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Athletic Training


The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at Carthage is a rigorous and intense program intended to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer. The program prepares graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity.

  • ATH 1020

    Introduction to Athletic Training

    This course introduces the student to the field of athletic training. The student will be introduced to the foundational principles of athletic training and sport injury along with the introduction and demonstration of basic skills in emergency care. The student is required to observe three seperate experiences in athletic training activities.
    Prerequisite: None

  • ATH 2080

    Structural Kinesiology

    Structural kinesiology is the study of the muscles as they are involved in movement. This class will cover in detail the origin, insertion, function, and innervation of the major skeletal muscles as they relate to human movement.
    Prerequisite: ATH 1020

  • ATH 2100

    Athletic Training Practicum I

    This clinical experience will provide the student a controlled environment to practice and master the clinical proficiencies as outlined by the NATA. The corresponding didactic course work is learned in ATH 2190: Principles of Athletic Training.
    Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Educational Program

  • ATH 2190

    Principles of Athletic Training

    This course provides an overview of the principles of injury related to athletic participation, environmental conditions, and protective equiptment. An in-depth study of sports injuries to the lower leg/ankle will focus on the etiology, symptoms, signs, assessment, and injury management.
    Prerequisites: Admission into the Athletic Training Educational Program, ATH 1020, and ATH 2080

  • ATH 3033

    Therapeutic Rehabilitation I

    This course is designed to introduce the athletic training student to fundamental concepts in both therapeutic modalities and therapeutic rehabilitation. An overview of the body's physical and psychological reactions to stress and injury will be covered. The student will describe and demonstrate various modalities used in conjunction with active exercise for optimal recovery from injury.
    Prerequisites: Admission into the Athletic Training Educational Program and ATH 2080

  • ATH 3040

    Clinical Skills in Athletic Training I

    This class is designed to specifically prepare the athletic training student in the area of evaluation and assessment of orthopedic injuries.
    Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Educational Program

  • ATH 3070

    Clinical Skills in Athletic Training II

    This course is a continuation of Clinical Skills I in the spriing semester. Special emphasis is on evaluating orthopedic injuries sustained by those involved in physical activity. Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Educational Program

  • ATH 3200

    Athletic Training Practicum II

    This is a supervised clinical experience of the procedures for injury evaluation and physical examination skills.
    Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Educational Program

  • ATH 3300

    Athletic Training Practicum III

    This course will provide the student with the opportunity to demonstrate the use of thermal agents, electrical agents, ultrasound, and mechanical modalities. Clinical problem solving will be addressed through the use of case studies.
    Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Educational Program

  • ATH 3510

    Field Placement in Athletic Training

    An off-campus practical experience for the senior student majoring in athletic training. The student will be placed in a health care facility to work with a licensed athletic trainer/physical therapist and a high school setting.
    Prerequisite: Senior status

  • ATH 4044

    Therapeutic Rehabilitation II

    Therapeutic Rehabilitation II is a continuation of Therapeutic Rehabilitation I and will expand upon previous content covered as well as challenge the athletic training student with advanced skills needed in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.
    Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Educational Program

  • ATH 4080

    Administration in Athletic Training

    This course will provide an overview of leadership theories; risk management; ethical issues; evidence-based practices; and program, human resources, financial, and informational management.
    Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Educational Program

  • ATH 4100

    Pharmacology in Athletic Training

    This course will cover pharmacology, ergogenic aids, and drug/alcohol abuse as it relates to athletics and the physically active population.
    Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Educational Program

  • ATH 4400

    Athletic Training Practicum IV

    This course will provide the athletic training student the opportunity to practice evaluation and rehabilitation skills in a safe and supervised classroom setting.
    Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Educational Program

  • ATH 4600

    Athletic Training Practicum V

    Practicum V is designed for the senior athletic training student who is preparing to take the Board of Certification exam. Students will be challenged to perform clinical proficiencies deemed necessary to function as an entry-level athletic trainer.
    Prerequisite: Senior standing

  • ATH 4990

    Senior Project Completion

    Students must sign up for ATH 4990 Senior Project Completion the semester in which they plan on completing their athletic training senior project.
    Prerequisite: Senior standing

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2017), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

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    • Since 2008, Carthage athletic training students have used the newest diagnostic tools to study concussions. Overseen by a leading brain trauma expert from the Medical College of Wisconsin, the research helps doctors determine when athletes are healthy enough to return.

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    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

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    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016 and 2017, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

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    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

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    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

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    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …