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Athletic Training FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Piedmont’s athletic training program transitioning to the Master’s degree level?
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.

What is athletic training? (NATA, 2018)
Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession. 

What is an athletic trainer? (NATA, 2018)
Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes. The NATA Code of Ethics states the principles of ethical behavior that should be followed in the practice of athletic training.  The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follows the medical model. Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited baccalaureate or master’s program, and 70% of ATs have a master’s degree.

Where do athletic trainers work? (NATA, 2018)
Athletic trainers provide medical services to all types of patients, not just athletes participating in sports, and can work in a variety of job settings. Athletic trainers relieve widespread and future workforce shortages in primary care support and outpatient rehab professions and provide an unparalleled continuum of care for the patients.

Athletic trainers improve functional outcomes and specialize in patient education to prevent injury and re-injury. Preventative care provided by an athletic trainer has a positive return on investment for employers. ATs are able to reduce injury and shorten rehabilitation time for their patients, which translates to lower absenteeism from work or school and reduced health care costs. 

Athletic trainers can be found in any field where people are physically active, including:

• Secondary schools, Colleges, and Universities
• Professional sports
• Sports medicine clinics and Hospitals
• The military and government agencies
• Industrial and commercial enterprises
• Performing arts
• Fitness and recreational sports centers

Learn more about the profession by reading the Becoming an AT (pdf)Profile of Athletic Trainers (pdf) and Who is Taking Care of Your Athletes? (pdf) infographics.

How does athletic training prepare me for physical therapy or physician assistant school?
Athletic training encompasses many of the skills used in physical therapy and orthopedic medicine, as evaluation and rehabilitation are core assets in all three careers. These skills, and those of biomechanics and therapeutic modality use, are emphasized in classes taught throughout the academic program. The ATP also provides students with 4-6 semesters of hands-on patient care in which to practice and hone these skills.

What is the average starting salary?
Most athletic trainers work in full-time positions and typically receive benefits. The salary of an athletic trainer depends on experience and job responsibilities, and varies by job setting. Salary data can be found at: www.nata.org/nata-salary-survey. For further information on job outlook for Athletic Trainers visit www.bls.gov.

What other certifications and licenses would be beneficial to obtain to enhance the athletic training degree?
Those with an athletic training degree who wish to enhance their degree often acquire certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a strength and conditioning specialist. Other common certifications related to athletic training fall within the areas of emergency medicine, message therapy, and nutrition.

Am I able to play intercollegiate athletics and be an athletic training student?
Yes, at Piedmont College you are able to compete in intercollegiate athletics and be an athletic training major.  All students must complete clinical experiences every semester, and it may be necessary for student-athletes to stay an extra semester finish their coursework (time management skills are imperative).

How successful are your athletic training students at passing the BOC exam?
As a new program, we will have our first 3-year aggregate pass rate available in 2018-19.

National average 3-year aggregate pass rate is below:

Year

Bachelors Programs

Masters Programs

Piedmont Bachelors

Piedmont Graduate

2011-12

61%

 

 

 

2012-13

77%

96%

 

 

2013-14

79%

91%

 

 

2014-15

78%

92%

 

 

2015-16

78%

95%

 

 

2016-17

83%

90%

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2017-18

 

 

 

 

2018-19

 

 

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2019-20

 

 

 

 

2020-21

 

 

 

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*first students taking exam
#first aggregate data available

How do I request information about your Athletic Training Program?
Contact: RH Daniel School of Nursing and Health Sciences, PO Box 10, Demorest, GA 30535 (706.776.0116)

The undergraduate Athletic Training Program at Piedmont College is accredited by SACS and CAATE, and is currently applying to both for a change in level of degree. We are no longer accepting students into the undergraduate program. The first graduate cohort is expected to enroll in May 2019, and the last undergraduate cohort is expected to graduate in May 2020. Accelerated-entry students may enroll beginning Fall 2017