Prospective Athletic Training Students
Athletic Training as a Profession
- What is an athletic trainer?
Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC) are medical professionals who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries to athletes and others who are engaged in everyday physical activities. To learn more we encourage you to visit the following websites: http://www.bocat.org and http://ww.nata.org.
- Where do athletic trainers work?
Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC) provide services to secondary schools, colleges/universities and professional sports. They can also serve sports medicine clinics, emergency rooms and hospitals, physician offices, military, performing arts and a variety of occupational settings. The most recent NATA Salary Survey had ATC respondents who represented 42 different settings.
Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP)
- How to I get into the athletic training program at Baylor University?
At Baylor, freshmen who are interested in the ATEP are considered "Candidates" for the program. In order to become a Candidate, you must apply and be accepted to Baylor University and, when being advised for registration, declare your intent to pursue Athletic Training as your primary major. The academic advisors will place you in the courses that you need to take during your Candidacy year. While at Baylor University, during the spring semester of your freshmen year, you will apply for formal admission to the professional phase of the ATEP. Your spring AT course instructors and the Program Director will help you with the application process. The application documents and procedures are also on this ATEP website. Athletic Training Students begin in the professional phase of the ATEP during the Fall semester of the sophomore year.
- When do I get to learn in the clinical setting and practice my skills with the athletes/patients?
During the semester that students are enrolled in HP 1310 and HP 1320. Students will primarily be assigned to help student-athletes at Baylor University; but they will also be assigned to other settings in order to gain experience working with a variety of patient populations.
- What if I am also interested in, pre-med, pre-PT, etc? Can I do both?
Yes, it is possible for a student to major in Athletic Training and also be pre-med, pre-PT or involved in other related pre-professional programs. These programs will require a additional courses, and possibly some course substitutions.For more information, students should talk with the AT faculty administrators and SOE academic advisors.
- Is it possible to participate in Baylor's intercollegiate athletics and be in the professional phase of the ATEP?
The ATEP requires full-time attendance (i.e., 13-20 clinical ed. hours/week, 200-300 clinical ed. hours/semester) so sport participation is discouraged. It will be difficult for a student to find time for intercollegiate athletic participation. Students will not be able to schedule their clinical education assignments around their athletic schedule. Students who wish to pursue a career in athletic training and participate in intercollegiate athletics are encouraged to investigate entry-level master's programs in athletic training (see AT program director for more information).