Welcome to the Athletic Training Program

B.S. in Athletic Training (B.S.A.T.) Degree

The Athletic Training  Program at Valdosta State University was granted NATA approval in 1990. The program underwent the CAAHEP self- study process and received accreditation in 1995. In September 1999, the program completed its second CAAHEP self- study process and site visitors came to campus in spring 2000. In October 2000, the program was granted continuing accreditation by CAAHEP. In September 2004, the program completed its third CAAHEP self-study process and site visitors came to campus in spring 2005. In September 2005, the program was granted continuing accreditation by CAAHEP. In July 2006, all athletic training education programs were accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). In June 2011, the program completed the CAATE self-study process and site visitors came to campus in spring 2012. In August 2012, the program was granted continuing accreditation by CAATE until 2022.

Admission to the Athletic Training  Program is a separate process from admission to Valdosta State University. The program is designed so that a student begins the process towards admission in the fall semester of the student’s freshman year. The student completes the process towards admission in the spring semester of the student’s freshman year. 

The incoming class of athletic training students is enrolled in the fall semester in course work. In the fall semester of the student’s sophomore year, the student has a clinical class; however the student is not placed in a clinical education rotation/experience until the student’s second semester in the program. Athletic Training Students’ clinical education rotations/experiences occur in a variety of settings that include, but are not limited to the following: college/university, high school, general medical, and outpatient orthopedic clinics. Clinical education rotations/experiences allow for upper and lower extremity injury exposure, exposure to equipment intensive activities, exposure to patients/clients of various ages, gender, socioeconomic statuses, and cultures. Once admitted into the program, students will complete six semesters of academic work and five semesters of clinical education rotations/experiences. The academic, clinical, and athletic sections of the program’s policy and procedure manual provide additional detailed information. 

The program is designed to be a four year undergraduate program. Students that successfully matriculate through the required academic and clinical education rotations/experiences will complete the program in four years. Students that do not successfully matriculate through the required academic and clinical education rotations will be unable to complete the program in four year.

Board of Certification (BOC) Examination Data 

 

2013-2014

2012-2013

2011-2012

Exam Taken (VSU Athletic Training Students) 

14

9

18

No. Candidates (VSU Athletic Training Students) 

14

8

16

1st Time Candidates (VSU Athletic Training Students)

14

8

15

1st Time Passing (VSU Athletic Training Students) 

13

7

14

*Percent Passing (1st Time) (VSU Athletic Training Students)

92.86%

87.5%

93.3%

*Percent Passing (regardless of the number of attempts)

(VSU Athletic Training Students)

100%

100%

100%

*Percent Passing (1st Time) (Nationwide Average) 

82.85%

80.85%

82.3%

Program Accreditation Information

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) (http://www.caate.net/)

Program Type:

Professional

Program Status:

Active

Initial Accreditation Date:

September 16, 1995

Next Cycle:

2021-2022

Professional Preparation

The Athletic Trainers’ professional preparation is directed toward the development of specified competencies in the following domains: Evidence-Based Practice, Prevention and Health Promotion, Clinical Examination and Diagnosis, Acute Care of Injuries and Illnesses, Therapeutic Interventions, Psychosocial Strategies and Referral, Healthcare Administration, Professional Development and Responsibility¸ and Clinical Integrated Proficiencies. Through a combination of formal classroom instruction and clinical education experience, the athletic trainer is prepared to apply a wide variety of specific healthcare skills and knowledge within each of the domains.

Program Mission

To develop critical thinking athletic training professionals capable of  meeting diverse regional, national, and emerging international opportunities;  athletic training professionals who recognize the importance of continuing education, possess mastery level skills, and demonstrate problem solving capacity.

This web page is designed to give a prospective student, current student, alumnus, or visitor to our site information about our program and it's requirements, information about the profession of Athletic Training, updates and news regarding our alumni.  

Thank you for your interest in our program and your visit to our site.