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  • Course description
    The Athletic Training Major is designed for individuals looking to prepare for an allied health career in athletic training. In addition, the Athletic Training Major provides an added avenue for students wishing to pursue a post graduate degree in physical therapy or occupational therapy.

    The Athletic Training Major consists of 51 credits from the following courses:

    Exercise Science 249--Nutritional Concepts in Exercise Science
    Exercise Science 250--First Aid and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
    Exercise Science 251--Basic Concepts in Athletic Training
    Exercise Science 252--Clinical Affiliation I: Introduction to Athletic Training
    Exercise Science 301--General Medical Conditions
    Exercise Science 320-- Kinesiology
    Exercise Science 335--Physiology of Exercise
    Exercise Science 351--Athletic Injury Evaluation
    Exercise Science 352--Clinical Affiliation II: Lower Extremity
    Exercise Science 353--Clinical Affiliation III: Upper Extremity
    Exercise Science 354--Therapeutic Modalities
    Exercise Science 355--Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation
    Exercise Science 356--Management concepts in Health Care
    Exercise Science 450--Advanced Clinical Evaluation Training I
    Exercise Science 451--Clinical Affiliation IV: Equipment Intensive
    Exercise Science 452--Clinical Affiliation V: General Medical
    Exercise Science 453--Counseling and Pharmacology
    Biology 305--Introduction to Human Anatomy
    Biology 314--Human Physiology


    Students are required to maintain a 2.5 GPA and complete the application process to the Department of Health and Exercise Science prior to spring term sophomore year. Additionally, students must complete 1000 clock hours of clinical experience under the supervision of an approved clinical instructor. Following successful completion of this program, a student will be eligible to sit for the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) exam.

    Admission Standards

    Admission to the Athletic Training Major is regardless of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin or disability. Only applicants who have meet the minimum requirements established below will be considered for a position. The admission process will be competitive for limited positions. Admission packets may be requested from the Curriculum Director, Athletic Training Program.

        * Understand and sign the Technical Standards Form for the athletic training program.
        * A complete application--submitted before January 15th following the third semester on campus.
        * Three letters of reference--stipulating academic and leadership potential and overall character of the applicant--from the faculty at Bridgewater College.
        * Completion of a minimum of 200 "pre-placement" hours with intercollegiate athletics at Bridgewater College. These hours are used to familiarize the student with the athletic training profession and the practical requirements of the program.
        * Successful academic performance resulting in a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
        * Self-direction essay (500 words).
        * Successful completion of ES 250, BIOL 305 and ES 249 (final grade of C or above).
        * All students meeting established minimum requirements will be interviewed by the Curriculum Admission Committee.


    The Curriculum Admission Committee will interview and rank qualified applicants based on the above criteria--a democratic consensus will decide admission. Admission will not exceed a ratio of more than 8 students per Certified Athletic Trainer. Letters of admission will be sent to applicants prior to February 1.

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