About Athletic Training
The Piedmont College Athletic Training Program (ATP) is under the direction of Dr. Abbey Dondanville, ATC. The undergraduate (Bachelor's degree) program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program is currently beginning the process of changing the level of degree offered to a Master's degree. The College's regional accreditor, SACS, was notified in April 2017 of this intent to change. The program will apply to the CAATE for a change in level of degree after receiving SACS approval. We anticipate offering the first graduate courses in Summer 2019, and will no longer admit traditional undergraduate students in the bachelor’s degree program after Spring 2017 (an exception may be made for transfer students coming from another accredited program). Students wishing to enroll as freshmen or transfer students in Fall 2017 or after will be eligible for accelerated entry into the graduate program as early as Summer 2019 when it begins. Please see Admission Criteria for more information.
Athletic Training is a rigorous academic program that includes course work in athletic training, anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology, psychology, and other science related courses. The multifaceted program blends classroom instruction with clinical rotations where students obtain real-life experience working hands-on with certified athletic trainers, physicians, physical therapists, and other allied health care professionals to provide patient care.
This curriculum prepares students to take the national BOC board exam (Board of Certification Exam; www.bocatc.org; BOC Pass Rate Data). A degree in Athletic Training and BOC certification offers graduates opportunities to practice in a variety of settings in all 50 states and challenge the Canadian national board examination (www.athletictherapy.org). These settings include, but are not limited to, high school, college, and professional athletics, outpatient clinics, industrial rehabilitation sites, physician practices, the performing arts, safety settings, and higher education.
Once a student has been admitted to Piedmont College and declared athletic training as their major, they must complete specific prerequisite courses to apply for formal admission into the athletic training program (Admission Criteria/Process). Acceptance into the ATP is competitive and separate from acceptance to Piedmont College.
The Master of Science – Athletic Training degree also provides many of the prerequisite courses necessary to apply for graduate programs to become dual-credentialed as a Physical Therapist, Physician's Assistant, Physician, Exercise Scientist, Biomechanist, or Chiropractor. Students wishing to enter another professional program upon graduation from Piedmont College should meet with their academic advisor as early as possible to determine any additional prerequisite coursework necessary and modify their academic plan. Please note: Piedmont College is no longer accepting students into the Bachelor of Science degree program (an exception may be made for transfer students coming from another accredited program.)