The prevention, recognition, care, management, and rehabilitation of injury and illness in physically active populations are the professional domains of certified athletic trainers. Our nationally accredited and renowned academic major combines rigorous coursework in basic, applied, and medical sciences with equally rigorous and exciting clinical experiences to provide a comprehensive and challenging education.
Your clinical education begins in the sophomore year with our clinical faculty and the athletes on the College's 25 intercollegiate sports teams. It continues into the junior and senior year, rotating among multiple clinical instructors -- both on and off campus -- to provide intensive exposure to differing types of injuries and patient populations, and results in a minimum of 780 hours of supervised clinical education before graduation.
Graduates of our program have traditionally scored well above the national average on the Board of Certification examination and are highly sought after for the nation's leading graduate programs, professional positions, and internship and fellowship opportunities. As the field of sports medicine has grown and flourished, career choices have increased in a wide array of settings, from professional, collegiate, and secondary school athletic teams to physicians’ offices, hospitals, sports medicine clinics, the performing arts, industry, and law enforcement and the military. Because of its strong medical basis and emphasis, our athletic training program also prepares you to pursue graduate or professional education in such areas as advanced athletic training, physical therapy, exercise physiology, sports science, nursing, and medicine.