Athletic Training

Vision Statement

The University of Nebraska athletic training program will provide an accredited athletic training education curriculum to undergraduate students at the University. The athletic training education program is dedicated to providing a program noted for excellence in the athletic medicine community of Nebraska, as well as in national professional communities.

Degree Options

The Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Athletic Training.

Mission

The athletic training education program at the University of Nebraska is committed to providing athletic training students with the best educational experience possible. We are dedicated to creating and maintaining an educational major that surpasses the standards set by the National Athletic Trainers Association, as well as providing a wide variety of practical assignments in modern, well equipped athletic medicine facilities.

Our goals are threefold. First, the University of Nebraska athletic training education program will prepare the student, through academic course work and practical experiences, to become eligible to become certified athletic trainers. The educational program will be designed to not only meet but surpass any standards currently accepted by the National Athletic Trainers Association.

Second, the University of Nebraska athletic training education program will provide educational opportunities for students at various levels of athletic endeavor, including team and individual sports, men's and women's sports, and contact and non-contact sport. During these experiences, concepts of equality and fairness will be developed in the student.

Finally, the University of Nebraska athletic training education program will provide the student with an understanding of the career of athletic training and the possibilities of advancing within that career field.

The underlying philosophy of this program is the same as with all other components of the University of Nebraska athletic medicine program. The athletic training education program is dedicated to excellence within its field. It is dedicated to providing students with educational programming that is recognized as excellent. It is dedicated to providing students with opportunities to work with teams noted for excellence, in facilities noted for excellence. It is also expected that students will display excellence in a cademic and work settings, and will adhere to the highest standards as put forth in the National Athletic Trainers Association Code of Professional Ethics.

The University of Nebraska athletic training education program is dedicated to the continual assessment of our program and our students in order to maintain our lofty standards. It is expected that the program will attain and maintain national accreditation, that faculty and staff will continue with the process of lifelong learning and that the student will achieve and maintain professional certification and will continue with education in both the formal and informal setting.

Upon successful completion of the certification exam, the certified athletic trainer (denoted by the credential A.T.C.) can seek employment at public or private schools, colleges, universities, professional sports, and industrial or clinical sites. In addition, an athletic trainer may continue working towards advanced degrees in medicine, sports and exercise performance, health-related professions, or other related areas.

The curriculum consists of general education requirements mandated by the University; background courses in basic and applied sciences which lay the basis for athletic training; a core of academic courses devoted to the knowledge needed to be a successful athletic trainer; and a three- year practical clinical experience. The head athletic trainer, the assistant athletic trainers, and the graduate assistant athletic trainers in the intercollegiate athletic department supervise the clinical experiences.

The athletic training staff works out of five fully equipped athletic training facilities. Athletic training rooms are located in The Osborne Complex in North Stadium, the Bob Devaney Sports Center, the Coliseum, and the Recreation Center. Students are selected for assignment based on their skill, experience, and competency in the field of athletic training, and students are given the opportunity to work with male and female athletes, individual and team sports, and high and low risk activities. Throughout their course of study, the students are exposed to the latest in equipment and technique.

Accreditation Status

On August 7, 2009 the University of Nebraska Athletic Training Education Program was granted accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), and is in good standing with that organization. Completion of the academic major including work experiences will make the athletic training student eligible to take the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification (BOC) examination upon completion of the bachelor's degree.