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Athletic Training

An announcement to all prospective students:

Please note that as of June 1, 2016, students will no longer be able to declare athletic training as a major at the College of Charleston. Furthermore, students must have been enrolled at the College of Charleston during the 2015-16 academic year to be eligible for application and successful completion of all program and major requirements. These changes in the availability of the Athletic Training Education Program are pending program termination approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (CHE).



Message from the Program Director

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(843) 953-3607

Are you considering a career in healthcare? Do you have an interest in sports and working with physically active people? Are you looking to help others? Majoring in Athletic Training enables you to combine these interests while developing proficiency in clinical exam and treatment techniques as well as communication and problem-solving skills. The Athletic Training Education Program at the College of Charleston offers a unique experience. Students take courses and skills-based labs that prepare them to be immersed in hands-on patient care interactions in various clinical environments, gaining real-world experience. Students are provided the opportunity to network and develop professional relationships with many different clinicians, including certified athletic trainers, physical therapists and physicians.

Thank you for your interest in the Athletic Training major at the College of Charleston! I encourage you to spend time reviewing the information provided on our webpage. Please feel free to contact me, via email or phone, if I can answer any additional questions you may have. I sincerely urge you to consider joining the team of students, staff and faculty dedicated to improving the healthcare delivery to the physically active population at the College of Charleston, across the greater Charleston community and beyond.

I look forward to hearing from you!

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Kate Pfile, PhD, ATC, SCAT

Assistant Professor and Director of Athletic Training Education

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Athletic Training Education Program Overview

The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at the College of Charleston is a major degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education that prepares students for careers and advanced studies in athletic training, medicine (physician, physician assistant, nurse) physical therapy, and other allied health professions. This degree program also qualifies graduates to sit for the Board of Certification Examination to become a Certified Athletic Trainer (AT).

Selection for admission into the academically rigorous ATEP program at the College of Charleston is competitive. Although any College of Charleston student may declare the Athletic Training major, only those students who successfully complete the prerequisite courses, apply and are selected into the program will be eligible to complete the major degree requirements.  Please follow the link for prospective students for more information about this process.

The Athletic Training major provides each student with both an academic and hands-on clinical education. The academic component includes course work in anatomy, human and exercise physiology, kinesiology, orthopedic evaluation and assessment, pathology and treatment of illness, therapeutic modalities and therapeutic exercise, in addition to pharmacology, nutrition, counseling, and professional development. The clinical education component provides students with extensive hands-on experiences in in various athletic training employment settings both at the College of Charleston and within the greater community. ATEP students are provided the opportunity to develop their skills and gain real-world experience interacting with a physically active patient population while being mentored by a licensed healthcare provider. 


What Can You Do With a Degree in Athletic Training?

Athletic Trainers are recognized by the American Medical Association as healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Certified Athletic Trainers can be employed in a variety of settings including schools (middle and high school, two-year institutions, four-year colleges and universities) professional sports teams, rehabilitation clinics, physicians’ offices, the performing arts, military and law enforcement as well as various industrial, recreational and corporate settings.

Athletic Training majors obtain foundational knowledge for advanced studies in athletic training and other medical professions. These skills include but are not limited to patient physical examination techniques, developing a differential diagnosis, medical documentation, development and progression of a rehabilitation and reconditioning program, healthcare administration as well as communicating with patients and various healthcare providers.

Graduates of the ATEP at the College of Charleston have successfully secured jobs and placements in a variety of employment settings including:

  • High School Athletics
  • Major League Soccer
  • NCAA Division I, II and III Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Orthopedic/Sports Medicine practices as an Athletic Trainer and/or Physician Assistant
  • Outpatient rehabilitation clinics as an Athletic Trainer and/or Physical Therapist
  • Nursing
  • Community recreation leagues

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Mission Statement 

The mission of the College of Charleston ATEP is to provide students with an extensive and comprehensive didactic and clinical education from which to build a strong foundation for careers in athletic training and in fields within the healthcare arena. Our program seeks to develop scholarly clinicians and educators who aspire to positively contribute to healthcare for physically active individuals.


Curriculum


Program Outcomes and Accreditation

BOC Examination Success and Professional Placement

BOC Exam Pass Rate Table

 

2014 Graduates
2015 Graduates
2016 Graduates
3 Year Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program
11
7
5
23
Number of students graduating from program who took the exam
11
7
5
23
Number of students who passed the exam on the first attempt
10
5
5
20
Percentage of students who passed the exam on the first attempt
91%
71%
100%
87%
Number of students who passed the exam regardless of the number of attempts
11
6
5
22
Percentage of students who passed the exam regardless of the number of attempts
100%
86%
100%
96%

On average:
  • Approximately 25% of College of Charleston athletic training graduates pursue graduate degrees in athletic training, sports medicine, exercise science or related fields.  Athletic training graduates have regularly secured clinical and/or teaching assistantships to abate the expenses associated with earning a graduate degree as a result of their degree in Athletic Training and their BOC certification status.
  • Approximately 25% of our students pursue additional degrees in healthcare-related fields immediately upon graduation or within a few years after graduation.
  • Approximately 50% secure employment in an athletic training or other medical venues immediately following graduation.  

Accreditation Status

The College of Charleston’s ATEP was originally accredited in 2000 by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The program received its most recent continued accreditation status from CAATE in 2014 and will maintain this status through the submission of annual reports. 

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Clinical Education

The Clinical education component of the ATEP connects learning to real life experiences. Under the direct supervision of healthcare providers, athletic training students provide healthcare services to a variety of patient populations in a variety of athletic training settings.  In these settings students have the opportunity to integrate classroom knowledge, hands-on skills, clinical decision-making and communication with patients and healthcare providers.

Once accepted into the ATEP students enroll in ATEP 375: Clinical Education Experience in Athletic Training course series (sections 1-5). Students complete 5 semesters of the clinical education experience where each semester they obtain a minimum of 150 hours of experience to earn course credit towards the athletic training degree requirements. Each semester the ATEP Clinical Education Coordinator matches students to an approved clinical preceptor at an approved clinical education site to ensure students obtain a variety of experiences prior to graduation.

Athletic training students participate in experiences with College of Charleston Athletics as well as within the greater Charleston community. As such, students are required to have access to a reliable form of transportation to get them to and from their assigned clinical education site. 

  • Ashley Hall
  • Bishop England High School
  • Burke High School
  • Charleston Battery
  • College of Charleston Athletics
  • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
  • Garrett Academy of Technology
  • Hanahan High School
  • Imagine Physical Therapy Clinic
  • James Island Charter High School
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Military Magnet Academy
  • Porter-Gaud School
  • R.B. Stall High School
  • Rehabilitation Centers of Charleston
  • Roper St. Francis Hospital
  • Wando High School
  • West Ashley High School 

Map of Clinical Education Sites

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Prospective Students

Please note that as of June 1, 2016, students will no longer be able to declare athletic training as a major at the College of Charleston. Furthermore, students must have been enrolled at the College of Charleston during the 2015-16 academic year to be eligible for application and successful completion of all program and major requirements. These changes in the availability of the Athletic Training Education Program are pending program termination approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (CHE).

Application Process

The ATEP has a competitive admissions process requiring students to apply beyond acceptance at the College of Charleston in order to be selected into this academically rigorous program. Application to the ATEP is only available during the fall semester (mid-November application due date). Candidates seeking admission into the program must meet the selection criteria outlined below. A student meeting these selection criteria is not guaranteed admission to the program. The number of accepted students is limited based upon available supervising clinical preceptors and quality clinical education experience sites. Typically, a maximum of 15 students may be accepted each year (at the end of the fall semester).

  • Be enrolled at the College of Charleston as a declared Athletic Training major
  • Possess an overall GPA of 2.50 during the semester of application
  • Earn a grade of “B-“ or higher in ATEP 245: Athletic Training Injury Prevention and Management
  • Earn a grade of “B” or higher in ATEP 245L: Athletic Training Injury Prevention and Management Lab
  • Complete 50 hours of observation in an athletic training setting as verified by a Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Complete a confidentiality agreement
  • Hold current certifications in First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer
  • Complete a written application
  • Meet the program’s technical standards as verified by a physical examination (the physical exam will be arranged by the program after offering the applicant admission to the program)
  • Complete an interview with Athletic Training Education Program faculty and staff

Students interested in Athletic Training should enroll in ATEP 245: Athletic Injury Prevention and Management as well as ATEP 245L: Athletic Injury Prevention and Management Lab. These courses are only offered during the fall semester.  Athletic training observation experiences will be made available for students throughout the fall semester. A meeting will be held at the beginning of the fall semester to detail the observation experience process. The time and location for the informational meeting will be announced in the ATEP 245 class and through various social media outlets.  

Additional Expenses

To maintain program standards and enrollment requirements students will incur yearly expenses in addition to College of Charleston tuition and fees. These following expenses are estimates and are subject to change.

  • Professional liability insurance ($30-$40/year)
  • First Aid and CPR Certification (initial: $30-50, recertification: $10-$30)
  • NATA Student Membership (cost based on state of residence: $60-$100/year)
  • Wrist watch with second hand ($15-$30)
  • Laboratory course fees (cost varies by course and department: see College of Charleston Charges)
  • Personal transportation (expenses associated with obtaining and maintaining a vehicle to travel to and from to Clinical Education Sites)

Transfer Students

Students looking to transfer to the College of Charleston must follow the same application process and meet the same application requirements set for traditional incoming freshman. While Accredited ATEPs may share similarities it is difficult to make direct comparisons between athletic training course work and course sequencing. As such, course work taken at another institution may not be transferable and/or applicable to the College of Charleston degree requirements. Transfer students should allow 3 years (6 semesters beginning with the fall and not including summers) to apply to the program and complete the program requirements.

Students who are considering the Athletic Training Major should contact Kate Pfile, the Program Director, to schedule a meeting or get answers to additional questions. 

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Current Students

The following materials may be useful for students currently enrolled in the ATEP:

Each semester students admitted to the ATEP will be asked to demonstrate evidence for specific retention criteria prior to beginning their next clinical experience rotation.

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