Dear Prospective Athletic Training Student:
Thank you for your interest in the Southern Connecticut State University Athletic Training Program. Your interest in athletic training comes at a very exciting time professionally. Athletic trainers have gone beyond the traditional athletic setting. Athletic trainers can be found working with performing arts like the Cirque Soleil, with the military during training and at the corporate level to prevent injury.
The changes in the athletic training profession are not just being reflected in the types of positions offered to athletic trainers but in the education of athletic trainers as well. Similar to other health care professions across the country, athletic training has 'upped' the entry-level requirements of students entering athletic training as a career. This has been done by requiring all undergraduate programs to transition to the master's degree level. Southern, with its long history of accreditation has begun this move, having developed a unique accelerated master's level program that combines extended immersive experiences, a modern programmatic design and the affordability of a public institution.
With the approval of our new graduate athletic training program, we will no longer be accepting new students into the current undergraduate athletic training curriculum after the winter session of 2018-19.Only students having completed certain courses may be considered for transfer into our program. Although we regret any inconvenience to all of you are interested in Southern Athletic Training, we feel that our new graduate program design and the advancement of the profession with the higher degree requirement will produce a higher quality athletic training clinician.
The approved 3 + 2 Accelerated Athletic Training program will be begin accepting students in the fall of 2019 with graduate courses being offered in the fall of 2021 or 2022. This date corresponds the expected completion of the new building for the School of Health and Human Services which will become the home of Southern Athletic Training. Housing a modern teaching/clinical laboratory, this structure will provide our program with the means necessary to continue our quality development of athletic training professionals. All students interested in this exciting new program should go to our new graduate athletic training program website.
The main emphasis of our program is to develop strong clinicians, while providing opportunities to conduct research and develop professionally. In these tough economic times, we offer a solid education at an affordable price. If you have not already done so, I invite you to contact me to schedule a visit to our campus. You can tour our expanding campus and facilities with one of our Athletic Training students, sit in our academic classes, and meet with me or one of my colleagues. You might also like to visit Southern's Web site. We would certainly appreciate the opportunity to assist you with the difficult task of choosing the right educational program, and to be involved in your professional preparation. Again, thank you for visiting our site, and good luck with your search!
Gary E. Morin Ph.D., ATC
Director, Athletic Training Education Program