Athletic Training Program

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Congratulations!

The Athletic Training Most Outstanding Major award is based on academic, professional and personal excellence during the time spent at Gardner-Webb University. Congratulations to Amelia Price for being this year's winner!
 
The Athletic Training Rookie of the Year Award goes to the first year Athletic Training Student who has consistently excelled during their first year in the Athletic Training Program. Congratulations to Sarah Warren for being this year's winner!
 
The Athletic Training Service Award goes to the Athletic Training Student who best exemplifies our motto – “Extending a helping hand to those in need.” Congratulations to Amelia Price for being this year's winner!
 
The Most Improved Athletic Training Student goes to the Athletic Training Student who has demonstrated the most improvement in skill and knowledge during the past year. Congratulations to Abby Hansen for being this year's winner!

GWU’s Athletic Training Program is a CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education) accredited program and is housed in the Department of Athletic Training within the College of Health Sciences. The competitive admissions standard and limited enrollment of 36 students is an ideal environment for you to focus on education. Your educational experience will have two major parts: classroom education and clinical education. This combination of classroom learning and practice in the clinical environment will allow you build on and apply your knowledge. You will develop hands-on skills, and you’ll not only learn how to look at a problem but also how to solve it. Upon successful completion of the academic and clinical aspects of the athletic training educational program, you will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training and will then be eligible to challenge the Board of Certification's (BOC) examination.

A minimum of 128 semester hours is required for graduation: 42 hours within the major, 54-65 hours of general studies requirements, 15-18 hours of additional course requirements that include: EXSI 224, 335, and 306, Biology 203 and 204 (an additional elective hour must be completed for this to be counted as an 18 hour interdisciplinary minor), and the remainder of hours being completed as electives.

Athletic Training Program - Mission Statement

The mission of the Gardner-Webb University Athletic Training Program is to provide the highest quality education that is grounded in a Christian set of values to each and every athletic training student regardless of race, age, or gender through quality instruction and hands-on clinical experiences. Each athletic training student will be a well educated critical thinker and actively engaged in the prevention, recognition and evaluation, management/treatment and disposition, rehabilitation, organization and administration, and education and counseling for injuries occurring to athletes and physically active individuals. Upon meeting all graduation requirements and passing the Board of Certification (BOC) examination, ATSs will find themselves prepared for an entry-level position within the profession of athletic training.

Athletic Training Program Goals

  1. To prepare competent and contributing entry-level BOC Certified Athletic Trainers who can function in a variety of health settings.
  2. To provide students with a variety of quality clinical experiences.
  3. To facilitate student appreciation for the athletic training profession.
  4. To provide students with a rigorous, up to date, quality, undergraduate education in an accredited program

Athletic Training Student Learning Goals

  1. Students will use critical thinking and problem solving skills within the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains presented in both the didactic and clinical settings.
  2. Students will use effective interpersonal skills and strategies to communicate with individuals, professionals, and society.
  3. Students will encompass professional attributes that align with the foundational behaviors of professional practice.
  4. Students will engage in leadership, learning, and service to the athletic training profession as well as local, national, and global communities.

Technical Standards

The Athletic Training Program at Gardner-Webb University is a rigorous and intense, competency-based program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program.

These specific requirements are determined by National Athletic Trainer's Association-Education Council and are identified in the document "NATA Athletic Training Education Competencies." An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals in physical activity. The technical standards set forth by the Athletic Training Program 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, Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Abilities and expectations as listed in the Athletic Training Student Manual must be met by all students admitted to the Athletic Training Educational Program.

For a listing of the specific cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills necessary for successful completion of the Gardner-Webb University Athletic Training Program, please refer to the Gardner-Webb University Undergraduate Catalog and the Athletic Training Student Manual. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards (with reasonable accommodation for a student with a documented disability as determined by the Gardner-Webb University NOEL Program), the student will not be admitted into the program. For additional information regarding Technical Standards and associated forms, please refer to the Athletic Training Student Manual which is available from the Educational Program Director.

Alumni

GWU athletic training alumni are currently working with NFL football teams, colleges and universities, high schools, and physical therapy clinics. Many also choose to seek graduate assistantships at college and universities. A graduate assistantship allows athletic training students to pursue their master’s degree while gaining additional experience within the profession.

Program Outcomes for Three Year Aggregates

3-Year Aggregate

Number of Students Graduated

Number of Students taking BOC exam

Overall 3- Year Pass Rate

Overall 3-Year 1st * Pass Rate

Placement Directly After Graduation

Placement After 6 Months to One Year

2012-2014

8

8

7/8

87.5%

7/8

87.5%

Graduate School

3

Graduate School

6

Employment as AT/HS

1

Employment as AT/ HS

1

Internship

1

Employment as AT/ Clinic

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internship

0

2013-2015

9

9

8/9

89%

8/9

89%

Graduate School

2

Graduate School

4

Employment as AT/HS

1

Employment as AT/ HS

1

Internship

3

Employment at AT/Clinic

1

 

2014-2016

14

14

13/14

92.8%

12/14

85%

Graduate School

6

Graduate School

4

Employment as AT/HS

1

Employment as AT/ HS

1

Employment at AT/Clinic

1

Employment at AT/Clinic

1

 

Individual Cohort Board of Certification Results

Year

Number of Students Graduated

Number of Students taking BOC

Overall 1st Pass Rate

Overall Pass Rate

2014

4

4

3/4

75%

3/4

75%

2015

4

4

4/4

100%

4/4

100%

2016

6

4

4/4

100%

4/4

100%

 

Contact

Dr. Heather Hudson, EdD, LAT, ATC
Chair, Department of Athletic Training 
(704) 704-3810
hhudson@gardner-webb.edu