The Stony Brook University (SBU) Athletic Training Program (ATP), offered by the School of HealthTechnology and Management (SHTM), is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). This program is a full-time, two-year, entry-level professional graduate program leading to a Master’s of Science degree.
Athletic Trainers (ATs) are healthcare professionals who render service and treatment, under the direction of, or in collaboration with a physician. As part of the healthcare team, services provided by ATs include injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Once a graduate is certified to practice, the athletic trainer must follow individual state regulatory requirements for practice.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, athletic training is expected to grow by 23% by 2026. Demand for athletic training is expected to increase as the people become more aware of the effects of sports-related injuries, and as the general public remains active. Athletic trainers’ work settings include secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, higher education and emerging settings such as: the performing arts, physician practice, public safety, military, occupational health and health care administration.
The athletic training student’s comprehensive professional preparation is directed toward the development of specified competencies in the following content areas: Evidence–Based Practice; Prevention and Health Promotion; Clinical Examination and Diagnosis; Acute Care of Injury and Illness; Therapeutic Interventions; Psychological Strategies and Referral; Healthcare Administration; and Professional Development and Responsibility. Formal instruction begins in the classroom and laboratory, and is extended into the field through various clinical experiences. All students are required to fulfill their clinical education requirements under the direct supervision of a preceptor. Clinical education provides the student with authentic, real-time opportunities to practice and integrate athletic training knowledge and psychomotor skills. This includes clinical decision-making and professional interactions required to become a competent athletic trainer.
The curriculum prepares students for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. Upon passing this examination, an individual may apply for certification by the New York State Education Department Office of Professions. In addition to the master’s degree, the school’s Certificate of Professional Achievement in Athletic Training is awarded upon satisfactory completion of all required coursework.