Year by Year in the Athletic Training Education Program
In their first year on campus students observe the profession of athletic training and the environment that surrounds it. This is known as first-year observation and includes observing athletic trainers in a clinical, game, and practice setting.
Moving into the second year (first year working in the ATEP) students begin working with athletes in a clinical setting. Class topics during this year include anatomy, kinesiology, and several introductory athletic training courses.
During the third year students focus on general medical topics while also observing different off-campus health care providers. These include radiology, physical therapy, podiatry, and the college health services. This experiential learning is a unique component to the Luther College ATEP.
Exam and Career Preparation
The final year is focused on integrating all of the skills learned during the previous two years into the athletic training clinic. This is in preparation for the Board of Certification exam (Luther currently has an 85.7% first time pass rate) and placing students in health related careers.