Immaculata University’s Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Program Approved

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has approved Immaculata University (IU) to offer a new Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. The program will accept its first class of freshman and sophomore students starting in fall 2011. The Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science, in which the program is housed, will apply for accreditation in 2014 when the first class of students is in the spring semester of their senior year. Once the program is accredited, students will be eligible to take an examination to become certified athletic trainers.
"The Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science is extremely excited about the new major in Athletic Training," said Kelly A. Stalker, M.Ed., A.T.C., assistant professor and chair of the Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science. "This has been an endeavor that the department has been considering for many years to meet an increased student interest … Students will be inspired to learn through a curriculum that follows a learning-over-time model and is infused with the latest research and evidence-based practice within the field of athletic training."
Athletic training is a health care profession that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of neuromuscular conditions for physically active individuals. Athletic trainers are employed in various contexts, such as schools, professional sports, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, performing arts, and the military. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in athletic training is expected to grow significantly over the next decade, due to the applicability of the field in additional settings and due to athletic trainers´ role in preventing injuries and reducing health care costs.
The athletic training program joins the pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, and movement science programs that Immaculata University offers. Students in the athletic training program will take courses in anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, emergency response, exercise assessment and programming, therapeutic rehabilitation, and athletic training administration and research. The program will require a capstone research project in the field and five clinical rotations totaling at least 800 hours in local high schools, colleges, and medical facilities.
For more information on the new program, contact Kelly Stalker at kstalker@immaculata.edu or 610-647-4400 ext. 3157.
Immaculata University, a Catholic comprehensive, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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