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Fall 2020 Return to Campus Information
COVID-19 Communication

Athletic Training

Master of Athletic Training

Clarke students accepted into the professional phase of the Athletic Training Program before the end of Spring semester 2020, will be completing the Bachelor of Science.

Clarke University’s Athletic Training Program (ATP) helps athletic training students develop an understanding and appreciation of the many dimensions of humans – structural, functional, psychological, emotional, and spiritual. Our college-level ATP emphasizes the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which are vital for a competent practitioner in today’s evolving health care environment.

Clarke’s ATP is phasing out the Bachelor’s in Athletic Training Degree (BS) and phasing in the Master of Athletic Training Degree (MAT) Clarke ATP students will be studying under the supervision of a licensed physician and administer immediate emergency and follow-up care. You will develop athletic injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation programs using your knowledge of biomechanics, anatomy, and pathology. You will be prepared to become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and emerge from Clarke University’s ATP a generalist in the healthcare/medical professional with skills in prevention, evaluation, therapeutic interventions recovery and return to participation.

Clarke Athletic Training Society
Clarke University’s athletic training students working to achieve their degree in athletic training have access to a very active student organization, Clarke Athletic Training Society (CATS). The organization helps spread the awareness of the athletic training profession and develop professional skills among students in the field. Athletic training students participate in the Physical Active Lifestyle Solutions Program (PALS) and other community education and helping services. PALS helps children ages five to seventeen who are facing nutritional and lifestyle challenges. Clarke athletic training students and faculty engage with PALS and other community education and helping services by:

  • Introducing and reinforcing active, healthy lifestyles.
  • Instructing in proper techniques of physical activities and nutrition.
  • Providing resources and guides.
  • Maintaining positive interactions and influences with people while having fun during activities.

Interested in health and fitness as a career? Want to see first-hand how our athletic training students learn? Take a visit to scenic Dubuque, Iowa, and visit the Clarke University campus or view our virtual tour. We will walk you through all the details of becoming a Certified Athletic Trainer.

Lucas Fangmann, a Clarke University Athletic Training major, discusses how the Athletic Trainer program is the perfect fit for him.

Program Details

In Clarke’s Athletic Training Program (ATP), you’ll study a variety of subjects, including anatomy with a cadaver lab, chemistry, psychology, ethics, and research. The athletic training degree courses focus on discipline-specific topics, such as diagnostics, interventions, administrative principles, current issues, and management practices necessary for obtaining and working in an athletic training career. You will complete hands-on clinical experiences supervised by licensed and certified athletic trainers and/or clinical faculty/preceptors.

Athletic trainer classes that make an impact

Here is a sampling of the types of classes you’ll explore as a Clarke University Athletic Training student:

CLINICAL EDUCATION IN ATHLETIC TRAINING courses—Students have the opportunity to go to Clarke University-affiliated athletic training facilities to practice skills specifically in injury assessment.

CARE & PREVENTION OF INJURIES—You’ll gain knowledge of the basic science related to the prevention, care, and recovery of injuries.

ACUTE & EMERGENCY CARE and BASIC LIFE-SAVING TRAINING FOR HEALTHCARE AND PUBLIC SAFETY—Learn acute, immediate, and emergency situation recognition, intervention, care, and referral skills.

Athletic Training Rotations

Clarke’s Athletic Training students complete clinical experiences/rotations in Dubuque, Iowa, and other area high schools, colleges, physician offices, health care facilities, and health services offices, including:

  • Clarke University
  • University of Dubuque
  • Senior High School
  • Hempstead High School
  • Wahlert Catholic High School
  • East Dubuque High School
  • Medical Associates Clinic
  • Tri-State Dialysis Clinic

Athletic Training Clinical Experiences associated with Clinical Education courses

Students must log a minimum of 1000 hours and a maximum of 2000 hours of clinical education time in order to graduate. Ordinarily, no student is allowed to log more than 20 hours and no less than 2 hours in a calendar week (Sunday through Saturday) during full academic weeks. During summer, intersection, and non-academic calendar weeks students may log up to 40 hours per week. A student must have a minimum of 1 day off in every 7 calendar days. Students must submit any exceptions to the amount of time spent in clinical education in writing to the Athletic Training Program Director and Clinical Education Coordinator/Clinical Supervisor. Clinical experience hours follow the Clarke University, departmental, programmatic and accrediting body and/or affiliated site’s guidelines and policies as applicable for the credits assigned to the related Clinical Education courses rather than the federal and institutional guidelines for lecture courses or the institutional guidelines for internships. All students must track and report/submit their own hours in accordance with professional/ethical behaviors.

Athletic Training Board Pass Rates

Clarke University students’ overall Athletic Training Board Pass Rates for the past six years for those with an athletic trainer degree have been between 90-100%, with 72-100% of those students passing the first time. In addition, last year, all Clarke AT graduates secured a job in their field or enrolled in graduate school by August.

Clarke University has received full accreditation for its Athletic Training Program (Bachelor of Science) for a maximum of 10 years from CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education). With this successful accreditation review, Clarke University intends to move toward the offering of a Masters in Athletic Training.

BS Curriculum Guide

MAT Classes You'll Take

Admission to Clarke University

BS phasing out:
Students apply for admission to the Athletic Training Program during the spring semester of their first year. Qualified Clarke University students will be given priority for the (approximately) 12 openings in the program per year. Some qualified applicants may not be accepted due to space limitations.

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.

Master of Athletic Training
After receiving notice of successfully achieving the maximum 10-year continued accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE), Clarke is setting its sights on launching the Master of Athletic Training (MAT) in the near future. The MAT is the new entry-level standard of preparation for athletic training students. Clarke aspires to continue its tradition of preparing industry-leading athletic trainers to the ever-growing and changing healthcare system.

MAT phasing in: The Clarke University ATP is structured as a 3+2 accelerated program for Clarke students. Clarke students apply for admission to the ATP during the fall semester of their junior/third year of undergraduate studies. Non-Clarke students apply for admission to the ATP during the fall semester of their Bachelor’s final year. Qualified Clarke University students will be given priority for the (approximately 18) openings in the program per year. Some qualified applicants may not be accepted due to space limitations.

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Meet Our Faculty

When our athletic training graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member in Clarke University’s athletic training major requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging, and empowering students. At Clarke University, your athletic trainer professors will know your name. Your professors will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And, they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

View Our Faculty & Staff
Dee Higgins, Ph.D.

Dee Higgins, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Program Director and Professor of Athletic Training

Every patient and every student is inherently good, is worth time, effort and care, and deserves your best efforts.

Deann Petitgout, MA

Deann Petitgout, MA

Instructor of Athletic Training; Director of General Education

Each student is unique, and therefore we must do our best to meet their specific needs. We must prepare students to be life-long learners in an ever-changing world.

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But don’t take our word for it…

Our Students & Alumni

Jeremy Houtakker

Jeremy Houtakker

Athletic Training '03

The on-the-field training with a variety of high school and collegiate athletic teams greatly prepared me for any type of career within sports medicine and rehabilitation.

Lucas Fangman

Lucas Fangman

Athletic Training '17

One day while working at Sundown Mountain Resort, I was the first person on the scene when a snowboarder crashed. I had to stabilize his neck. To be able to apply what I am learning in the classroom to a real-life experience is amazing.

Emily Grant

Emily Grant

Athletic Training '18

I just finished my first clinical rotation with the women’s soccer team. I am always hungry for information and am striving to learn everything about the human body.


23 %
Job growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, percent the athletic training workforce will grow through 2022.

100 %
Job placement

Percent of Clarke athletic training graduates who secured a job in their chosen field or enrolled in graduate school by August.

$ 47,510
Yearly salary

The current median annual wage for athletic trainer degree holders.

Accreditation

In order to practice athletic training, students must pass the BOC certification examination. As described on The Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) website, the BOC “was incorporated in 1989 to provide a certification program for entry-level Athletic Trainers (ATs). The BOC establishes and regularly reviews both the standards for hte practice of athletic training and the coninuing education requirements for the BOC Certified ATs. The BOC has the only accredited certification program in the US.”

Clarke was most recently completed an accreditation review in 2017-2018 and received the maximum reaccreditation of 10 years.

 Applied AT Program 2012-2013 Began AT Program 2013-2014Applied AT Program 2013-2014 Began AT Program 2014-2015Applied AT Program 2014-2015 Began AT Program 2015-2016Applied AT Program 2015-2016 Began AT Program 2016-2017Applied AT Program 2016-2017 Began AT Program 2017-2018Applied AT Program 2017-2018 Began AT Program 2017-2018Applied AT Program 2018-2019 Began AT Program 2019-2020
Number of students that began AT Program (typically sophomore year)1281513121212
Number of students that returned from year 1 to year 2 (junior year)1281591110not yet available
Program retention % from year 1 to year 2 (sophomore to junior)100.00%100.00%100.00%69.23%91.67%83.33%not yet available
Number of students that returned from year 2 to year 3 (junior to senior year)12815811not yet availablenot yet available
Program retention % from year 2 to year 3100.00%100.00%100.00%88.89%100.00%not yet availablenot yet available
Overall retention % of cohort in the program100.00%100.00%100.00%61.54%91.67%not yet availablenot yet available
Student graduation rate percentage100.00%100.00%100.00%62.00%not yet availablenot yet availablenot yet available
Number of students that graduated12 graduated in 20168 graduated in 201715 graduated in 20188 graduated in 2019expected graduation in 2020expected graduation in 2021expected graduation in 2022
Graduating students who took BOC128158
Graduating students who passed BOC exam 1st time106126
1st time pass rate percentage83.33%75.00%80.00%75.00%
Graduating students who passed BOC exam overall117157
Pass rate percentage overall91.67%87.50%100.00%87.50%
Number of students who decided not to pursue retaking BOC exam after not passing1100
3 year aggregate BOC 1st time pass rates2016, 2015, 20142017, 2016, 20152018, 2017, 20162019,2018, 2017
number of students pass/total number of students26/3225/3228/3524/31
percentage81.25%78.10%80.00%77.40%
3 year aggregate BOC overall pass rates2016, 2015, 20142017, 2016, 20152018, 2017, 20162019,2018, 2017
number of students pass/total number of students30/3229/3233/3529/31
percentage93.75%90.63%94.25%93.54%
Post graduation placement rates (Percentage of students within 6 months who have obtained employment)3 Year Aggregate
Number of students employed as AT (from all previous years)56718
Student employment/placement rate as AT percentage62438860%
Number of students employed as other3205
Student employment/placement rate as other percentage3814017%
Number of students not employed (including those enrolled in graduate programs while employed)0606
Students not employed percentage (this includes students enrolled in graduate programs who are NOT employed)043020%

Historical data at a glance:

  • 2019 graduating class 1st time pass rate of 75% (6/8) and overall pass rate is 87.5% (7/8) at this time.
  • 2018 graduating class 1st time pass rate of 80% (12/15) and the overall pass rate of 100% (15/15).
  • 2017 graduating class 1st time pass rate of 75% (6/8) and the overall pass rate of 87.5% (7/8).
  • 2016 graduating class 1st time pass rate of 83.3% (10/12) and the overall pass rate of 91.6% (11/12).
  • 2015 graduating class 1st time pass rate of 75% (9/12) and an overall pass rate of 91.66% (11/12).
  • 2014 graduating class 1st time pass rate of 87.5% (7/8) and an overall pass rate of 100% (8/8).
  • 2013 graduating class 1st time pass rate of 76.92% (10/13) and an overall pass rate of 92.31% (12/13).
  • 2012 graduating class 1st time pass rate of 100% (10/10).
  • 2011 graduating class 1st time pass rate of 90.90% (10/11) and an overall pass rate of 100% (11/11).

2019-2020 Athletic Training Handbook

2020-2021 Athletic Training Handbook

Absence Approval Form

Technical Standards

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