While the Athletic Training program does not currently offer a graduate degree in Athletic Training, our Exercise Science program provides graduate opportunities for Certified Athletic Trainers. As part of these programs, students may be exposed to a combination of coursework, teaching experience, research experience, and clinical experience.
Both programs prepare students for careers in athletic training at all levels – including research, academia, and beyond. Many of our alumni hold positions as directors of athletic training programs or head and assistant athletic trainers at the secondary and collegiate level. Exposure to a variety of ongoing quantitative and qualitative field and laboratory studies provides preparation for the final thesis research project. Recent projects include:
- Investigation of Team Physicians’ and EMT’s Practice Beliefs Regarding the Recognition and Treatment of Exertional Heat Stroke.
- What Influences Undergraduate Senior Athletic Training Students Post Graduation Career Decisions?
- Individual and Combined Effects of Hyperthermia, Dehydration and Fatigue on Movement, Balance, and Cognition.
- Extent of Athletic Training Services in Public and Private Secondary Schools.
- Effects of Head and Hand Cooling Devices on Thermoregulation, Cognition, and Performance.
Advisors may include Dr. Casa, Dr. Mazerolle, Dr. Denegar, and Dr. DiStefano among others within the department. Courses may include Thermophysiology, Exertional Heat Stroke, courses related to Sports Medicine, practical experience, and courses in physiology or statistics. Certified Athletic Trainers expand their clinical experience at the high school, secondary school, or division 1A university level. Full In-State and Out-of-State tuition waived for all Graduate Assistants and assistantships are provided at varying levels.