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Clarke students accepted into the professional phase of the Athletic Training Program before the end of Spring semester 2020, will be completing the Bachelor of Science.
Clarke University’s Athletic Training Program (ATP) helps athletic training students develop an understanding and appreciation of the many dimensions of humans – structural, functional, psychological, emotional, and spiritual. Our college-level ATP emphasizes the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which are vital for a competent practitioner in today’s evolving health care environment.
Clarke’s ATP is phasing out the Bachelor’s in Athletic Training Degree (BS) and phasing in the Master of Athletic Training Degree (MAT) Clarke ATP students will be studying under the supervision of a licensed physician and administer immediate emergency and follow-up care. You will develop athletic injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation programs using your knowledge of biomechanics, anatomy, and pathology. You will be prepared to become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and emerge from Clarke University’s ATP a generalist in the healthcare/medical professional with skills in prevention, evaluation, therapeutic interventions recovery and return to participation.
We are currently taking applications for a July 2021 start.
Clarke Athletic Training Society
Clarke University’s athletic training students working to achieve their degree in athletic training have access to a very active student organization, Clarke Athletic Training Society (CATS). The organization helps spread the awareness of the athletic training profession and develop professional skills among students in the field. Athletic training students participate in the Physical Active Lifestyle Solutions Program (PALS) and other community education and helping services. PALS helps children ages five to seventeen who are facing nutritional and lifestyle challenges. Clarke athletic training students and faculty engage with PALS and other community education and helping services by:
- Introducing and reinforcing active, healthy lifestyles.
- Instructing in proper techniques of physical activities and nutrition.
- Providing resources and guides.
- Maintaining positive interactions and influences with people while having fun during activities.
Interested in health and fitness as a career? Want to see first-hand how our athletic training students learn? Take a visit to scenic Dubuque, Iowa, and visit the Clarke University campus or view our virtual tour. We will walk you through all the details of becoming a Certified Athletic Trainer.
In Clarke’s Athletic Training Program (ATP), you’ll study a variety of subjects, including anatomy with a cadaver lab, chemistry, psychology, ethics, and research. The athletic training degree courses focus on discipline-specific topics, such as diagnostics, interventions, administrative principles, current issues, and management practices necessary for obtaining and working in an athletic training career. You will complete hands-on clinical experiences supervised by licensed and certified athletic trainers and/or clinical faculty/preceptors.
Athletic trainer classes that make an impact
Here is a sampling of the types of classes you’ll explore as a Clarke University Athletic Training student:
CLINICAL EDUCATION IN ATHLETIC TRAINING courses—Students have the opportunity to go to Clarke University-affiliated athletic training facilities to practice skills specifically in injury assessment.
CARE & PREVENTION OF INJURIES—You’ll gain knowledge of the basic science related to the prevention, care, and recovery of injuries.
ACUTE & EMERGENCY CARE and BASIC LIFE-SAVING TRAINING FOR HEALTHCARE AND PUBLIC SAFETY—Learn acute, immediate, and emergency situation recognition, intervention, care, and referral skills.
Athletic Training Rotations
Clarke’s Athletic Training students complete clinical experiences/rotations in Dubuque, Iowa, and other area high schools, colleges, physician offices, health care facilities, and health services offices, including:
- Clarke University
- University of Dubuque
- Senior High School
- Hempstead High School
- Wahlert Catholic High School
- East Dubuque High School
- Medical Associates Clinic
- Tri-State Dialysis Clinic
Athletic Training Clinical Experiences associated with Clinical Education courses
Students must log a minimum of 1000 hours and a maximum of 2000 hours of clinical education time in order to graduate. Ordinarily, no student is allowed to log more than 20 hours and no less than 2 hours in a calendar week (Sunday through Saturday) during full academic weeks. During summer, intersection, and non-academic calendar weeks students may log up to 40 hours per week. A student must have a minimum of 1 day off in every 7 calendar days. Students must submit any exceptions to the amount of time spent in clinical education in writing to the Athletic Training Program Director and Clinical Education Coordinator/Clinical Supervisor. Clinical experience hours follow the Clarke University, departmental, programmatic and accrediting body and/or affiliated site’s guidelines and policies as applicable for the credits assigned to the related Clinical Education courses rather than the federal and institutional guidelines for lecture courses or the institutional guidelines for internships. All students must track and report/submit their own hours in accordance with professional/ethical behaviors.
Athletic Training Board Pass Rates
Clarke University students’ overall Athletic Training Board Pass Rates for the past six years for those with an athletic trainer degree have been between 90-100%, with 72-100% of those students passing the first time. In addition, last year, all Clarke AT graduates secured a job in their field or enrolled in graduate school by August.
Clarke University has received full accreditation for its Athletic Training Program (Bachelor of Science) for a maximum of 10 years from CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education). With this successful accreditation review, Clarke University intends to move toward the offering of a Masters in Athletic Training.
Admission to Clarke University
BS phasing out:
Students apply for admission to the Athletic Training Program during the spring semester of their first year. Qualified Clarke University students will be given priority for the (approximately) 12 openings in the program per year. Some qualified applicants may not be accepted due to space limitations.
Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.
- Application to Clarke
- Admission & Progression Requirements
- Clarke Scholarships & Awards
- Athletic Training Department
Master of Athletic Training
After receiving notice of successfully achieving the maximum 10-year continued accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE), Clarke is setting its sights on launching the Master of Athletic Training (MAT) in the near future. The MAT is the new entry-level standard of preparation for athletic training students. Clarke aspires to continue its tradition of preparing industry-leading athletic trainers to the ever-growing and changing healthcare system.
MAT phasing in: The Clarke University ATP is structured as a 3+2 accelerated program for Clarke students. Clarke students apply for admission to the ATP during the fall semester of their junior/third year of undergraduate studies. Normally, non-Clarke students apply for admission to the ATP during the fall semester of their final year of their bachelor’s degree program. However, due to the pandemic, we have extended our application window, and we are still accepting applications for a July 2021 start. Qualified Clarke University students will be given priority for the (approximately 18) openings in the program per year. Some qualified applicants may not be accepted due to space limitations.
Program in Pictures
Each student is unique, and therefore we must do our best to meet their specific needs. We must prepare students to be life-long learners in an ever-changing world.
The Classroom and Beyond
Our Students & Alumni
The on-the-field training with a variety of high school and collegiate athletic teams greatly prepared me for any type of career within sports medicine and rehabilitation.
One day while working at Sundown Mountain Resort, I was the first person on the scene when a snowboarder crashed. I had to stabilize his neck. To be able to apply what I am learning in the classroom to a real-life experience is amazing.
I just finished my first clinical rotation with the women’s soccer team. I am always hungry for information and am striving to learn everything about the human body.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, percent the athletic training workforce will grow through 2022.
Percent of Clarke athletic training graduates who secured a job in their chosen field or enrolled in graduate school by August.
The current median annual wage for athletic trainer degree holders.