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Athletic Training Program Academics
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).
Upon completion of the curriculum, Athletic Training Majors will:
- Demonstrate mastery of basic knowledge of athletic training concepts.
- Demonstrate competency in the clinical setting.
- Deomonstrate effective verbal/non-verbal and written communication skills.
- Exhibit readiness as entry level athletic trainers through evidence based research and career development.
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 Program consists of two components:
- academic courses
- clinical education