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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.

Mission and Goal Statement

The Purdue University Athletic Training Program is a cooperative educational program housed in the Department of Health & Kinesiology with support from the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, the Division of Regretional Sports, and the Purdue University Student Health Center. The purpose of the program is to prepare students as entry-level athletic trainers through an extensive curriculum of diadactic and clinical experiences as set forth in the CAATE "Standards for the Accreditation of Entry-Level Athletic Training Programs". By successfully completing this program the student will have the knowledge base necessary to sit for, and pass, the BOC Certification Examination and begin a career in one of the many employment settings available to athletic trainers.

Purdue University Athletic Training Program

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 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 "major" within the Department of Health and Kinesiology. The current Program Director of the Athletic Training Program is Larry J. Leverenz, Ph.D., AT. 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. Doug Boersma, AT, is the Director of SPorts Medicine and Head Athletic Trainer. He has been at Purdue since 2012. Ten staff athletic trainers and five 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

2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 3 yr. Aggregate
Number of students graduating from the program 14 15 13 42
Number of students graduating from program who took examination 14 14 12 40
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 14 11 11 36
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 100% 79% 92% 90%
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 14 14 12 40
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 100% 100% 100% 100%