Athletic trainers are health care professionals with knowledge of emergency care, preventative measures, medical diagnosis, therapy, and rehabilitation for athletic injuries and conditions. Certified athletic trainers can be found in secondary schools, intercollegiate athletics, professional athletics, sports medicine clinics, the military, the movie industry, professional dance settings, industrial and commercial settings, hospitals, and health clubs.
The athletic training program (ATP) at Defiance College is in the process of transitioning to an exciting new entry-level master’s degree. The degree will be an innovative 3+2 program where students earn a bachelor’s degree in exercise science in three years and a master’s degree in athletic training in the remaining two years. This means students in the ATP 3+2 will graduate with a master’s degree of athletic training in less time with less cost. The ATP is designed to prepare graduate students, both academically and clinically, for entry into the profession of athletic training. Theory and practical applications of the athletic training principles are distributed through the student’s undergraduate and graduate career.
The clinical education component of the program consists of 280 hours of observation and hands-on skills during the pre-professional phase of the program. After formal admission into the master’s program, students will complete more than 1000 hours of clinical experience.
The athletic training program consists of several clinical rotations. Some of the rotations are completed at off-campus athletic training settings such as the Mercy Defiance Clinic. In order to fulfill the requirements of these rotations (which are completed throughout the three-year professional athletic training sequence), a student in the ATP must have access to transportation. All clinical assignments are determined on an individual basis by the program director and the clinical education coordinator upon consultation with the athletic training staff. The athletic training student is directly assigned to an approved clinical preceptor on campus. This preceptor will supervise and guide the progression of the student.
Admission into the Athletic Training Program
Admission into the Athletic Training Program is a two-step process. Students enter Defiance College as pre-athletic training majors and must complete the first year consisting of core curriculum degree requirements and athletic training prerequisites. The pre-professional phase is completed in their first two semesters on campus.
Applications for admittance into the professional phase of the program are completed and submitted by March 1st. Completion of the ATP requires six semesters in the professional phase of the program.
Benefits of the Program
The advantage of the DC master’s degree in athletic training is that you earn two
degrees in five years. The clinical education component of the master’s program will
focus on preparing students for a successful transition to professional employment.
At DC, there are a variety of organizations and clinics where students gain hands-on
Through the McMaster School, students have the opportunity to travel to another part of the world and complete a project of their own design, thereby growing their skills in identifying issues and problem-solving while nurturing a global perspective. Athletic training majors have completed projects in Cambodia and Belize that include first aid and CPR training, support with the San Carlos youth soccer team, and informational brochures about five preventable common causes of death.
After College – What’s Next?
The career opportunities for ATC’s are widespread throughout health care. There are opportunities working in high schools, hospitals, orthopedic clinics, collegiate athletics, professional sports, industry, military, and performing arts.
Some recent graduate employments include:
Ayersville Local Schools, Orthopedic Hospital of Fort Wayne, Drayer Physical Therapy
Institute, Defiance Rehabilitation Services, Mercy Defiance Clinic, Northern Illinois
Request to Learn More
If you are interested in learning more about the program, please print out the questionnaire, and send or email it to:
Athletic Training Program Director
701 N. Clinton Street
Defiance, OH 43512
This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Graduates of the ATP are eligible to take the Board of Certification (BOC) exam and earn Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) certification.
"Starting a new chapter in college can be very exciting and stressful alike. I had
never imagined attending college anywhere outside of Florida let alone Ohio, but Defiance
College offered students of this small college with big opportunities as they had
promised. The athletic training program here at Defiance College gives students a
hands on learning experience along with the opportunities to travel, develop relationships
with our athletes and peers, and work closely with very knowledgeable instructors.
Because of the smaller class sizes, our instructors have a chance to work with each
student individually, preparing us for success in our careers."
--Alexis Walker, Junior
"The athletic training program at Defiance is excellent. All of your professors in
the program truly care about you as an individual, and do their best to make sure
that you get the most out of the classroom and clinical experience. The program is
very hands-on, and you are constantly applying what you learn in the classroom to
the clinical setting. The program is one big family, and as long as you have the desire
to succeed, your professors and peers will ensure that you do."
--Brittany Pease, Senior
"The athletic training program at Defiance College gave me the foundation I needed
to achieve my goals after graduation. The consistent effort from each of the athletic
training staff motivated me toward success. Without them and my fellow students, I
wouldn't be where I am today."
--Audric Warren, Athletic Training alumnus ‘07
"The athletic training program at Defiance College has brought me not only great connections
and wonderful learning opportunities, but a home away from home. Small classes allow
the professors to really get to know each and every one of their students. They are
encouraging and motivational. My classmates and I became a family through our adventures
in the program. I couldn't recommend a better place."
--Christine Bernazzoli, Athletic Training alumnus '15
Kathleen Westfall, M.S., ATC
Associate Athletic Trainer
Assistant Athletic Trainer