About the program
Roanoke College's CAATE accredited major in athletic training provides the foundation students need to work with active populations. Athletic training majors receive challenging classroom studies paired with in-depth clinical experiences, resulting in a curriculum geared toward educational and clinical proficiency.
Ideal for students interested in sports medicine, this program allows majors to work one-on-one with professors and athletes. Students gain valuable clinical experience working in the Roanoke College Athletic Training Facility and with local high school athletic programs, and have opportunities to be involved with the many NCAA Division III Tournaments hosted by the City of Salem. During their senior year, students complete a required internship with opportunities to shadow physical therapists, observe orthopedic surgery and gain experience in the Emergency Department of a local hospital.
The athletic training degree provides opportunities for further study at the graduate level or careers in high schools, collegiate athletic training or within a clinical environment. With a recent recommendation by the American Medical Association to utilize athletic trainers in every high school as experts in injury prevention and care, the demand for well-educated and highly skilled athletic trainers has increased considerably.
Roanoke graduates consistently outperform by exceeding the national average passing rate on the certification exam for athletic training. In fact, Roanoke graduates are one-and-a-half times more likely to pass on their first attempt compared to the national average.
Athletic Training Major