Mission Statement


The Department of Athletic Training and Sports Medicine includes the Bachelor of Sports Medicine Degree, Master of Athletic Training Program and the Athletic Training Department responsible for the health and well-being of Marietta College athletes. The department aims to promote, patient-centered care, interprofessional education and collaboration, student learning, professional development, evidence-based medicine, and advocacy for athletic training among its students, staff, faculty, and affiliates.



The Marietta College Athletic Training program is designed to prepare students to meet the educational competencies and clinical proficiencies necessary to be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification exam and to pass the exam on the first attempt. Provide quality didactic and clinical instruction to the athletic training students. Provide a wide variety of clinical experiences to allow students to understand the role of Athletic Trainers in these varied settings. Prepare students to further their education by seeking and gaining acceptance into a graduate-level program, and or gain employment as an Athletic Trainer


To achieve the stated mission and goals of the Athletic Training program students will demonstrate educational competency and clinical proficiency in the following areas to practice Athletic Training:

  • Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection
  • Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis
  • Immediate and Emergency Care
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation
  • Organizational and Professional Health and Well-being


The Athletic Training Program

The Athletic Training Program (ATP) at Marietta College was one of the first in the nation to be approved as a full major by the National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA). It is also currently one of approximately 350 programs that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). It was the first program in the state of Ohio to receive national recognition to have a full academic major designed to prepare students to become certified athletic trainers. And it has long been regarded as the premier program of its kind among small, liberal arts colleges.

At Marietta, Athletic Training is a full major. Our program is designed to prepare students to develop the competencies essential to embark on a professional career in athletic training, to build a foundation for graduate study, or prepare for professional programs in medicine, physical therapy, nursing, or athletic training.

ATP will teach you about everything from athletic training, physical assessment, applied nutrition, pharmacology, and therapeutic rehabilitation, to kinesiology, pathophysiology, and anatomy. Our advanced anatomy class even uses human cadavers as lab components; unheard of within other undergraduate programs. The curriculum focuses on all aspects of ATEP, not just those related to sports. The structured curriculum integrates the intensive study of both medicine and the health sciences. Meanwhile, our exceptional liberal arts foundation helps you develop the strong critical thinking and communication skills demanded in the healthcare industry.

Our varsity sports teams serve as natural laboratories for Athletic Training students. After being admitted into the Athletic Training Program (ATP), students will be assigned to a Preceptor to gain clinical experience. All Athletic Training majors can expect to accrue a minimum of 600 clinical hours during a minimum of four semesters. Athletic Training Students receive comprehensive training by managing athletic injuries and overseeing treatment and rehabilitation of the injuries. Also, students gain experience by observing the team physician evaluate patients at a local clinic. Other clinical sites include Selby General Hospital's emergency room, Physician's Care, two outpatient physical therapy clinics, and the in-patient physical therapy clinic at Selby General Hospital. At these various off-campus sites, the athletic training students will gain experience working with MD's, DO's, PT's, OT's RN's, and the non-athletic population.

Marietta College's Athletic Training Clinic is impressive. It features treatment rooms, a taping room, classrooms, areas for electrotherapy and hydrotherapy, a cadaver room, and the latest in modern equipment for teaching and treatment processes. Our field house and stadium also house satellite-training rooms.

Successful graduates of our Athletic Training program are qualified to sit for the BOC exam to become certified athletic trainers (ATCs). Our students have also been sought by the nation's top health-related graduate programs, where they pursue study and eventually careers in athletic training, physical therapy, medicine, corporate fitness, exercise physiology, nutrition, and nursing. Those who enter the workforce immediately after graduation work as athletic trainers at the high school level, at colleges and universities and with professional teams. Other jobs include athletic training clinics, fitness centers, and corporate fitness programs.

A National Reputation for Excellence

The Athletic Training major at Marietta College has long been regarded as the premier program of its kind. This demanding program was one of the first in the nation to be approved as a full major by the NATA.

Why all the accolades?

The program integrates rigorous coursework and hands-on experience in the health sciences and medicine with a thorough grounding in the liberal arts, enabling you to develop the strong critical thinking and communication skills demanded by the healthcare industry. And you'll have all the benefits of a small college setting-small class sizes, personal attention from faculty, and the opportunity to participate fully in the campus life.

Pre-Physical Therapy and Pre-Medicine

To qualify as Physical Therapist, states require an advanced degree-usually at the Doctoral level. Thanks to its challenging, medically oriented structure, Marietta's Athletic Training major provides excellent preparation for students entering medical school, physician assistant or physical therapy programs.

One of the most important features of a Marietta education is the heavy emphasis placed on good advising. We believe it is essential for faculty to work closely with students to determine career goals and in preparing to meet those goals. If you're considering a career in medicine, our pre-medical advisors will work with you to select an appropriate major.

Junior / Senior Capstone Course: Research and Design I, II & III

In the Athletic Training major the capstone course begins during the spring semester of the student's Junior year (SPTM 484). During the semester students are instructed on research fundamentals and begin to formulate ideas for their topic of interest. Research topics in the Athletic Training majors can include areas in therapeutic rehabilitation, therapeutic modalities, nutrition, exercise physiology, and injury prevention.

During the student's Senior year their topic has been approved by the college's Human Subjects Review Board, and they begin to collect data (SPTM 485). After the data is collected, students will conduct a statistical analysis to determine significant findings. During the spring semester of the Senior year (SPTM 486) students present the results of their study to faculty members in the department and their student peers. By joining the NATA ( National Athletic Trainers Association) students are eligible to apply for funding from the OATA (Ohio Athletic Trainers Association) research grant committee to help pay for the cost associated with their research project.


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