The Professional Athletic Training Program (ATP) at the University of Connecticut is committed to providing students with a well-rounded educational experience. We are very proud of our program and its continued growth.
We are housed in the Department of Kinesiology, within 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, athletic training, and physical therapy. Our faculty at UConn includes nationally renowned experts in exertional heat illnesses, hydration, sports nutrition, injury prevention/biomechanics, neuromuscular control, exercise physiology, physical therapy, and work/life balance. Our academically competitive professional program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
Our program currently offers an undergraduate Bachelor’s of Science degree in Athletic Training, where students complete 2 ½ years of academic and clinical education. 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.
Our Athletic Training Program is currently in the process of transitioning to become a Professional Master’s degree program, as was mandated by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Therefore, our undergraduate program will cease to exist, and our last Professional Bachelor’s cohort will apply to the program in the fall of 2017 with an expected graduation in May 2020. The first Master’s degree 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. Please click here for more info.
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.