Athletic Training

BVU’s athletic training program prepares students to serve in a wide variety of health professions. Students are provided with a sound, multi-disciplinary foundation that encourages them to think critically, express ideas fluently, and conduct themselves professionally.

Real athletes, real care

BVU’s athletic training students work with real patients and put their skills into action rather than watching or observing from afar. While working with BVU’s sports teams, athletic training students get the chance to be involved in every facet of a student-athlete’s care – from injury evaluation all the way through rehabilitation.

BVU's athletic training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) which prepares students to take the Board of Certification exam upon program completion.

  • Note: The program has been placed on probation as of February 19, 2016, by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. Due to recent BVU student success on the Board of Certification exam, CAATE will review probationary status in February 2017. In addition, we are preparing for re-accreditation of our athletic training program in 2018-2019. If you have any questions regarding this probationary status, please contact the program director, Shinichiro “Shinbo” Sugiura at sugiura@bvu.edu or 712.749.2030.

Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers in:

  • College athletic programs
  • High school athletic programs
  • Professional sports
  • Physician’s offices
  • Physical therapy clinics

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Compete and Treat

There aren’t many programs in the NCAA Division III that allow those studying athletic training to be student-athletes. BVU's athletic training students are not only allowed to be athletes, but are encouraged to do so.

Boundless Opportunities

After becoming a certified athletic trainer, many BVU athletic training students further their education and go on to attend medical school or work as a physician’s assistant or in field of occupational therapy.

Top Equipment and Resources

The program works hard to continually expand its equipment and resources to help expose students to as much as possible. One of the program’s best assets is the size and varied backgrounds of the faculty and staff.

Program Admission

To open the application process, the applicant must enroll in course EXSC 160- Observation. This is the managing course for the Student Mentorship Experience. Completion of this program is required for application. Application for admission to the Athletic Training Education Program is contingent upon several factors including the student satisfactorily completing the following prerequisites:

  1. Completion of written application.
  2. Two rotations of athletic training directed observation Student Mentor Experience, with four (4) evaluations from observations turned into ATEP Director.
  3. A 2.50 major grade point average (GPA) in courses required for the major while maintaining good academic standing in accordance with the university catalog.
  4. At the time of application, a student must have taken or be currently enrolled in EXSC 140 Functional Human Anatomy, EXSC 160 Athletic Training Observation, EXSC 170 Fundamentals of Athletic Training, EXSC 173 Techniques of Athletic Training and EXSC 251 First Aid & Injury Prevention.
  5. Two letters of recommendation (not to be written by any member of the Athletic Training Education Program Review Committee) are required to support the candidacy of the student in the ATEP. The form for the letter will be provided.
  6. Completion of the BVU Technical Standards form.
  7. Applicants will be scheduled for a formal interview with the Athletic Training Education Review Committee consisting of the Athletic Training Education Program Director, Clinical Education Coordinator, Certified members of the BVU Athletic Training staff, and Selected Athletic Training Students. Interview times will be announced following a review of applications.
  8. Demonstration of appropriate clinical performance and conduct, including:
    • punctuality
    • reliability and responsibility
    • appearance and proper dress
    • communication skills
    • training room attitude and discipline
    • initiative
    • cooperative work ethic

For further information, please visit www.nata.org.

Program Outcomes

2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 3-Year Aggregate
Number of students graduating from the program 10 5 3 18
Number of students from the program who took the examination 9 5 3 17
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 4 5 2 11
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 44.44 100 66.67 64.71
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 4 5 2 11
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 44.44 100 66.67 64.71

Get Noticed

Make an impact in the healthcare industry

Athletic trainers are in high demand, due in part because of how much more we know about injuries and healthcare today than in the past. Athletic trainers around the country continue to demonstrate their value over and over again to athletes, coaches, physicians, and school systems.

Internships

  • NASA: Johnson Space Center
  • Cherokee Regional Medical Center
  • Integrity Physical Therapy

Careers

  • Rehab and health science specialist
  • Assistant professor of exercise science - sports medicine
  • Northwest director of sports performance
  • Head athletic trainer

Graduate School

  • University of Missouri
  • Western Illinois
  • University of South Dakota
  • Northeastern University
  • Des Moines University

Major in Exercise Science: Athletic Training (55 credit hours)

  • BIOL 142 Introduction to Human Physiology or BIOL 163 Biological Principles I & BIOL 164 Biological Principles II
  • BIOL 430 Human Anatomy
  • CHEM 151 General Chemistry I
  • EXSC 140 Functional Human Anatomy
  • EXSC 160 Athletic Training Observation
  • EXSC 170 Fundamentals of Athletic Training
  • EXSC 173 Introductory Techniques in Athletic Training
  • EXSC 205 Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training I
  • EXSC 251 First Aid and Injury Prevention
  • EXSC 272 Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training
  • EXSC 273 Theeapeutic Exercise and Reconditioning
  • EXSC 304 Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training II
  • EXSC 305 Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training III
  • EXSC 306 Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training IV
  • EXSC 310 Nutrition
  • EXSC 333 Lower Extremity Evaluation
  • EXSC 334 Upper Extremity Evaluation
  • EXSC 335 Selected Topics in General Medicine and Pharmacology
  • EXSC 350 Biomechanics of Human Motion
  • EXSC 352 Exercise Physiology with Lab
  • EXSC 405 Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training V
  • EXSC 406 Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training VI
  • EXSC 444 Organization and Administration of Athletic Training
  • PSYC 100 General Psychology or PSYC 102 The Science of Psychology

Faculty

Shinichiro “Shinbo” Sugiura

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

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Dominic Worrell

Instructor of Exercise Science

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Lisa Bengtson

Clinical Education Coordinator/Instructor

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Katie Frick

Instructor of Exercise Science

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Dominic Morales

Instructor of Athletic Training

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