Athletic Training Department
Athletic Training Department
Athletic training is an area of health care concerned with prevention, recognition, care, management and rehabilitation of injury and illness in physically active populations. Athletic trainers work as part of a comprehensive sports medicine team that includes physicians, physical therapists, and other health-care professionals. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and its purpose is to represent, engage and foster the continued growth and development of the athletic training profession and athletic trainers as unique health care providers.
Upon completion of the B.S. degree in Athletic Training at Marist, graduates will be eligible to sit for the certification examination administered by the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC). Those passing this exam will be certified as athletic trainers.
The baccalaureate program qualifies students for entry-level positions in high schools, colleges, and universities; professional sports organizations; hospitals and sports medicine clinics; performing arts, law enforcement and the military; and corporate and industrial settings. Athletic trainers held 27,800 jobs in 2016, and by 2026 that number is expected to climb to 34,100, a 23 percent increase, much faster than the average increase for all professions according to the U.S. Labor Department. Students also may go on for further study in graduate and professional schools. The ATP also prepares students for graduate or professional education in areas such as advanced athletic training, physician assistant, physical therapy, exercise physiology, sports science, nursing, and medicine.
Transition to the Master’s Degree
In the spring of 2015, the CAATE announced that all professional education programs in athletic training need to transition to the master's degree by the year 2023 (2022 is the last undergraduate cohort that can be admitted). Marist College is currently studying whether or not it will be transitioning to the master's level in order to comply with this accreditation mandate. At this point in time, we will continue to operate as an accredited undergraduate professional program. As of fall, 2018 ALL students entering our program will earn a B.S. degree in Athletic Training and will be allowed to sit for the BOC examination.
Mission and Goals
The mission of the Athletic Training Program is to provide students, within a liberal-arts framework, with the strong scientific foundation and extensive practical experience they need to become certified Athletic Trainers (ATC).
Program Goals and Objectives
Goal 1: To prepare the athletic training student for a transition into professional practice as competent and appropriately credentialed health care providers.
- Students will earn the BOC Credential upon graduation, allowing them to practice as a Certified Athletic Trainers.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities in professional knowledge content area of:
- Injury Prevention & Health Promotion
- Clinical Examination & Diagnosis
- Acute Care of Injury & Illness
- Therapeutic Interventions, Psychosocial Strategies & Referral
- Healthcare Administration, and Professional Development & Responsibility
Goal 2: To promote and maintain high standards in the recruitment and retention of academically capable students
- Students will show appropriate progression through the Professional Phase of the academic curriculum
Goal 3: To develop healthcare practitioners that are capable of delivering evidence-informed patient care in across a variety of settings
Clinical education sites will provide students with experiences in a variety of settings, including high schools, universities, and clinics, with preceptors who demonstrate a commitment to teaching and learning while serving as role models for professional development.
- Students will demonstrate the application of evidence-based principles through research, writing, and presentation
Goal 4: To prepare students for gainful employment in the Athletic Training profession or for continued education at the graduate level.
- Students will become quality candidates for post-graduation employment and for graduate program admission
- Students will develop professional socialization within the athletic training profession and promote activism within the community