Athletic Training (B.S.)

The Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). As part of this program, students are required to complete 800 clinical hours under the direct supervision of a qualified allied health professional. Of those 800 clinical hours, a minimum of 200 clinical hours must be completed in an equipment intensive sport. Students will be rotated through a variety of different clinical settings including but not limited to the following: men's and women's individual sports, men's and women's team sports, clinical work (such as a hospital or rehabilitation clinic), and work in a high school, college or professional sport setting. In addition to the course work, students will be required to demonstrate their proficiency in the clinical skills needed for an entry-level Athletic Trainer to complete the major requirements.
Mission Statement:
The mission of the Athletic Training program at Aquinas College is to develop, through a planned program of instructional and clinical components, quality students who are capable and competent to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) and enter this challenging allied health care field as an Athletic Trainer. BOC Certification exam pass rate: 73% 3 year pass rate (75% in 2012-2013).
Goals and Objectives:

The goals and objectives of the Athletic Training program are to:

  • Provide the student with a thorough learning experience by incorporating classroom and clinical experiences.
  • Incorporate in the student's educational experience skills and knowledge needed for an entry level Athletic Trainer including, but not limited to, injury evaluation, rehabilitation, prevention, record keeping, and treatment.
  • Develop critical thinking and clinical decision making skills needed for an entry level Athletic Trainer.
  • Impart to the student skills that will enable the athletic training student (ATS) to react in a meaningful manner to an athlete's emotional and psychological response to an injury.
  • Impart to the students a sense of professionalism and to instill in the ATS the NATA Code of Ethics and the importance of adhering to the code.
  • Assist the student in pursuing the most effective manner of relating and communicating with coaches, athletes and fellow professionals.
Recommendation Form Freshman Application   Three-year pass rates
Major Requirements     Major Checklist - pdf 4 year plan - pdf
60 semester hours in the following plus internship:
KN 149 fall only KN 349B fall only KN 440
KN 158 KN 350 spring only KN 449 fall only
KN 200 fall only KN 354 fall only KN 460 spring only
KN 249 spring only KN 356 fall only BY 155 fall only
KN 250 fall only KN 357 spring only BY 156 spring only
KN 251 fall only KN 360 spring of odd years only PG 100
KN 256 spring only KN 362 fall only PG/SY 202
KN 257 spring only KN 365 spring only And completion of clinical proficiencies
KN 349A spring only KN 366 fall only  
For further description of the classes offered, please look in the course catalog.
Necessary for Program Admission: Aquinas College Athletic Training Program Technical Standards for Admission (pdf)
For a complete description of all admission standards, please look in the course catalog.
Program Director - JoAnne Gorant, Ph.D., AT, ATC: or (616) 632-2899
Clinical Coordinator - Deb Springer, MA, AT, ATC: or (616) 632-2897
For more information, fill out our online form or contact JoAnne at or (616) 632-2899.