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Major Areas of Study: Athletic Training

Athletic Trainers are healthcare professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing, and rehabilitating injuries among the physically active population.  Athletic Trainers are credentialed through the Board of Certification of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.  Colleges and Universities that prepare Athletic Training students to sit for the national exam do so under the authority of the Commission for the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  Muskingum University will begin the four-year accreditation process with the arrival of first-year students in the fall of 2013.  It is our goal to be fully accredited when the class of 2017 graduates.


As part of the formal part of the program students will complete a variety of clinical rotations.  Rotations will occur both on- and off-campus.  While off-campus venues are still being developed they will include therapy clinics, urgent care facilities and physician offices as well as local high school athletic departments.

Various organizations provide summer internship opportunities.  A popular option is internships with professional baseball.  Students are encouraged to apply for internships in areas of personal interest.


Students in the major will complete a senior seminar project.  The project will be research that deals with evidence-based medicine in the field of Athletic Training.  There will be opportunities for students to present their work on campus as well as at professional conferences at the state, regional and national level.

Because Athletic Training is a medical profession there is a heavy emphasis on research throughout the program.  Students will learn how to find, read, discern and apply the most current research available.

Professional activities

Students will have the opportunity to join the state, regional and national organizations in the Athletic Training profession.  Each of those entities sponsor annual meetings that include educational sessions designed for students.  In addition there are local sports medicine seminars that occur on a regular basis.

Post-Muskingum options

Our graduates have several options available to them.  Alums may seek to pursue further education.  Options vary depending on professional goals.  Alums could apply to Physical or Occupational Therapy School.  Some may want to pursue grad school to be a Physician’s Assistant.  Most who pursue further education will do so hoping to be hired as a GA or TA while serving as an Athletic Trainer.  There are literally 100’s of these positions that open up nationwide every year.

Students may also go directly into the workforce.  Venues can include jobs at the college/ university level, outreach clinic, public school, occupational/ industrial setting or even the fine arts and professional rodeo.


A new Athletic Training room was constructed in 2007.  This room will be used for some lab classes as well as clinical rotations.  With the creation of the program new facilities will be constructed.  These include an Athletic Training laboratory and student resource room as well as faculty offices.

Muskingum University is a member of the NCAA III and the Ohio Athletic Conference.  Our Athletic Training students will serve as a part of the medical team that provides care for these athletes.


Related Areas of Study

  • Health & Fitness
  • Physical Education


Contact Information

Ken Blood, MS, ATC, LAT
Muskingum University
163 Stormont Street
New Concord, Ohio 43762
Office: 740-826-8327
Email: kblood@muskingum.edu

Dr. Larry Normansell
Chair of the Health Science Department and Coordinator of the Social Science Division
Muskingum University
163 Stormont St.
New Concord, OH 43762
Email: larryn@muskingum.edu

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