Athletic Training Program

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Mission Statement 

The Sterling College Athletic Training Program (AT Program) enables its students to develop and demonstrate all entry-level competencies and proficiencies within the athletic training profession. A variety of lectures, labs, clinical experiences, and field experiences are coordinated through Sterling College and delivered through a variety of affiliate sites to provide each student education and practice in developing theories and skills common to the profession. Sterling College is dedicated to providing an excellent liberal arts education within an environment shaped by the mission, vision, and core values of the institution. From this institutional platform, the AT Program is committed to developing service-oriented professionals.


1. The student will demonstrate competency in knowledge and skills related to accepted methods of athletic injury and illness prevention.
2. The student will demonstrate competency in clinically evaluating and diagnosing athletic injuries
3. The student will demonstrate competency in providing immediate care to athletic injuries.
4. The student will demonstrate competency of treatment, rehabilitation, and reconditioning of athletic injuries.
5. The student will demonstrate competency in knowledge and skills related to the plans, policies, and procedures by which athletic trainers organize and administrate athletic training programs.
6. The student will demonstrate competency in knowledge and skills related to ethical, legal, and other professional standards necessary for the safe practice of athletic training.

What is Athletic Training? 

Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree.

Our program status is active - progress report due.