Athletic trainers play an integral role in sports healthcare. Through extensive preparation
in both academic and practical experience, the athletic trainer provides athletes
with services and education for injury prevention, evaluation of athletic trauma,
immediate care and rehabilitation. The athletic trainer is a specialized member of
the sports medicine team and works closely with the attending and/or consulting physicians.
Athletic trainers may work in a variety of settings, including secondary schools,
colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports teams and
industrial settings. The American Medical Association recognizes athletic training
as a health profession.
Admission to the dual degree program in Athletic Training is open to applicants who
successfully complete a high school college-preparatory curriculum, including courses
in the social sciences, biology, mathematics, physics, English, a foreign language
and chemistry. SAT scores are required of all applicants. International students must
submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores.
Applicants are encouraged to volunteer or work under the direct supervision of a certified
athletic trainer (ATC) in an athletic training setting to strengthen interpersonal
skills and develop an understanding of the needs and capabilities of patients and
the role of the athletic trainer.
The dual degree program in Athletic Training is unique because it accepts students
for enrollment in the entire program. Students who maintain all the admission criteria
outlined in their Catalogue as well as meet the
essential functions* of the M.S.A.T. program, are guaranteed admission into the graduate professional
phase of the program. Due to a limit on the number of athletic training students in
each entering freshman class, admission into the program is highly selective.