The Athletic Training program at the University of Connecticut is committed to excellence in education and research. Our faculty includes nationally renowned experts in exertional heat illnesses, hydration, sports nutrition, exercise physiology, and strength and conditioning. Our academically competitive undergraduate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program is also proud of its close relationship with the Korey Stringer Institute.
There is no graduate degree in the Athletic Training program; however, graduate assistantships are available to certified athletic trainers through the Exercise Science and Sport Management programs. Please see "Graduate Study Options for Certified Athletic Trainers" for more information.
Athletic Training 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.
Post-certification athletic trainers can complete a Kinesiology graduate program in exercise science or sport management. Please see our page on Graduate Study Options for Certified Athletic Trainers for more information.
Graduates of the undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program complete 2 ½ years of academic and clinical education and receive a Bachelor of Science degree. A majority of the Athletic Training courses in the curriculum are taught in our state-of-the-art Athletic Training Learning Laboratory. Upon completion of the program the student is eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) certification examination. Once a student successfully passes the BOC examination, the student is eligible for athletic training licensure. Please see our Undergraduate Program Overview.