Program Highlights

An Athletic Trainer is a qualified, allied health care professional educated and experienced in the prevention, evaluation, rehabilitation, protection, and management of health care problems associated with diverse populations. Athletic trainers may be employed in a variety of settings including clinics, high schools, universities, and businesses. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health care personnel, the athletic trainer functions as a vital link between the physically active environment and the medical community.

The Department of Exercise Science and Sport at Millikin University offers a curriculum that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. The mission of the Athletic Training Program is to provide quality education for students wishing to become certified athletic trainers. Through a combination of both didactic and practical learning experiences, the program helps students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for success on the Board of Certification (BOC) examination and for success in the field of Athletic Training and related allied health fields.

Under the guidance and supervision of a team of certified athletic trainers, you will build and enhance your knowledge and skills regarding the prevention, evaluation, management, and rehabilitation of injuries that occur within the active and general populations. The Millikin University Athletic Training Program is accredited by and in good standing with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Please reference http://caate.net/action-listings/ for further information.  
 

Admission requirements

Admission into the athletic training program is based on academic, clinical, and interview performances. Students are informed of their application status early in the summer following the application year.

The following are the minimum requirements for admission:

  • Submission of the application and technical standards for admission form.
  • Completion of ES 130 Prevention & Treatment of Athletic Injuries and ES 140 Standard First Aid with no less than a "B" letter grade earned for either class.
  • Earn a cumulative grade point average no less than 2.5 at the completion of the last two semesters of college coursework.
  • Completion of 100 hours of satisfactory clinical observation under the supervision of the university's athletic training staff.
  • Complete an admission interview.

Plan of Study

Departmental Course Offerings

Courses change each semester, so this list should not be considered a commitment to these individual topics. However, this does represent a list of many of our current and popular courses. The list is provided so that you can begin to imagine your academic career at Millikin in this major.

Prevention and Treatment of Athletic Injuries This is an introductory course emphasizing prevention and treatment of injuries particular to athletics and recreational activities. Rehabilitation procedures are included. (ES130)
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid Response, care, and treatment in emergency situations are the primary focuses of this course. Personal and community safety and disaster response will be addressed. CPR certification for workplace and home is included. (ES140)
Practicum in Athletic Training I The first of five laboratory courses required of Athletic Training majors. Under the direct supervision of a board certified athletic trainer/clinical instructor; students will observe and participate in the organization and administration of the athletic training environment and the care given to athletes. Students will gain an understanding of the daily operations of the athletic training room and learn entry level skills in athletic training focusing on: risk management and injury prevention, acute care of injury and illness, and basic assessment and evaluation skills. (ES141)
Personal and Community Health This is an introductory course surveying topics and issues pertaining to the health/wellness classroom. Developing the wellness concept; physical, mental, social, emotional, environmental, and spiritual well-being are discussed. (ES160)
Recognition and Evaluation of Athletic Injuries I  Intensive, thorough study of orthopedic and neurovascular evaluation techniques used by sports medicine professionals to asses orthopedic and athletic related injuries to the spine and upper extremities sustained by physically active individuals. Lecture, demonstration, and practical experience will be the instructional methods used to help students gain knowledge and confidence in their orthopedic and athletic injury assessment techniques. (ES234)
Recognition and Evaluation of Athletic Injuries II  Intensive, thorough study of orthopedic and neurovascular evaluation techniques used by sports medicine professionals to assess general medical conditions, illnesses, and orthopedic and athletic related injuries to the spine and upper extremities sustained by physically active individuals. Lecture, demonstration, and practical experience will be the instructional methods used to help students gain knowledge and confidence in their orthopedic and athletic injury assessment techniques. (ES235)
Practicum in Athletic Training II  The second of five laboratory courses required of Athletic Training Majors. This purpose of this course is to measure the skill level of each student. This class will focus on injury evaluations of the lower extremities including posture, anatomical and special testing for various musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. (ES241)
Kinesiology  Anatomical understanding of the human body, with emphasis on biomechanics, origin, insertion, action, and innervation of the primary muscles used in human movement. (ES310)
Therapeutic Modalities  Explores how to plan, implement, and evaluate the efficacy of therapeutic modalities in the treatment of injuries and illnesses of athletes and physically active individuals. Therapeutic modalities covered in this course include but are not limited to: cryotherapy, thermotherapy, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, massage, and traction. (ES311)
Health-Related Nutrition  Explore the role of nutrition in physical fitness and health as professionals strive to promote optimal wellness. Fitness components, testing, and program design will be discussed. Nutritional concepts, nutrient function, and dietary considerations will be explored. (ES328)
Therapeutic Exercise  This course introduces the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, implement, and evaluate the efficacy of therapeutic exercise in the treatment of injuries and illnesses of athletes and physically active individuals. (ES332)
Practicum in Athletic Training III  The third of five laboratory courses required of Athletic Training majors. The course is designed to include specific experiences in the field of athletic training and educational modules for formal evaluation of athletic training clinical proficiencies. (ES341)
Practicum in Athletic Training IV  The fourth of five laboratory courses required of Athletic Training majors. The course is designed to include specific clinical experiences in the field of Athletic Training. The didactic education focuses on fitness testing protocols and assessments, fitness techniques, and biomechanical principles and concepts, including functional classification of joints, arthrokinematics, normal ranges of joint motion, joint action terminology, skeletal muscle contraction, kinesthesis/proprioception, and muscle action. (ES342)
Athletic Training Seminar Passing the Board of Certification (BOC) examination is required in order to practice in the field of Athletic Training in the State of Illinois.  This course is designed to focus on the individual preparation for the BOC by developing strategies that address the critical thinking and testing taking skills needed to successfully pass the examination. This course is not intended to be a comprehensive review for the BOC.  Required for Athletic Training majors. Prerequisite: Senior status within the Athletic Training Program (ATP). (ES365)
Physiology of Exercise This course is designed to facilitate understanding in how the body reacts and adapts to exercise. Attention to the methods and principles of exercise testing is covered in detail. The course includes practical application of principles through laboratory experiences. Importance and purpose, physiological rationale, methodology, analysis and discussion of exercise, and the human body are all included. (ES410)
Physiology of Exercise Lab This lab is designed to facilitate understanding in how the body reacts and adapts to exercise. Attention to the methods and principles of exercise testing is covered in detail. The course includes practical application of principles through laboratory experiences. Importance and purpose, physiological rationale, methodology, analysis and discussion of exercise and the human body are all included.  (ES411)
Principles of Strength and Conditioning  This course will examine the basics of training design for personal fitness and athletic enhancement. Main topics, which are applied, are anatomy and physiology, testing and evaluation, exercise techniques, and program design. Students who complete this course will have sufficient knowledge to pursue a certification as a personal trainer from accredited fitness organizations. (ES418)
Practicum in Athletic Training V  The final laboratory course required of Athletic Training majors. This purpose of this course is to expose athletic training students to experiences common to the practice of athletic training in collegiate and general medical settings and to re-introduce and evaluate practical skills important in the practice of athletic training. This course will also certify the students in epi-pen injections and inhaler use through the America Red Cross. (ES441)
Athletic Training Administration This course will expose students to materials and techniques designed for the acquisition of higher level Athletic Training skills.  This course is designed to focus on and build skills in organization, administration, and risk management as it pertains to the profession of Athletic Training.  Information regarding professional responsibilities, professional development, regulatory agencies, legal and ethical standards, and evidence based practices will also be addressed.  This class serves as the departmental capstone for Athletic Training majors only. (ES450)
Internship in Sport Medicine  The purpose of this course is to expose athletic training students to experiences common to the practice of athletic training in a rehabilitation clinic/high school setting and for practical instruction and evaluation of the athletic training clinical proficiencies that cannot be evaluated at Millikin University. (ES472)

Additional Details about the Program

Admission

Program Manuals

Program Outcomes

These numbers reflect the most current Millikin graduates' aggregated BOC results and may differ from those seen on the CAATE website depending on when each entity uploads their data.  Please feel free to contact the Department of Exercise Science & Sport at 217-420-6677 with any questions you may have related to our program outcomes.

The Athletic Training program at Millikin University is accredited by and in good standing with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The Athletic Training program received initial accreditation in 2002.