Athletic Training

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    • Majors: Exercise Science • Exercise Science: Pre-Physical Therapy • Athletic Training • Athletic Training: Pre-Physical Therapy • Health and Fitness Management

      The athletic training program combines coursework with a clinical experience to prepare students to be athletic trainers.

       

      What you'll learn


      Capital's athletic training program is carefully sequenced to allow students to master knowledge and skills. Small class sizes and one-on-one clinical instruction are important factors in student development. That's why our faculty members take on three pivotal roles in your education — classroom teacher, clinical instructor and advisor. This gives them insight into your educational and professional goals, and your academic ability so they can challenge, support and guide you when you need it.

      Through classroom and clinical experiences, the athletic training major is designed to develop evidenced-based practitioners that incorporate evidence, their clinical skills and the needs of the patient to maximize patient outcomes. 

      As an athletic training major, you'll study human anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, personal health, nutrition, care and prevention of athletic injuries, athletic training practices, orthopedic taping and bracing, therapeutic modalities, therapeutic exercise, medical aspects of athletic training, administration of athletic training programs, biomechanics, exercise physiology and principles of strength and conditioning. 

      Explore the program and course descriptions in our online course bulletin.    


       

      High-Impact Practices: Internships and Clinical Experiences

      Accreditation — Capital's athletic training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). It's an honor we've earned every year since 1990, and we're one of the few colleges or universities in Central Ohio with CAATE accreditation.


      All students complete a clinical experience under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer. The clinical experience includes rotations with intercollegiate sports, sports medicine clinics, high schools, physician’s offices and corporate settings. Students complete clinical proficiencies each semester to advance to the next clinical assignment.

      As early as your first year, you will participate in directed observations that will introduce you to the athletic training profession and Capital’s athletic training curriculum. Students are required to formally apply for the program at the end of their first year. 


      Prerequisites for Program Admission


      You know you want to be an athletic trainer, and that's the major you've chosen. What happens next?  

      Athletic training is a competitive and challenging pre-professional program. But the rewarding career that awaits those who successfully complete the program makes it worth the effort. While you can declare your major as soon as you're accepted to Capital, you still must formally apply and be admitted to the program. Admission to the program takes place at the end of your second semester. Here are some of the things we consider when evaluating candidates:

      • Your performance in certain early courses will help us gauge whether you'll be successful in the athletic training program. So, you'll need to successfully complete 24 semester hours of undergraduate courses, including Biology 151, Chemistry 101, HSPTS 161, HSPTS 289 and HSPTS 260. 
      • You'll need a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 when you apply to the program.
      • You'll be formally interviewed, and you'll be asked to submit two letters of recommendation with your application to the program.
      • Practical application of what you're learning is critical to athletic training, so you'll need to complete a directed observation program prior to the application deadline. An observation program includes at least five practice observations during the year and one game observation. Make sure you keep a journal detailing the directed observations, because we'll want to see that, too.    

      Other things you'll need to provide before you're admitted to the program: 

      • Proof that your immunizations are up to date 
      • Proof of liability insurance 
      • Verification that you've read the Technical Standards Policy in the Student Athletic Training Manual and meet the technical standards with or without reasonable accommodations 
      • Verification you understand the communicable disease policy
      • Coverage of program-specific fees for athletic training attire, personal medical equipment, liability insurance, transportation to clinical sites and National Athletic Trainers Association membership 
      Once you're admitted to the program, your faculty members will evaluate you each semester based on your grade point average, combined scores in your clinical experiences and assignments, and grades in athletic training coursework. 

      Through the remaining three years of the program, you'll continue to gain hands-on clinical experience under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer. This will allow you to apply in the field what you're learning in the classroom. Under the direction of the team physician and supervision of certified athletic trainers, you'll also have the opportunity to coordinate the prevention, recognition, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.  
    • Our professors bring out the best in you. We won't lie. They can be tough. But they're also your counselors, your mentors, and your biggest advocates. Meet a few.


    • Bonnie Goodwin

      Assistant Professor

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      Contact

      Health and Sports Sciences
      Capital Center
      104B

      614-236-6667
      bgoodwin@capital.edu

      • Biography

        Bonnie Goodwin wears many hats at Capital. She is department chair of Health and Sport Sciences, clinical coordinator of the athletic training program, assistant professor and student advisor. She teaches several courses within the athletic training curriculum, including therapeutic exercise, therapeutic modalities, administrative aspects of athletic training and clinical instruction.

        Goodwin joined the faculty at Capital 23 years ago. Prior to that, she spent three years teaching at Providence College in Rhode Island. Goodwin earned her undergraduate degree at Ohio University and a Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences at the University of Florida. She has worked as an athletic trainer with the U.S. Women's Soccer Team, and she is a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

        As department chair, Goodwin spends much of her time advising students, and she insists that her "door is always open." She's proud of the department's hands-on approach to learning, and its ability to match clinical placements with a student's personality and learning style.

      • Teaches

        Therapeutic Exercise
        Therapeutic Modalities
        Administrative Aspects of Athletic Training
        Clinical Instruction

      • Degrees

        Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences, University of Florida
        Bachelor of Science, Ohio University

    • The Path to a Dream Job: From Columbus to Pittsburgh to Ann Arbor


      Christie-Lee Miller may be from Pittsburgh, but she's a big fan of the city of Columbus. Ohio's capital city is one of the many things that attracted her to Capital University in 2004. 

      "Columbus is pretty awesome, and you're only five minutes from downtown," she said. Other big draws were the ability to study athletic training while participating as a track and field student-athlete and the large number of internship opportunities in the area. Not to be overlooked, the small class sizes were a big plus as well.

      Today, Miller is work at her dream job as an athletic trainer at the University of Michigan, where she has worked with the women's lacrosse, track and field and cross country teams. Prior to accepting the position at a major university, Miller interned with the Columbus Crew and the Columbus Destroyers, and at summer camps at The Ohio State University. After earning her undergraduate degree in athletic training from Capital, she went on to obtain a master's degree in sports medicine and nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh.

      Even though Miller is living her dream at a Big Ten school, don't be fooled. She is a strong advocate for the individual attention and small classes Capital provided. "You get as much or more experience at Capital," she said. "Because it's a smaller school, you have more access and opportunity to work closely with the head athletic trainer."  


      The Best Decision of My Life


      Student-Success-200x300-Athletic-TrainingKelly Leonard will graduate from Capital University this spring, which makes this a time to plan for tomorrow, but also a time to reflect on today. 

      "Coming here was the best decision of my life," Leonard, pictured in yellow at right, said about choosing the athletic training program at Capital. "I would do it all over again. I'm sad that I only have one semester left."

      For the past four years, Leonard has been pursuing a degree in athletic training while also playing on the women's volleyball team. Both are commitments that require a hefty dose of time management. This past summer she took advantage of another opportunity — interning in the Sports Metrics Program at Cincinnati Sports Medicine, where she worked closely with high school athletes. "It gave me a better look at the different groups of people you can serve and the variety of settings you can work in," she said. "I worked with specific sports teams, so I was doing conditioning and working with the high school athletes."

      With graduation just a few months away, Leonard is focused on the next step she need to take to achieve her educational and professional goals: a master's degree. She's currently applying to graduate schools, and hopes to land a graduate assistantship in athletic training while earning her master's. Both will move her father along the path toward her long-term goal of working at a college. As the process unfolds, Leonard can't help but express her gratitude for the many people who helped her through the undergraduate years. "I really enjoyed the professors here at Capital," she says. "Bonnie (Goodwin) is always willing to help any student."

  • Board of Certification Examination Results

    In order to obtain a certification in athletic training, a person must be a graduate of an athletic training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and must also pass the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination. Information regarding this process is available at www.bocatc.org. The data for graduates of the Capital University ATP and BOC data are presented in the tables below. 

     Athletic Training Program Data from Capital University 2012 Graduates  2013 Graduates    2014 Graduates
     Program Graduates 11 4 4
     Graduates Attempting BOC Exam  10 (91%)  4 (100%)  4 (100%)
     First Time Pass on BOC Exam  9 (90%)  4 (100%)  4 (100%)
     Total Pass on BOC Exam  9 (90%)  4 (100%)  4 (100%)
     BOC 2011-2012 Reporting Year  2012-2013 Reporting Year    2013-2014 Reporting Year
     Exams Taken in Period 4886 4955 4975
     Total Candidates  4886  4096  4110
     First Time Candidates  3222  3635  3680
     First Time Passing  2653  2939  3049
     First Time Passing Rate  82.30%  80.85%  82.85%

    Source: Board of Certification PASS Reports