Athletic Training

A certified athletic trainer, or ATC, is a highly educated and skilled member of the allied health care profession that specializes in the prevention, recognition, evaluation, care, and rehabilitation of athletes.  As the profession moves further into the 21st century, Athletic Trainers have the opportunity to impact the health care of the physically active more than ever by providing preventative measures to injury and cost-effective, quality health care.

Simpson College offers an Athletic Training Major that allows the student to be eligible for the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination. The program is a three-year program, after an initial int that combines coursework and clinical education. Each Athletic Training student, or ATS, learns the NATA Educational Competencies as part of the content within the classroom arena while the Clinical Proficiencies are essentially the performance-related skills needed for their clinical education.  (Note:  Students interested in this are should contact the Program Director of Athletic Training, Mike Hadden, for specific information and recommendations.)

Simpson College is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, or CAATE.


In the day of a Simpson ATC

(video by the Central Iowa Area Health Education Center)

The Scope: Not All Athletes Wear Jerseys


BOC pass rate data

fields 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 3 yr aggregate
Number of students graduating
from program.
7 6 10 14 30
Number of students graduating from
program who took examination.
6 6 11 14 31
Number of students who passed the
examination on the first attempt.
2 3 5 9 17
Percentage of students who passed
the examination on the first attempt.
33.33 50.00 45.45 64.29 54.84
Number of students who passed the
examination regardless of the number of attempts.
5 5 8 10 23
Percentage of students who passed the
examination regardless of the number of attempts.
83.33 83.33 72.73 71.43 74.19