Bachelor of Science - Athletic Training

Athletic Training

Bachelor of Science - Athletic Training

The Marshall University Athletic Training Program (ATP) is under the direction of Dr. Abbey Dondanville, ATC. The ATP is fully accredited by CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education; www.caate.net).  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; www.bocatc.org).  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). Acceptance into the ATP is competitive and separate from acceptance to Marshall University.  The Bachelor of Science – Athletic Training degree provides a choice of concentration area when completing the degree.  While all concentrations meet CAATE requirements to become a certified athletic trainer, some also prepare students to enter a variety of graduate and professional programs.  For example, Comprehensive Students take only courses designed to prepare them to become certified athletic trainers (with elective hours open to declare a minor if desired), but Pre Med, Pre Physical Therapy, Pre Chiropractic, Pre Physician’s Assistant, and Occupational Health and Safety Students use the elective hours to complete undergraduate prerequisites to apply to graduate school in their chosen discipline. Lastly, students in the Safety concentration are prepared to work with patients/clients in industrial settings like construction, mining, and assembly line production.