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Athletic Training Program

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training In cooperation with the Department of Sports Medicine, the Athletic Training program (AT program) at Bethel University will provide an excellent academic and clinical education for athletic training majors; promote the highest educational, professional and ethical standards; and be recognized as a premier entry-level program that prepares students to be exceptional individuals who exercise sound judgment, uphold Christian principles, achieve fulfillment in their personal and professional lives, and make positive contributions to their communities and the athletic training profession.

About the Athletic Training Program

Bethel University's Athletic Training program (AT program) is currently on probation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The program has chosen to Voluntarily Withdraw its Accreditation effective July 31, 2020. The program will remain on probation until the Withdraw is effective and the program is closed.


The mission of the Athletic Training program (AT program) at Bethel University is to provide students a dynamic learning environment grounded in scientific knowledge, evidence-based practice and clinical experiences in the field of athletic training that are necessary to provide quality patient care. By fostering open dialog and active learning in

the classroom and clinical settings, the AT program cultivates athletic training students who aspire to be highly skilled, knowledgeable, and compassionate health care professionals.

The AT program supports the overall mission of the institution to create opportunities for members of the learning community to develop to their highest potential as whole persons—intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically—in a Christian environment. Additionally, the AT program faculty, staff, and students strive for professional excellence and adhere to all legal and ethical standards of practice in service to the community.


The AT program will provide high-quality didactic and clinical instruction and learning opportunities for students in a rigorous curriculum, based in the liberal arts, that integrates Christian faith with clinical practice.

All associated with the AT program will adhere to the Foundational Behaviors of Professional Practice for athletic trainers.

The AT program will exhibit professional responsibility through adherence to accreditation and certification guidelines (CAATE, BOC®) and involvement in athletic training organizations (TATS, SEATA, and NATA).

The AT program will retain students in the major and prepare them as lifelong learners for a career in the athletic training profession.


Athletic training students will demonstrate effective clinical application of the athletic training skills learned in didactic coursework.

Athletic training students will demonstrate their ability to provide care to diverse patient populations through experiences in a variety of clinical settings, with various healthcare professionals.

Athletic training students will demonstrate competency and clinical proficiency in the five domains of athletic training, which include: (1) injury/ illness prevention and wellness protection, (2) clinical evaluation and diagnosis, (3) immediate and emergency care, (4) treatment and rehabilitation, and (5) organizational and professional health and well-being.

Athletic training students will thoroughly examine current literature and clinical competencies to assess “best practices” in athletic training and other allied health professions.

Athletic training students will be able to think critically, communicate effectively, and apply their knowledge and skills in a variety of settings.

Students who successfully complete the AT program will be prepared to: challenge the BOC® exam, secure employment in athletic training or a related field, and/or gain admission to a graduate program.

Code of Ethics

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association Code of Ethics states the principles of ethical behavior that should be followed in the practice of athletic training. It is intended to establish and maintain high standards and professionalism for the athletic training profession. The principles do not cover every situation encountered by the practicing athletic trainer but are representative of the spirit with which athletic trainers should make decisions. The principles are written generally; the circumstances of a situation will determine the interpretation and application of a given principle and of the Code as a whole. When a conflict exists between the Code and the law, the law prevails.

Principle 1:
Members shall respect the rights, welfare, and dignity of all.
1.1 Members shall not discriminate against any legally protected class.
1.2 Members shall be committed to providing competent care.
1.3 Members shall preserve the confidentiality of privileged information and shall not release such information to a third party not involved in the patient’s care without a release unless required by law.

Principle 2:
Members shall comply with the laws and regulations governing the practice of athletic training.

  1. 2.1 Members shall comply with applicable local, state, and federal laws and institutional guidelines.
  2. 2.2 Members shall be familiar with and abide by all National Athletic Trainers’ Association standards, rules, and regulations.
  3. 2.3 Members shall report illegal or unethical practices related to athletic training to the appropriate person or authority.
  4. 2.4 Members shall avoid substance abuse and, when necessary, seek rehabilitation for chemical dependency.

Principle 3:
Members shall maintain and promote high standards in their provision of services.

  1. 3.1 Members shall not misrepresent, either directly or indirectly, their skills, training, professional credentials, identity, or services.
  2. 3.2 Members shall provide only those services for which they are qualified through education or experience and which are allowed by their practice acts and other pertinent regulation.
  3. 3.3 Members shall provide services, make referrals, and seek compensation only for those services that are necessary.
  4. 3.4 Members shall recognize the need for continuing education and participate in educational activities that enhance their skills and knowledge.
  5. 3.5 Members shall educate those whom they supervise in the practice of athletic training about the Code of Ethics and stress the importance of adherence.
  6. 3.6 Members who are researchers or educators should maintain and promote ethical conduct in research and educational activities.

Principle 4:
Members shall not engage in conduct that could be construed as a conflict of interest or that reflects negatively on the profession.

  1. 4.1 Members should conduct themselves personally and professionally in a manner that does not compromise their professional responsibilities or the practice of athletic training.
  2. 4.2 National Athletic Trainers’ Association current or past volunteer leaders shall not use the NATA logo in the endorsement of products or services or exploit their affiliation with the NATA in a manner that reflects badly upon the profession.
  3. 4.3 Members shall not place financial gain above the patient‘s welfare and shall not participate in any arrangement that exploits the patient.
  4. 4.4 Members shall not, through direct or indirect means, use information obtained in the course of the practice of athletic training to try to influence the score or outcome of an athletic event, or attempt to induce financial gain through gambling.


Beginning Fall 2018, Bethel University is no longer offering admission to future students into the Undergraduate Professional Phase of the Athletic Training (AT) program. If you are an incoming freshman you will not be able to choose AT as an undergrad major.