Athletic Training

OVERVIEW

Certified Athletic Trainers are essential to all physically active persons across the nation and beyond! Recognized by the American Medical Association as allied health professionals, Athletic Trainers work with physicians, specializing in the prevention, assessment, immediate care and rehabilitation of injuries resulting from sports and other physical activity.

Athletic Trainers work at nearly every level of sport – from youth to professional. You may also be interested to know that Athletic Trainers work with the military, law enforcement, the performing arts, and a variety of industrial settings!

You’ve probably seen Athletic Trainers run onto a field or court to assist an injured athlete during a sporting event. While providing that type of care is one of the important tasks of an Athletic Trainer, it is by no means their only area of expertise. Athletic Trainers are truly injury prevention specialists! They educate athletes and other physically active people about how to prevent injuries, and how to manage an injury, should one occur. Athletic Trainers work collaboratively with other health care providers to plan treatment programs, and help clients recover from injuries so they’re able to get back to their active lives.

Athletic Trainers deal directly with a variety of individuals. Therefore, good social and communication skills are important. The job also requires a level of diplomacy, as clients, coaches, employers or parents may not always agree with recommended treatment or training. Athletic Trainers should be organized and able to manage time wisely. As with any job in a healthcare related field, Athletic Trainers should possess a desire to help and care for others.

Alvernia University’s Athletic Training program will prepare you to enter the world of health care as a competent practitioner. One who is capable incorporating evidence to guide clinical decision-making and infusing Franciscan values during patient care. AU’s Athletic Training program will prepare you to successfully complete the Board of Certification’s national exam, and earn eligible to apply for state licensure (this varies by state) to practice as an Athletic Trainer.

Click here to see BOC exam information for Alvernia.

Alvernia’s Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

WHY AU

Why should you study Athletic Training at Alvernia University?

Because at Alvernia you get all the benefits of an outstanding university education in a manageable setting with personal attention and unique clinical opportunities that can benefit you as you move toward your career.

Small Class Size
Alvernia has a 14-1 student-faculty ratio! Athletic Training courses and labs may even have a smaller student-teacher ratio. Most classes at Alvernia contain less than 20 students. This facilitates valuable, professional relationships among faculty members and students. In these small class settings, you get individual attention to help you excel.

Faculty Who Care
Alvernia’s faculty members aren’t just teachers. They’re experts in their fields who are committed to passing along their knowledge and expertise to their students. In small class settings, faculty members become mentors and advisors, intent on helping you learn, grow and succeed. Alvernia’s Athletic Training faculty members are both teachers and practicing Athletic Trainers with extensive experience in a variety of clinical practice settings, including the Olympics, collegiate and high school athletics, the performing arts, and out-patient rehabilitation. They're active in their profession! They are board members of prestigious organizations. They have published articles in peer-reviewed journals, and presented papers and reports both nationally and internationally. Most importantly, they are deeply committed to helping you succeed!

Research Opportunities
Alvernia offers opportunities for many students to work with directly with faculty members on research projects relating to their areas of concentration. This collaboration prepares students for professions and/or graduate school.

Honors Program
Alvernia’s Honors Program for students who are academically gifted and highly motivated is designed to allow students to work at their own pace and to recognize and encourage academic excellence. Honors students interact with one another to exchange ideas and information across a wide range of disciplines and interests.

The Honors Program offers co-curricular activities, service opportunities and intellectual and social support to encourage students to exceed their own expectations.

Learn more about Alvernia’s Honors Programs at www.alvernia.edu/academics/honors.

Get Real
Classroom learning is valuable and necessary, but out-of-the-classroom, experiential learning, provides Athletic Training Students with hands-on, real world learning opportunities that enrich your educational experience and are highly valued by employers.

You’ll have opportunities to participate in clinical experiences at a wide variety of clinical sites, community service, campus events and other experiences to help you stretch and grow toward your full potential.

Learn more about Alvernia’s Get Real program at www.alvernia.edu/getreal.

Study Abroad
Living and studying outside of the United States can change you in ways you can’t begin to envision. Students who study abroad typically gain immeasurable confidence and experiences they could not have imagined.

Athletic Training majors have benefitted from participation in study abroad programs in countries including Australia and Greece.

Learn more about Alvernia’s Study Abroad program at www.alvernia.edu/studyabroad.

YOUR CAREER

Athletic Trainers are often the “point-persons” for patients who need to enter the healthcare system on some level. Athletic Trainers work in a variety of settings including college/university athletic programs, physicians’ offices, hospitals, high schools, sports medicine clinics, professional sports organizations, with in industry and with performing arts companies. A few very talented Athletic Trainers even work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, helping to prepare astronauts for space travel as well as with the Centers for Disease Control.

The traditional Athletic Trainer’s work schedule can vary greatly and often dependent on the setting in which they work. An Athletic Trainer might have an established schedule with nights and weekends off, or, there employer may require evening and/or weekend responsibilities. Athletic Trainers typically work very closely with their patients/clients and may be require to travel with team sports in the traditional employment settings.

As people become increasingly aware of the possibility for serious injury in sports at all levels, the demand for Athletic Trainers is expected to increase. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of healthcare practitioners is projected to grow 19 percent between 2012 and 2022, a rate that is faster than average for all occupations. Equally important is the consistent upward trend in Salaries for Athletic Trainers. The National Athletic Trainer’s Association recent salary survey demonstrated a consistent increase in salary for Athletic Trainers at every degree level (Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees respectively).

While some Athletic Trainers find jobs with a bachelor’s degree, 70 percent of Certified Athletic Trainers have earned a master’s or doctoral degree, according to the National Athletic Trainer’s Association. It may be necessary to have an advanced degree in order to apply for some positions, especially in a college or university setting.

In addition to initial certification (Board Certification) and state licensure, Athletic Trainers are required to complete continuing education at regular and planned intervals while adhering to a code of ethics in order to maintain certification.

Alvernia’s Athletic Training Program is committed to providing the knowledge and skills and you’ll need to become a highly-qualified allied health professional in the field of Athletic Training.

For more information about careers in Athletic Training, visit the National Athletic Trainer’s Association’s website at www.nata.org.

A few of the many career opportunities for Athletic Training graduates:

  • College or University Athletic Trainer
  • High School Athletic Trainer
  • Athletic Trainer for professional-level sports teams
  • Physician extender
  • Athletic Trainer in industry
  • Athletic Trainer for the military
  • Athletic Trainer for the performing arts
  • International opportunities (Athletics)

Some Alvernia students purse graduate degrees after graduation, either at Alvernia or other colleges and universities.

For more information about Alvernia’s Athletic Training program contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or admissions@alvernia.edu.

YOUR CURRICULUM

All Alvernia students must successfully complete a minimum of 130 semester credits to receive a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree.

As an Athletic Training major, you will undertake challenging coursework and must complete 67 credits in the major. You also will be required to complete a minimum of 900 hours of clinical education during your time at AU (over the course of the sophomore, junior and senior years). The Clinical Education Coordinator will help you to choose where you will complete this clinical training from more than 20 available sites ranging including placements at colleges/universities, local high schools. Industrial settings, physician offices, and professional sports.

Required courses in Athletic Training are:
AT 101 Introduction to Athletic Training
AT 113 Emergency Response
AT 206 Therapeutic Exercise
AT 209 Therapeutic Modalities and Treatment Techniques
AT 222 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
AT 250 Recognition and Evaluation of Athletic Injuries I
AT 251 Recognition and Evaluation of Athletic Injuries II
AT 301 Advanced Athletic Training Procedures
AT 310 Athletic Training Clinical I
AT 311 Athletic Training Clinical II
AT 321 Strength and Conditioning Techniques for Rehabilitation Professionals
AT 340 Organization and Administration of Athletic Training
AT 410 Athletic Training Clinical III
AT 411 Athletic Training Clinical IV
AT 433 Exercise Physiology
AT 440 Pharmacology in Athletic Training
AT 445 Senior Capstone I
AT 446 Senior Capstone II

The following courses also are required for Athletic Training majors:
BIO 107/117 Anatomy & Physiology I w/ Lab
BIO 108/118 Anatomy & Physiology II w/ Lab
BIO 208 Neuroscience for Rehab
BIO 211 Kinesiology w/Lab
BIO 217 Principles of Sports Nutrition
MAT 208 Introductory Statistics
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
PSY 208 Human Development across the Life Span
THE 210 Medical Moral Theology

You’ll also need to complete general education credits and community service hours to qualify for graduation.

You can learn more about all courses offered by Alvernia University by viewing the 2014-2015 Academic Course Catalogue at http://www.alvernia.edu/academics/catalogs/Catalog_2015-16/index.html.

Your Real World Learning Experience
Alvernia believes that real world experience is extremely important, as it can improve your confidence and introduce you to professionals in your intended field of employment.

You will not only benefit from experienced faculty members who have extensive experience as Athletic Trainers, you’ll also get the opportunity to participate in learning opportunities in a number of field locations during your sophomore, junior and senior years. The Athletic Training Program at Alvernia University is fortunate to have clinical preceptors with a wide range of professional experience and knowledge who are passionate about clinical and experiential learning.

Athletic Training majors are required to complete a significant number of hours of clinical experience. Some of the organizations with which students have completed clinical experiences include

Your advisor, other faculty members and staff of Alvernia’s Career Development Center can help you decide which placements are best you for. Meanwhile, you can find out more about real world learning at www.alvernia.edu/academics/experiential_learning.

Research Opportunities
Research is a valuable aspect of any education. Faculty at Alvernia conduct research in a variety of areas, and students often are able to participate and assist in research projects.

As an Athletic Training major, there may be opportunity for you to assist in faculty research, and to benefit from knowledge gained through that research. As a senior you will complete a research project that is required to be approved by the Institutional Review Board at Alvernia.

The Honors Program
If you’re academically gifted and highly motivated, you may want to learn more about Alvernia’s Undergraduate Honors Program. Honors students have opportunities to take courses dealing with unusual topics and participate in a variety of activities. You can learn more about the Honors Program and how to apply at www.alvernia.edu/academics/honors/index.html.

The Eight-Semester Plan
You can do it! It’s easy to stay on track to graduate in four years if you pay close attention to what classes you need and make sure to take them in a timely manner. Advisors are available to assist in planning academic programs, course selection and registration, but it’s your job to make sure that you meet all academic requirements and comply with University policies.

You can greatly enhance your university experience by participating in activities both on and off campus. Start planning well in advance for your field experiences or other off-campus programs, as you’ll need to assure that you will be able to complete all required coursework.

Study Opportunities beyond Campus
Your college years are the perfect time to broaden your horizons and participate in experiences that can change your life. Alvernia offers some great opportunities for students who want to spend some time studying beyond its campus.

Study Abroad Programs
Alvernia’s Study Abroad Office works closely with students who want to spend one or more semesters in a different country. Alvernia students have studied and traveled in Italy, Spain, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, England, Germany, Greece, Belgium, Austria, Morocco, Palestine and China.

You pay the regular Alvernia tuition while studying abroad, and continue to receive financial aid, if applicable. Credits earned count toward your Alvernia undergraduate degree.

If you’re interested in studying in another country you should start planning early, as you’ll need to start the application process about a year in advance.

You can get more information about these programs from the Study Abroad Office at www.alvernia.edu/studyabroad or by contacting studyabroad@alvernia.edu.

YOUR SERVICES

Alvernia is committed to serving the needs of its students. Whether you have questions or problems related to academics, life on campus, student activities, social activities or any other issue, there is someone available to help you. You can learn more about all student services at www.alvernia.edu/student-life/student-services.

Educational Planning Center
The Educational Planning Center offers advice and support to help you with any problems or issues related to your Alvernia education. It also assists with career exploration and preparation. The office is open every day and can be contacted at 610-796-8266.

Career Services
Staff members at the Career Development office will help you with any questions you have about exploring or planning careers. They also will guide you about how to look for and apply to jobs as you get closer to graduation. The office also has a career resources library. You can learn more about career services at www.alvernia.edu/student-life/career-services, or by emailing career.services@alvernia.edu.

Financial Aid
The Financial Aid office is the place to contact with any questions you have about the cost of an Alvernia education and options for paying for it. Nearly all undergraduates at Alvernia get some type of financial aid, and everyone is encouraged to apply for it. You can learn more at www.alvernia.edu/financialaid/index.html or by emailing financialaid@alvernia.edu.

Admissions Office
If you’re interested in applying to the Athletic Training program at Alvernia, contact the Admissions Office at 610-796-3011 or at http://www.alvernia.edu/admissions/.

Faculty Members
Alvernia’s Athletic Training faculty members are dedicated, highly qualified professionals who are committed to sharing their expertise and knowledge with students. Faculty members are Certified and licensed Athletic Trainers (Commonwealth of PA) who bring their extensive expertise to the classroom.

Dr. Stoudt has served on medical teams for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, New York City and Philadelphia marathons, American Red Cross Legends of Tennis Tournament, National Hockey Festival, Ironman U.S. Championships and other major athletic events. She is a reviewer for the Journal of Athletic Training. Since 2012 she has worked for the Consortium for Health and Military Performance (A Department of Defense Center of Excellence) in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). Dr. Stoudt also has experience in instructing courses in musculoskeletal evaluation and Combat Medical Skills in the USUHS School of Medicine, working on the Performance Triad project for the United States Army Surgeon General and serving on the NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance CARE Consortium collecting data at West Point Military Academy.

Dr. Franek has extensive clinical experience in the following settings: semi-professional athletics (baseball), collegiate and high school athletic, the performing arts and outpatient rehabilitation. In addition to his clinical experiences, he is an accreditation Site Visitor for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and a scientific reviewer for the following peer-reviewed journals: The Journal of Athletic Training, The Athletic Training Educators Journal, and the International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training.

Faculty members often work one-on-one with students to enhance the student’s learning experience, and serve as mentors to aspiring students. Dr. Stoudt and Dr. Franek are actively engaged in research, have written articles that have appeared in prestigious publications and have presented nationally and internationally at conferences.

You can learn more about Alvernia’s business and healthcare faculty at www.alvernia.edu/academics/professional-programs/athletic-training/faculty/index.html.

GET INVOLVED

There is so much more to college than classes, and Athletic Training majors at Alvernia have some excellent opportunities to get involved in activities that are both enjoyable and provide beneficial, hands-on experience. Students who get involved and engaged in extra-curricular activities benefit both academically and socially, and open themselves to integral life lessons from beyond the classroom.

You’ll be encouraged to participate in a range of activities, including some rewarding and inspiring service projects. Some organizations and activities you might enjoy and benefit from include:

  • The Athletic Training Student Association. This group promotes the profession of Athletic Training to the Alvernia student body and staff, while enabling members to become better acquainted through a variety of professional and social activities. The association provides educational services and resources to Athletic Training students and the community. Members also participate in community service projects.
  • Pre-Health Professions Club. For students who are working toward careers in health-related professions, members of the Pre-Health Professions Club meet to share information, learn more about the health industry and meet others with similar interests. Members include pre-medical and pre-dental students, occupational therapy majors, nursing students, healthcare science majors and others.
  • Alvernia also offers many organizations, clubs and activities outside of your major, and you’re encouraged to get involved. You can learn more about Alvernia’s Student Government Association, becoming a Student Ambassador, student trips and other activities at www.alvernia.edu/student-life/activities.
  • The Holleran Center for Community Engagement serves as a bridge between the University and the community. The Center partners with a variety of organizations to provide Alvernia students opportunities to serve. You might volunteer to work at the Lutheran Home Care and Hospice Center or volunteer at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center. You can read more about volunteer opportunities at http://alvernia.edu/about/holleran-center.
AFTER AU

Like Sir Thomas More, for whom the movie "A Man for All Seasons" is named, David Sloan's '14 commitment and unwavering persistence served him well. Sloan, plans to earn an MBA in order to gain a better understanding of the business side of the sports industry to bolster his career in athletic training. Read David's story here.

Alvernia prepares its students for the real world in various aspects throughout the Athletic Training field and Jamie Reiger ’10 has proven this as a neurophysiologist fellow. Check out what Jamie is doing today.

For more information about Alvernia’s Athletic Training program contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or admissions@alvernia.edu.






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