Athletic Training

The Stony Brook University (SBU) Athletic Training Program (ATP), offered by the School of Health Technology and Management (SHTM), is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

The program is designed for students interested in becoming an Athletic Trainer (AT).  Athletic Trainers are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. As member of the sports medicine team Athletic Trainers specialize in the prevention, clinical diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities.  Athletic Training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a healthcare profession.  Athletic trainers’ work settings can include high schools, colleges, universities, professional sports teams, hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, physicians’ offices, corporate and industrial institutions, the military, and the performing arts.

The student’s comprehensive professional preparation is directed toward the development of specified competencies in the following content areas: Evidence–Based Practice, Prevention and Health Promotion, Clinical Examination and Diagnosis, Acute Care of Injury and Illness, Therapeutic Interventions, Psychological Strategies and Referral, Healthcare Administration, and Professional Development and Responsibility. Formal instruction involves teaching of required subject matter in structured classroom, clinical, and laboratory environments. All students are required to fulfill their clinical education requirements under the direct supervision of a preceptor. Clinical education provides the student with authentic, real-time opportunities to practice and integrate athletic training knowledge, skills, and clinical abilities, including decision-making and professional behaviors required of the profession in order to develop proficiency as an Athletic Trainer.  

The curriculum prepares students for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. Upon passing this examination, an individual may apply for certification by the New York State Education Department Office of Professions. In addition to the baccalaureate degree, the school’s Certificate of Professional Achievement in Athletic Training is awarded upon satisfactory completion of all required course work.