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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 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 Recreational 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 didactic 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.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:

Goal #1: Athletic training students will demonstrate mastery of the knowledge and skills appropriate to the student’s level in the athletic training program.

  • 1.1 Students will demonstrate foundational knowledge related to the practice of athletic training
  • 1.2 Students will demonstrate specific knowledge related to the practice of athletic training

Goal #2: Athletic training students will model personal and professional attitude and behaviors and ethical practices during all phases of the athletic training program.

  • 2.1 Students will demonstrate effective professional attitude and behavior
  • 2.2 Students will demonstrate service and involvement in the profession

Goal #3: Athletic training students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively to patients, family, and health care personnel appropriate to their level of understanding.

  • 3.1 Students will demonstrate effective oral and non-verbal communication skills
  • 3.2 Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills

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, the Department of Recreational Sports, and the Purdue University Student Health Center. 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 assistant athletic trainers serve as on-campus 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

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 3 yr. Aggregate
Number of students graduating from the program 15 13 13 41
Number of students graduating from program who took examination 14 12 13 39
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 11 11 12 34
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 79% 92% 92% 87%
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 14 14 12 39
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 100% 100% 100% 100%