The Athletic Training program at Indiana Wesleyan University is committed to developing students as critical thinkers and competent practitioners. Earning a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Athletic Training from IWU will enable you to challenge the certification examination from the Board of Certification to become a certified athletic trainer. The program is accredited by CAATE, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.
Graduates will be prepared to successfully practice as entry-level professionals in various allied health care settings related to athletic training and sports medicine. The opportunities in this field are diverse and promising. ATCs work in conjunction with physicians to clinically evaluate and diagnose injuries, prescribe rehab and implement preventative measures.
Depending on continuing education and credentials, your future career could include working as an athletic trainer for a specific team at any level of competition from high school to professional. Positions are also open at many sports performance training complexes and gyms. Job opportunities are also increasing in non-sports settings, as many top companies are seeking to prevent injuries before they happen in the industrial setting. Certified athletic trainers are increasing visible in physician's offices, serving as physician extenders.
Our program is committed to providing a quality clinical education in athletic training with a foundation stemming from a passion to see the world changed for Jesus Christ. If you love athletics and have a desire to assist in injury healing and rehabilitation, we invite you to explore IWU's Athletic Training Program.
Indiana Wesleyan University's Athletic Training Program provides traditional athletic training services in support of the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional needs of all University athletes. Our program is committed to world changing and servanthood, a high standard of care, and Christian development. The program is accredited by CAATE, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.
This is the beginning level in the Athletic Training Program. First-year majors achieve this status by declaring Athletic Training as a major and enrolling in the beginning classes in the Athletic Training curriculum.
To achieve this status, second-, third-, and fourth-year students must be accepted through an official application process. They become progressively more active in the program as proper experience and knowledge are gained. These students are assigned certain responsibilities based on their knowledge, skill level, and attitude.
Indiana Wesleyan University offers clinical experience in the following athletic areas:
Track and Field
Track and Field
Our students have the unique opportunity to participate in two internship experiences in a physician's office and hospital, where they will observe and participate in the daily operations of a physician's daily practice and work with a variety of injuries and conditions.
Our students may also obtain clinical hours under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer at a local high school.
Our students have the opportunity to work with neighboring Taylor University's sports programs, primarily football. This unique experience can give the student an appreciation for the differences in how universities deliver athletic training services.
Our students have the opportunity to gain general medical experience through the IWU Health Center and Bridges to Health, Inc. This experience presents a wide range of potential conditions and illnesses that may not be experienced or identified in traditional athletic training settings.
Our program currently operates three athletic training rooms that provide ample opportunities for our students to practice their developing skills.
For more information, contact the Indiana Wesleyan University Athletic Training Program director:
Adam Thompson, PhD, LAT, ATC
Indiana Wesleyan University
4201 South Washington Street
Marion, IN 46953-4974
|Degree Level||2013-15 3yr average number of graduates||2013-15 3yr average number of exam candidates||2013-15 3yr 1st time pass rate||2013-15 3yr any attempt pass rate|
|BOC Examination Data||2010-2011||2011-2012||2012-2013||2013-2014||2014-2015||3 year aggregate|
Number of students graduating from program
|Number of students graduating from program who took examination||15||12||8||12||6||26|
|Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt||13||11||7||6||5||18|
|Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt||87%||92%||88%||50%||83%||
|Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the # of attempts.||14||12||8||9||6||22|
|Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the # of attempts||93%||100%||100%||75%||100%||92%|
This bachelor's degree is designed to prepare the student for a career in the field of athletic training/sports medicine. The major can be completed in 8 semesters of study. The current route to become a BOC certified athletic trainer is through a CAATE accredited athletic training program. IWU's athletic training program (ATP) started in 1988 and is committed to program excellence. This is a competitive program and application alone does not guarantee admittance. Any student designating Athletic Training as their major is given a pre-athletic training major description which signifies their intent to apply to the program. The application process to this program is a two-term process. For a traditional student the application process should be started in the fall of the first year of declaring the major, with formal application being due on April 1 of the second term. Transfer students or students changing their major at spring semester are still eligible to apply to the program via the spring semester and May term application process; applications are due by May 1 of the second term. A spring to fall term applicant will have their application due December 1 of the second term. Decisions for program acceptance or denial will be made by the athletic training faculty after the application process is completed and students will be notified by mail.
A prospective student must declare an interest in athletic training as a chosen field within his/her first year of study. A student beyond his/her freshman year at IWU (e.g., changing majors) will also be considered for the program; however an additional year or two of study may be necessary to satisfy the educational and clinical requirements for CAATE as well as IWU's AT program. A transfer student may apply certain athletic training courses from another university/college towards our major if the course is acceptable to the ATP director (e.g., course content, credit hours, and description) and meets all transfer requirements by the Registrar's office. Athletic Training Program Application Procedure
All students applying to the IWU ATP must meet the technical standards of our program. Should accommodations need to be made for the student, the student must contact the athletic training program director and the Center for Student Success. The technical standards for our program are available on the athletic training web site or from the athletic training faculty. Applications are available from the athletic training faculty upon request. If a pre-athletic training student does not gain acceptance into the program on their initial application, they can repeat the application process one additional time or elect to change majors. The following criteria must be met to gain admittance into the Athletic Training Program as an athletic training student:
To remain in the Athletic Training Program as an athletic training student, the student must achieve the following standards each semester:
Any athletic training student within the program may be subject to a probationary status. A probationary status will be assigned if an athletic training student does not abide by the standards of the IWU Athletic Training Program as identified in the ATP Student Handbook. The athletic training program director is the only authority that can administer a probationary status or remove a probationary status within this program. The athletic training program director and athletic training faculty may also remove athletic training students from the program for infractions of divisional and university policies. Athletic training students may not accumulate clinical hours while on probation but may progress through the athletic training major course sequence as advised and approved by the students athletic training academic advisor.
Athletic training students must have the appropriate health forms and records on file with the athletic training program director to be considered for admittance to the Athletic Training Program. In addition, athletic training students will be required to have the following tests and vaccinations by the start of their first semester in the major (or in process to receive the vaccinations - HBV);
One of the best ways to discover a degree program is to check out the course listings. By simply clicking on the course titles below, you can get a preview of the classes you will attend as a student at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Athletic Training major requirements for graduation:
Any questions may be directed to the IWU Athletic Training Program director:
Adam Thompson, PhD, LAT, ATC
Indiana Wesleyan University
4201 S. Washington Street
Marion, IN 46953-4974
At Indiana Wesleyan University, the Athletic Training Program ministers to the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional needs of athletic training students as well as athletes. We are committed to teaching servant leadership and quality health care while integrating our emphasis in Christian development. Our faculty members are recognized leaders in the field of sports medicine. Our program's philosophy is that each faculty member will not only teach in the core curriculum but also clinically practice with one of our intercollegiate athletic teams.
IWU Team Physician and Medical Director
Dr. Hunt is a primary care sports medicine physician. His undergraduate degree was earned at Ball State University. He earned his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his Family Practice residency at Ball Memorial Hospital. After his residency, he completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship in the Ball Memorial Hospital Sports Medicine Program. Dr. Hunt is board certified by the American Board of Family Practice and is CAQ certified in Sports Medicine.
IWU Orthopedic Consultant
Dr. Trusler is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in injuries and disorders associated with the shoulder and knee. Dr. Trusler earned his undergraduate degree from Purdue University. He attended medical school at the Indiana University School of Medicine and completed an internship at the Indiana University Medical Center. His orthopedic training was done at the Indiana University Medical Center. Dr. Trusler received his fellowship training in Sports Medicine from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. After completing his fellowship in 2000, he began his practice in Noblesville, Indiana, and joined Central Indiana Orthopedics in 2007. Dr. Trusler is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
Last updated: 03/22/2016