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.
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.
Athletic Training Program Director