Athletic Training Program

AT Students

Athletic Training Program

The ESU Athletic Training Program is fully accredited through Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Prospective Student Information

In order to be accepted into the Athletic Training Program, the students must apply and be admitted to the program. See the requirements for the AT program listed below.

Pre-Professional Phase, Phase I
Students interested in pursuing the major of Athletic Training must meet the admission requirements for Emporia State University to enter Phase I. Classroom instruction, clinical observation, and directed clinical experiences formulate the pre-requisites for admission to Phase II. The primary purpose of the Phase I program is to help students gain insight, knowledge, responsibility, and understanding of the athletic trainer’s role. During Phase I, students are provided the information and opportunity necessary to determine if they wish to continue with athletic training education. The student must have completed (or be in progress) HL 150, HL 155, PY 100, and GB 140/141. Students must also take either CH 120/121 or CH 123/124, however, students needing more than one semester of Chemistry for post-bachelor's degrees (e.g. Physical Therapy) should enroll in Chemistry I with lab in order to be ready for Chemistry II.  Prerequisite courses should be completed with a cumulative GPA of a B- (2.7) or better and a minimum grade of a C in PE 271 and 272.

Phase I Application - Applications are due by August 1st of the first academic attendance year

Professional Phase, Phase II
Phase II, the Professional Program, requires three years of study. Theoretical concepts and skills related to athletic training are presented in classroom, clinical, and field experiences. Completion of the Professional Program enables students to take the BOC examination. Once students have completed the prerequisite coursework in the Pre-Professional Phase, made application to the Professional Phase (Phase II) and are accepted into Phase II, then the student is admitted into Phase II. Students typically apply to the AT Program during the Spring semester of the Freshman year. Transfer students must apply in the spring semester prior to transferring.

Phase II Application - Applications are due by March 1st of the Spring semester prior to beginning the professional phase.

Policies and Documents - Additional application material

Clinical Education Information

Athletic Training Course Sequence

Contact Athletic Training Advisor

Matt Howe
Phone: 620-341-5499
Email:mhowe@emporia.edu

Philosophy of Education

Central to the Athletic Training Program's educational philosophy is the belief that all instruction should empower students as learners. Therefore, through the provision of both support and challenge, the program will encourage students to take responsibility for their learning and to engage in critical thinking, problem solving, and self-reflection. Preferences for instruction are to engage students in the teaching-learning process. The program also supports and incorporates Learning over Time in its educational approach. Students are first exposed to material in the classroom and provided an opportunity to practice the skills both in the classroom and the clinical setting. After students have had an opportunity to refine their new skills, they are evaluated by approved clinical instructors to show proficiency in using these skills, enabling them to perform those skills on patients.

Athletic Training Program Mission

The mission of the program is to provide a positive learning environment with opportunities for students to master the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to succeed in the athletic training profession and to uphold the ethical standards for athletic trainers as defined by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA).

Athletic Training Program Goals and Student Outcomes

  • Goal #1: The AT Program at Emporia State University is committed to providing all Athletic Training Students (ATS) a Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited entry level curriculum that educates students through didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences.
    • Outcome 1.1: Prepare students to take the Board of Certification (BOC) national certification examination in order to become nationally certified and licensed as an Athletic Trainer.
    • Outcome 1.2: Develop and maintain a sequential and progressive curriculum that permits students to gain knowledge and clinical skills and develop and refine the knowledge and clinical skills.
    • Outcome 1.3: Integrate appropriate technology to enhance professional practice and improve communication.
  • Goal #2:The AT Program at Emporia State University prepares ATS with didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences that develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.
    • Outcome 2.1: Provide students with opportunities to analyze and synthesize current research and resources within the profession of athletic training.
  • Goal #3:The AT Program at Emporia State University promotes personal and professional development of the athletic training student.
    • Outcome 3.1: Encourage athletic training students to become members of professional organizations and attend annual state and national workshops and conventions.
    • Outcome 3.2: Develop the ability to interact and effectively communicate with athletic and medical personnel.
  • Goal #4:The AT Program at Emporia State University prepares athletic training students who demonstrate professional and ethical conduct and behavior.
    • Outcome 4.1: Adhere to the NATA Code of Ethics for all athletic training professionals.