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What Will I Study?
The athletic training major is based on strong science-oriented core curriculum, providing students the necessary framework to build on during their professional coursework. Coursework in the athletic training major includes injury and illness prevention, clinical evaluation, immediate and emergency care, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and organizational and professional health and wellness.
The major consists of traditional coursework, problem-based learning practicums and clinical experiences that provide students with not only the knowledge base necessary to work as an athletic trainer but also able to pursue other allied health professions. Also, the major provides opportunity to enhance the students’ knowledge through practical experience and application.
Athletic Training Program Educational Outcomes
- Responsive to improving the common good of society without personal gains.
- Produce clinicians grounded in evidence based practice as a foundation for clinical decision making
- Utilize research to formulate clinical decision making while recognizing the value of research and scholarship.
- Produce well rounded and independent thinking clinicians.
- Prepare students for a higher level of thinking and learning.
- Recognize the values and the contributions of other health care professionals and work together to achieve positive patient outcomes.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide care to diverse populations across the lifespan.
- Contribute to and promote the profession of athletic training.
- Appreciate the connection between continuing education and application to clinical practice.
- Understand and work within the scope of practice of athletic training.
- Recognize the moral, ethical and legal boundaries in regard to clinical decision making.
- Prepare students to successfully complete all certification requirements.
Why Choose Athletic Training at SHU?
The athletic training major is designed for those students that have decided to pursue a career in athletic training. The professional coursework, both didactic and clinical, provides students with knowledge and skills specific to athletic training and enables students to be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. Furthermore, students are prepared to pursue careers in athletic training or other areas of allied health (i.e., physical therapy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, cardiac rehabilitation, wellness, nutrition). Students interested in pursuing the athletic training major at Sacred Heart must apply and be accepted prior to beginning any professional coursework.
The Athletic Training program at Sacred Heart University is a CAATE accredited program. The Commission for Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) granted accreditation status in October 2001, which is now known as the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.
What type of Clinical opportunities will I have at SHU?
Clinical education provides students the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge with clinical experience. All clinical experiences, traditional and non-traditional, are under the direct supervision of licensed healthcare providers. Students are exposed to a variety of clinical settings and will have the opportunity to work on-campus with Sacred Heart University varsity athletes and off-campus at the high school, clinical and collegiate level. The Program Director and Academic Clinical Coordinator are responsible for clinical assignments. Students are responsible for providing transportation to off-campus sites. The clinical education program requires students to amass a minimum number of clinical hours per semester, as outlined in the syllabi of each practicum course.
Will I have study abroad opportunities?
Yes, during the late spring or summer sessions. The Athletic Training program has students travel overseas to complete requirements towards their degree. Students work with their faculty advisors to set up their appropriate course planning to meet their individual academic needs.
Are there special admission requirements?
Acceptance into the Undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program is available for High School Seniors as well as current undergraduate students and transfer students. The program has a competitive admissions process, with enrollment limited to 30 students per class. Admission and matriculating requirements include a C or better in two science courses, with lab, and a GPA of a 2.5 or higher.