Athletic Training Program

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About the Program

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.

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education sealGardner Webb University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program has been placed on Probation Program placed on Probation for Standard 30: program does not have the minimum required number of full-time faculty members as of October 24, 2017 by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The program has chosen to Voluntarily Withdraw its Accreditation effective June 2020. The program will remain on probation until the Withdraw is effective and the program is closed.

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.


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

Outcome2015-20162016-20172017-20183 Year Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program6118
Number of students graduating from program who took examination6118
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt5117
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt83%100%100%94.3%
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts6118
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts100%100%100%100%
Placement After GraduationGraduate School: 4
Employment as AT/Clinic: 2
Graduate School/AT: 1Employment as AT/Clinic: 1 100%

Comparative National Data for BOC Exam - First Time Pass Rate

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Test year runs from April-February.


Dr. Sarah Rabe, Ed.D., LAT, ATC
Chair/Program Director, Department of Athletic Training