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The Athletic Training program at the University of Connecticut is committed to excellence in education and research. The program is housed in the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, which offers the students the chance to learn and interact with faculty in the areas of exercise science, strength and conditioning, athletic training, and physical therapy. Our faculty at UConn includes nationally renowned experts in exertional heat illnesses, hydration, sports nutrition, injury prevention/biomechanics, exercise physiology, physical therapy, work and life balance, and strength and conditioning. Our academically competitive undergraduate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program is also proud of its close relationship with the Korey Stringer Institute.

 

Athletic Training Profession

Athletic Training is an allied health care profession which has been formally recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) since 1991. It is defined by the NATA as the “prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.” Athletic Trainers are often seen on the field helping in the treatment of sports-related injuries. Off the field, they also work with active populations in helping to bring injured people back to healthy activity or sports play. The Certified Athletic Trainer, in cooperation with physicians and other allied health care professionals, is an integral member of the health care team. You can learn more about the profession of Athletic Training and the organization itself by visiting the website of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association.

Degree Programs

Students in the undergraduate Athletic Training Program currently complete 2 ½ years of academic and clinical education to receive a Bachelor of Science degree. A majority of the Athletic Training courses in the curriculum are taught in our state-of-the-art Athletic Training Learning Laboratory. Upon completion of the program students are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.  Once a student successfully passes the BOC examination, they are eligible to apply for athletic training licensure. The program is proud of its 100% first-time pass rate since 2013 on the BOC exam, to see the program’s BOC exam statistics click here. For more information on the Undergraduate program, such as classes and an example 4-year plan, please click here.

Students wishing to enroll in the last Professional Bachelor’s cohort will apply to the program in the fall of 2017 with an expected graduation in May 2020.

The Athletic Training Program is currently planning its transition to become a Master’s degree program, as was mandated by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). For more information from the CAATE regarding the professional degree change please click here.

Students wishing to apply to UConn’s first Master’s degree cohort should click here to go directly the Athletic Training (M.S.) page where further details on the program will be continuously updated as they are available. The first cohort will begin in May, 2019 with an expected graduation in May 2021. More details regarding the new Master’s degree program will be forthcoming.

Post-certification athletic trainers can complete a Kinesiology graduate program in exercise science or sport management. Please see our page on Graduate Study Options for Certified Athletic Trainers for more information.

 

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