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The major in athletic training provides interested students with theoretical and professional preparation in allied health care for athletes and physically active persons. This entry level preparation is designed to facilitate an academic foundation that will allow graduating students to seek professional certification through the Board of Certification (BOC), professional career opportunities in both the public and private sector, or to continue their education at the graduate level. The above objectives are met through a combination of educational experiences that incorporate related academic course work and supervised clinical training. This curriculum is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE) in order to meet national certification requirements by the Board of Certification (BOC).
Educational Goals and Objectives
Upon completion of the curriculum, Athletic Training Majors will:
- demonstrate mastery of basic knowledge of human movement, athletic training, and sports medicine concepts.
- demonstrate competency in psychomotor skills essential in sports medicine, skills in effective communication of applied knowledge, effective use of problem solving techniques, and intelligent decision making in clinical settings.
- Demonstrate tolerance and understanding of diverse populations, responsible citizenship, a professional attitude, and ethical behavior.
- Demonstrate competitive marketability.
Entry level career opportunities in Athletic Training include, but are not limited to:
- public and private secondary schools
- colleges and universities
- sports medicine clinics
- industrial work hardening centers
- professional sport organizations
Typically, this work includes prevention, primary care, evaluation of injuries and illness, rehabilitation of injuries, reintegration into activity, therapeutic modalities, nutrition, pharmacology, psychosocial intervention/referral and health care administration.
The Athletic Training Educational Program consists of two components:
- academic courses
- clinical education