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Athletic Training

Accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

B.S. In Athletic Training

North Carolina Central University offers undergraduate students a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. The NCCU Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and was the first to earn this accreditation at a historically black college or university.

The program prepares undergraduate students via a competency-based approach in classroom and clinical settings by using a medical-based education model. Athletic Training students are educated to provide comprehensive client/patient care in five domains of clinical practice: prevention; clinical evaluation and diagnosis; immediate and emergency care; treatment and rehabilitation; and organization and professional health and well-being. Upon completion of the program, students can challenge the Board of Certification (BOC) examination while obtaining a B.S. degree in Athletic Training. Successful completion of the BOC examination allows the student to become an Athletic Trainer and earn the ATC credential.

What Is Athletic Training?

The National Athletic Trainers' Association provides the following information about athletic training at http://www.nata.org/athletic-training.

"Athletic Trainers (AT) are healthcare 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. Athletic Training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a healthcare profession. 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."

Program Description

The educational requirements for CAATE-accredited Athletic Training education programs include acquisition of knowledge, skills, and clinical abilities along with foundational behaviors of professional practice. Students complete extensive clinical learning requirements that are embodied in the clinical integration proficiencies (professional, practice-oriented outcomes) as identified in the Athletic Training Education Competencies.

Students receive formal instruction in the following specific subject matter areas identified in the Competencies:

  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Clinical Examination and Diagnosis
  • Acute Care of Injury and Illness
  • Therapeutic Interventions
  • Psychosocial Strategies and Referral
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Professional Development and Responsibility

This subject matter is taught and evaluated throughout the program, which includes five semesters of clinical education. Successful completion of the program and BOC examination will allow the student to practice as an Athletic Trainer in a variety of settings. (Most states also require licensure to practice as an Athletic Trainer)

Where can I find out more information about Athletic Training?

 
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