Associate Professors: Brian Hortz, Eric Winters
Assistant Professors: Gail Murphy, Tiffany Ozbun
The athletic training major is a curriculum that facilitates student understanding within the area of human health and function. Throughout this major students are challenged to make use of contemporary theories in order to comprehend the principles from which human health is restored, maintained, and enhanced. Substantive knowledge within the subject is reinforced through simulated clinical practice in which students prepare appropriate intervention strategies for selected dysfunctions. During the second and fourth year students must complete a seminar course (PHED 350-91) within which they observe the practices of a clinical expert within one of the various fields associated with the body of knowledge.
Required courses: BIOL 334, PHED 172, 204, 325, 340, 344, 345, 350, 420, 421, 435, 438, 439, 441.
Course Progression. The athletic training major is a curriculum that, in general, develops according to a desired progression. For this reason many students will be well served if they follow a suggested course progression. This suggested course progression however is not mandated by the major. During the first year, athletic training students should consider completing, PHED 172, 204, and 340. During the second year the student may complete PHED 441, 344, and 350-91. The third year student should consider completing PHED 325, 420, 421, and 435. This progression allows the fourth-year student to complete the major by finishing the upper division BIOL 334 and PHED 345, 438, 439, and a second section of 350-91. While this course progression is desirable for many students, clearly there will be a variety of situations that require students to alter their individual course progression. Prospective majors are invited to consult with a member of the athletic training faculty for additional guidance.
Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP). The student who chooses to major within athletic training might also have the option to apply to our Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP). The ATEP is a competitive and intensive program that extends the athletic training major in order to facilitate student progression within patient care. The ATEP is designed to provide selected students with an opportunity to become an Athletic Trainer.
The Denison University ATEP is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of our program and the National Athletic Trainers' Association is to enhance the quality of health care that is provided to individuals who are physically active by working closely with physicians and other allied health professionals. Before a student can practice athletic training as a professional, the student must graduate from an accredited ATEP and pass the national certification examination. Many states also require athletic trainers to obtain a professional license prior to initiating their practice in athletic training. Please note, the Denison University ATEP will not be accepting applications after the 2012 - 2013 academic year. The ATEP will be terminated after the 2016 graduating class.
Athletic training majors who are not formally admitted into the ATEP will not be eligible to take this national certification examination upon graduation. Therefore students who express a desire to become athletic trainer upon graduating from Denison University must prepare an ATEP application prior completing their first year of undergraduate school. The first required step in preparing this ATEP application is to follow exactly the desired course progression presented previously. Students who are interested in this ATEP can contact Dr. Winters for admission material and procedures. Students can also refer to the Denison University ATEP web-site for admission information at www.denison.edu/athletics/departments/physicaleducation/atep_home.html [link1].
It is expected that ATEP students will successfully complete all requirements within three years of being admitted. In order to be eligible for graduation from this ATEP, students must satisfy each of the following criteria.
Formally admitted into the ATEP.
Be compliant with the ATEP Technical Standards.
Maintain professional malpractice liability insurance policy.
Have transportation to external professional experience sites.
Adhere to the profession's ethics.
Complete annual blood borne pathogen workshop.
Satisfy all requirements for graduation established by the University.
Earn a minimum grade of C- in each of the required courses.
Accrue 3-semester hours of academic credit by completing each of the six clinical education courses, PHED 350-81 through PHED 350-86
External Professional Experiences
Acquire 40 hours of observation at an assigned family medical clinic.
Acquire 20 hours of observation at an assigned orthopedic clinic.
Acquire 20 hours of observation at an assigned podiatry clinic.
Acquire 20 hours of observation at an assigned high school.
Acquire 20 hours of observation at an assigned physical therapy clinic.
Clinical Field Experience
Achieve at least 590 hours of supervised clinical field experience. These hours are accumulated within the clinical education course series PHED 350-81 through PHED 350-86.