The Athletic Training Student Program provides college freshmen and sophomores with the tools necessary to successfully transfer into a CAATE-accredited athletic training curriculum program. Students have the opportunity to complete prerequisite courses and gain valuable hands-on clinical and field experience, beginning with the first semester on campus.
Students in the pre-athletic training track are enrolled in the Associate of Arts program. In addition to general education classes, students will take classes that are prerequisites to CAATE-accredited Athletic Training programs at four-year institutions. These courses include, but are not limited to:
Students in the PRE-ATHLETIC TRAINING TRACK are given the opportunity to work directly with a variety of college level athletes, assessing and managing injuries that occur on the field of play, under the supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). Athletic training students will interact with the Certified Athletic Training staff, players, coaches, and other support staff. They have the opportunity to observe and assist with:
Students are also given opportunities to continue the on-field care given to injured athletes into the clinic. They are able to follow an athlete's progress from time of injury during activity through sport specific rehabilitation, to clinical discharge and full return to competition. In the clinic, students may be responsible for:
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What is an Athletic Trainer?
Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.
Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences.
To become an athletic trainer, candidates must graduate with a degree in Athletic Training from an accredited athletic training program and successfully pass the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam. To practice as an athletic trainer in most states, the individual must also be credentialed within the state. Degrees in physical therapy, exercise science, strength and conditioning or others DO NOT qualify the candidate to sit for the BOC examination.
Soon all Professional Athletic Training Programs will only result in Masters Degree. More information about the degree can be found on the CAATE website.