Department Chairperson: John Henry Pommier, Ph.D., CTRS
Sycamore Wellness and Applied Medicine Center, RM 265
Web site: http://web.indstate.edu/health/department/amr
Accredited programs in applied medicine and rehabilitation educate and prepare students to be professionals in the rapidly expanding health care professions. The Applied Medicine and Rehabilitation Department offers a bachelor of science degree in athletic training with two concentrations. The Clinical concentration is intended to prepare students to meet the entry-level requirements to become a certified athletic trainer. The Applied Medicine concentration is intended to prepare students for graduate programs in Physician Assistant Studies, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and other advanced professional programs. The Department also offers a minor in massage therapy for students seeking to complement their work in rehabilitation services.
The athletic training bachelor of science degree includes two concentrations. The Clinical concentration is a Commission on Athletic Training Education accredited program (CAATE). Successful completion of the degree and concentration qualifies students to sit for the Board of Certification Examination. The emphasis of this concentration is to provide students with classroom knowledge and clinical experiences that are appropriate for the entry-level preparation of a certified athletic trainer. The Applied Medicine concentration provides coursework that will prepare students for advanced professional degree programs. The core course work in the degree emphasizes strong theoretical foundations within applied medicine and rehabilitation science, as well as critical thinking and problem solving skills associated with obtaining clinical psychomotor skills. Students also benefit from hands-on clinical education experiences with various health care professionals across both concentrations.
Located in the Sycamore Wellness and Applied Medicine Center, the Applied Medicine and Rehabilitation Department includes a modern, fully equipped athletic training facility, physical therapy and sports medicine clinic, clinical instructional laboratories, and an active Applied Medicine Research Center. In addition to classrooms, activity areas, and a swimming facility, laboratories in human performance, biomechanics, and motor learning support the athletic training curricula. Further, students are continually engaged in interprofessional educational opportunities to prepare them for the health care workforce.
Faculty and staff are active in advising students in all aspects of their educational preparation. It is advantageous for students to develop a dynamic relationship with their advisor during their progress through the major. All undergraduate majors and minors are encouraged to become a part of the Athletic Trainers’ Student Association on campus. The focus of this organization is to enhance and facilitate student needs as they develop and mature through the program.
Graduates of the Athletic Training Program are prepared to pursue graduate study in areas such as advanced athletic training, physical therapy, physician’s assistant programs, occupational therapy, medical schools, exercise science, biomechanics, and cardiac rehabilitation. Additionally, the clinical concentration results in an entry-level athletic training degree with potential employment opportunities available in high school, collegiate, professional, corporate industry, individual, clinical, and research environments, or military settings upon certification.
Athletic Training (Clinical Concentration) – Athletic Training majors engage in experiential learning through clinical experiences, on-campus and in the community, beginning their sophomore year. In the culminating clinical experience, students provide medical services within the community for 18-25 hours per week under the supervision of a preceptor at an assigned clinical education site.
Athletic Training (Applied Medicine Concentration) – Athletic Training majors engage in experiential learning through clinical experiences, on-campus or in the community. During clinical experiences, students engage in patient care experiences within the community for 5-10 hours per week at an assigned clinical education site.
An application process is necessary for the clinical concentration of the major. No application is necessary for the applied medicine concentration. Matriculating students typically apply during the spring semester of their freshman year. Transfer students are encouraged to apply when they have completed or are enrolled in prerequisite course equivalents. Transfer students must provide evidence of equivalent course work (i.e. course descriptions, syllabi, evidence of competency completion). Prerequisite courses include Athletic Training 110, 202 (or proof of CPR certification), 210, 210L, 212, 212L, 225, and 280. At the time of application students must submit application, evidence of job shadowing hours, current emergency cardiac care certification, physical examination, technical standards, immunization records (including Hepatitis B or waiver), confidentiality statement, and a copy of transcripts (official transcripts are required from any additional college course work, unofficial ISU transcripts are acceptable). Students are financially responsible for expenses of the application accrued prior to admittance into the professional component of the program. After review of application documents, students will interview with Athletic Training Education Program Academic and Clinical Faculty. Formal acceptance into the professional component of the program requires a 2.75 cumulative grade point average and successful completion of prerequisite courses. Successful completion of a prerequisite course requires a grade of C or better.
Additional information regarding program admission to the clinical concentration is available at the Undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program Web site: http://www.indstate.edu/amr/programs.htm.