Student & Alumni Testimonials
Current Student Reflections
Lauren Hodge, Class of 2017 (Middletown, CT)
"What I have really grown to love about this program is how the faculty care for us to do well not just in the sense to solely get good grades, but because they care about us as individuals and want us to learn and understand the need to grow into clinicians of our own accord. That culture makes you want to do well not just for yourself and family, but also the small family that I made here on the South Hill. I have had countless experiences here that have molded me into not only the clinician I am today, but also the individual I am. Looking back on that decision about where to go to college, I could not be any happier to have come to Ithaca College. I am forever grateful for the guidance and help that I received from the staff along the way."
Benjamin Meehan, Class of 2017 (Dix Hills, NY)
"I’ve reached my final semester at IC and although I am anxiously anticipating what the real world has in store for me, I am still melancholy over having to put my time at IC behind me. I’ve loved all the experiences and people I’ve met here and can’t be more grateful for everything IC has done for me. So even though I have questions about where I am going and how I am going to get there, I feel that I have become a better person and more suited to succeed after IC."
Noelle Sellars, Class of 2017 (Crownsville, MD)
"Over the past four years at Ithaca College, I have transitioned from a directionless teenager with an interest in medicine, into a young adult and medical professional, with specific goals for the future. Throughout that period of transition, I have made friends that will last a lifetime, gone from fearing my mentors to loving them like parents, learned more than I ever thought possible, and become someone that I can respect. The Ithaca Athletic Training Program is extremely special, not just because it is a top undergraduate athletic training program, but because of the dynamics and people within the program. Over the course of my years here, the friendships deepen, the class begins to become a unit, teamwork and cooperative relationships develop with the seniors, preceptors/professors become people you can rely on for knowledge and help, and athletic training becomes part of your everyday life. Personally, I feel as though this program has given me so much more than just an education--it has given me a voice, a purpose, a family, and a place to call home for the last four years; and I am going to miss every single person and experience when I leave."
Kyle Morris, Class of 2017 (Ilion, NY)
"As I reflect on my time here at Ithaca College, I've truly realized how much I have grown. First as a student, clinician and future medical professional, but more importantly, as a person. After my first year here, I was on the verge of transferring but I decide to stay and give it a go at Ithaca College. Had I left, I never would have developed the amazing relationships with ALL of the faculty. I have learned more than I could have ever imagined in the classroom and in the clinic, all because of them. But most importantly, I never would have realized how to tackle life's challenges; I would have given up on Ithaca and a full 4 years at the best undergraduate athletic training program in the country. I will forever be grateful for all the Bomber AT Family has done for me, in and out of the classroom. They truly are my "family away from my family", and I know my parents were happy knowing I was in the hands of those who treated me as such."
Tori Reagan, Class of 2017 (Medway, MA)
"I think the biggest thing I found out about myself through the athletic training program is how much I can push myself. We put in countless hours into our clinical experiences, but it is all worth it when I look back at where I was sophomore year, to where I am today. The improvements I've made in my academic performance, my social skills, and in my self-confidence--I am very proud of those changes. The next chapter is coming soon, but I feel extremely ready for anything--thanks to the amazing athletic training program at IC."
Reflections from Athletic Training Majors & Intercollegiate Athletes!
Unlike many other accredited athletic training programs, being an athletic training major AND an intercollegiate athlete is not only possible, but encouraged at Ithaca College. The faculty here 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!
Becky Bedard, MS, ATC, OTC, Class of 2009; Director, Athletic Training Residency, Emory Orthopedics & Spine, Atlanta, GA
"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, DC, BS, ATC, Class of 2010; Sports Chiropractor
"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."
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
"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
"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, 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
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!