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The Athletic Training Education Major at the undergraduate level is being phased out, and those seeking certification in Athletic Training should consult a departmental advisor and review Sacred Heart University's graduate program in Athletic Training. No further students will be admitted to this program after Fall 2016, although those already in the program will be allowed to graduate in the program as long as they continue study without interruption.

The athletic training programs are based on strong science-oriented core curriculum, providing students the necessary framework to build on during their professional coursework. Coursework in the athletic training programs includes injury and illness prevention, clinical evaluation, immediate and emergency care, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and organizational and professional health and wellness.

Both programs consist 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 the ability to pursue other allied health professions. It also provides opportunity to enhance the students’ knowledge through practical experience and application.

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Why choose Athletic Training at SHU?

Our programs are designed for those students who 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. Students are prepared to pursue careers within the various athletic training settings. Students interested in pursuing athletic training at Sacred Heart must apply and be accepted prior to beginning any professional coursework.

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.

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Sacred Heart University to Celebrate Opening of Center for Healthcare Education

August 4, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—After nearly two years of construction, Sacred Heart University’s new Center for Healthcare Education is ready to open. Staff and faculty from the College of Health Professions and College of Nursing have moved into the state-of-the-art building, and students will begin their studies with the latest technology and modern features there this fall. The official unveiling will be Friday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m., and health-care workshops and lectures will take place throughout the year to celebrate the new facility and inform the community about the importance of health care.

New Programs Offered, Providing More Choices and Opportunities to Undergraduate and Graduate Students

December 9, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University is continuing 53 years of growth with new majors, minors, degrees and concentrations for graduate and undergraduate students.

Athletic Training Program Awarded Grant to Study Head Impacts in Men’s College Lacrosse

December 4, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – US Lacrosse has awarded Sacred Heart University’s athletic training education program a $15,000 grant to study the effects of on-the-field head impacts over the course of the Pioneers’ college men’s lacrosse season. Students in the program will work with professors and staff to collect data throughout the spring 2016 season by using helmet-mounted impact sensors during games and practices. The study—titled “The Effect of Cumulative Impacts on Vestibular Ocular Reflex in Division I Men’s Lacrosse Players”—will be managed by Theresa Miyashita, director of the athletic training education program, with help from Clinical Assistant Professor Eleni Diakogeorgiou and SHU Athletic Trainer Kaitlyn Marrie.