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Athletic training students with clinical preceptor at Virtue Field
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Athletic training student with clinical preceptor at Virtue Field
Athletic training students in lab
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UVM's Athletic Training 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.

Athletic Training 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 Athletic Training Program.

*The UVM Athletic Training Program is no longer accepting applicants for the undergraduate degree as it undergoes a transition to address the Athletic Training Strategic Alliance's establishment of the master's level as the professional degree for athletic training. The undergraduate Athletic Training Program at the University of Vermont is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and is currently in the process of applying to the CAATE for a change in level of degree. Pending approval, the proposed plan at UVM is to switch to a two-year Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree with enrollment beginning in summer 2019. Students seeking an undergraduate pathway to Athletic Training or other graduate programs may be interested in UVM's Health Sciences program and are encouraged to contact an advisor to learn more.

Curriculum

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 Program curriculum sheets >>

Clinical Experience

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 Training 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 Athletic Training students undertake 50 hours of directed observation of sports practices and games while enrolled in Athletic Training (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.

Program Requirements

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 Athletic Training students must reach this standard by the end of the spring semester.)
  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA in Athletic Training Program core courses (As 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 BOC certification exam.)

View additional program policies >>

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) >>

Period Number of UVM grads taking BOC certification exam National first attempt BOC certification exam pass rate UVM first attempt BOC certification exam pass rate Percent of UVM grads who passed BOC certification exam regardless of attempts
Board of Certification (BOC) Exam Pass Rates
2015-16                  16               82%            100%                           100%
2014-15                  16               81%            100%                           100%
2013-14                  19               83%            100%                           100%
Three-year aggregate                  51               82%            100%                           100%

 

Accreditation

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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: caate@sbcglobal.net.

Graduates of the Athletic Training Program are eligible to sit for the CAATE Board of Certification (BOC) examination. The Office of Professional Regulation in the Vermont Secretary of State's office governs Vermont licensure requirements.

Major requirements

Beyond the classroom

Clinical Opportunities

UVM's more than 25 affiliated clinical sites include our own varsity and club sports teams, the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation in The Larner College of Medicine, local high schools and colleges, and outpatient and orthopedic rehabilitation clinics. Most educational experiences occur in the Patrick Gymnasium on the UVM athletic campus.

Study Abroad

Athletic Training students who study abroad typically choose a short-term program or travel in the spring semester of the senior year, due to the extensive clinical requirements of the program.

Student Athletic Medicine Society

The Student Athletic Medicine Society offers professional development and volunteer opportunities for Athletic Training students.

4 Year Plan for Career Success

100% Board of Certification exam pass rate

Graduates of the UVM Athletic Training Program have passed the Board of Certification exam on the first attempt every year for the past six years.

Careers

  • Athletic trainer

Graduate Schools

  • University of Virginia
  • Old Dominion University
  • Clarkson University