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Dennis Perkey Associate Professor of Practice, Athletic Training Program Director

Ed.D., Arkansas State University , Educational Leadership, 2011
SCCT, Arkansas State University, Community College Administration, 2005
MS.Ed., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Social Psychology of Sport, 1998
B.S., Arkansas State University, Athletic Training, 1995

I have been very fortunate to work as a certified athletic trainer in a variety of settings, ranging from private healthcare to high school, collegiate, and professional sports settings. This experience has given me the opportunity to learn how different patient populations respond to movement-related injuries, and a desire to help students learn about the profession of athletic training. 

Due to changes in the athletic training industry, athletic training programs nationwide, including Nebraska’s, are in a period of transition as they move from undergraduate to graduate level training.

Majoring in athletic training is no longer an option for incoming undergraduate students at any college or university.

The athletic training program at Nebraska is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The Commission now mandates that accredited professional athletic training programs must result in the granting of a master’s degree in athletic training to sit for the Board of Certification Exam. Bachelor’s programs can no longer admit students into the athletic training major.

Nebraska remains committed to supporting the development of future athletic trainers. We are confident there is a path for you at Nebraska. A master’s degree program in athletic training has been developed and is expected to begin within the next several years.

As a result of this change, the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences at Nebraska has identified the Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science (NEHS) option as the best degree program for students wishing to pursue a master’s degree in athletic training. This program offers many of the necessary pre-requisites required by the future athletic training master’s degree program.

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) –029702548Licensed Athletic Trainer in Arkansas (LAT) –AT 194Certified Doping Control Officer for World Anti-Doping AssociationCertified Doping Control Officer for United States Anti-Doping AgencyCertified Doping Control Officer -2014 New York City Marathon Certified Doping Control Officer -2012 Summer OlympicsCertified Doping Control Officer -2012 Olympic Swimming TrialsCertified Doping Control Officer -2010 Olympic Short Track Speed Skating TrialsProfessional Rescuer CPR Instructor –American Red CrossLetterman’s Club -Arkansas State UniversityExaminer -BOC Examination 2004-2007
2015-2021: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Clinical Education Coordinator -Athletic Training Program2010-2015: Arkansas State University, Clinical Education Coordinator -Athletic Training Program2009-2010: Arkansas State University, Interim Program Director -Athletic Training Program2003-2009: Arkansas State University, Clinical Education Coordinator -Athletic Training Program 2001-2003: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Jonesboro, Williams Baptist College -Head Athletic Trainer2000-2001: Arkansas State University -Assistant Athletic Trainer1999-2000: Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Southwest Mississippi Community College -Head Athletic TrainerSummers 1996-1998: Atlanta Falcons Football Club, Training Camp Internship
National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA)Mid-America Athletic Trainers Association (MAATA)Arkansas Athletic Trainers Association (AATA)