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 clients and can be found in many professional settings. Athletic trainers provide preventive and health care services within high schools, colleges/universities, professional sport teams, performing arts, physician offices, military and occupational settings.
Southern’s post-baccalaureate M.A.T. degree in athletic training is expected to begin in the summer of 2021 and will allow its students to complete requirements to sit for the Board of Certification Examination after 2 years. The program is open to students regardless of undergraduate degree provided students have completed prerequisite courses and other admission requirements.
Our unique and innovative curriculum consists of four traditional fall and spring semesters which are preceded by a single summer session. These fall and spring semesters have been divided into 8-week ‘mini-semesters’ with one 8-week period devoted to classroom study and the second 8-week period dedicated to experiential learning. The extensive level of immersive clinical experience offered by our program will give every student maximal opportunity to master their professional skills in all aspects of the athletic training profession.
Southern’s athletic training curriculum is the first curriculum in Connecticut to include specific coursework in occupational injury prevention and meets state requirements for athletic trainers to work in the occupational setting.
Per accreditation requirements, the following outcomes are expected of students matriculating through the Southern Connecticut Athletic Training program.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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: