Focus Area: Athletic Training
The Athletic Training focus area is designed to teach you the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to prepare for a career in athletic training. Students receive an introduction to the profession through academic coursework as well as gain valuable hands–on experience through practicums. Students will practice their skills directly under a certified athletic trainer and work with Indian Hills athletes in some of the best facilities in the nation.
Students who complete the athletic training curriculum will graduate with an Associate of Arts Degree and are prepared to transfer to acquire their Bachelor's Degree in Athletic Training at a 4–year college or university with an accredited undergraduate student athletic training program.
The Profession of Athletic Training
Athletic trainers are directly responsible for the health and well–being of competitive and recreational athletes and patients. They are involved in the injury prevention, initial first aid and injury management, and injury recognition and evaluation. Athletic trainers design and implement treatment and rehabilitation programs so the athlete/patient may return to competition in a timely, effective, and safe manner. They may also aid the athlete with various aspects of their training such as performance enhancement, nutritional counseling, and psychological guidance.
The Athletic Training program at Indian Hills taught me a variety of techniques to properly care for athletes and prepare them to perform at their highest potential. I also learned the importance of taking care of my own body. My experience at IHCC helped me become more responsible, be a better leader, and gain confidence in myself.
In order to become a certified athletic trainer, a student must obtain a Bachelor's Degree in athletic training from an accredited undergraduate athletic training program. They must then sit for and pass a national certification exam from the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification. Many states also require licensure in order to practice within that state.
Employment opportunities for athletic trainers are becoming more and more diverse and range from the traditional setting of a secondary school, college, or university to a corporate or industrial setting. Athletic trainers can also be found working with professional sports teams as well as in sports medicine or physical therapy clinics, medical supply and equipment sales, administration, and the armed forces. Athletic trainers are capable of working with several different patient populations, in addition to athletes, and possess the skill, training, and educational background to do so.
Student Club Information
A Student Athletic Training Club is available to current Indian Hills students. This club is designed to further enhance the student athletic trainer's experience by offering leadership opportunities and tours of area 4–year college and university athletic training programs. Students also get the chance to attend various seminars and/or conferences allowing the student to meet with fellow student athletic trainers and network with professionals in their field. Scholarships are available through the club and are awarded annually to those deserving students.
Entry: Any Term
Length: 2 years
Program: Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.)
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Rhonda Eakins, Program Coordinator
phone: (641) 683-5154 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5154
Brian Bounds, Head Athletic Trainer
phone: (641) 683-5166 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5166