Admission Changes: The accrediting body for Athletic Training Education
(Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education) has revised
the Standards for Accreditation of Professional Athletic Training
Programs. The new standards require all professional
athletic training programs to be at the Master’s degree level starting in 2022.
Based on this change in education requirements, the Department of
Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences at UNF will admit the last cohort/class
into the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training in Fall 2017. Pending UNF Board of Trustee approval,
the first Master of Science in Athletic Training class/cohort is projected to
be admitted in Summer 2018.
The Department of Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences offers a challenging pathway to a career in the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and conditions among patients and athletes. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Athletic Training will prepare students for the Board of Certification Examination to become a Certified Athletic Trainer and a career at the secondary school, college and university, and professional athletic, clinic, hospital, industrial, and performing arts settings.
Many of our students continue their education in a variety of medical fields. The Athletic Training Program provides a strong foundation in the sciences for students interested in pursuing graduate study in athletic training or in the related fields of exercise physiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, recreational therapy, physician's assistant, and medicine.
According to the 2012-2013 Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Employment of athletic trainers is expected to grow 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.”In 2009, the Athletic Training Program was awarded Continuing Accreditation through 2018-2019 from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) by meeting all Standards for Entry-Level Athletic Training Education.
The B.S. in Athletic Training provides students interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy with extensive hands-on clinical experience that will prepare them for graduate study of physical therapy. Additionally, many of the required courses in the Athletic Training Program lay a strong foundation for education in physical therapy. The opportunity to be dual-credentialed in athletic training and physical therapy increases the marketability of individuals who want to be employed in an orthopedic and sports medicine setting.
For more information on the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) at the University of North Florida, go to the DPT program page.
The B.S. in Athletic Training provides the opportunity for students to add a deeper scientific foundation to their undergraduate curriculum and enables them to develop skills in hands-on techniques, diagnosis, and treatment. The Athletic Training Program will provide students with practical knowledge for clinical settings in medicine, including clinical assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, and the benefits of early identification in preventing injury and disease.
The Athletic Training Program is approximately two (2) years in length. Upon successful completion of the Program, students will receive the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree following the limited access major for athletic training students.
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