Vanessa B. Fulbright, MA, ATC Assistant Professor and Chair of Physical Education, Athletic Training, and Sport Management Department; Director, Athletic Training Education Program; M.A., Gardner-Webb University; B.S., Mars Hill College
Transfer students who desire an Athletic Training major must go through the initial observation and application process. The ATEP does not accept athletic training courses from institutions that are not accredited by CAATE.
The foundation of the ATEP is the Clinical Education Program, which is primarily addressed through the athletic training practicum courses and internship. The Clinical Education Program allows academic coursework and clinical experiences to merge in order to provide the ATS with a well-rounded and practical educational experience. Field experiences available through the practicum courses and internship include exposure to the following: upper extremity sports, lower extremity sports, and equipment intensive sports with several of Limestone College’s 22 NCAA Division II intercollegiate teams, a general medical rotation, and an internship at a local high school.
The new Walt Griffin Physical Education Center is the hub of activity for the Physical Education Department. The 16,224 square-foot facility includes a fitness and weight training center, an athletic training education center, and three classrooms, including two that serve as multipurpose media centers. Offices for faculty, staff and coaches, and a practice area for the wrestling team are also housed in the new center. In addition, the Timken Physical Education Center contains an 1800-seat gymnasium, an Olympicsize swimming pool, classrooms, locker rooms, and offices.
Employment Opportunities within the Profession of Athletic Training • Secondary Schools • Colleges and Universities • Sports Medicine/Physical Therapy Clinics • Physician Extenders • Industrial Settings • Professional Teams
Athletic Training majors may also choose to pursue graduate studies.
Adam L. Ranns, MA, ATC Head Athletic Trainer; Approved Clinical Instructor; M.A., Gardner-Webb University; B.S., Limestone College Dawn R. Ranns, MA, ATC Coordinator of Clinical Education; Assistant Professor of Physical Education; Faculty Athletic Representative; M.A., Furman University; B.S., Limestone College Robert S. Kolodzy, MS, ATC Instructor of Physical Education; Assistant Athletic Trainer; Approved Clinical Instructor; M.S., Michigan State University; B.S., Georgia Southern University
Financial Aid The College is dedicated to helping students and their families make attendance at Limestone a reality, regardless of their financial situation. Limestone participates in all applicable federal and state financial aid programs including Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Work Study, and all federal loan programs (Perkins, Stafford, Subsidized, Unsubsidized, and Parent Loans). South Carolina residents are eligible for South Carolina Tuition Grants, Palmetto Fellows, LIFE, and HOPE Scholarships.
HEALTH CARE Athletic ADMINISTRATION TRAINING
Limestone awards many institutional scholarships for traditional students, as well as Extended Campus students.
Justin M. Cheek, ATC Assistant Athletic Trainer; Approved Clinical Instructor; B.S., Limestone College Rebecca M. Strycharz, MA, ATC Assistant Athletic Trainer; Approved Clinical Instructor; M.A., Washington College; B.S., Wingate University Lora Huddleston, MS, ATC Assistant Athletic Trainer; Approved Clinical Instructor; M.S., University of Toledo; B.A., University of Northern Iowa Joshua D. Nelson, MS, ATC Assistant Athletic Trainer; Approved Clinical Instructor; M.S., West Virginia University; B.S., Michigan State University
For more information, please contact: Limestone College Office of Admissions 1115 College Drive Gaffney, South Carolina 29340 (800) 795-7151, ext. 4554 or (864) 488-4554 Fax: (864) 487-8706
The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at Limestone College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Students who pursue this major will earn a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and will be eligible to take the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination.
Mission Statement of the Athletic Training Education Program
It is the mission of the ATEP at Limestone College to provide our athletic training students (ATSs) with a well-rounded liberal arts education that is grounded in quality instruction and hands-on clinical experiences, which will ultimately prepare them for a career in the athletic training profession. It is also our mission to produce competent, confident, and dedicated professionals able to function independently in a
variety of settings. Upon meeting all graduation requirements and passing the BOC Examination, ATSs will find themselves prepared for an entry-level position within the profession.
Selection of a Minor and/or Other Recommended Courses
The selection of a minor is based largely on the interest of the students and/or the field of study they intend to enter following graduation.
Athletic Training Courses
• Fundamentals of Athletic Training • First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer • Musculoskeletal Anatomy in Athletic Training I and II • Medical Terminology and General Medical Conditions in Athletic Training • Basic Pharmacology and Nutrition in Athletic Training
• Orthopaedic Injury Evaluation I and II • Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training • Rehabilitation in Athletic Training • Development and Implementation of Athletic Training Programs • Athletic Training Internship • Senior Seminar • Athletic Training Practicum Courses
Courses Required for the Major • Elementary Statistics • Weight Training • Personal and Community Health • Sports Nutrition • Kinesiology • Exercise Physiology • Weight Training Techniques and Instruction • Introduction to Psychology • General Biology • Human Anatomy • Human Physiology
The ATEP at Limestone College is a rigorous and intensive program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. The technical standards set forth by the ATEP establish essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to the program to achieve the knowledge, clinical skills, and physical demands of an entry-level Athletic Trainer and to meet the expectations of the program’s accrediting agency (CAATE). Students who apply to the ATEP must demonstrate a minimum level of physical and cognitive ability and fulfill the program’s technical standards. All technical standards are in accordance with Limestone College’s policies and procedures.
Students are expected to have a physical examination, provide verification of the hepatitis-B vaccination and immunization records, and participate in formal bloodborne pathogen training.