Overall health care 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 health care 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.
Certified athletic trainers are finding employment in the following areas:
- Sport medicine clinics
- Professional sports organizations
- High schools, colleges/universities
- Chiropractic offices
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.
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. It provides solid preparation for the national Board of Certification exam.
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.
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
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.
In order to be eligible to join the Gamma Psi chapter, BW requires that students have a minimum of three semesters in the clinical phase of the athletic training program, a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above and a minimum of 100 clinical rotation hours per semester.
In order to maintain active membership, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and complete 100 clinical hours per semester. The membership criteria will be reviewed annually. Failure to meet the above criteria will move a regular active member to associate status until the criteria is met.
Helpful Web Links
- National Athletic Trainers' Association
- NATA High School Connection
- Ohio Athletic Trainers Association
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 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 Porter ’15 is certified athletic trainer at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, Ohio. Clinicals honed the Fostoria, Ohio, native's professional abilities, preparing her to smoothly transition from school to her first job as a professional athletic trainer, and enabled her to develop the communication skills to become respected in her field.
Zane 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 ’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 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 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 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 ’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.
Amy Jo Sutterluety
Associate Dean, Health and Physical Education
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
M.S., Kent State University
Kerry A. Bebie
Ph.D., The University of Akron
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Jaimy M. Dyer
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Program Director for Athletic Training Program
Assistant Athletic Trainer
M.S., Syracuse University
Erin Sweeney Hutzelman
M.Ed., George Mason University
Jessica Emlich Jochum
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.S., Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., Kent State University
Ph.D., Kent State University