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).

Tonia Gruppen
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

Due to the professional preparation of athletic training elevating to a master's degree, Hope College will no longer be accepting students into our undergraduate professional program.  We will not be making the transition to a master's degree program and we will graduate our last cohort in 2020, having accepted our last cohort in the fall of 2016. A voluntary withdrawal of our accreditation will take place in January of 2020.  

Starting the fall of 2017, students interested in athletic training should major in exercise science through the Department of Kinesiology. We are working to create a pre-athletic training course sequence and will continue to modify required coursework as necessary based on the final release of the standards for the professional master's degree in athletic training. We expect to receive this information and have our pre-athletic training course sequence finalized within the next several months. 

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 (for majors declared by the fall of 2016)
Athletic Trainng Education Program Retention Policy
BOC Standards of Professional Practice
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.

  • In 2014 — 8 graduates of the Hope College AT Program were BOC exam candidates with eight passing on their first attempt
  • In 2015 — 5 graduates of the Hope College AT Program were BOC exam candidates with five passing on their first attempt
  • In 2016 - 9 graduates of the Hope College AT Program were BOC exam candidate with nine passing on their first attempt
Three-Year Aggregate Data
  • 22 students graduated and sat for the BOC Exam in the year of their graduation
  • 22 of 22 graduates (100%) of the Hope College AT program passed the BOC exam on the first attempt
  • 22 of 22 graduates (100%) of the Hope College AT program passed regardless of the number of attempts
  • Hope College AT program students continue to do well on the BOC examination