Years 4 and 5, along with one summer semester session between the 2 comprise our professional, graduate degree in Athletic Training. Students who successfully complete all requirements in the BS, Exercise Science, Pre-Athletic Training degree at Ithaca College are eligible for matriculation into the master’s degree portion.
Our professional athletic training curriculum intentionally emphasizes and encapsulates the requisite human and biological sciences with the medical and clinical sciences as the program’s foundation. But content and knowledge are not enough to become an expert healthcare clinician, so our program deliberately focuses on the explicit development of the clinical reasoning skills and adaptive expertise you will need to become clinically capable as an athletic trainer.
Collectively, our 10 academic and clinical AT faculty have amassed 163 years of clinical experience at the high school, clinical, college, university, private practice and professional sports levels; and clocked 168 years of teaching experience at numerous educational institutions, big and small. The faculty’s expertise and dedication to the profession are witnessed in part by almost 400 national and international presentations, and nearly 500 professional and academic publications produced over the length of their careers. Quite simply, the faculty and clinical staff are highly accomplished, recognized and well respected leaders, scholars and educators in the profession, and enjoy national and international reputations for their work as educators, scholars and clinicians.
As you progress in the classroom, laboratory and various clinical settings in the professional phase of the program, you will learn how to prevent, care for, evaluate, manage, and rehabilitate physical and psychological injury and illness in athletic and physically active populations. Successful students are eligible to sit for the national Board of Certification Exam (BOC) in their last academic semester; and passing the examination certifies you as an athletic trainer (earning the "ATC" credential) so that you can begin practicing as an entry-level professional.
Since the program's inception in 1975, Ithaca College's AT graduates have consistently exceeded the national averages for the BOC examination by an average of 20 points, annually. Over the last 10 years, 99% of our graduates have passed the national board examination on their first attempt, highlighted recently by a 9 year, 163 student streak. Ithaca athletic training majors have won over $174,000 in professional scholarships over the last 36 years, averaging 2.5 state, regional and national awards, annually. Program graduates have historically enjoyed outstanding placement in the nation's top graduate & post professional degree programs or initial employment with a 98% placement rate within 6 months of graduation.
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