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About the Athletic Training Education Program


What is athletic training?

Athletic training is an allied health profession dedicated to prevention, care, and rehabilitation of injuries in physically active people. Athletic trainers work with physicians and other members of the sports medicine team to help injured athletes return safely to their sports. Certification by the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certificationis the entry-level credential needed to practice athletic training. Some states also require athletic trainers to be licensed. The mission of our program is to prepare professionals for careers in sports medicine as certified athletic trainers in the context of an outstanding liberal arts education. 

How is the athletic training major at Hope structured?

The CAAHEP-accredited athletic training major has two components: coursework and clinical experience. Athletic training majors take the following courses: 
  • Introduction to Cell Biology 
  • Introductory Statistics
  • Introduction to Psychology 
  • Health Psychology 
  • Human Anatomy 
  • Human Physiology 
  • Exercise Physiology 
  • Exercise Physiology Laboratory
  • Kinesiology 
  • Health Education 
  • Nutrition 
  • Safety, First Aid, and CPR 
  • Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries 
  • Therapeutic Modalities 
  • Therapeutic Exercise 
  • Athletic Injury Assessment I
  • Athletic Injury Assessment II
  • Seminar in Athletic Training Administration 
  • Athletic Training Practicum Ia and Ib
  • Athletic Training Practicum IIa and IIb
  • Athletic Training Practicum IIIa and IIIb
  • Athletic Training Practicum IVa and IVb

What about clinical experience?

All athletic training majors complete clinical internships totaling at least 1200 hours under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer. Although most of your experience will come from working with Hope student-athletes in our two athletic training rooms, you will also serve three rotations in each of the following settings: 
  • A local high school 
  • A local hospital-based sports medicine clinic 
  • Our team physician's family medicine office 
Many students participate in summer internships in athletic training. Our students have gained valuable summer experience in: 
  • Professional football 
  • Sports medicine clinics 
  • University sports camps 
  • The Junior Olympic program 
  • State games 
  • Special Olympics 

How do I become an athletic training major?

Hope's athletic training program has a competitive admission requirement. All interested students must apply to both the College and the athletic training program. Candidates complete an application form, submit high school or junior college transcripts and three letters of recommendation, and visit the campus for a personal interview. 

What about costs?

The most up to date information on the cost of a Hope College education can be otained from the Financial Aid Office. In addition there are a few additional costs that athletic training students incur. Click here for a summary of these extra expenses.

Athletic Training Faculty

  • Kirk Brumels, EdD, ATC, Department Chair & Professor of Kinesiology
  • Meg Frens, MS, ATC, Program Director, Assistant Athletic Trainer & Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
  • Tonia Gruppen, MS, ATC, Assistant Athletic Trainer & Clinical Instructor 
  • Emilee Anderson, ATC, Assistant Athletic Trainer
  • Patrick Hulst, MD, Medical Director, Team Physician, & Clinical Instructor 


If you would like more information, or would like to schedule an interview please contact: 

Meg Frens
Program Director, Athletic Training Program
DeVos Fieldhouse
222 Fairbanks Ave.
Holland, MI 49423 
PHONE (616) 395-7450
FAX (616) 395-7175 

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