The Professional Practice program is intended for students interested in obtaining entry-level competency as an athletic trainer. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and is designed to prepare the student to challenge credentialing as an athletic trainer through the Board of Certification® and appropriate state regulatory agencies.
The Pre-Professional Rehabilitation Sciences program is intended to prepare students for entry into professional programs in related rehabilitation sciences areas. This degree will prepare graduates for advanced training and education in rehabilitation health sciences and professional health programs. Graduates will also be ready to enter the rehabilitation and broader healthcare work force in entry level and pre-professional areas upon completion of the degree.
Athletic Training is an exciting allied health field which places the athletic trainer in a position of substantial challenge and responsibility. With the competencies and skills developed through education and experience, a certified athletic trainer is in a unique position. He/she coordinates the athletic health care delivery system and makes it function smoothly. The athletic trainer directly provides athletic training services including injury prevention, injury evaluation, medical referral, emergency and follow-up care, and injury rehabilitation.
The Athletic Training Education Program is housed within ESU's College of Health Sciences. For decades, our school has enjoyed a position of national prominence and recognition. In large part, the success of this and other programs within the College of Health Science due to the strength of a faculty with professional expertise and genuine enthusiasm. The expectations of today's athletic trainer are varied and complex. The care of the physically active must be entrusted only to those who have adequate preparation. Outside agencies at both the state and national levels have provided mandates for athletic training education programs such as ours. Accordingly, the Department of Athletic Training and the entire Warrior sports medicine staff is committed to excellence. Our basic objectives are to provide the student with a body of knowledge and a repertoire of practical skills which not only meet, but exceed, the state and national standards.
In Athletic Training, realize that your academic and laboratory experiences will include instruction from recognized experts in athletic training, exercise physiology, kinesiology and biomechanics, the psycho-social aspects of sport, management and administration, coaching, and medicine. In fact, the seven athletic trainers currently teaching in the ATEP bring over one hundred years of combined clinical experience in athletic training, sports medicine and physical therapy to the teaching/learning environment. Consider also that few institutions can provide a student with athletic training experience in a program which includes eighteen intercollegiate varsity sports for men and women and affiliation agreements with high schools, colleges and universities and sports medicine facilities within driving distance of the campus.