Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 21% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. As people become more aware of sports-related injuries at a young age, demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase.
To become an athletic trainer one must graduate from a program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The undergraduate Athletic Training degree program at Castleton University is accredited by the CAATE. However, the CAATE recently decreed that in the future the minimum professional degree will be a Master’s degree, and we are currently in the process of transitioning our CAATE accreditation degree status from a bachelor's to a master's degree.
Starting in the Fall of 2017, Castleton University will offer a 3+2 Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology/Pre-Athletic Training and Master of Science in Athletic Training degree. Castleton University is no longer accepting students into the current undergraduate Athletic Training program. The last undergraduate cohort is expected to graduate in May 2020. The current Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training will be phased out and replaced with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology / Pre-Athletic Training. Students in this program will apply to the Master of Science in Athletic Training (M.S.A.T.) program during their third year, and begin the two-year M.S.A.T. program during their fourth year. Thus, 2020 will be the first year of the M.S.A.T. program.
This 3+2 program will allow students to complete the entire bachelor’s and master’s degree program in five years, and be eligible to take the Board of Certification Examination (BOC) upon program completion. Students in the Kinesiology/Pre-AT program will complete M.S.A.T. prerequisite courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology, as well as foundational knowledge in Athletic Training. The fourth and fifth years will be dedicated to the M.S.A.T. didactic and clinical coursework.
Students who do not enter the M.S.A.T. program after the three-year mark will have the option to complete an alternate curriculum plan in the fourth year in order to fulfill the requirements of a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.