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What is Athletic Training?

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What is Athletic Training?
Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.

Students who want to become certified athletic trainers will earn a B.S. degree in Athletic Training at NCCU. NCCU is the first nationally accredited HBCU. The program includes 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. Students at NCCU must complete practicum and field experience courses with a minimum of 150 clinical hours in each of 5 semesters.

Students must pass a national exam to become practicing athletic trainer (ATC) and in some states ATCs must also have licensure.

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