Athletic Training

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

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Trumbull, CT 06611

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Theresa Miyashita, Ph.D.
Director, Athletic Training Program
Tel: 203-365-4509

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What Will I Study?

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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 the ability to pursue other allied health professions. Also, the major provides opportunity to enhance the students’ knowledge through practical experience and application.

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Athletic Training Program Educational Outcomes

  1. Produce students who contribute to improve the common good of society.
  2. Analyze evidence-based practice to formulate clinical decision making while recognizing the value of research and scholarship.
  3. Produce well-rounded and independent thinking clinicians who are grounded in evidence based practice as a foundation for clinical decision making.
  4. Recognize the moral, ethical and legal boundaries in regard to clinical decision making.
  5. Demonstrate readiness for inter-professional collaboration for the benefit of achieving positive patient outcomes.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide care to diverse populations across the lifespan.
  7. Contribute to and promote the profession of athletic training.
  8. Demonstrate knowledge, skills, attitudes and values of professional behaviors that will lead to success in the field of athletic training.

Why choose Athletic Training at SHU? 

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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.

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. 

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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. 

What co-curricular activities are available?

The Student Athletic Training Organization (SATO) was established to aid students that are interested in a career in athletic training. The club educates its members by holding workshops, monthly meetings and reviewing current procedures in accordance with the National Athletic Trainers Association. Learn more.

Latest News

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.

SHU Breaks Ground on Center for Healthcare Education

June 18, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University broke ground today on a new building to house its Colleges of Health Professions and Nursing. Located at 4000 Park Avenue in Bridgeport, the Center for Healthcare Education will be three stories comprising 117,000 square feet on 8.7 acres. “Like the recently completed Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center, the new Center for Healthcare Education will provide our students with all the latest technology used in their future professions,” says SHU President John J. Petillo. “The expanded space and updated equipment will offer new opportunities for learning and ensure that they graduate well prepared to make their mark in the booming health-care industry.”

Athletic Training Professor to Receive NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award

June 15, 2015

DALLAS, June 11, 2015 – Gail Samdperil, EdD, ATC, has been selected as one of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 2015 Athletic Trainer Service Award recipients. Samdperil, a resident of Old Greenwich, Connecticut, is the associate dean at the College of Health Professions and clinical associate professor at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. (News release courtesy of the National Athletic Trainers' Association)