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Athletic Training

Athletic trainers don’t only work with competitive athletes. They are employed by hospitals, law enforcement agencies, the military, performing arts centers, and physician’s offices. Due to a growing national awareness of sport-related injuries, the job outlook in this field is bright. By some estimates, employment growth over the decade should surpass 20 percent. Piedmont offers an innovative 3 + 2 program that allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science and a master’s degree in athletic training in five years. The fast-track program provides hands-on learning opportunities through supervised patient care at local schools and medical centers. The innovative program also includes two semesters of immersive clinical experiences, and our graduates are prepared to take the BOC, CSCS, and CHES exams. Our student acievment data, including our BOC pass rate, is posted on ou goals page.

McKinney and the manikin

Dr. Erika McKinney '20 Ed.D. had a simple idea: Make some adjustments to a high-fidelity medical manikin, normally used to train nurses, so that it can be mimic head trauma, dehydration, asthma attacks and other issues that atheltic trainers might encounter. The idea introduced a new dimension of learning for AT students and was the subject of her doctoral dissertation . Read her story