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Experiential Learning in Athletic Training


The Athletic Training Education Program at Bethel College requires you to work with at least six different certified athletic trainers and other health-care professionals. Bethel College athletics programs (especially football, basketball, soccer and volleyball) provide a venue for practical experience, as do Newton High School and Hesston College. There are opportunities to do rotations with local physical therapists, general practitioners (medical doctors), physician assistants or EMS workers.

Bethel College athletic training students have the opportunity to work or do internships in a variety settings, including:

  • Newton Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine, Newton, whose staff includes Bethel College team physician and Bethel graduate Jennifer Koontz, M.D., MPH
  • Via Christi Regional Medical Center, Wichita, which provides athletic training coverage to professional, collegiate and high school sports teams
  • Newton High School, a Class 5A school with all Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA)-sanctioned sports except rodeo
  • Hesston College
  • Kansas Orthopaedic and Surgery Centers, Wichita
  • Wichita Wild indoor professional football

Recent research project topics have included:

  • Various treatment options for patellar tendonitis
  • Plyometric jump training program
  • Core strength gain difference by gender
  • Changes in blood pressure from weight training and supplement use