Athletic Training

What is an Athletic Trainer?

Board of Certification (BOC) Certified ATs are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a healthcare profession.

This Athletic Training Program (AT) is designed to provide a comprehensive, progressive educational and clinical preparation for a career in athletic training. Through didactic and clinical education experiences, each student shall develop competency in the following practice domains of athletic training:

  • Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection

  • Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis

  • Immediate and Emergency Care

  • Treatment and Rehabilitation

  • Organizational and Professional Health and Well-being


Program Application Materials

ATP Application Packet


Preceptor Clinical Evaluation of ATS

Southeastern ATP Handbook

Grady Morgan Endowed Scholarship In Athletic Training


Professional Preparation

Students become eligible for BOC certification through an athletic training degree program (Bachelor's or entry-level Master's) accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Students engage in rigorous classroom study and clinical education in a variety of practice settings such as high schools, colleges/universities, hospitals, emergency rooms, physician offices and healthcare clinics over the course of the degree program. Students enrolled in their final semester are eligible to apply for the BOC exam.


Employers of Athletic Training Services

  • Professional and Collegiate Sports

  • Secondary and Intermediate Schools

  • Sports Medicine Clinics

  • Hospital ER and Rehab Clinics

  • Occupational Settings

  • Fitness Centers

  • Physician Offices


Performance Standards

Performance standards of the professional athletic training education program are listed below. Students should read these standards carefully and are expected to be familiar with them and comply. The Southeastern Louisiana University Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies expects that all applicants for admission possess and demonstrate the skills, attributes, and qualities set forth below, with or without reasonable dependence on technology or intermediaries.

  • Critical Thinking

  • Interpersonal Communication

  • Mobility

  • Motor Skills

  • Sensory

  • Behavioral


Southeastern Louisiana University was the first university in the state of Louisiana to have an accredited Athletic Training Education program. Accreditation was obtained October 18, 2002, and is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). In the Athletic Training Education Program at Southeastern, a student will have the opportunity to experience a variety of settings. Students participate in a five semester progression of clinical education and experiences that include working on campus with athletic teams and working off campus with the following affiliated sites:

  • Southeastern Louisiana University Athletic Training Room

  • Southeastern Louisiana Campus Health Center

  • North Oaks Health Systems

  • North Oaks Sports Medicine

  • North Oaks Orthopedic Specialty Center

  • Episcopal High School

  • Isadore Newman High School

  • St. Paul's High School

  • Zachary High School


Board of Certification (BOC) Exam Scores

Athletic Training students from our program have the following pass rates for the BOC Exam:

# of Students
First Time
BOC Pass Rate
BOC Pass Rate
2011 7 5 (71.4%) 7 (100%)
2012 12  9 (75%) 10 (83.3%)
2013 10 9 (90%) 9 (90%)
TOTAL 29 23 (79%) 26 (89.7%)


AT Academic Faculty

Erin Karch, MS, ATC, LAT, Program Director
Chad Dufrene, MA, ATC, LAT, Clinical Education Coordinator


AT Medical Director

Alyssa Lyon Dufrene, MD, Medical Director


AT Associate Faculty

Heather Dykes, MS, RD, LDN
Dan Hollander, EdD, CSCS*D
Robert R. Kraemer, EdD, FACSM
Michelle Reed, MSN, APRN, ANP-BC 
Nate Borget, MAED, ATC, LAT


National Athletic Trainers' AssociationBoard of Certification for Athletic TrainingCommission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education


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