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Bridgeport, CT 06604

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Gail Samdperil, EdD, ATC
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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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SHU Signs Agreement with OSG for Athlete, Student Care

April 4, 2018

Sacred Heart University is arranging for Orthopaedic Specialty Group (OSG), Inc., to oversee the University’s daily health services needs on and off campus and during athletic events and activities. Physicians and medical professionals from OSG are now serving as team physicians and medical aides for varsity sports activities for at least the next three years. Once the official partnership begins, OSG personnel will operate SHU’s student health services facility and oversee all student health needs except behavioral health.

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.