Athletic Training

Attention:

***As nationally mandated by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), professional athletic training education is transitioning from the Bachelor’s level to the Master’s level. Therefore, students wishing to pursue athletic training are advised to enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology program. Prerequisite courses for a Masters of Athletic Training degree are built into the undergraduate program in Kinesiology. Our final undergraduate cohort is anticipated to graduate on May 14, 2022 and our undergraduate program will officially close on June 30, 2022. Miami University has offered an accredited undergraduate program since 1981 and it’s bittersweet to be nearing the close of the undergraduate curriculum. However, we are in the process of proposing an accredited program at the Master’s level and look forward to once again offering an Athletic Training degree. We hope to welcome our first graduate cohort in Summer 2022. More specific details on the Master of Athletic Training program are forthcoming, but feel free to contact Eric Brooks (brooksek@MiamiOH.edu) for more information.***

Student Learning Outcomes

• Students will construct a confident educational foundation of the knowledge necessary in performing the duties of an Athletic Trainer. 

• Students will use evidence to inform practice.

• Students will demonstrate competence in the practical skill necessary for performing the duties of an Athletic Trainer.

• Students will integrate educational foundation and practical skill in clinical practice.

• Students will model the appropriate behavioral and social attitudes necessary in an athletic training practice environment. 

• Students will develop the competence needed for the care of culturally diverse patients.

• Students will partner and collaborate with students and practitioners of other health professions.

• Students will promote and demonstrate acceptable standards of ethical conduct for professional practice as detailed by the NATA Code of Ethics, The BOC Standards of Professional Practice, and the state of Ohio’s Laws and Rules Regulating the Practice of Athletic Training. 

• Students will value life-long learning through involvement in a number of professional development opportunities which include (but are not limited to) the Greater Cincinnati Athletic Trainers’ Association (GCATA), the Greater Dayton Athletic Trainers’ Association (GDATA), the Ohio Athletic Trainer’s Association (OATA), the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA), and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). 

• Students will meet and exceed the standards of the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.

 

The mission of the Athletic Training Program (ATP) at Miami University is to prepare educated professional athletic trainers through academic and clinical education in which students develop competency and proficiency of entry-level skills for successful completion of the Board of Certification (BOC) examination and placement within the athletic training profession. We seek to advance highly competent healthcare providers who integrate current evidence, clinical expertise, and patient values in practice.

caate logoStudents will develop skills in prevention, clinical evaluation, immediate care, therapeutic intervention, and administration.Areas of study include anatomy,biomechanics, therapeutic exercise, and modalities.In addition to the formal course requirements, clinicalproud member experiences under the direct supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)are required to successfully fulfill the program requirements and to attain competency and proficiency of the required skills.Assistance is available to all students admitted into the program in finding placements to complete the clinical requirement. This requirement will be attained through scheduled clinical experiences with assigned clinical preceptors. Placements shall include practices and competitions with Miami University Intercollegiate Athletics, local high schools, clinics, and other affiliated clinical rotation sites.
The Athletic Training major at Miami University leads to the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Students who successfully complete this Athletic Training Program (ATP) will be qualified and eligible to take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.

Course Requirements

BOC Exam Scores

Institutions are required by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) to provide data for the three most recently completed exam cycles. For exam cycles 2018-19 through 2020-21, our CAATE-documented three-year aggregate first-time pass rate is 84%. Our three-year aggregate overall (regardless of number of attempts) pass rate is 100%. These percentages are based on the exam cycles below:

2020-21

Number of students graduating from the program who took BOC Exam = 7
Number of students who passed Exam on first attempt = 7 (100%)
Overall number of students who passed Exam regardless of number of attempts = 7 (100%)

2019-20

Number of students graduating from the program who took BOC Exam = 5
Number of students who passed Exam on first attempt = 2 (40%)
Overall number of students who passed Exam regardless of number of attempts = 5 (100%)

2018-19

Number of students graduating from the program who took BOC Exam = 7
Number of students who passed Exam on first attempt = 7 (100%)
Overall number of students who passed Exam regardless of number of attempts = 7 (100%)

Employment/Placement Rates

Institutions are required by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) to provide the program’s employment/placement rate for the most recent three graduating cohorts within 6 months of graduation.

2020-2021

Number of students who graduated from program = 7
Number of students employed as an Athletic Trainer = 7 (100%)
Number of students not employed due to enrollment in a degree program = 0 (0%)

2019-2020

Number of students who graduated from program = 5
Number of students employed as an Athletic Trainer = 5 (100%)
Number of students not employed due to enrollment in a degree program = 0 (0%)

2018-2019

Number of students who graduated from program = 7
Number of students employed as an Athletic Trainer = 5 (71%)
Number of students not employed due to enrollment in a degree program = 2 (29%)

Retention & Graduation Rates

Institutions are required by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) to provide the program’s retention and graduation rates for the most recent three academic years. Retention Rate measures the percentage of students who have been admitted to the professional program who return to the institution to continue their studies the following academic year. Graduation Rate measures the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree seeking students by showing the percentage of these students who complete their degree within 150% of normal time for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

2020-21

Number of students initially admitted to program = 12
Number of students who returned for their second year in program = 7 (58%)
Number of students who ultimately graduated from program = 7 (58%)

2019-20

Number of students initially admitted to program = 10
Number of students who returned for their second year in program = 5 (50%)
Number of students who ultimately graduated from program = 5 (50%)

2018-19

Number of students initially admitted to program = 12
Number of students who returned for their second year in program = 8 (67%)
Number of students who ultimately graduated from program = 7 (58%)

 

What Our Students Say

Alex Wold

Alex Wold

Athletic Training major

"I chose to go into athletic training because I love sports, I've been around them my whole life, and love being able to help an athlete get back to achieving their goals after an injury...
 

"At Miami, I have been working with our various intercollegiate teams since my sophomore year and have had a ton of hands on learning and great professional experiences. It's one thing to learn about injuries and special tests in the classroom, but it is even better when you are out at practice seeing the injury that was discussed in class occur right in front of you and the steps that happen after an injury occurs.

"Now as an athletic training student, I haven't exactly had the typical college experience. During the week I not only have class and homework, but practice with a team as well which can sometimes include traveling or weekend games. Although it is a big time commitment and I have more responsibilities than other students, the opportunities and professional experiences I have had are priceless and have put me in a great place to succeed after I graduate in May and start working as a graduate assistant athletic trainer with a brand new D1 football program in Georgia. Just have to pass my certification exam first."

Michelle Perry

Michelle Perry

Athletic Training major

"As someone that came into college with a strong desire to get involved in the medical field and an equally strong passion for sports, athletic training has given me the best of both worlds...

Not only am I gaining hands-on experience with Division-1 athletes, but I’m also learning how to become a medical professional everyday in the training room.

Athletic training is such a unique major because the time spent on the field and in the training room is sometimes far more valuable than anything you can learn in the classroom.

Throughout my time as an athletic training major thus far, I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of Miami University athletic teams in addition to spending a semester at a high school. One of my favorite aspects about my major are the strong relationships that I’ve built with the Certified Athletic Trainers at Miami and the tight-knit group of athletic training students that have become some of my best friends.

 A few more facts about me:

  • President, Miami University Student Athletic Training Association (MUSATA)
  • Newcomer of the Year, 2013, Miami University Athletic Training Education Program
  • Qualifier for the Boston Marathon