What is Athletic Training? Certified Athletic Trainers are nationally board certified health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions of active patients and clients. Athletic Trainers work with a complete health care team and work together with licensed physicians and health care professionals to insure the best possible care.
The first year of the Athletic Training Education Program is considered the pre-professional phase which is designed to introduce and familiarize students with the Athletic Training Education Program and the profession. Upon program acceptance the second year, students will 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.
CERTIFICATION & ACCREDITATION
All Certified Athletic Trainers must graduate from an Accredited Entry-Level Athletic Training Education Program and successfully complete the Board of Certification Exam(BOC). The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) is responsible for the accreditation of all Athletic Training Education Programs in compliance with the Standards for Entry-Level Athletic Training Educational Programs. Valley City State University is in the process of seeking accreditation. In order to be eligible to sit for the BOC exam, the student must be enrolled in an accredited Entry-Level Athletic Training Education Program.