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University of Connecticut Neag School of Education Department of Kinesiology

Athletic Training

Undergraduate Athletic Training Program (ATP)

Welcome to the University of Connecticut’s Undergraduate Athletic Training Program (ATP) website. We are committed to providing our students with a well-rounded educational experience and are very proud of our program and its continued growth. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Programs (CAATE) and has been since 2003.

Our program has 3 full-time faculty members who teach course materials, supervise and advise our students, and who oversee the day-to-day operations of the program. We have 3 doctoral level students who teach and mentor students in the laboratory setting and have over 40 preceptors who supervise our students in their clinical placement experiences. Our students are mentored by their peers as well as the many graduate students who are enrolled in our program, at the master’s and doctoral level. We offer a non-accredited post-professional degree in athletic training.

Athletic Training the Profession

Athletic Training is an allied health care profession, which has been formally recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) since 1991. It is defined by the NATA as the "prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities." Athletic Trainers are often seen on the field helping in the treatment of sports-related injuries. Off the field, they also work with active populations in helping to bring injured people back to healthy activity or sports play. The Certified Athletic Trainer, in cooperation with physicians and other allied health care professionals, is an integral member of the health care team. You can learn more about the profession of Athletic Training and the organization itself by visiting the website of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association.

Undergraduate Athletic Training Program (ATP) Description

Our program has worked to perpetually improve since it’s initial accreditation in 2003. The program provides students with a diverse clinical education experience and a challenging academic course load. Students are able to gain clinical education experiences in a variety of occupational settings and interact with many preceptors with a variety of experiences.

As an ATP we pride ourselves on our ability to prepare our students for their future as a healthcare professional. Our program has had great success in graduate placement as well as success on the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. Graduates pursue many degree options and are placed in post-graduation settings that meet their professional needs and goals. Our students demonstrate competence and have demonstrated great success on the BOC exam each year.

Our ATP has small class sizes (approximately 12 students admitted per academic year), exceptional program faculty and preceptors, a diverse clinical education experience, and a family-friendly atmosphere. Our students interact with internationally-and nationally-known faculty in the areas of athletic training, preventing sudden death in sport, injury prevention/biomechanics, work-life balance, exercise science, and strength and conditioning, gain first hand experiences working as an athletic trainer, are mentored by strong preceptors, and are provided hands-on learning.

We encourage all prospective students to review our websiteand areencouraged to contact the Director of Undergraduate Athletic Training Education, Dr. Stephanie Mazerolle at 860-486-4536 or at (stephanie.mazerolle@uconn.edu) with questions. All students are encouraged to meet with Dr. Mazerolle to answer any questions regarding the secondary admissions process or the program. Other program faculty include: Dr. Lindsay DiStefano (Lindsay.distefano@uconn.edu) [clinical education coordinator] and Dr. Douglas Casa (douglas.casa@uconn.edu) [graduate program director].

 

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education