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Athletic Training at the University of Toledo
Do you have an interest in providing medical care? Do you like being part of a team environment? Athletic training (AT), a medical specialization recognized by the American Medical Association, that cares for the physically active through prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries, is a career that will combine your interests. With supervision from Certified Athletic Trainers, physical therapists and physicians, AT students learn to refine their clinical skills to treat athletes and patients. Considered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as one of the top 10 fastest growing occupations, an education in athletic training directly prepares students for securing a job in various work settings.
The University of Toledo has a long standing history of preparing students to become Certified Athletic Trainers as well as qualifying them for careers in other allied health professions (physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, etc.). Since 1975, the University of Toledo has had an accredited undergraduate program, offering students the opportunity to receive an education in athletic training. As part of the Athletic Training Education Program, students acquire excellent real world experience with an emphasis on evidence-based practice, the newest approaches to patient care established by research. As part of the curriculum, students are exposed to hands-on learning and mentored by nationally recognized academic and cl inical athletic training faculty and staff through their clinical education experiences.
The steps you need to take
Students interested in the Athletic Training Education Program should declare as a Pre-AT major and enroll in KINE 1110: Introduction to Athletic Training. As part of this course they will learn more about the profession of athletic training and participate in clinical observations by shadowing a current athletic training student. In the Spring semester, students can apply to the program and be competitively admitted into the professional program. Following their acceptance into the professional program, students participate in clinical education rotations until graduation. Clinical education assignments will include a variety of experiences and settings including high schools, sports medicine clinics, a general medical rotation at a physician’s office, and University of Toledo intercollegiate athletics.
What to expect when you graduate
Students are eligible for certification by the Board of Certification upon graduation. Employment settings for athletic trainers include hospitals, sports medicine clinics, industrial and commercial settings, secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, the military, and performing arts. Additionally, the Athletic Training major at the University of Toledo prepares students for graduate school, with many students continuing on in programs of their choice in athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistance or medical schools.
Find out more information and see how the National Athletic Trainers’ Association describes what athletic training is all about.
Of fourteen spring 2012 graduates, we had one Summa Cum Laude, four Magna Cum Laude, and six Cum Laude. OUTSTANDING! Eight of nine passed the BOC at the April date. Thirteen of fourteen either have jobs or graduate school positions as of July, 2012.