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


In support of Southeastern Louisiana University's mission, the Athletic Training Program's mission is to provide a comprehensive, progressive, educational and clinical foundation to prepare graduates for a career in Athletic Training. As a result of the Athletic Training Student's exposure to, as well as the participation in, the didactic and
clinical education program, each Athletic Training Student shall develop competency in the following domains of Athletic Training:

• Evidence Based Practice
• Prevention and Health Promotion
• Clinical Examination and Diagnosis
• Acute Care of Injury and Illness
• Therapeutic Interventions
• Psychosocial Strategies and Referral
• Healthcare Administration
• Professional Development and Responsibility

This preparation, along with successful passing of the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination for Athletic Training, and meeting the appropriate state requirements will qualify graduates for entry-level careers in Athletic Training.


1. To prepare athletic training students to develop knowledge and skills in prevention and health promotion.
2. To prepare athletic training students to demonstrate clinical examination and diagnosis knowledge and skills.
3. To prepare athletic training students to demonstrate knowledge and skill in the evaluation and immediate management of acute injuries and illnesses.
4. To prepare athletic training students to utilize therapeutic interventions effectively.
5. To prepare athletic training students to demonstrate professional development and responsibility.
6. To prepare athletic training students to enter the work force in athletic training and/or attend graduate school in an athletic training related field of study.



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) until 2017. 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.


Board of Certification (BOC) Exam Scores

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


Fields 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 3 year aggregate
Number of students graduating from program. 10 17 15 42
Number of students graduating from program who took examination. 10 16 14 40
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 9 7 11 27
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 90 44 79 68
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 9 10 13 32
 Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 90 62 93 80

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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