Whether you’re an athlete competing on the field or a die-hard fan cheering from the stands, sports are the nation’s pastime. At Lindenwood University, you’ll discover how you can blend your passion for athletics with medical science by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training.
ABOUT ATHLETIC TRAINING
Athletic trainers are allied healthcare professionals who specialize in the prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, and therapeutic rehabilitation of athletic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers work with physicians and other healthcare professionals to provide athletes and patients with proven and effective sports medicine services. The athletic training program at Lindenwood University has been continually accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) since its inception in 2003.
EARNING A DEGREE IN ATHLETIC TRAINING AT LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY
Lindenwood University offers a Bachelor of Science in athletic training, which involves a dynamic, blended learning experience with a strong course curriculum and diverse set of clinical rotations. Highlights of our specialized program include:
- Small athletic training class sizes (usually less than 15)
- Easy accessibility to faculty and staff, creating an environment that is proven to help students succeed
- Early student engagement in clinical rotations
- On-campus opportunities within one of the largest and most culturally diverse athletic departments in the nation
- Off-campus opportunities to learn and work alongside athletic trainers, physicians, and other healthcare professionals in professional, semi-professional, and youth athletic organizations; high schools; physical therapy clinics; and many more
The rigorous academic curriculum and diverse clinical rotations are invaluable to our program and our students. Our athletic training students will have their clinical skills evaluated on a continual basis, and with our extensive staff and clinical settings, students have unlimited opportunities to learn in authentic settings from some of the most well-trained and respected professionals in the field.
APPLYING TO THE PROGRAM
The athletic training program at Lindenwood University has a secondary application process for prospective students that is in addition to the University’s application for general admission. All prospective students, including current Lindenwood University students and transfer students, must complete the pre-professional requirements and the application process prior to gaining formal acceptance into the professional athletic training program. The athletic training program is limited to accepting twenty-five new students into the program each year.
Lindenwood University Students: Students attending Lindenwood University as first-time college students will complete all program admission requirements during his/her first year and will apply to the program during the spring semester. This first year is considered the pre-professional phase of the program and requires the completion of several courses. Once accepted into the professional program, students will have three years of coursework and clinical rotations beginning in the fall semester.
Transfer Students: Students transferring to Lindenwood University can complete all program admission requirements prior to attending Lindenwood University and can apply to the program during the spring or summer semesters. Once accepted into the professional program, students will have three years of coursework and clinical rotations beginning in the fall semester.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH AN ATHLETIC TRAINING DEGREE FROM LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY?Graduates of our accredited program will take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination to become certified as an athletic trainer. The information below outlines some of our program outcomes and the increasing employment possibilities for our graduates.
- Our students’ average BOC first time pass rate over the last three years (2015-2017) is 80%. This information is also available through CAATE, as well as outcomes from other athletic training programs.
- Exceptional graduate placement rates
- Faster than average job growth: Bureau of Labor Statistics estimate athletic training employment opportunities are expected to increase by more than 20% from 2014-2024
Certified graduates find immediate and future employment in a number of settings, including, but not limited to:
- Professional organizations (NFL, NHL, MLB)
- Secondary Schools
- Physician Practice
- Hospitals & Clinics
- Occupational Health
- Health and Public Safety
- Performing Arts
In addition to the above list, many of our graduates pursue a master’s degree in a related area while working as a graduate assistant certified athletic trainer at colleges and universities across the nation.
If you have an interest or questions regarding the program on the St. Charles campus, please contact the Program Director, Tom Godar. He can be contacted by phone at (636) 949-4628 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.