The athletic training major is a professional program which leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. The curriculum is designed to provide the necessary education and clinical experiences for both a professional licensure and a successful career as an athletic trainer.
Athletic Trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency management, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries and medical conditions. ATs work to optimize patient participation in athletics, work, and life’s daily activities.
ATs are listed under the allied health professions category as defined by the Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Athletic Trainer is listed in the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the “professional and related occupations” section and is considered a mid-level health care professional.
ATs earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum and are required to pass a Board of Certification (BOC) Exam. To practice as an AT, individuals must not only be credentialed nationally, but by their respective state as well.
The Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Our curriculum focuses on many aspects; including evidence-based practice, promoting professionalism, and preparing students to integrate applicable research into both didactic and clinical endeavors. However, the program is grounded in Christianity, ethics, and Biblical principles. The ultimate goal of the Harding University Athletic Training Program is to provide Christian professionals to serve in the field of athletic training.
Note: The Athletic Training Program at Harding University is no longer admitting undergraduate students. Information regarding a new Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree will be posted soon.
Harding University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) located at 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3184. The program will have its next comprehensive review during the 2020-2021 academic year.
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Coaches and students served as the medical front-runners for Harding athletics during the early years. Each sport recruited its own student athletic trainers and provided them with a small stipend, as well as hands-on experience in athletic training.
Harding University’s first athletic training room was built in 1976 when the Ganus Athletic Center was added to campus. This facility allowed the athletic training students to provide a coordinated effort in providing care to the student-athlete. It was at this time that Dr. Jim Citty began serving as the team physician.
It wasn’t until 1997 that Harding University employed its first full-time athletic training. Ronnie Harlow, a Harding graduate, was hired to provide medical coverage for the university’s athletic program, as well as oversee an internship program used to educate and prepare students for a career in athletic training. In 2000, Dr. Randy Lambeth was added to the athletic training staff and the process soon began to transition into a clinically based and accredited education program.
The Harding University Athletic Training Education Program received formal accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) in 2005.
The current facility, known as the “Jim Citty Football and Athletic Training Complex”, houses the new 3,500 square foot athletic training education clinic.
The Department of Athletic Training now employs seven (7) full-time athletic trainers, including one physical therapist.
Mission & Program Objectives
Enable students to acquire essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions for successful careers, advanced study, and servant leadership in the field of athletic training.
1 Provide Christian professionals to serve in the field of athletic training
1.1 Christian values and Biblical principles will be integrated into curriculum
1.2 Encourage students to display a Christ like attitude and servant heart
1.3 Students will conduct themselves with honor and integrity at all times
2 Provide a CAATE accredited entry-level curriculum that educates students through didactic, laboratory, and practical experiences
2.1 Curriculum will be presented in an organized, sequential and cumulative manner such that the students will learn, develop, and refine knowledge and clinical skills throughout the program
2.2 Didactic courses and laboratory experiences will be defined by the educational proficiencies and competencies designed by the Board of Certification and included in the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education guidelines
2.3 Supervised clinical experiences will occur each semester and directly relate to corresponding coursework
2.4 The curriculum will prepare students to sit for the Board of Certification Exam
3 Provide a diverse number of practical clinical experiences
3.1 Clinical rotations include experiences with both genders through a variety of age groups, clinical settings, sports, and equipment intensive activities
3.2 Students will gain appreciation for diversity among certified athletic trainers by being assigned to different Preceptors during each semester
3.3 Didactic and clinical experiences will include interaction with a variety of health care providers
4 Promote personal and professional development; as well as scholarship and community involvement
4.1 Membership into professional organizations will be encouraged
4.2 Professionally relevant topics and current issues will be presented by a variety of professionals
4.3 Attendance at seminars, workshops, and conferences will be encouraged
4.4 Graduates will be prepared for the athletic training profession and/or professional schools
5 Prepare students to integrate research into academic and clinical practice through acquisition, use, and application of evidence-based medicine
6 Provide a faculty and staff of the quality and quantity that will aid students in their preparation for careers in the athletic training field
6.1 Feedback from graduates and employers will be positive in all areas of student education and experience
Board of Certification (BOC) chart
During the final semester of the athletic training program, students take the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination. Students must pass this exam and/or meet state licensing requirements prior to practicing within the athletic training profession. All CAATE accredited athletic training programs must meet or exceed a three year aggregate of 70% first-time pass rate on the BOC exam. All pass rates must be posted and readily available on the program's home page.