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.