Athletic Training Major

BW's rigorous clinical athletic training program builds career skills and insights that can be applied to a wide variety of health care treatment settings.

Athletic Training

College of Education and Health Sciences

Baldwin Wallace is no longer accepting new students into the athletic training major. Students currently enrolled in the major may continue in the CAATE-accredited program and upon completion will be eligible to sit for the BOC certification exam.

The last cohort of CAATE-accredited students was admitted into the program in the fall of 2019 
and the program will be discontinued upon the graduation of this cohort in the spring of 2022. Prospective students interested in athletic training careers might consider the pre-allied health major in preparation for a Master of Science in athletic training.

Department of Allied Health, Sport and Wellness

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Overall healthcare for physically active individuals is the forefront of athletic training. Key aspects of the profession involve clinical evaluation and diagnosis, preventive and wellness care, emergency care and rehabilitation. BW's rigorous clinical athletic training program helps you build career skills and insights that can be applied to healthcare treatment in a wide variety of settings.

Faculty mentoring is integral to your studies. You'll have sequential practicum courses that allow you to develop the psychomotor skills needed for this major. As part of your clinical rotations, you'll spend 12-18 hours a week at on- and off-campus sites engaged with patients/athletes both at on-campus as well as off-campus clinical sites.

Baldwin Wallace’s CAATE accredited program prepares students to sit for the Board of Certification national exam.

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Career Opportunities

Certified athletic trainers are finding employment in the following areas:

  • Sport medicine clinics
  • Professional sports organizations
  • High schools, colleges/universities
  • Corporations/industries
  • Chiropractic offices

Cleveland Healthcare Hub

BW's 20-minute accessibility to Cleveland and its expansive offering of renowned hospitals, clinics, sports medicine facilities and public health organizations provides outstanding opportunities for internships, clinical experiences and career placement.

Cleveland Clinic Affiliation

Through BW's affiliation with the Cleveland Clinic, you'll gain expertise from the medical director and team physicians who are part of the Clinic's Sport Health Program. You'll work alongside them at clinical rotations as well as interact with them in a classroom environment.

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

BW’s athletic training major is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program has been placed on probation as of February 11, 2020, by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.

BOC Pass Rate

BW students have a strong first-time and overall pass rate for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. This exam is taken at the completion of the athletic training program and is the national standard for certifying athletic trainers.
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Offered as a major, athletic training is a comprehensive program that includes prevention and health promotion, clinical examination and diagnosis, acute care of injury and illness, therapeutic interventions, psycho social strategies, evidence-based practice and more, culminating in a solid preparation for the national Board of Certification exam.

Secondary criteria necessary for admittance into the CAATE accredited program and additional costs associated with enrollment in the athletic training program may be found in the Athletic Training Student Handbook

Athletic training is an ideal companion major to pre-allied health/pre-physical therapy and exercise science.

The athletic training major prepares students to:

  • Sit for the BOC (Board of Certification exam) to become certified athletic trainers
  • Integrate didactic knowledge with application of practical skills in the clinical decision-making process in the care of the patient
  • Demonstrate collaborative and patient-focused care; recognizing the skills/abilities of other healthcare professionals and executing duties within the scope of an athletic trainer.
  • Effectively communicate with patients, physicians, colleagues, administrators, parents/family members using appropriate terminology and complying with privacy statutes/regulations
Course Catalog

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.


Small class sizes, individual attention and ongoing faculty mentoring are hallmarks of the athletic training program.

Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities. With 23 varsity sports, four athletic training facilities and six certified athletic trainers on staff, BW offers outstanding hands-on learning.

Student Organizations

Collegiate Organization of Athletic Student Trainers (COAST)

COAST is a BW student organization that puts you in contact with peers and career professionals.

Athletic Training Honor Society

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Iota Tau Alpha is the professional honor society for students pursuing a degree in athletic training. The mission of the organization is to promote and encourage scholarly activity in athletic training and to recognize outstanding achievement among students enrolled in the athletic training education program. BW's Gamma Psi chapter was established in 2016.

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Honors Ceremony

The honors ceremony is held annually in the spring. Recognitions include:

  • Bonnie Raye Graduate Scholarship (in honor Bonnie Raye, who taught at BW and was the women's basketball coach, 1980-89).

  • Dr. Lee J. Tressel Scholarship (in honor of Dr. Lee Tressel '48, who taught and was BW's football coach, 1957-80).

  • Hower-Stover Award (in honor of Dr. Marjorie Hower, who was a professor at BW, 1947-80, and Myrta Stover, who coached and taught at BW, 1943-68).

  • Dr. Robert H. Lechner Memorial Athletic Training Student Service Award (in honor of Dr. Lechner '30, who served as BW's team physician).


At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed. 

Baldwin Wallace has long championed the success of its students. Evidence of this can be seen in the extraordinary achievements of its alumni spread throughout the United States and the world. Among recent accolades, 92 percent of graduates from the Class of 2014 reported being in rewarding jobs or in graduate school studies within six months after graduation.

Recent BW athletic training graduates are finding success in graduate school and various careers. 

Andrew HudsonAndrew Hudson ’15 is personal trainer at Chautauqua Health and Fitness in Ashville, N.Y. As a double major in athletic training and exercise science, he improved his ability to evaluate orthopedic and general medical conditions and enhanced his professionalism in his field. He is from Panama, N.Y.

Stephanie PorterStephanie Porter ’15 is certified athletic trainer at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, Ohio. Clinicals honed her professional abilities and communication skills, preparing her to smoothly transition from school to her first job as a professional athletic trainer. She is from Fostoria, Ohio.

Zane ShussZane Shuss ’15 is athletic trainer and exercise specialist at Pomerene Hospital in Millersburg, Ohio. He graduated from BW confident in his ability to meet the varied needs of his clients thanks to BW faculty who set high standards and continuously pushed him to achieve excellence. Zane is from Port Washington, Ohio.

Alexandra Ellis Alexandra Ellis ’14 is associate athletic trainer at Baldwin Wallace University. Hands-on experience and opportunities to be mentored by professionals and observe their work with athletes in a variety of sports enabled her to develop a broad skill set. She is from North Royalton, Ohio.

Jason RobertoJason Roberto ‘14 is pursuing an M.S. in physician assistant studies at Philadelphia University where he is a certified athletic trainer. A faculty mentor at BW encouraged the Milford, Mich., native to pursue a double major in athletic training and pre-physical therapy, a decision that led to his acceptance into graduate school.

Jordan RosenbergerJordan Rosenberger ’14 is pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Cleveland State University. Classroom and clinical experiences sharpened her critical thinking and problem-solving skills and provided her with ample opportunities to apply concepts learned to real-life settings. She is from Middleburg Heights, Ohio.

Alicia White VanlandinghamAlicia White Vanlandingham ’04 is physical therapist for the Department of Veterans Affairs in San Antonio. At BW, a rigorous athletic training curriculum and faculty mentors prepared the Mecca, Ohio, native to earn a doctorate in physical therapy and work in a specialized setting treating highly active patients.

Travis Gallagher Travis Gallagher ’96 is clinical lead athletic trainer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Internships were an essential component to his undergraduate training that enabled him build confidence and critical thinking skills while also practicing and honing his athletic training skills. He is from Parma, Ohio.



Full-Time Faculty

Amy Jo Sutterluety
Chair, Department of Allied Health, Sport and Wellness
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Jaimy M. Dyer
Program Director, M.S. in Exercise Physiology
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Cory Beaumont
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., The University of Tennessee

Kerry A. Bebie
Associate Professor
Ph.D., The University of Akron

Megan Frank
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Kent State University

Karyn Gentile
Associate Professor
Assistant Athletic Trainer
M.S., Syracuse University

Wendy Hyde
Assistant Professor
M.Ed., Springfield College

Alexander Morgan
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Sara Schimelpfenig
Administrative Assistant
M.M., Cleveland State University
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