The Purdue University undergraduate athletic training education program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The primary goals of the program are to graduate the student with a Bachelor of Science degree, to prepare the student to pass the BOC examination, pursue graduate or professional school (physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician's assistant, etc.) and to prepare them for potential employment as an entry-level athletic trainer.
The athletic training program consists of academic coursework offered by the HK Department and clinical education experiences with the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA), the Division of Recreational Sports (RSC), and the Purdue University Student Health Center (PUSH). Purdue is a member of the Big Ten Conference and offers 9 men's and 9 women's sports at the NCAA Division 1-A level. The current Program Director of the Athletic Training Education Program is Dr. Larry J. Leverenz, ATC. Nine staff athletic trainers and four graduate students serve as Approved Clinical Instructors (ACI's) for the program. The program also utilizes twelve ACI's at off-campus clinical sites.
The Athletic Training major does not admit students directly from high school. Accordingly, if you want to apply for admission to the professional program in Athletic Training, you should enroll as a pre-athletic training student within the Department of Health and Kinesiology at the beginning of your freshman (or first) year at Purdue. This department is housed within the College of Health and Human Sciences. You may apply for admission to the Athletic Training major by completing the pre-athletic training requirement and making formal application during the second semester of your freshman (or first) year at Purdue. The professional program takes a minimum of three years to complete thus the major requires a minimum of four years.
Even if you have completed the pre-athletic training requirements, you cannot be guaranteed admission to the Athletic Training major. As a professional program, the Department reserves the right to select students it feels are qualified to enter the profession of athletic training. (If you are not admitted to the Athletic Training major, you may select a new major within the Department of Health and Kinesiology, transfer to another department within the College of Health and Human Sciences or transfer to another school within the University.)
Pre-Athletic Training, the pre-professional program, has a two-fold purpose:
- To allow the potential athletic training student the opportunity to take the basic courses in athletic training and to observe and participate in clinical experiences to determine if the program meets their career objectives, and
- To allow the athletic training faculty and staff the opportunity to evaluate the student in an environment simulating experiences found in the field. The student will complete a minimum of 200 hours of directed observation (HK 10100, Clinical Practice in Athletic Training-Observation) during the pre-athletic training year. Included in the class are varied experiences in the athletic training rooms and in the physical therapy department of the Student Health Center. These hours do not count towards those required for professional certification.
Academically, the student is also expected to complete the Pre-Athletic Training plan of study during the pre-athletic training year.
Athletic Training Degree Requirement Sheet
Athletic Training Four Year Plan
Boiler Bytes: Students gain hands-on experience as athletic trainers
Pre Physical Therapy Information
Pre Occupational Therapy Information
Boiler Bytes: Students reach out to the community through Pete's Pals
Plan of Study Worksheet
Registration Time Grid
National Athletic Trainers Association
American Physical Therapy Association
American Occupational Therapy Association