Athletic training is the prevention, care, treatment, and rehabilitation of illness and injury in the physically active. Bethel's athletic training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education and is designed to prepare students for the Board of Certification exam and for careers as certified athletic trainers.
As a preprofessional program, application is required in fall of a student's second year. Admission requirements for this program, including the Communicable Disease Policy and specific admission standards, are availble on the Admission Requirements page.
Why should I study athletic training?
Our Athletic Training Program (ATP) prepares graduates for careers in sports medicine as Certified Athletic Trainers or to continue on to other medical fields. Students learn to integrate their Christian faith and biblical principles with the disciplines of athletic training to develop a heart of service that takes a holistic approach to care. You’ll also learn the important skills of empathetic care, critical judgment, interpersonal and group communication, and cooperation with other healthcare professionals or school staff so you’re prepared for a successful career.
What can I do with this degree?
Our graduates currently work as Certified Athletic Trainers in a variety of settings:
- Professional sports teams
- Collegiate sports teams and college wellness
- Secondary schools
- Sports medicine clinics
Some have gone on to graduate programs at:
- Mayo School of Physical Therapy
- Auburn University
- University of Oregon
- University of Minnesota
- University of Iowa
- Des Moines University School of Medicine
- University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
- Indiana State University
Some of our alumni have pursued graduate study in the following fields:
- Post Professional Athletic Training
- Exercise Physiology
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Physician Assistant
- Chiropractic Medicine
What skills will I develop?
- Critical thinking
- Mechanics of human physiology and movement
- Effective collaboration and communication with others
- Injury prevention and care strategies
- Promoting the well-being of the whole person
- Emergency response care for athletic injuries
- Motivating and encouraging athletes to aid the physical and psychological care and/or rehab
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?
On- and Off-campus Clinical Experiences
Students first experience a season with one of Bethel’s 16 sports teams, working alongside the staff athletic trainer. In addition, students connect with one of our many contacts in the metro area to gain hands-on experience in prevention and rehab settings. Our network can connect students with a site that matches their desired career goals--working with a sports team, in a clinic, or with a school.
Our students can take an interim abroad trip with the biokinetics students to Belize, Central America. This trip is specifically designed for AT and biokinetics students to introduce a wide range of integrative medicinal practices from several cultures, to aid in holistic treatment of your athletes.