Athletic Training is an allied health profession that is responsible for the prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. It also includes the education and counseling of athletes, parents and coaches along with administration and organization of athletic medicine programs. The Certified Athletic Trainer is a qualified professional who is an integral part of athletic programs at the high school, university, professional or club levels. Certified Athletic Trainers also work in clinical settings such as sports medicine clinics, military based clinics, and industrial sports medicine centers. The American Medical Association has recognized the athletic training profession as an allied health care profession since 1990.
CERTIFICATION & ACCREDITATION
Students wishing to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC, Inc.) examination must graduate from a nationally accredited entry-level athletic training program (ATP). The accreditation process is based on identified standards recommended by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). ATP’s must meet these standards and build a sound curriculum of both academic focus and hands-on clinical experiences. Valley City State University is in the process of seeking initial accreditation.
The first year of the Athletic Training Program is considered the pre-professional phase which is designed to introduce and familiarize students with the Athletic Training Program and the profession. Upon program acceptance, second year students begin hands-on clinical experience which will take place in the clinic, hospital, or specialty clinic settings; all levels of education and in corporate or industrial athletic training facilities. A capstone experience will take place during the last year of the program. The student will have the ability to choose a site which interests them and gain extensive hands-on training.