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Future of Athletic Training at SVSU

The athletic training profession will require a master’s degree to obtain certification as an athletic trainer, beginning in 2022. SVSU students who are admitted into our Athletic Training Program to start the curriculum in the 2017 fall semester will be able to graduate with a bachelor’s degree and become certified.

If you are seeking athletic training as a major beginning the fall 2017 and wish to earn a Masters in Athletic Training you will be able to complete a bachelor’s degree through the College of Health and Human Services, and if your plans include pursuing advanced degrees, we will continue to work with you to offer personalized advising for graduate programs in athletic training, physical therapy and other postgraduate study in the health professions.

Moving forward, SVSU remains committed to providing our students with the finest possible undergraduate education David Berry, the Great Lakes Athletic Training Association’s 2016 Outstanding Educator award recipient, is remaining as faculty, and he is taking an active role in adapting our curriculum to best prepare our students for careers in health and health care.

For more information contact Dr. David Berry @ 989-964-4504 or dcberry@svsu.edu

The Athletic Training Program (ATP) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).   For more information on CAATE or to look up the SVSU Athletic Training Program click here.

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What is an Athletic Trainer?

Athletic Training is recognized by the American Medical Association as an allied health care profession. The Certified Athletic Trainer is a highly educated and skilled professional specializing in athletic health care. As part of a complete health care team, the athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other allied health care workers, athletic administrators, coaches and parents. The athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges, universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs and other athletic health care settings. Specifically, the athletic trainer specializes in practice areas or domains: evidence-based practice, prevention and health promotion, clinical examination and diagnosis, acute care of injury and illness, therapeutic interventions, psychosocial strategies and referral, healthcare administration, and professional development and responsibility.‌

Career Opportunities:

The Athletic Training (AT) major will prepare a student for many career opportunities which include the working in the following settings: 1) colleges and universities, 2) professional sports, 3) high schools, 4) sports medicine clinics, 5) corporate health programs, 6) military, 7) clinical and industrial health care programs, and 8) performing arts, and 9) athletic training curriculum programs.

Professional Certification:

Certifying athletic trainers ensures high standards of professional practice. Certification by the Board of Certification (BOC) is considered the entry-level credential and is required by most employers.  In addition to certification, athletic trainers may have to meet individual state licensing and regulation requirements. To determine if these added requirements apply, athletic trainers must check with the states in which they practice.

National Organization:

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing, encouraging and improving the athletic training profession, and is open to students within the Professional Athletic Training program.  Benefits of becoming a member of NATA include a comprehensive athletic trainers job referral service and a subscription to NATA News, which highlights national, region, and local news, and includes articles on the latest issues and trends affecting athletic trainers and other sports medicine professionals.