Program Information


Coe College has begun the process of Voluntary Withdrawal of its Bachelors of Arts in Athletic Training degree with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Due to this Voluntary Withdrawal, Coe College will no longer be accepting new students into the ATEP after December of 2017.

Academic Program

Coe College offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Athletic Training which combines four years of concentrated studies and three-and-one-half years of clinical experiences for students wishing to prepare for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination to become a certified athletic trainer (ATC).

The curriculum prepares students to function as allied healthcare professionals by incorporating the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Athletic Training Educational Competencies related to injury prevention, pathology of injury, evaluation, acute care, pharmacology, therapeutic modalities & exercise, general medical conditions, nutrition, psychosocial intervention, healthcare administration and professional development.

Program Information 

Mission Statement - Consistent with the mission of the College, the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) strives to provide an education of superior quality that aims at preparing students for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination and careers in athletic training following graduation. Through a liberal arts based education, we are committed to providing the didactic and clinical experiences necessary to develop well-rounded students who are clinically competent and independent-thinking health care professionals.

Goals & Objectives

  • To recruit and select quality students for admission in the Athletic Training Education Program.
  • To develop the attitude, professional conduct, and critical thinking abilities within each student so they may become successful athletic training professionals.
  • To provide strong academic and clinical experiences so each student can develop mastery of the educational competencies and clinical proficiencies required for entry-level athletic training professionals.
  • To prepare each student to successfully pass the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.
  • To utilize current literature and research during academic and clinical instruction.
  • To promote student participation in the state, district and national athletic training associations.
  • To continually evaluate the Athletic Training Education Program to ensure that it's meeting these goals/objectives.

Accreditation

The Athletic Training Education Program at Coe College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

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

CAATE-accreditation for Coe College is scheduled to continue until the conclusion of the Spring of 2021 academic year.

Program Highlights

Ultimately, the performance of our graduates is the best indicator of programmatic success. See the average GPA, national board examination pass rate, graduate placement rate and initial employment of our graduates…

Coe College Athletic Training BOC Rate 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 3 yr. aggregate
Number of students graduating from program. 7 9 5 5
Number of students graduating from program who took examination. 7 9 5 5
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 6 9 3 18
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 86% 100% 60% 86%
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 6 9 3 18
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 86% 100% 60% 86%

Student Graduation Rate (3 Year Aggregate)

  2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 3 yr. aggregate
Number of students graduating from program. 7 9 5 21
Student Graduation Rate (percentage) 100 100 100 100

Student Employment Rate (3 Year Aggregate)

  2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 3 yr. aggregate
Number of students employed as AT 6 6 2 14
Student employment rate as AT (percentage) 86 67 40 67
Number of students employed as other 0 1 2 3
Number of students employed as other (percentage) 0% 11% 40% 14%
Number of students not employed 0 1 1 2
Student not employed rate (percentage) 0% 11% 20% 10%

Student Retention Rates (3 Year Aggregate)

  2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 3 yr. aggregate
Number of students who were admitted to ATEP 10 11 8 10
Number of students graduating from ATEP 7 9 5 7
Retention percentage 70% 82% 63% 72%

Brief History

Coe College has supported students' interest in the athletic training profession through an "internship" model since the early 1980's. During this time students were exposed to select coursework which focused on injury prevention, recognition and initial management. Within this "internship" model students also had opportunities to learn some of the "hands-on" techniques the certified athletic trainer would utilize when treating and rehabilitating an injured athlete. In the early 1990's Coe College added a collateral concentration in athletic training which expanded the course work available in athletic training for interested students. Under the collateral concentration students were required to complete another major (for example: physical education or biology) while also adding elective courses in athletic training in order to graduate.

In 1999 the Coe College faculty and administration approved a proposal to create an athletic training major. In August 2000 the athletic training major first appeared in the College catalog. With the new athletic training major in place students would now receive additional coursework related to: injury evaluation, therapeutic modalities, rehabilitation, clinical athletic training and administration. Also, the new athletic training major enabled the college to pursue initial accreditation for the athletic training education program from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

In 2000, the athletic training education program began the self-study process with the goal of obtaining initial accreditation from CAAHEP. In the Fall 2002 the program underwent an extensive on-site review by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Athletic Training (JRC-AT). During this on-site visitation the JRC-AT examined our program's compliance with the published 2001 Standards & Guidelines related to academic course work and the clinical aspects of the program.
On July 17, 2003 the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) granted initial accreditation to the Athletic Training Education Program. This distinction makes Coe College the only institution in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) and the first within the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) that is able to offer a CAAHEP-accredited athletic training education program.

In July 2006, all entry-level athletic training education programs which were previously CAAHEP-accredited transitioned to the new accreditation agency responsible for overseeing the educational preparation of athletic trainers entitled: Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The next comprehensive CAATE-accreditation review for Coe College is scheduled to occur during the 2008-09 academic year.

Ultimately, the Coe College administration, athletic training faculty and clinical instructor remain committed to providing an athletic training education program that develops well-rounded, critically-thinking athletic training professionals. Since the athletic training education program's initial accreditation in July 2003 this commitment has resulted in three key areas. First, 60% of our athletic training graduates have passed the national Board of Certification, INC (BOC) examination on their first attempt. Second, 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. Finally, 100% of our athletic training graduates who have not pursued advanced degrees have found employment throughout the country as certified athletic trainers in sports medicine clinics, as well as in high school and collegiate athletics.