About the Department

Athletic Training Program

The Athletic Training Program is housed within the School of Nursing (SON) in the Collins College of Business. While this might seem like an odd location for an AT program, our students benefit from relationships with nursing and business faculty and students as well as resources that we are able to share.

The SON has a dedicated classroom and lab space that we are able to use for our classes, specifically the Illness and Disease in the Physically Active course. The nursing lab consists of 8 beds with equipment to practice evaluating heart rate, blood pressure, bowel sounds, EENT and other vital signs. The SON recently purchased iStan and METIman, human simulators, which we use for clinical simulations. All of the classrooms in Helmerich Hall (HELM), the home of the Collins College of Business are equipped with computers, internet access, projectors, DVD players, white boards, etc. These rooms are an excellent place to teach class. AT students also take 3 business courses, which will help them to prepare for the business side of their chosen career.

The Athletic Training faculty are very involved in the profession. Dr. Greg Gardner is past president of CAATE, the association that accredits athletic training education programs, and currently works with the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy. Ron Walker is treasurer of the Mid-American Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA). Dr. Robin Ploeger is a CAATE Site Visitor. The certified athletic trainers, who serve as preceptors in the athletic training program and work with the intercollegiate athletics department, are involved in the profession by serving on committees and speaking at professional meetings.

It is the philosophy of the athletic training program that students will be more prepared for their chosen career if they take an active role in their education. Students can take an active role by asking questions during classes and clinical rotations, seeking opportunities to utilize and implement knowledge and skills, and by being willing to volunteer to assist with events that would provide additional learning experiences. We strongly encourage students to attend professional conferences while still a student. These conferences include OATA, MAATA, and NATA meetings.