Virginia, Ohio, and the Kentucky Tri-state area.