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Department of Health and Exercise Science - B.S. Athletic Training

B.S. Athletic Training

Robert Sterner, Ph.D.
Director of Athletic Training Education
(856) 256-4500, ext.3767

Douglas Mann, DPE, ATC
Clinical Coordinator
(856) 256-4500, ext. 3706

Laurie Dwyer, MS
Academic Advisor
(856) 256-5835

Program Description
The Rowan University Athletic Training Program (RUATP) in the Department of Health and Exercise Science is designed to prepare students for careers as Athletic Trainers. The RUATP is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
Students that successfully complete all academic and clinical requirements within the RUATP as well as Rowan University’s Bachelor of Science degree requirements are eligible to take the Board of Certification examination.

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The mission of the RUATP is to provide a challenging and dynamic learning environment for the professional preparation of students so that they not only master the competencies and proficiencies needed to become an entry-level certified athletic trainer, but are equipped to be at a level of competency and professionalism which puts them among the most proficient graduates in the country.

Goals of the Program
The goals of the RUATEP program are fourfold:

  1. to challenge students to become competent athletic trainers.
  2. to instruct students in the principles of Professional practice.
  3. to challenge students to continue to become involved in scholarly and professional activities.
  4. to challenge students to think and make critical and responsible personal and professional judgments.

Faculty and Staff Commitment to Athletic Training Students
The faculty and staff are devoted to maintaining the standard of academic and clinical excellence long associated with the RUATP program. All educators, both academic and clinical, are dedicated to exceeding the standards established by CAATE so that students become a competent and well-rounded Athletic Trainer. Furthermore, the RUATP program is committed to maintaining the objectives and philosophies in line with those established by the Department of Health and Exercise Science, the College of Education, and Rowan University. The faculty and staff are therefore fully dedicated:

  1. to striving to be fair and consistent in the administration of the policies, procedures, and regulations which govern the RUATEP.
  2. to establishing admissions criteria which are consistent with the program’s mission and goals.
  3. to establishing retention criteria which are consistent with the program’s mission and goals.
  4. to monitoring students progress in the program using retention criteria, academic evaluations, and clinical evaluations as a means to provide an opportunity for students to develop as professionals and individuals.
  5. to orienting students to the NATA Code of Ethics so they can develop the appropriate standards of practice expected of Athletic Trainers.
  6. to providing students with direct supervision and guidance in order to facilitate the application of theory into the clinical practice of Athletic Training.
  7. to fostering and encouraging the development of professional relationships and leadership skills necessary for the practice of Athletic Training.
  8. to providing an environment for the development of each student’s potential both professionally and personally.
  9. to achieve student success on the Board of Certification examination and job placements that exceeds national normative data.

Board of Certification, Inc. Exam Results
The Board of Certification, Inc Exam is the gate keeper to being able to practice in the athletic training profession. A student must graduate from or be in the last semester of a CAATE accredited program before they are able to sit for this exam. The RUATP has had a high first time pass rate on the BOC, Inc exam. The Athletic Training Program (ATP) is consistently above the national average for the first time pass rate. Those students that did not pass on their first attempt were successful on their second attempt. Since 2006, no student has had to take the BOC, Inc Exam for a third time. Below is an illustration of BOC, Inc Exam first time pass rates for seniors graduating between the years 2010-2013. The table below also illustrates the number of students graduating from the program who took the examination, number and percentage of students, who passed the examination on the first attempt, and overall number and percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts.

The yellow bar indicates the 2014 national average (82%) for the BOC, Inc. Exam.

Board of Certification Exam, Inc. Statistics

  2012 Graduates 2013 Graduates 2014 Graduates
Number of students graduating from the Athletic Training Program 12 9 15
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 12 9 15
Percentage of Students who passed the examination on the first attempt 100 100 100
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 12 9 15
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 100 100 100

Potential Additional Costs:
The Athletic Training Program will require some additional costs above the standard tuition, fees and books. These costs may include but are not limited to:

  1. Professional Memberships
    Students will be conditionally accepted into the Professional Phase at the conclusion of the application process. All students MUST become NATA student members by May 1 of their application year to be fully accepted into the Professional Phase of the Program. Students must also maintain this membership during their progress through the Athletic Training Program. Cost will depend on NATA membership fees. Please see for membership applications.
  2. Travel
    Students can expect to be given a clinical assignment that will require them to travel to an off-campus affiliated clinical to obtain their clinical education under the direct supervision of an Athletic Trainer. All fees associated with this travel (ie, gas, food, etc) are the responsibility of the student. Students can expect to be given an off-campus for a total of 1-2 semesters. All attempts will be made so that students are not given off-campus clinical assignments on consecutive semesters.
  3. Professional Polo Shirts
    Students will be given one polo shirt when entering the professional phase. All additional professional clothing purchases are the responsibility of the student.
  4. Professional Equipment (Optional)
    Students may choose to acquire a side kit for on-field needs. If the student chooses to purchase a side-kit, the student is responsible for the costs to supply equipment (ie, scissors, airways, resuscitation masks, etc). Supplies (ie, gauze pads, ace wraps, band aids, etc) will be provided by the assigned clinical site.
  5. Professional Conferences
    Attending professional conferences is highly encouraged by the Athletic Training Program. A partial reimbursement program has been established through the Athletic Training Club. The student must be an active member of the club in order to receive any reimbursements for going to professional conferences. The left over balance for the conference is the responsibility of the student.