IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR THE PROFESSION OF ATHLETIC TRAINING
All Athletic Trainers will need a Master’s Degree in the near future.
Recently, the Athletic Training Strategic Alliance announced a mandate that the master’s degree will be the minimum entry level degree for athletic training. Follow this link to learn more about this important change. http://www.nata.org/strategic-alliance-degree-statement
What does this mean for students interested in becoming an athletic trainer? You will not be able to become an athletic trainer without a master’s degree in the near future.
Does Adrian College meet the requirements of this mandate? YES!! Adrian College is the ONLY program in Michigan that currently meets this requirement. Furthermore, you can earn both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just 5 years.
There are very few programs in the country that combine a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree to transition their students into the professional world. Adrian is innovative and unique, and will provide students with the most up-to-date technology and facilities to prepare them for success.
5 Year Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and Athletic Training
Tina Claiborne, PhD, ATC, CSCS has developed the first Master’s Degree program on the campus of Adrian College. Dr. Claiborne was hired in 2007 to start a new Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training, however her dedication to the advancement of Adrian College and the profession of athletic training led her to develop a new 5-year Master’s degree program. In just 5 years, athletic training students will earn a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a Master of Science in Athletic Training. Over 70% of Athletic Trainers (ATs) have earned their Master’s Degree or higher. Now, Adrian College’s Athletic Training graduates will join the ranks of these professionals and be able to compete for the best jobs in the field!
Graduate Athletic Training Accreditation Status
In order for students to be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam and become a certified athletic trainer (AT), they must graduate from a Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited program. When a program is accredited, it means they meet the minimum standards necessary to prepare entry-level professionals.
The athletic training program at Adrian College has been accredited since 2010. In November, the graduate athletic training program at Adrian College underwent their comprehensive re-accreditation program through rigorous review from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Three site visitors reviewed a written report and interviewed Adrian College's administration, program faculty, students, staff and clinical preceptors. They visited on and off campus facilities and clinical sites over the course of three days.
As a result, Adrian College and the graduate athletic training program are thrilled to report that out of 109 CAATE standards, the program received zero citations. This is the third comprehensive review, and second site visit since the advent of the program in 2007. The program's record is strong, boasting 100% compliance with accreditation standards, and over a 93% student pass rate on the national boards.
Please contact Dr. Claiborne at firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions regarding accreditation status. (Updated November 2013)
The Master’s Degree Program in Athletic Training is committed to the personal and professional growth of individual students. In a supportive, student-centered learning environment, students will be challenged intellectually through advanced coursework, and professional and scholarly experiences. Graduates will achieve success in the allied health profession of athletic training, as well as related fields in health and wellness.
Program Goals and Objectives
- Provide a secure, but intellectually stimulating academic environment so that learning may be enhanced for all students from diverse backgrounds.
- Prepare students for clinical research in kinesiology and the exercise sciences.
- Teach students to be proficient at the clinical and didactic skills necessary to be a successful athletic trainer.
- Exhibit and promote all aspects of professional conduct of students, staff and faculty.
- Prepare students for success on the Board of Certification exam.
- Prepare students for careers in athletic training or related fields through an advanced graduate level course of study.
What is the advantage of a 5-year Master's program?
Similar to other allied health professions such as physical therapy and occupational therapy, students will stay at Adrian College for only a fifth year and...
- Earn a B.S. in Exercise Science
- Earn an M.S. in Athletic Training
Students will have more time before they have to commit to the major of Athletic Training...
- Choosing a major is a huge undertaking, and often students need a year or two of discovery before committing to a major. With this new curriculum, students will have the opportunity to take some introductory and exploration courses before they decide to commit to the field of Athletic Training.
Having earned an advanced degree, students will have more opportunities upon graduation...
- More earning power – on average $5-7,000.00 more annually
- More job opportunities, 70% of ATs hold a Master’s Degree or higher
- With both a clinical emphasis and a thesis requirement, students will be prepared for a variety of graduate school opportunities