Athletic Training Curriculum - Much More Than A Scope & Sequence

Explore our 4 Pillars Plus Curriculum, centered upon clinical expertise, the medical mind, and deliberate practice.

Program Overview

Our curriculum intentionally emphasizes basic and applied human, biological and medical sciences as our foundation and infrastructure. But content and knowledge are not enough to become a healthcare clinician, so we deliberately focus on developing your clinical capabilities, clinical reasoning, adaptive expertise and differential diagnosis as advanced skills as you move through our demanding and experiential program. 

As you progress through our program in the classroom, laboratory and various clinical settings, you will learn how to prevent, care for, evaluate, manage, and rehabilitate physical and psychological injury and illness in athletic and physically active populations. Successful students are eligible to sit for the national Board of Certification Exam (BOC) in the spring of the senior year; passing the BOC examination certifies you as an athletic trainer (earning the "ATC" credential) that will be capable of practicing as an entry-level professional, or for entering graduate or professional school.

Since the program's inception in 1975, Ithaca College's AT graduates have consistently exceeded the national averages for the profession's certification exam, currently enjoying a 9 year first time pass rate streak. Alumni of our program also enjoys outstanding placement in the nation's top graduate & professional programs, and various exciting and rewarding places of employment for athletic trainers.

Watch and listen to familiarize yourself with the athletic training program at Ithaca College:

Our 4 Pillars Plus Curriculum

Being a capable healthcare provider requires much more than knowing thousands of facts and skills, it requires a certain type of thinking and ability to problem solve in unique and unpredictable contexts. Our unique and integrated 4 Pillars Plus Curriculum is much more than prerequisites, labs, and required sequence of classes. Over the course of the last decade, we have painstakingly explored the evidence and reflected upon our experiences as clinicians and educators to design an intentional and dynamic curriculum that is centered upon clinical expertise, the medical mind, and deliberate practice. Our 4P+ Curriculum is founded upon a master of the 4 Pillars for the healthcare professions (Humanitas, Anatomia, Physiologia & Kinesis), is integrated top to bottom and side to side, and operationalized with a deliberate and focused thinking-based andragogy that instills in our students the ability to problem solve, reflect, mature, seek and appraise information, and demonstrate superior clinical capabilities.

Unique aspects of our curriculum include Introduction to Evidence Based Medicine & Clinical Reasoning, earlier Clinical Experience classes for sophomore majors, two Assessment of Athletic Injuries courses (and 2 labs), Medical Science, two Therapeutic Interventions courses (and 2 labs), and an Acute Care & Emergency Management in Athletic Training course to prepare you to address and master emerging and critical issues in athlete health and safety.

Courses, Course Sequencing, and Timelines

IC's Unique 4P+ AT Curriculum

Explore more deeply the athletic training curriculum:

This information outlines a typical 8-semester sequencing of all athletic training and integrative core curriculum (general education) requirements. Since requirements may be different from one year to the next, it is important for students to utilize their appropriate worksheet corresponding to the year in which they were accepted into the program. In addition, this worksheet is simply a guide; students should work closely with their academic adviser in order to customize their 4-year plan according to their interests, especially if they have plans of applying to another professional degree program after graduating from Ithaca College.

Athletic Training students are bound by the academic requirements that are in effect the semester that they have been accepted into the program as freshmen. All Athletic Training majors follow the requirements and curriculum listed in the Ithaca College Undergraduate Catalog at the time of their entry.

Our Graduates

Currently, there are over 500 Ithaca College athletic training graduates employed in various high school, college, and professional sports settings across the country. Numerous others are working in sports medicine clinics, hospitals, fitness centers, and even industrial settings treating the "industrial athlete." Over two-thirds of our graduates have pursued graduate studies after leaving South Hill, and many have received graduate assistantships and scholarships in athletic training at more than 40 different colleges and universities across the country.

Today, many of our graduates are using their demanding, medically based and hands-on experience opportunities to combine their athletic training preparation with advanced study in physical therapy, physician assistant studies, and even medical school.

Technical Standards

Download the Technical Standards for Admission and Retention in the Ithaca College Athletic Training Education Program here:

file-outline AT Technical Standards.pdf - AT Technical Standards.pdf (76.11 KB)


Paul Geisler
Program Director, Athletic Training
G71 Hill Center
Ithaca College
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850