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
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 clinical instructors for the
program. Clinical experiences also include off-campus
sites in physical therapy clinics, colleges, and high schools
in the central Indiana area.