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Athletic Training

Serving others and improving lives through health care.

Hope College offers one of the finest athletic training programs in the nation, with courses and clinical experience accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program has chosen to voluntarily withdraw its CAATE Accreditation effective following the 2020–2021 academic year.*

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Hope has many features that distinguish its athletic training program from others:

  • Clinical involvement from day one, based on freshmen admission
  • State of the art facilities, equipment, modalities and supplies
  • Mentor program enabling peer relationship development
  • Faculty have a dual clinical and academic appointment
  • Faculty’s professional experience includes clinics, high school, collegiate and professional sports
  • Student-faculty collaborative research opportunities

New students are no longer being admitted directly into the program, but students interested in careers in Athletic Training should consult with the Kinesiology Department regarding options for studying within the Exercise Science curriculum as a preparatory degree for graduate level professional programs in Athletic Training. If you are interested, please contact Kirk Brumels for more information. 

Hope is a CAATE-accredited program, which after completing the curriculum requirements, allows our students to sit for the BOC exam and graduate with a professional degree, ready for the workplace.  Our objective is to graduate our students in no less than four years to be successful on the BOC exam upon completion of the professional program, gain entrance into a graduate school with a related degree and/or become employed as an AT.  

Athletic Training Major Course Sequence 
Athletic Training Education Program Retention Policy
BOC Standards of Professional Practice
Guide for BOC Exam Candidates
NATA Code of Ethics
Technical Standards 

All athletic training majors complete clinical internships totaling at least 1,200 hours under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer. Although most clinical experience will come from working with Hope student-athletes in our four athletic training rooms, you will also serve rotations in each of the following settings:

  • A local high school
  • A local hospital-based sports medicine clinic
  • Our team physician’s family medical practice
  • A local orthopedic physician’s office (observing an athletic trainer and the physicians)


Clinical Experience Expectations and Assessment Compilation
Emergency Action Plan
Infection Control Procedures
Medication and OTC Dispensing Policy
Risk & Responsibility Release Form for AT Student Travel 

Our athletic trainers work out of four athletic training rooms located in the Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse, Lugers Fieldhouse, VanAndel Soccer Stadium, and the Dow Center. The athletic training room in the DeVos Fieldhouse serves as the central site for athletic health care on campus. The 3,500 sq. ft. facility is adjacent to the weight training center and includes a SwimEx hydrotherapy pool, extensive rehabilitation space, offices for the athletic training faculty, a taping and bandaging area, and a large treatment center.

Athletic training students will be well-rounded by completing rotations in a variety of settings under the supervision of local clinical instructors. Below is a listing of the off-campus facilities we partner with.

Generally students who are sophomores and higher will be assigned to Zeeland High School at either the West or East campus. If assigned at the West Campus, Diana Albers will be the preceptor and at the East Campus, it will be Jason Burgess. Both are eager to have Hope athletic training students on board at the high school level.  Zeeland High School athletic trainers are hired by Holland Hospital and a formal orientation session for the hospital must occur prior to the start date at the high schools. Students who are in their junior year and above, will be assigned to either Excel-R-ation with Sandi Karafa, Lakewood Family Medicine with Dr. Patrick Hulst or at Shoreline Orthopaedics with KayLynn Albers.  


EXCEL Clinical Rotation Planning Form
LFM Clinical Rotation Planning Form
SHORELINE Clinical Rotation Planning Form
ZHS Clinical Rotation Planning Form


Athletic training students who have completed the requirements for graduation from the Hope College athletic training program upon satisfactorally meeting the academic and clinical standards set forth by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) are eligible to challenge the national certification exam for ATs, known as the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam.

Hope College AT Program Student BOC Pass Rates

  2017–2018 2018–2019 2019–2020 Three-Year Aggregate
# of Students graduating from program 6 6 4 16
# of Graduates who took the BOC Examination 6 6 4 16
# of Students who passed BOC exam on 1st attempt  6 5 4 15
Percentage of students who passed exam on 1st attempt 100 83 100 94
# of students who passed BOC examination
regardless of the number of attempts
6 5 4 15
Percentage of students who passed the BOC
examination regardless of the number of attempts
100 83 100 94

Hope College AT Program Student Retention and Graduation Rate

  2017–2018 2018–2019 2019–2020 Three-Year Aggregate
# of students who entered cohort 9 10 4 23
Retention Rate – Students who entered program and
completed it (%)
66 60 100 75
# of Students graduating from program  6 6 4 16
Graduation Rate – Students who completed program within 150% of “normal time” (%) 100 100 100 100

Note: All students who opted out of AT major still graduated on-time from Hope College although in another discipline.

Hope College AT Program Student Employment Rate

  2017–2018 2018–2019 2019–2020 Three-Year Aggregate
# of students employed as AT 2 3 1 6
Student employment rate as AT (%) 33 50 25 36
# of students employed as other 1 1 2 4
Student employment rate as other (%) 17 17 50 28
# of students in graduate school program 3 2 0 5
Graduate school attendance rate (%) 50 33 0 28
# of students not employed 0 0 0 0
Student non-employed rate (%) 0 0 0 0

Note: Employment data is for six months post-graduation only.