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Athletic Training Spotlight

Meet Drew Orr, a second-year student in our Master of Athletic Training program from Iowa City, IA.

After graduating in 2015 with his Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree from Drake, Drew was one of our pioneer students, as a member of our inaugural MAT class!

Name:    Drew Orr
Hometown:    Iowa City, IA
Degree Program:    MAT, May 2021
Why did you choose to pursue a career in Athletic Training? 

Throughout undergrad, I wanted to go to physical therapy school. After working with a physical therapist in my capstone experience, I wasn’t sure it was right for me. Dr. Newman and Dr. Brady told me about the athletic training program and it seemed like a great fit!

What are your professional goals as a future AT? 

My professional goal is to be the best version of myself wherever I end up working. As for a dream job, I would love to eventually work for a professional or Division 1 collegiate team. I am open to exploring the field of athletic training and finding the area that fits me best!

Tell us about the experiential learning sites you've been at so far, and what was the purpose of each?

At the beginning of the program we had two-week rotations that really allowed us to dip our feet in the waters and learn about many different sites athletic trainers can work in. The next semester we had two different six-week rotations that gave me the opportunity to get a more in depth feel of both traditional and non-traditional settings. Moving forward, we have summer and fall immersion experiences ahead us. The purpose of these sites will be to give us the full experience of what it is like to be an athletic trainer in selected settings. We will be at these sites for 40 hours a week and will be able to learn and grow in ways that would otherwise be impossible.

How has your time at your experiential sites helped you in your education? 

It has really given me the opportunity to see how the profession of athletic training is able to translate to a number of different fields. Experiential learning allows students to see the daily life of athletic trainers and the little things that can’t be found in a textbook or classroom.

What is your favorite memory so far from your experiential sites?

At one of my experiential sites I was given the opportunity to remove surgical staples from a patient who had surgery. It was a great experience and I am grateful that the experiential sites have allowed me to have moments like this.

Why did you choose to attend Drake?

I chose Drake for undergraduate school because I was able to see that you are more than a number in so many ways. That is something that sets Drake apart from larger schools for me. For graduate school, Dr. Newman and Dr. Brady sold me on the program and already being a Drake student made the decision easier.

How are your experiences in the Master of Athletic Training program helping you to pursue your career goals?

My experiences are helping build a foundation of knowledge that will be vital in the profession of athletic training. The biggest aspects of my academic experience that are helping the most would be the hands-on experience that you get. Throughout my time I have already been able to feel multiple torn ACLs and perform special tests on them, I’ve been able to learn how to suture lacerations, and so much more.

What are some of your accomplishments at Drake and in the MAT program?

I would say that one of biggest accomplishments at Drake would have to be finishing up my first semester in the program because it was very hectic, difficult, and challenged me as a student in ways I had never faced before. Another accomplishment would have to be completing my literature review for research while taking difficult courses like pathophysiology and pharmacology during the second semester of the program.

Share a few things you’ve liked the most about your time at Drake and in the MAT program?

While practicing IV insertion in class, I got to insert an IV in Dr. Newman’s arm. It’s not every day you get to do something like that!

What is one piece of advice you would give to future Drake students?

Trust your professors. At Drake you are so much more than a number and they will help guide you through this journey. You just need to be willing to put in the hard work and try your best every day.

Past Athletic Training Spotlights

Bridget Davidson (2022 MAT alum)

Alisa Drapeaux (Drake Health Sciences Faculty, Athletic Trainer)

Nate Newman (Drake MAT Program Director and Faculty)

Frankie Porter (2021 MAT alum)

Frankie Porter (student profile)

Delaney Taylor (MAT Candidate 2023)

Kayley Weiland (2022 MAT alum)

Richelle Williams (faculty profile)

Sara Wilson (MAT Candidate 2024)

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