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Pre-Athletic Training

Available as a pre-professional program

Courses in Pre-Athletic Training teach you the basics of injury evaluation, immediate care, rehabilitative therapies and measures to prevent injuries. 

In our program, you'll engage in real-world learning experiences under the supervision of top experts in sports medicine. At Roanoke, we prepare you to continue your education in an entry-level athletic training master's degree program.

Recent athletic training students have completed internships with orthopedic surgery units, hospital emergency rooms, high school and university athletic departments, and physical therapy practices.

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Curriculum & Courses

HHP 207: Health Fitness Concepts & Application 
HHP 211: Clinical I 
HHP 221: Professional Concepts & Leadership Development 

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Student Experiences

Erik Wikstrom headshot

Erik Wikstrom's education and career path led him to discover something new every step of the way.

In high school, he developed an interest in sports and sports medicine. When it was time to choose a college, Wikstrom didn't know if he had the playing skills to excel in sports at the collegiate level, but he knew he wanted to pursue his interests. He chose Roanoke College where received a B.S. degree in athletic training.

During his Ph.D. work at the University of Florida, he made another discovery — he had a zeal for research. That passion has paid off. He was awarded the National Athletic Trainers' Association Research & Education Foundation's Doctoral Dissertation Award.


view of the cregger center

The Cregger Center is the world-class facility where our program is headquartered. Take a look around in this virtual reality video tour. On desktop, click and drag your mouse to explore a 360-degree view of the facility. On mobile or tablet, hold your device out in front of you and turn your body to look in all directions.

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Careers & Outcomes

Roanoke students earning a GPA of 3.3 or higher are 100% successful in getting into physician assistant school.

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85% of Roanoke students passed the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer exam (2015-2017)



Dr. Maina with students in a training room

Dr. Michael Maina won the Virginia College/University Physical Educator of the year award in 2014. The award is based on teaching effectiveness, professional growth and development and a commitment to helping students achieve both personal and professional goals.

As a professional athletic trainer, you'll be able to care for athletes in a wide variety of settings, from high schools and college athletic programs to sports medicine clinics and professional sports teams. To practice as an athletic trainer and become certified by the athletic training Board of Certification (BOC), students must complete an accredited athletic training master's degree program and pass the BOC examination. 

We offer a pre-professional program in Pre-Athletic Training. Students interested in this track major in Health & Exercise Science.