Athletic Training Program Overview


Welcome to the Athletic Training Program at Dominican College. You have chosen to enter an exciting and extremely rewarding profession. Athletic Trainers are recognized as the leaders in Allied Health Care and also recognized by the American Medical Association. The Athletic Training Program (ATP) at Dominican College is designed to supply you with all the necessary resources to successfully enter the field.

The program in ATP holds ACCREDITATION from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (C.A.A.T.E.). Graduates of our program will obtain a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. These students from the CAATE accredited program are eligible to sit for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Board of Certification Examination (BOC) to earn the credential of Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). All students are strongly encouraged to inquire and register with their practicing state for licensure. All of these links can be found on our webpage at: https://my.dc.edu/ICS/Academic_Programs/Athletic_Training/.

There are obligations on your part in order for this program to be successful. Success will be measured, not only by completion of the curriculum, but also by passing the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification Exam. As students, you will be challenged not only in the classroom, but also in clinical settings. These challenges are necessary for your education. Adjustments to work and personal schedules will be required so please plan accordingly. Take advantage of every opportunity to which you are exposed. Ask questions, search for answers, and develop your own philosophies. Don’t accept concepts, techniques, or methods without understanding them. To understand you have to question. From these questions formulate your philosophy toward Athletic Training. To be uncertain is uncomfortable but to be 100% certain is ridiculous.

Much of your coursework will be didactic and scientific in nature. This is necessary for understanding concepts and theories as they apply to Athletic Training. Your application of these concepts and theories in clinical settings is paramount to your success in this program and in the profession. The clinical portion of the program is extremely important and provides you with “hands on” experience and the ability to apply lessons learned in the classroom to various athletic training settings and situations.