What is an Athletic Trainer?
Board of Certification (BOC) Certified Athletic Trainers are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a healthcare profession.
Employers of athletic trainers include:
- Professional and collegiate sports
- Public and private schools and school systems
- Sports medicine clinics
- Hospital ER and rehab clinics
- Occupational settings
- Fitness centers
- Physician offices
Students become eligible for BOC certification through completion of an athletic training degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). A degree in athletic training includes classroom study and clinical education in a variety of practice settings such as high schools, colleges/universities, hospitals, emergency rooms, physician offices and healthcare. Students pursuing a degree in athletic training are eligible to take the BOC exam in their last semester or after graduation.
Masters of Science in Athletic Training
Currently, to become certified as an athletic trainer, one must graduate from an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree program and pass the NATA BOC exam. Southeastern offers an undergraduate degree in athletic training and graduates are eligible to take the exam and become certified athletic trainers. In line with other healthcare disciplines, the governing body of athletic training education (CAATE) has mandated a change such that an entry-level master’s degree in athletic training will be required and a timeline has been established for this change. Southeastern has made the decision to offer such a master’s degree and we are in the process of developing that program. Over the next few years, we plan to discontinue the B.S. in Athletic Training and begin to offer a M.S. in Athletic Training to students that are interested in pursuing a career as a certified athletic trainer. We hope that you will choose to pursue your athletic training graduate education here at Southeastern.
The Athletic Training Program at Southeastern
The mission of the Athletic Training Program at Southeastern is to provide a comprehensive, progressive, educational and clinical foundation to prepare graduates for a career in Athletic Training. As a result of the Athletic Training Student's exposure to, as well as the participation in, the didactic and clinical education program, each student shall develop competency in the following domains of athletic training:
• 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
• Professional Development and Responsibility
This preparation, along with successful passing of the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination for Athletic Training, and meeting the appropriate state requirements will qualify graduates for entry-level careers in Athletic Training.
1. To prepare athletic training students to develop knowledge and skills in prevention
and health promotion.
2. To prepare athletic training students to demonstrate clinical examination and diagnosis knowledge and skills.
3. To prepare athletic training students to demonstrate knowledge and skill in the evaluation and immediate management of acute injuries and illnesses.
4. To prepare athletic training students to utilize therapeutic interventions effectively.
5. To prepare athletic training students to demonstrate professional development and responsibility.
6. To prepare athletic training students to enter the work force in athletic training and/or attend graduate school in an athletic training related field of study.
Performance standards of the professional athletic training education program are listed below. Students should read these standards carefully and are expected to be familiar with them and comply. The Southeastern Louisiana University Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies expects that all applicants for admission possess and demonstrate the skills, attributes, and qualities set forth below, with or without reasonable dependence on technology or intermediaries.
- The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients, athletes, and fellow AT students, faculty and staff, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds.
- Sufficient neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to accurately perform appropriate physical skills safely and efficiently, as well as use equipment and materials during the evaluation and treatment of patients and athletes.
- The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts and problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm.
- Affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.
- Flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.
- The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.
- The perseverance, diligence, and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced.
Forms and Documents
Education forms and documents for students pursuing a degree in Athletic Training under the department of Kinesiology and Health Studies.
Program Application Materials
The BS in Athletic Training at SLU is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Southeastern was the first university in Louisiana to have an accredited Athletic Training program. Accreditation was initially obtained October 18, 2002, and the current accreditation extends until 2027.
Board of Certification (BOC) Exam Scores
As an accreditation requirement, universities are required to report data on the number of graduates who take and pass the BOC exam in the past 3 years. Click here CAATE for results.
AT Academic Faculty
Ryan M. Green, PhD, LAT, ATC - Program Director
Kirsten Cunha, DAT, LAT, ATC - Clinical Education Coordinator
AT Medical Director
Michelle A. Sliva, MD, MS