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Athletic Training is an allied health care profession. Certified athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. As part of a complete health care team, the certified athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care professionals, athletics administrators, coaches and parents.
Students who are interested in pursuing a career as a certified athletic trainer must go through an accredited athletic training education program. Areas of formal instruction will include 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.
Certified athletic trainers can be found almost anywhere people are physically active. Examples of employment settings include:
- Secondary schools
- Colleges and universities
- Professional sports
- The military
- Industrial and commercial
- Performing arts
The athletic training program currently holds full accreditation status from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
The following program is available:
Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training