Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training
Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by ATs comprise prevention, 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. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree (http://www.nata.org/athletic-training)
In today’s society, athletics have reached an all-time high in regards to public attention and exposure, therefore making careers in sports ever more attractive to those individuals who enjoy sports as a form of entertainment. With Athletic training, students have an even greater opportunity to pursue a career in athletics. Furthermore, a degree in athletic training does not limit the individual to one specific field; it allows students to have the foundation needed to explore possibilities in not only all healthcare professions, but also in administrative professions. The education can take you beyond the playing field. Today athletic trainers work in hospitals, the military, performing arts, public safety, and more.
Special Program Highlights & Features
- Students will have the opportunity to participate in athletics while being enrolled in the athletic training program.
- Internship Opportunities locally and beyond.
- All graduates receive a Bachelor Degree of Science and will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam to become an Athletic Trainer Certified (ATC)
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, the profession of athletic training has a 30% growth rate, which makes its growth “much faster than average.” This growth can be accounted to the growing knowledge of athletic injuries and the importance of prevention. In 2010 the BLS reported 18,200 jobs being available for athletic trainers. In addition, according the BLS, the state of Kentucky is listed as third in the nation for highest concentration on athletic training employment. As of May 2012, athletic trainers held 490 jobs in the state, accounting for 0.28 per thousand jobs in the state. Furthermore, of the top five states in said category, Kentucky has the second highest annual mean wage just behind the state of Michigan.
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