Class of 2009, Athletic Training
As a high school student, Vanessa Norman knew that TU's reputation was excellent and that the athletic training program was among the best in the nation. After visiting the campus, she was totally sold on TU.
"Everyone was extraordinarily nice and very welcoming," she recalls.
Vanessa enjoys the thoroughness of the athletic training program. Students rotate through each intercollegiate sport, gaining experience under a certified athletic trainer/approved clinical instructor (ACI).
"The relationship between the student and the athletic trainer for each sport is similar to that of a doctor and an intern," she notes. "We get a chance to practice what we've studied," she says.
In addition to spending 20 hours per week with the assigned sport, athletic training students also gain experience with high school sports, a sports medicine clinic and complete a medical rotation.
"We get to experience the intricacies of each setting, which makes it easy to decide on an area of specialization," she says. "In our classes, we learn about the pathophysiology of injuries, as well as ways to evaluate, treat and rehabilitate these injuries."
She interned with the Tulsa 66ers, part of the NBA Developmental League and had the chancce to work with players from teams like the Milwaukee Bucks. She also received two scholarships through professional athletic training organizations -- the National Athletic Trainer's Association and the Midwestern American Athletic Trainer's Association.
Norman, who will graduate with a 3.8 grade point average, plans to attend Georgia State University in Atlanta where she will work as a graduate assistant athletic trainer while earning her Master of Sports Science degree.