Athletic Training Nearing Degree Designation
The Department of Kinesiology’s undergraduate program in Athletic Training is one step away from full designation as a baccalaureate degree program.
The new Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training was approved by the University Academic Planning Council in May 2012 and will appear before the Board of Regents as a consent item during their August meeting. The authorization to implement the new degree was endorsed by the program faculty, the School of Education, the program review committee, and the University Academic Planning Council.
The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training is designed to prepare students to meet national certification and state licensure requirements as Athletic Trainers. Athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize life-long physical activity of patients and clients.
Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Athletic trainers function as an integral member of the health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics, private/industrial workplaces, and other health care settings.
Recognition of the Athletic Training Education Program represents a major step in the evolution of the program from its roots as a loose area of concentration, to a certificate program, major option, and now a full degree.
“Establishing athletic training as a degree program marks the culmination of many years of hard work from several individuals across our campus,” said ATEP Program Director Andrew Winterstein (pictured right).
The roots of the athletic training program can be traced back to coursework established in the 1950s and 60s and the program evolution has mirrored the evolution of other sports medicine and applied health science programs at UW- Madison.