The mission of the Athletic Training  Program (ATP) is to build a superior education in Athletic Training upon the Foundations & Core program that leads students into deeper commitment to the intellectual, spiritual, and social dimensions of their lives as expressed through their careers as athletic training students and later as certified professionals.

We strive to develop highly competent, inquisitive, self-directed learners who demonstrate genuine caring for the patients whom they serve. As a program within a liberal arts college with a strong Christian heritage, we seek to recruit a diverse, high quality population of students who share the values of the Georgetown College community.

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Athletic Training is offered to students who desire to either enter the work environment or to pursue graduate education in this field.  Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs) work under the direct supervision of a licensed physician and perform a wide variety of services to the physically active population. Their core responsibilities include*:

  1. Injury / Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection
  2. Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis
  3. Immediate and Emergency Care
  4. Treatment and Rehabilitation
  5. Organizational and Professional Health and Well-being

*Source: Board of Certification. (2010). The 2009 Athletic Trainer Role Delineation Study. Omaha, NE: Stephen B. Johnson.

Employment Opportunities

Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs) are employed in such settings as high schools, colleges and universities, orthopedic clinics, physican offices, professional sports organizations, industrial settings, military and law enforcement agencies, and the performing arts.

Successful completion of this program will allow the student to be eligible for the national certification examination administered by the Board of Certification (BOC). Students interested in this major should contact the Athletic Training Program Director for more information and other requirements regarding this program.

Academic Program

Major Courses Include:
KHS 185*, KHS 216, KHS 271, KHS 273, KHS 275, KHS 277, KHS 279, KHS 281, KHS 285, KHS 287, KHS 304, KHS 306, KHS 320, KHS 387, KHS 390, KHS 395, KHS 400, KHS 403, KHS 407, KHS 423, and KHS 450 (47 hours). Allied courses: student chooses among BIO 100* or 111* (3-4 hours)

[* Note: KHS 185 and BIO 100 or 111 are pre-requisite courses and need to be completed before formal admission into program]

Total required credit hours for major: 50-51

Application Process

Formal admission into the Athletic Training Program (ATP) is required. The prospective student must complete the application process in order to be considered for admission in the program. The formal application process for the major consists of:

  1. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale;
  2. Completion of the 6-7 credit hours of pre-requisites (KHS 185 & BIO 100 or 111) with a grade of B or better;
  3. Fulfillment and documentation of a minimum of 75 hours of Direct Observation with the Certified Athletic Trainers employed at Georgetown College;
  4. Current CPR and First Aid Certification (Note: this may be accomplished through completion of KHS 180 or through an outside organization such as American Red Cross or American Heart Association);
  5. Completion of a formal student portfolio consisting in part of resume; personal statement; observation hour log; guided observation packet, immunization records; and 3 letters of recommendation.

Those interested in the Athletic Training Program at Georgetown College may begin the application process and pre-requisites to be admitted to the program during their first semester.

The formal application is typically submitted toward the end of the spring semester of the student’s first year. Transfer students and upperclassmen are permitted to apply at this time as well. Formal admission into the Athletic Training Program is granted beginning the fall semester of the student’s second year. The major takes six semesters to complete.

Completion of the application process does not guarantee admission into the Athletic Training Program. Due to the structure of the Athletic Training Program, space is limited and thus admission decisions are based on a competitive scale. Those not granted admission are encouraged to re-apply the following application cycle. Students not accepted into the Athletic Training Program may continue their education in another major of the Kinesiology and Health Studies Department.

Students with any deficiencies in the above criteria may be admitted at the discretion of the ATP Admissions Committee. For a more detailed description of the complete requirements of the Athletic Training Program, please contact the ATP Director (see contact info above).

Georgetown College’s educational program in Athletic Training is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Clinical Experience Sites

  • Georgetown College Department of Athletics
  • Kentucky State University Department of Athletics
  • Scott County High School
  • Central Kentucky Orthopedics
  • Scott County Physical Therapy
  • KORT Physical Therapy
  • Scott County Family Physicians
  • Paris High School
  • Frankfort High School
  • Franklin County High School
  • Bluegrass Orthopedics
  • Sayre High School
  • Drayer Physical Therapy

Certification as an Athletic Trainer

Students who have completed the Athletic Training Program at Georgetown College are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. The BOC provides a certification program for entry-level Athletic Trainers (ATs) and serves as the only accredited certification program for ATCs in the US (BOC, 2011). Passing of the BOC allows the individual to become legally employed as a practicing Certified Athletic Trainer.


Program Retention Rates for 3-Year Aggregate

Program Retention Rate 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 3-Year Aggregate
Number of students beginning program (cohort #) 4 8

No New Cohort 

Number of students returning for subsequent year 2 2 6   8
Program Retention Rate (%) 50% 75%   67%
Number of students returning for subsequent year 3 1 6   7
Program Retention Rate (%) 25% 75%   58%


Student Graduate Rates for 3-Year Aggregate

Student Graduate Rates 2017-2018 2018-2019 2018-2019 3-Year Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program 5/6 6/8 1/1 12
Student graduation rate (%) 83% 75% 100% 80%


Graduate Placement Rates for 3-Year Aggregate

Graduate Placement Rate 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 3-Year Aggregate
Number of students employed as AT 2 2 1 5
Student employment rate as AT (%) 40% 33% 100% 42%
Number of students employed as other 3 4 * 7
Student employment rate as other (%) 60% 66% * 58%
Number of students not employed 0 0 * 0
Students not employed rate as (%) 0% 0% * 0%
*waiting for 6-month post data        


Board of Certification Exam Pass Rates for 3-Year Aggregate

BOC Pass Rate 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 3-Year Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program 5 5 5 11
Number of students graduating from the program who took examination 5 5 5 11
Number of students who passed the examination on first attempt 3 1 1 4
Percentage of students who passed the examination on first attempt 60% 20% 20% 36%
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 3 1 1 5
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of number of attempts 60% 20% 100% 45%

The athletic training program at Georgetown College has voluntarily withdrawn their accreditation and is no longer admitting students.  The date of voluntary withdrawal of accreditation coincides with the graduation of the last cohort in May 2022.

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