Why Athletic Training?
- 1 According to the United States Department of Labor, “Employment of athletic trainers is expected to grow by 30% from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.”
- 2 A degree in Athletic Training will enable you to work in numerous settings. You might choose to practice at a hospital, fitness center, secondary school, college, or even for a professional sports organization. Many large corporations also hire athletic trainers to assess and improve ergonomic development.
- 3 Athletic training is both an active and social field of work. Athletic trainers work among physicians, coaches, athletes, non-athletes, and other individuals. Thus, athletic trainers’ day-to-day jobs are full of new experiences and constant activity.
Careers in Athletic Training
- Athletic Trainer
- Physical Therapist
- Fitness Instructor of Personal Trainer
- Sports Manager
Why Study Athletic Training at Saint Joseph's College?
Today, athletic trainers work in numerous settings and are confronted with various issues. Therefore, in order to ensure that our Athletic Training students are knowledgeable and prepared to enter the workforce after graduation, SJC offers a wide array of courses, including Athletic Training, Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology, Psychology, Preventative Techniques, Nutrition, Pharmacology for Sports and Exercise Science, Medical Terminology, and multiple practicums, just to name a few.
SJC’s Athletic Training major includes both classroom and clinical education. During the second semester of their freshman year, students apply for admission into the professional portion of the Athletic Training program, which prepares them for their Board of Certification examination. Students who receive admission can serve as student athletic trainers, enabling them to gain practical field experience by working with our Division II athletes during competition and in our athletic training facilities. Student athletic trainers qualify for a Performance Scholarship of $2,000.
Dedication to Excellence
The Athletic Training program is based on the National Athletic Trainers’ Associations Athletic Training Educational Competencies. At SJC, the goals of our program are to:
- Prepare students in an academically and spiritually enriched environment, while also nurturing success and academic excellence.
- Provide cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills in didactic and clinical settings that affords the foundation for becoming successful.
In order to accomplish these goals, the Athletic Training major is divided into two phases. Phase I is the pre-professional program, which facilitates the foundational process of Athletic Training and lasts for two semesters. Freshmen must complete an Introductory Athletic Training course, clinical observation, and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. During the spring semester of their freshman year, students apply for admission into the professional portion of the Athletic Training Program, Phase II. Phase II is a six semester program that is designed to give students the knowledge and skills needed for the Board of Certification examination. Athletic Training students also have access to our new Athletic Training Laboratory, which is specifically dedicated to teaching the discipline.
Faculty and Class Size
At SJC, you will be taught by qualified athletic trainers. All of our Athletic Training faculty members are appropriately credentialed from accredited institutions. In addition to their credentials, the Athletic Training faculty members have immense amounts of practical experience. Some of our Athletic Training faculty members practice at SJC and tend to our Division II athletes, while others are employed at local hospitals and high schools. Athletic Training classes at SJC range between 10 and 15 students.
Note: Saint Joseph's College is in the process of pursuing accreditation for this program. Application for accreditation does not guarantee accreditation status and students should be aware that they must graduate from a CAATE-accredited program to be eligible for the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) examination in order to pursue a career as an athletic trainer. Questions or concerns regarding accreditation status can be addressed by the Program Director.