Athletic training is an allied health profession encompassing the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of acute and chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers are regulated in 49 states to include Connecticut. Athletic trainers treat a broad range of patients and can be found in a variety of professional settings. Athletic trainers can be found providing health care services within high schools, colleges/universities, professional sport settings, performing arts, physician offices, hospitals, and several occupational settings.
The Southern Connecticut State University accelerated BS / MAT in athletic training offers eligible students the opportunity to complete their undergraduate degree and a Master’s in Athletic Training within a five-year period. Replacing our successful undergraduate program, this program meets the Commission on Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accreditation requirements that all entry- level athletic training programs be delivered at the graduate level following a reduced undergraduate experience. Our program is the first to meet Connecticut Department of Public Health requirements regarding minimum coursework for athletic trainers to be employed in the occupational setting.
Our unique athletic training curriculum begins following three years of undergraduate study focusing on developing a strong foundation in the sciences to include the exercise sciences. Students begin their graduate athletic training studies during that initial summer after admission into the graduate program. Subsequent study follows the traditional fall and spring semesters schedule with each semester divided into 8 week sessions. One session each semester is devoted to a period of concentrated classroom study with the second 8 weeks dedicated to an immersive clinical experience under the supervision of program preceptors.
Consistent with Southern’s commitment to access, the undergraduate aspect of our program provides a quality, lower cost alternative to most other programs nationally and facilitates the admission of transfer students. Students apply to Southern Connecticut as an athletic training major and proceed to complete undergraduate and professional prerequisite requirements. Students achieving a 3.0 and meeting all prerequisite courses shall be admitted into graduate
professional studies. For a list of prerequisite courses, retention and requirements students are strongly encouraged to visit the Southern undergraduate and graduate catalogs.
Per accreditation requirements, the following outcomes are expected of students matriculating through the Southern Connecticut Athletic Training program.
- Athletic training students will demonstrate the expectations of a reflective allied health care practitioner who uses evidence-based decision making to enhance patient care and clinical outcomes.
- Students will demonstrate the expected knowledge and skills of an entry- level athletic trainer.
- Students will demonstrate proficiency in applying clinical skills by providing effective patient care based on evidence-based practice.
- Students will complete self-assessments during their clinical education to enhance clinical skills and remediate deficiencies.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based practice concepts (Writing a PICO question, locating the best available evidence, and appraising the evidence) to support clinical practice decisions.
- Students will incorporate patient outcome models into their relevant clinical experiences.
- Athletic training students will promote and contribute to the athletic training profession in anticipation of becoming involved athletic training professionals.
- Students will be members of professional organizations.
- Students will enhance the athletic training profession and health care.
- Athletic training students will model professional and ethical behaviors to represent themselves as future health care providers when interacting with patients, other health care providers and professionals.
In compliance with the CAATE requirements, the following chart represents the current Board of Certification Examination pass rate for students completing the undergraduate athletic training program.
At this time, we do not have any graduate students in the program. We are presenting the undergraduate results for historical comparison.