Life as an AT Major
Life as an IC Athletic Training Major
Your freshman year is characterized by getting to know your way around campus, "becoming" a college student, and gaining a solid academic foundation. Freshmen are not assigned to an athletic team for directed observation; however you may request an observational assignment during the spring semester. This would be highly recommended in order to promote a better understanding of the profession and the various requirements of the academic program. The primary responsibility for freshman athletic training students is to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75. Freshman students wishing to major in Athletic Training will enroll in the following major courses during their first year at Ithaca College: Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries, Human Anatomy/Physiology I & II, Emergency Care for the Health Professional, Kinesiology, and Principles of Biology. All freshman athletic training students are invited to, and should plan on attending spring semester seminars and athletic training club meetings (Ithaca Athletic Training Students' Association--IATSA). Freshman may also gain valuable observation experiences in the Hill Center athletic training room, as time allows.
Your sophomore year is characterized by an increase in major course work and student responsibilities. In the fall, all student majors will be assigned to an on campus certified athletic trainer/approved clinical instructor, and will be expected to work with an athletic team two-three times per week; with an additional one-hour athletic training room assignment 1x/week. Athletic training students are expected to attend all assigned practices, games, and training room hours; during which students will observe and help the certified staff and upper-class athletic training students carryout the various tasks associated with athletic team coverage. Sophomore AT students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, and a minimum GPA of 3.00 in all athletic training courses with no grade lower than C - . Major courses taken during the sophomore year include Biomechanics, Human Nutrition, Advanced Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries, Athletic Injury Assessment, Sport & Exercise Psychology, Clinical Experience in Athletic Training I, and Athletic Training Techniques I (Taping and Wrapping) and II (Assessment).
At the end of the sophomore year, those individuals applying for retention in the athletic training major must have completed 60 hours of clinical experience and demonstrated a minimal level of competency on various taping and wrapping skills, and athletic injury assessment proficiencies needed for the completion of Clinical Experiences I & II. It should be noted that the required hours of clinical experience can only be obtained in the athletic training room or at an organized, supervised team practice session.
The junior year is characterized by an additional increase in course load and clinical education responsibilities, as students are now officially classified as Athletic Training Students (ATS) in the program. Juniors are assigned to a clinical instructor during two of the three sport seasons, and two additional hours in the athletic training room per week. All athletic training students are required to work with contact and non-contact sports, as well as with men's and women's sport teams. Some ATS will be assigned off-campus rotations at an affiliated local site for one of their four assignments, so adequate travel arrangements must be made ahead of time. Junior ATS must attend all assigned team practices, athletic training room hours, and home athletic contests associated with their clinical assignments. In addition, students must attend all seminars, in-services, and student athletic trainer meetings (IATSA), which are intended to continue the athletic training student's education and professional development.
Academically, juniors must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all athletic training courses. Major courses taken junior year include: Therapeutic Modalities, Neuromuscular Control, Medical Ethics, Therapeutic Exercise, Research in Exercise & Sport Science, Internship in AT I, and Athletic Techniques III (Therapeutic Modalities) and IV (Therapeutic Exercise). At the end of the junior year, each student must have completed a minimum of 400 hours of clinical experience, and completed all competencies & proficiencies assigned in Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training II and III.
Your capstone senior year is characterized by a decrease in specific athletic training course work, and a concurrent increase in clinical application and skill mastery. The senior athletic training student will enroll in such classes as Seminar in Athletic Training, Medical Science I and II, Exercise Physiology, Internship in AT II, and Clinical Experience in Athletic Training IV and V. During the senior year, the Ithaca College athletic training student gains more responsibility with his/her clinical experiences. The student is now responsible for taking part in all team practices and athletic contests, and are required to attend all assigned training room hours, seminars, in-services, and student athletic trainer meetings. Seniors are also responsible for clinically evaluating and effectively treating injured athletes, from the onset of injury to full recovery, as well as for designing and carrying out effective rehabilitation programs.
The senior ATS has an increased responsibility to communicate with, and inform the supervising certified athletic trainer and the head coach of all significant injuries and rehabilitation progress. Senior students must also assist with keeping up to date injury and treatment records utilizing our clinical software, and are encouraged to take an active role in educating & mentoring underclass athletic training students during clinical education experiences in an effort to assess and continue their own education. Once senior ATS' have met the BOC requirements for the national certification exam, they may apply to sit for the exam after April of the senior year.