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IMMACULATA’S ATHLETIC TRAINING
PROGRAM GRANTED ACCREDITATION
After graduating its first class of four athletic trainers, Immaculata
University was awarded accreditation for the program by the
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
(CAATE). According to Athletic Training Program Director Kelly
Stalker, Ed.D., “Our recent accreditation of the Athletic Training major
by the CAATE will allow Immaculata students to sit for the National
Board of Certification examination, which will lead to exciting careers
in the field.”
Two of Immaculata’s graduates will be attending graduate schools
(Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Appalachian State)
and the other two students will be taking their certification exams
shortly. One student has already secured a professional position as
an athletic trainer. Immaculata will have 14 students enrolled in the
professional phase of the major with four more sophomores eligible in
the spring; eight freshmen are enrolled in the pre-professional phase for
the fall 2014 semester.
“The Athletic Training major provides students the opportunity to
gain critical experience while working hands-on with professionals in
the field,” commented Stalker.
Athletic training is a popular allied health profession to pursue at
the undergraduate level because of the foundational courses in exercise
science, anatomy, and physiology, combined with the extensive clinical
education experiences. This major provides students with a strong
foundation for a career in athletic training or graduate work in a variety
of exercise science or allied health professions.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for athletic
trainers is expected to increase significantly over the next decade.
Athletic trainers are in demand in various settings, including schools,
professional sports, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, performing arts,
and the military.
Pictured L to R are Alyssa Stirling and Jenna Emes, both 2014 graduates of the Athletic Training program,
with Kelly Stalker, Ed.D., LAT, ATC, and Georgio Reed.