Concord College Offers New Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training

ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord College’s Department of Health and Physical Education announces that a new Bachelor of Science degree program in athletic training is now available for both current and new students. The purpose of the program is to prepare students for careers as athletic trainers and provide a sound academic background for students who wish to pursue graduate studies.

According to Dr. Dean W. Turner, vice president and academic dean, the new major includes traditional classroom educational opportunities and 1,000 hours of supervised clinical experience under a National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) certified athletic trainer. New courses currently in development will benefit both the athletic training majors and students entering allied health professions as well as physical education majors and health education majors.

“This is a baccalaureate degree program consistent with the mission and strengths of Concord College. It is also appealing and appropriate to the needs of our service region.”

Jerry Beasley, Concord College President

According to Health and Physical Education Department Chairperson Eloise Elliott, all the high schools in West Virginia are required to have an athletic trainer. Currently, there are no educational institutions south of Charleston that have an athletic training program.

“The state is currently giving waivers to athletic trainers in the public schools in our area because of the lack of program availability. The athletic training program at Concord College is badly needed.”

Eloise Elliott

Concord Head Athletic Trainer, Amanda Allen has taken the lead in developing the program. “This is a new program on campus, and it will definitely benefit students in our region,” she said. Allen will be teaching two athletic training classes this fall.

College administrators estimate they will attract about 20 students the first year. The new athletic training facility in Centennial Hall will serve as the primary clinical site for the athletic training program.

For more information, contact Dr. Eloise Elliott at 1-304-384-5345/5155, or e-mail

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Concord College Notes: The Communication Arts Department produces the College’s student newspaper, radio programming and television programming. The department also produces theatrical and musical productions. It is organized similar to today’s modern corporation with the students completing projects under both student and faculty supervision. This gives students real-world experience that focuses on accountability and responsibility.

Naomi Koyano, a student in Concord College’s Communication Arts Department wrote this press release. She is working as a student intern in the office of development at Concord College this summer. Her hometown is Tokyo, Japan. She is majoring in Communication Broadcasting. Her anticipated graduation date is August, 2000.

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