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Why Study Athletic Training at Coe College?

Coe College is the only institution within the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) and the first in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) that is able to offer a CAATE-accredited athletic training education program.

The faculty is dedicated toward establishing a quality learning environment and the small class sizes (8-12 students/class) allow for extensive contact with the athletes/patients, athletic training faculty and team physicians.

Students admitted to, and graduating from, the Athletic Training Education Program are among the best and brightest at Coe College. Ultimately, the performance of our graduates is the best indicator of programmatic success.

The following represent what our graduates have been able to accomplish since the Athletic Training Education Program became accredited in July, 2003:

  • Over the last 5-year reporting period athletic training graduates have recorded the fourth highest average GPA among all campus majors (3.67/4.00).
  • 50% of our athletic training graduates have passed the national Board of Certification (BOC) examination on their first attempt. On average, only 30%-35% of all candidates taking the national BOC exam pass on the first attempt.
  • 91% of our athletic training graduates have been placed in graduate programs throughout the country to pursue advanced degrees in: athletic training, physical therapy, physician assistant programs and chiropractics.
  • 100% of our athletic training graduates not pursuing advanced degrees have found employment throughout the country as a certified athletic trainer (ATC) in sports medicine clinics, as well as in high school and collegiate athletics.

Clinical experiences provide students the opportunity to practice and integrate their clinical skills within the context of direct patient care while under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor in the following settings:

  • Athletic training rooms
  • Collegiate & high school athletics
  • USHL Ice Hockey
  • Surgical rotations
  • Hospital emergency department