Athletic Training Education

Student & Alumni Testimonials

Unlike many other accredited athletic training programs, being an athletic training major AND an intercollegiate athlete at Ithaca College IS not only possible, but encouraged. The faculty at Ithaca College appreciate the value of intercollegiate athletics for all students who so desire, and they will work with you and your coach to find a viable solution to the time constraints placed on those students wanting to play sports and be an athletic training major!

Reflections from Athletic Training Majors & Intercollegiate Athletes!

Becky Bedard, MS, ATC Athletic Training Class of 2009; Assistant Athletic Trainer, William Smith College

"Being an athlete as well as an athletic training student here is absolutely doable. It comes with some challenges such as sacrificed time and vacations to gain sufficient clinical experience. There are plenty of opportunities during summer breaks and winter breaks to gain that experience, opening up your schedule during the school year. All it takes is good communication with your ATs and coach, and time management. I wouldn't trade my experience here doing both for anything."

Amanda Boccio, Athletic Training Class of 2010; Student, Finger Lakes School of Chiropractic

"Being an Athletic Training major and participating in intercollegiate athletics is a challenge.  However, the program is flexible in that it allows for half of our internship credits to be taken during the summer or intersession months.  The clinical hours you accumulate for credit do not have to be with a Certified Athletic Trainer, but with any certified health care professional such as a Physical Therapist or Orthopedist.  I took full advantage of this opportunity, and gained clinical experience with a sports chiropractor who specializes in biomechanics of the human body.  This opportunity allowed me to use the skills I am developing as an Athletic Training Student here at IC, and apply them in a clinical setting other than the training room.  It was a truly valuable way to spend my summer."

Alumni Testimonials

Hilary Sentell, MS,  ATC, Class of 1999
Head Athletic Trainer

Seattle Prep School

"I had the best experiences working as an athletic training student at Ithaca. I feel the classroom learning, as well as the on the field training prepared me so well for my career. I work as an examiner for the Board of Certification, and see many recent graduates taking the exam. So many of them struggle, but the students at Ithaca repeatedly score well on the exam and pass on the first time. I know that the education I received helped me to do so, and I am grateful to all of the staff for being there every step of the way. They are always accessible and never make you feel bad about your skills--they want you to be the best ATC you can be."


Timothy A. Kulpa, MS, ATC, Class of 2004
Athletic Training Education Program
Assistant Clinical Professor/Assistant Athletic Trainer
King's College, PA

"The athletic training program at Ithaca College possesses a critical balance between education and clinical skill acquisition, a characteristic that is just one of the things setting this program apart from most. With the field of athletic training rapidly evolving , Ithaca College is at the cutting edge of the knowledge base, and possesses some of the best educators the profession has to offer. However, the Athletic Training faculty go above and beyond the call of education by personally relating to the students. Not only do I look at my professors as the people directly responsible for my success, but they sere, and still are my mentors, colleagues, and friends. I can only hope that by modeling myself after the athletic training faculty at Ithaca College, I may one day impact my future students equally."


Kristin Ertinger, MS, ATC, PTA, Class of 2001
Clinical Athletic Trainer
HealthWorks Rehab and Fitness
Morgantown, WV

"My education and on-field experience in the Ithaca College Athletic Training program gave me an extremely solid foundation on which to build my athletic training career. Everyone that I've met in the sports medicine profession has expressed how impressed they are by the athletic trainers that have come out of the IC's program, and I truly believe it was that reputation that helped me get into the West Virginia University graduate program, and subsequently hired by HealthWorks."


Fred DeNisco, MS, ATC, CSCS, Class of 1998
Professional Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Manhattan, Long Island, & Westchester Co., NY

"Ithaca College provided me with opportunity to thoroughly prepare for a career in the growing profession of athletic training. Since graduation, I have encountered numerous colleagues, including ATCs from the NFL, higher-level collegiate athletics & prominent orthopedic rehabilitation centers. All knew Ithaca College and its' reputation for producing quality, well-respected athletic trainers. In addition to a comprehensive curriculum, emphasizing not only the "how's", but also stressing the "why's", the staff are practicing clinicians from diverse backgrounds, enabling them to provide the students with actual real-life experiences. The Ithaca College Athletic Training program has maintained a high standard of academics since its inception, evidenced in that our company currently employs IC alumni from various generations."


Mathew Miller, MS, ATC, Class of 2004
Altheus Health & Performance Center
Rye, NY

"The Ithaca Athletic Training Program helped me learn what it would be like to work in real world situations. Our skills and knowledge were tested daily as we worked with our designated teams, whether it be varsity football, volleyball ,or even Cornell baseball. We were taught to make educated and professional decisions that directly affected the well being of all athletes we worked with. I was well prepared to enter the "real world" work force, and I owe my confidence and abilities to the freedom granted me while I was a student at IC."


Kelly McAree, PA, ATC, CSCS, Class of 2006 (Physician Assistant Program, Northeastern University)
Physician Assistant Program, Family Practice, Boston, MA

"As a sophomore, students are already getting hands-on experience which is invaluable when it comes to applying for jobs, and having confidence with the required skills. The fun, open and stimulating environment at Ithaca is perfect not only for learning, but for personal growth, as well. My education at Ithaca provided me with a solid foundation from which to further my education both formally, and informally."


Amanda Boccio, Athletic Training Class of 2010 (Student, Finger Lakes School of Chiropractic)

Besides learning to appreciate the intricacy of the human body, I have also come to appreciate how well prepared I was for a doctorate level program from my experiences at Ithaca. The AT curriculum in general, and Medical Science I and II have given me a huge advantage over my peers who have never been exposed to the importance of listening to patients, developing a sound knowledge of basic science, zoning in on key clinical features, and formulating a differential diagnosis. Emphasis on mastery and application of material, rather than rote memorization has become second nature to me over time, and has really helped me to get the most out of the ridiculous amount of information we are responsible for. This year we begin our clinical education, where we will be learning more about taking patient histories, orthopedic exams--basically everything that I have been exposed to and practiced in the AT program!

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