Bachelor's in Athletic Training Program
Experience hands-on Athletic Training instruction while working with college sports teams.
Now more than ever, health and fitness are at the forefront of our minds. But, when our level of activity increases, the risk for injury rises as well. That’s where a certified athletic trainer comes in. SUU’s athletic training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and designed to prepare students for a successful career in athletic training. Athletic trainers are experts in evaluating, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries resulting from physical activity. Southern Utah University’s undergraduate program is unique because it gives students the opportunity to work closely with NCAA Division I college athletes, local high school sports teams, and chiropractors and physicians from throughout the southern Utah region. This provides a wide range of hands-on experience unmatched by other undergraduate programs across the state. A five semester program, students apply to the athletic training program in the spring of their sophomore year and, after acceptance, participate in personalized courses taught by experienced athletic training professors.
Why Choose SUU for Athletic Training Studies?
- Work closely with all Southern Utah University sports teams
- Personalized instruction with experienced athletic training professors
- Hands-on experience networking and applying athletic training skills with local high school sports teams, chiropractors, and physicians.
- 80% of graduates who apply to graduate school get accepted with athletic training assistantships.
- 91% of SUU’s athletic training students pass the Athletic Training Certification exam on the first try.
- While attending the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainer’s Association annual symposium in the spring of 2015, SUU’s athletic training students beat out 30 teams from throughout the western United States in an athletic training quiz bowl and will represent the district at the National Athletic Training Association’s national convention.
Career and Salary Potential for Athletic Training Graduates
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for athletic trainers are expected to grow 19% through 2020, faster than average of all occupations. As people become more aware of sports-related injuries, the demand for Athletic Trainers will increase, especially with colleges, universities and youth sports leagues. The average salary of an Athletic Trainer is $42,690.
As a result of the hands on experience offered through SUU’s Athletic Training program, graduates are well prepared to enter graduate school and continue their studies with a master’s degree in athletic training, sports conditioning and performance or occupational therapy, among others. Many SUU Athletic Training graduates have gone on to be Athletic Trainers at large universities through a graduate assistantship.
Campus Opportunities for Athletic Training Majors
- Hands-on experience working with NCAA Division I Athletes from SUU’s sports teams.
- Attend regional and national professional athletic training conferences to participate in workshops and networking activities
- Volunteer for local high school sports camps and tournaments taking place on campus
- Job shadow with local physicians, physical therapists or chiropractors.
Athletic Training Courses You May Take
- Athletic Training/Sports Medicine--study the practical application of methods in treatment of athletic injuries and athletic training procedures.
- Sport and Exercise Biomechanics--study the science of human movement through understanding the structure of the human body in terms of its use in activity.
- Nutrition as Related to Fitness and Sports--study the most recent factual information on sound nutrition through understanding essential nutrients, metabolism during exercise and specific problems faced by athletes.
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Program contact: Joan Anderson