The American Medical Association recognizes athletic training as an allied health profession, which means it belongs to a diverse group of professions that help treat and prevent health issues and promote wellness.
Athletic trainers work closely with physicians and patients. The Athletic Training program at Illinois State develops the skills and knowledge needed to help prevent, examine, and diagnose athletic injuries and conditions. By the time students complete the program, they can provide patient care and rehabilitation.
Both athletic and personal trainers work in fitness, but their roles vary. Athletic trainers have a different education, skill set, and expertise. They are able to provide medical help to patients under a physician's direction.
The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredits the Athletic Training program at Illinois State and involves five semesters of didactic and clinical education. The Athletic Training program prepares students in a state-of-the-art facility. Clinical sites include hospitals and clinics, high schools and colleges, and semi-professional sports.
Point of Pride
Illinois State's Athletic Training program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
Why study Athletic Training?
Athletic training is a growing profession. It is predicted that the workforce will need more professional athletic trainers in primary care support and outpatient rehab settings.
Athletic trainers can work in a variety of settings, including:
- Professional sports
- Health clubs
- The military
- Public safety
- Performing arts
Athletic trainers play a vital role in wellness. They specialize in mobility, injury prevention, and treatment. With their expertise and skills, they reduce time lost and health care costs.
Applying to Illinois State
The Athletic Training program is transitioning to a Master’s degree. New freshmen are no longer being admitted to the program.
Transfer students starting in fall 2019 may still apply. This will be the last group of applicants admitted to the undergraduate program.
Students applying to the Athletic Training major must:
- Fulfill university requirements up to the time of application to the ATEP Clinical Instruction Practicum
- Complete prerequisite coursework with a grade of 'C' or better;
- KNR 181, Anatomy & Physiology
- KNR 188, Introduction to Athletic Training
- KNR 188.01, Introduction to Athletic Training Laboratory - includes 30 directed observation hours
- Maintain an overall GPA of 2.70 or better, and a major GPA of 2.70 or better
- Complete an application for admittance to the ATEP Clinical Instruction Practicum
- Meet the technical standards for program admittance as described in the Physical Exam and Technical Standards Form
After meeting admission requirements, students are considered for acceptance into the clinical part of the program.
Applications are due November 30 or before. Admission to the clinical program occurs in January. The program director of Athletic Training determines eligibility for admission.
Space is limited. Applicants may receive full acceptance or could be placed on a waiting list. Highest priority goes to applicants meeting the following criteria:
- Overall and major grade point average
- Grades in prerequisite courses
- Completion of required observation hours (this is built into the grade for KNR 188.01)
- High-quality written essay (submitted with the application)
- Performance evaluations from clinical instructors
- Athletic training general knowledge examination score
- Two written recommendations from qualified individuals
- Criminal background check
- Completion of an interview with members of the athletic training faculty
The clinical program has extra fees for:
- Criminal background check
- Physical examination
- CPR certification
- Miscellaneous items associated with professional practice (such as lab supplies, transportation, and clothing)
Remaining in the Program
Clinical work starts once a student is admitted.
To remain in the program, students need to meet the following requirements:
- Complete a physical examination from a qualified physician or medical practitioner using the form provided at the time of admission to the program
- Submit informed consent for blood-borne pathogens, travel, release of information, and approved clinical hours
- A cumulative and major GPA of 2.70 or better
- Grades of "C" or better in major courses
- Grades of "C" or better on each clinical instructor evaluation
As a representative of Illinois State, students are responsible for upholding the standards and expectations of the program. This includes those published in the ATEP Handbook. Failure to uphold these standards can result in dismissal from the program.