Athletic Training

The program is designed for students interested in becom­ing a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC ). The ATC works with physicians and other medical personnel, employers, patients, parents, guardians, and athletic personnel in the development and coordination of efficient and responsive health care deliv­ery systems. Athletic trainers are integral members of the health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universi­ties, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics, corporate/industrial, and other health care settings.

The athletic trainer’s professional preparation is based on the development of specified educational competencies and clinical proficiencies. Through a combination of formal class­room and clinical instruction and clinical experience, the ath­letic trainer is prepared to provide health care within each of the following content areas: risk management and injury pre­vention; pathology of injuries and illnesses; clinical examina­tion and diagnosis; acute care of injury and illness; pharmacol­ogy; therapeutic modalities; therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise; general medical conditions and disabilities; nutri­tional aspects of injury and illness; psychosocial intervention and referral; health care administration; and professional development and responsibilities. In addition, all students are required to fulfill their clinical education requirements under the direct supervision of an approved clinical instructor. Major emphasis is placed on the development of psychomotor skills in addition to cognitive knowledge. Required courses include practicum, laboratory, and clinical rotations. The cur­riculum prepares students for the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) examination. Upon passing this examination, an indi­vidual may apply for certification by the New York State Education Department Office of Professions.