Athletic Training

Effective March 1, 2016, Lees-McRae will no longer be accepting students into its Athletic Training degree program. Make sure to check out our biology or sport management programs!

About the Program

The Athletic Training Education Program at Lees-McRae College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and provides ample opportunities for classroom and field experience learning. All athletic training students have opportunities to work closely with BOC Certified Athletic Trainers, 19 athletic teams and 300 Bobcat student athletes, regional medical facilities and area high schools. Lees-McRae facilities include the Williams Athletic Training Clinic, the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Athletic Training Lab, Athletic Training Weight Room and the Rhea-Lyons Indoor Pool. Students who complete this program graduate with over 700 hours of clinical experience.

Athletic Training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic Training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited Athletic Training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. Learn more about athletic training >>

The mission of the Lees-McRae College Athletic Training Education Program is to support the mission of the College by providing students with a program that will prepare them for a productive career in the field of athletic training and related healthcare professions. The Athletic Training Education Program provides an environment that focuses on the student. Students are allowed to learn and develop in a variety of settings while being mentored by respected professionals. The program maintains a strong liberal arts core while challenging students with a science-based curriculum.

The Lees-McRae College Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  The program has been placed on Probation as of February 19, 2016 by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. 

Board of Certification Exam Results

As an accredited Athletic Training Program by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), it is required that we report the following information.

2012/2013 2013/2014 2014/2015 3 Year Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program 4 3 3 10
Number of students graduating from program who
took examination
3 3 3 9
Number of students who passed the examination
on the first attemps
2 1 0 3
Percentage of students who passed the 
examination on the first attempt
67% 33% 0% 33%
Number of students who passed the examination
regardless of the number of attempts
3 1 0 4
Percentage of students who passed the examination
regardless of the number of attempts
100% 33% 0% 44%

Meet the Faculty

Rita Smith
Director of Athletic Training Education, Assistant Professor of Athletic Training, Senior Woman Administrator for Athletics

Luke Carson
Assistant Athletic Trainer, Adjunct Instructor of Athletic Training

Zsachlayne Roguska
Head Athletic Trainer, Adjunct Instructor of Athletic Training