UVM's Athletic Training Education program equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to work with physicians and other health care professionals in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries incurred by athletes and others engaged in physical activity.
Students benefit from diverse clinical experiences, interdisciplinary study in direct association with The University of Vermont Medical Center and The Larner College of Medicine's Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, and individual attention. Athletic training students observe sports practices and games beginning in the first semester to become acquainted with the routines of campus athletic training staff, and gain a minimum of 800 clinical experience hours with a clinical mentor over the course of the four-year program.
An integrated curriculum combines study in anatomy and physiology, nutrition, and rehabilitation and movement science with specialty courses in athletic training. View the Athletic Training curriculum sheets.
The University of Vermont's clinical affiliations with collegiate and high school sports teams, outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation clinics, and The Larner College of Medicine directly involve athletic students with patients and athletes, parents, coaches and administrators and offer interactions with athletic trainers and other health care professionals. These connections also provide opportunities to observe surgery and conduct faculty-mentored research.
First-year students undertake 50 hours of directed observation of sports practices and games while enrolled in AT 168. During this time they become acquainted with the daily routines of the athletic training staff on campus and engage with upper-level students in the program. Upon meeting retention and promotion requirements, students matriculate into the "clinical portion" of the program in their second year, where they are assigned to a different clinical preceptor each semester at both on- and off-campus clinical sites.
Students must meet the following criteria to participate in and progress through the clinical portion of the program:
- Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA (first-year students must reach this standard by the end of the spring semester)
- Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA in Athletic Training core courses (noted on curriculum sheet)
- Satisfactory performance in clinical experience courses (Repeated unsatisfactory performance in a clinical experience course will result in discontinuation from the athletic training program and/or the student not being endorsed for the athletic training certification exam.)
Additional fees: There are costs associated with being enrolled in the program. These include but are not limited to: lab fees, personal liability insurance, immunization maintenance, apparel to adhere to dress code(s), and travel to and from off-campus clinical assignments and internships. View current costs (PDF).
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The University of Vermont's Athletic Training program has been re-accredited for the period 2008-2018 by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE), 2201 Double Creek Drive, Suite 5006, Round Rock, TX 78664; Phone: (512) 733.9700; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the CAATE Board of Certification examination. The Office of Professional Regulation in the Vermont Secretary of State's office governs Vermont licensure requirements.