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Thanksgiving Message from DC Colt

The Athletic Training Program at Mizzou has so many things to be thankful for!

We are thankful for an outstanding group of graduates in our inaugural Athletic Training Program Class of 2016!
This class hung with us through the entire accreditation process. They had to trust us to achieve initial accreditation and their trust was rewarded with outstanding success on the BOC Exam and in their individual placement, following graduation. We couldn’t be prouder of a group of students. Here are a few highlights:

  • 23 students graduated
  • 20 passed the BOC exam on their 1st attempt
  • 22 passed the exam and are now Certified Athletic Trainers!
  • 100% of the 22 graduates looking for a position as an Athletic Trainer, have been placed in either a graduate program or employment as an Athletic Trainer.

We are thankful for a long list of Athletic Trainers who are Mizzou alumni!  
When we think back to Ollie DeVictor and the legacy he created, when we think about Fred Wappel’s service to the university and his time as Head Athletic Trainer, we are grateful for the foundation they laid for our profession. Ollie and Fred were instrumental in the formation of the NATA, the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association and the growth of our profession. The students, graduate assistants and full time assistants that worked with and learned from these two established a long term legacy of excellence for athletic trainers at Mizzou. We are proud of, and thankful for, our alumni.

We are thankful for partnerships that make our program successful! 
The Physical Therapy department in the School of Health Professions, with the leadership of Dr. Kyle Gibson, Dr. Kristofer Hagglund, Dr. Rich Oliver; and Mizzou Sport Medicine, with the leadership of Rex Sharp, are among the key campus partners that helped our program get up and running, and resulted in our successful accreditation this spring. Our clinical facilities and preceptors across the state are the best we could have hoped for.