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Athletic Training Major

Description of the Program

The human body is a fascinating machine. And understanding how it functions and what it can do can lead you to a career as a health care professional. With an emphasis on athletics, the athletic training degree, allows you to earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training and have the qualifications to sit for the Board of Certification Exam and become a Certified Athletic Trainer. You will learn skills such as prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions.

Curriculum

  • Protective Techniques for Injuries

  • General Medical Aspects of Athletic Training

  • Evaluation of Injuries I & II

  • Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training

  • Rehabilitation of Injuries

  • Organization and Administration of Athletic Training

  • Psychological Aspects of Athletic Training

Extra-curricular activities

  • UWA Sports Medicine Club

  • UWA Chapter of Iota Tau Alpha (Athletic Training Honor Society)

  • Opportunity for exposure to various occupational settings

  • Opportunity to work alongside physicians from Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham

  • Countless opportunities for hands-on practice

Accreditation

The University of West Alabama's Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program has been placed on Probation as of February 19, 2016 by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. This program is designed to prepare students for the Board of Certification (BOC) certification examination. The curriculum requirements are met through the comprehensive athletic training major offered through the Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training which leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. The program places strong emphasis on the practical clinical experience coupled with specific professional course work. The University of West Alabama athletic training students put classroom concepts into practice by assisting staff athletic trainers with the day to day care of athletes in a variety of intercollegiate and interscholastic athletic training settings. Training in these diverse athletic environments provide students with valuable clinical experience in a variety of sports and sports related injuries.

Career Preparation

Look around you- people these days are on the move. We are learning more, trying more, doing more. When the level of physical activity increases, the risk for injury rises as well. That’s where the certified athletic trainer comes in: whether it’s an athlete of any age or an industrial worker performing physical tasks or even an average citizen delving into recreational athletics, the certified athletic trainer can help.

Athletic trainers can be found anywhere there are active people. Traditionally, athletic trainers are thought to work in professional sports colleges, and high schools, but as the profession has grown, so have the practice settings. The emerging practice settings include the performing arts, military, physician’s office, industrial or public safety and more.


Contact Information:

School of Health Science & Human Performance contact R.T. Floyd at 205-652-3714 or Joni Davenport at 205-652-3455.