The athletic training major at Cedarville is a four-year program that leads to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. Due to the program's strict requirements for clinical education experience, space is limited to approximately 10-15 students per academic class. There is no limit to how many freshmen may declare athletic training as a major, but there is a competitive admissions process to enter the ATP. Transfer students are considered on an individual basis provided they have completed the necessary prerequisites.
The clinical experience is an integral part of the athletic training program. Accreditation standards require that the clinical education component of the curriculum be at least two full years in duration. Athletic training students need to be routinely available during typical practice and game times in order to fulfill the clinical education requirements. Freshmen will need to accumulate at least 150 hours of observation time in the athletic training facility to be eligible for admission into the program. Sophomores will be scheduled to work (approximately 8-10 hours per week) usually with one of the on-campus Certified Athletic Trainers to expose them to collegiate athletic training services. The junior and senior years are devoted to completing extensive clinical assignments, including working under the supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer with a lower-extremity sport, an upper-extremity sport, an equipment-intensive sport such as football, and a general medical clinical education rotation. Upperclassmen can anticipate working 12-20 hours per week. Students wishing to major in athletic training while participating in intercollegiate athletics will be considered on an individual basis.
The ATP has financial aid awards that are given to students who exemplify strong academic standards as well as awards for students who demonstrate tremendous clinical skills. These awards are given annually and the amounts vary. Additional financial aid may be given to athletic training students who have to travel long distances for their clinical rotations. This additional aid varies each semester.