What is an Athletic Trainer?
Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes. (Courtesy of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association)
What careers or educational options can I pursue with an Athletic Training degree?
Athletic Training (AT) graduates are employed in University settings, High School/ Sport Medicine clinics, Professional Sports or pursue post-professional opportunities including residencies and academic doctorates.
About the Post-Professional Program
The Post-Professional AT Program (PPATP) accommodates both Board of Certification (BOC) certified athletic trainers and Board of Certification (BOC) “certification eligible” athletic trainers. Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis after academic admission is determined. There is no separate application for graduate assistantships. Funding for the assistantships is provided through UK Athletics, local sports medicine clinics, high schools, and local colleges. Should you have any questions, please contact Dr. Phillip Gribble, Director of the Post-Professional program.
Effective immediately (August 28, 2019), the Department of Athletic Training and Clinical Nutrition in the College of Health Sciences is withdrawing from the accreditation of our post-professional Athletic Training program through the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
Students enrolled in our 2019 cohort will complete a CAATE-accredited post-professional program. Any students in future years will be completing a non-accredited post-professional program. Please note that accreditation of post-professional programs in Athletic Training is voluntary.
As of the 19-20 academic year, we will no longer be accepting applications of admitting students into the post professional MSAT program as we transition to a professional MSAT program. The post-professional teach-out will be completed as of May 2021.
About the Graduate Certificate Program
While our post-professional Athletic Training program is no longer accepting new students, our history of preparing successful advanced Athletic Trainers is not ending. We are excited to announce a new opportunity for advanced preparation through our Graduate Certificate program in Musculoskeletal Injury Management. This program will feature clinically focused coursework in the areas of evaluation and management of musculoskeletal injuries in the physically active. Along with this coursework, there are opportunities for paid work as an Athletic Trainer in middle school, high school and collegiate settings. We encourage individuals that hold BOC credentials as an Athletic Trainer or are eligible to sit for the BOC examination to consider this new and exciting opportunity. We will begin accepting students into this program starting in the fall of 2020. Should you have any questions, please contact Dr. Phillip Gribble, Director of the Post-Professional program.
Mission of the Athletic Training Program
Our mission is to provide course work and clinical experiences that are designed to develop skills necessary to conduct research and increase proficiency in sports injury prevention, education, and rehabilitation. It is a goal that graduates become: critical consumers of research and accepted clinical practices, advanced health care providers, and leaders in the clinical, educational, and research endeavors of the profession.