AWARD OFFERED Associate in Science Degree
This program allows the student to gain invaluable experience in athletic training while completing their basic college requirements. Once complete, the student will be able to transfer to one of the CAATE accredited universities in the state.
Athletic trainers try to prevent injuries by educating people on how to reduce their risk for injuries and by advising them on the proper use of equipment, exercises to improve balance and strength, home exercises and therapy programs. They also help apply protective or injury-preventive devices such as tape, bandages, and braces. Athletic trainers may work under the direction of a licensed physician, and in cooperation with other healthcare providers.
Athletic trainers help prevent and treat injuries for people of all ages. Their patients and clients include everyone from professional athletes to industrial workers. Recognized by the American Medical Association as allied health professionals, athletic trainers specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of muscle and bone injuries and illnesses. Athletic trainers, as one of the first healthcare providers on the scene when injuries occur, must be able to recognize, evaluate, and assess injuries and provide immediate care when needed. Athletic trainers should not be confused with fitness trainers or personal trainers, who are not healthcare workers, but rather train people to become physically fit.
Employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 37 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations, because of their role in preventing injuries and reducing healthcare costs. The salary of an athletic trainer depends on education, experience and job responsibilities, and varies by job setting, with the top 10 percent earning more than $60,960. Many employers also pay for some of the continuing education required of athletic trainers. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes299091.htm)