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Athletic training students during clinical experience in the Newell Training Room.
Clinical experiences are offered within physical therapy, recreational sports, and intercollegiate athletics.

The Purdue University undergraduate athletic training education program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The goals of the program are to have the student obtain a Bachelor of Science degree be prepared to take the BOC certification examination, pursue graduate or professional school (physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician's assistant, etc.), and be prepared for employment as an athletic trainer.

Purdue's history of athletic training education is long and rich. Mr. William E. "Pinky" Newell, in addition to being Head Athletic Trainer, was a strong advocate of formal education for athletic trainers and stressed this ideal long before the concept of an "accredited curriculum" became a reality. It was no surprise, then, that Purdue University was early to enter the formal education process for athletic trainers. Purdue received initial NATA approval of the Athletic Training Education Program in 1973 and was reapproved in 1978, 1983, and 1988. Initial accreditation was granted in 1995 with continuing accreditation awarded in 2000 and 2007. In 1986, the program was officially recognized as an academic "concentration" within the Department of Health and Kinesiology. The current Program Director of the Athletic Training Education Program is Larry J. Leverenz, Ph.D., ATC. He has been in that position since 1991.

The athletic training program consists of academic coursework offered by the Department of Health and Kinesiology and clinical education experiences with the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics(ICA), the Department 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 I A level. Dennis A. Miller, ATC, PT, is the Head Athletic Trainer. He has been at Purdue since 1973 and became the Head Athletic Trainer in 1977. Mr. Miller is a past president of the NATA, serving in that office from 1992 - 1996. Nine staff athletic trainers and four graduate students serve as preceptors for the program. Clinical experiences also include off-campus sites in physical therapy clinics, colleges, and high schools in the central Indiana area.

   

Three-year Aggregate Pass Rate on the BOC National Certification Exam for Purdue Athletic Training Students

2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 3 yr. Aggregate
Number of students graduating from the program 11 13 14 38
Number of students graduating from program who took examination 11 12 13 36
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 8 11 13 32
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 72.73% 91.67% 100% 88.89%
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 11 12 13 36
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 100% 100% 100% 100%