Athletic trainers prevent and treat injuries, guide injured athletes through recovery and ensure athletes are using the proper equipment. Each year the need for athletic trainers increases in demand. This makes athletic training a popular career choice, according to the “U.S. World and News Report.” With a low job turnover rate, education is important in securing a job. The University of Texas, Ithaca College, California State University at Long Beach and Michigan State University consistently top the list of best undergraduate athletic training programs released by “U.S. World and News Report” each year.
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University of Texas
The University of Texas offers undergraduate students the opportunity to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training. The program is completed through the University's Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. The four-year program prepares students for careers in athletic training as well as to pass their certification exam. Students work in classroom setting as well as in clinical settings. Students will also spend time observing current athletic trainers.
Ithaca college is a small, private college located in New York. Ithaca has been offering students the opportunity to receive an undergraduate athletic training degrees for since the 1980s — before athletic training was even recognized as an allied-health profession. Students spend four years studying exercise physiology, injury assessment, human movement and therapeutic exercises for athletes. Students spend time in the classroom and working with schools and health care centers for clinical application of their skills.
California State University at Long Beach
California State University at Long Beach is a public university offering undergraduate athletic training degrees. The school offers a comprehensive program by focusing on academic and clinical training. Training includes risk management, injury evaluation, injury assessment, injury prevention, pathology of injuries and acute care. Students are prepared to sit for their board certification as well as take on entry level positions in schools and health care facilities.
Michigan State University
Michigan State University offers an undergraduate athletic training program through the school's Department of Kinesiology. The Bachelor of Science degree is in kinesiology with an emphasis on athletic training. The program is specifically designed for individuals who wish to work in the field of sports medicine. Training is in the classroom as well as through fieldwork. Courses focus on first aid, personal safety, psychological affects of sports, sports-related injuries and pathology and physical growth of athletes.