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Careers in Athletic Training. VSU Athletic Training Education Program. How to Become A Certified Athletic Trainer. Attend and graduate from an university that has an accredited Athletic Training program Listing of accredited programs can be found at

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    1. Careers in Athletic Training VSU Athletic Training Education Program

    2. How to Become A Certified Athletic Trainer • Attend and graduate from an university that has an accredited Athletic Training program • Listing of accredited programs can be found at • There are 5 accredited programs in Georgia • Valdosta State University • University of Georgia • Georgia College and State University • North Georgia College • Georgia Southern University

    3. To Become A Certified Athletic Trainer • A degree from an accredited Athletic Training Education Program will provide you with knowledge and skills in the domains of Athletic Training.

    4. Risk Management and Injury Prevention Pathology of Injury and Illnesses Assessment and Evaluation Acute care of Injury and Illness Pharmacology Therapeutic Exercise Therapeutic Modalities General Medicine Conditions and Disabilities Nutritional Aspects of Illness and Injury Psychosocial Intervention and Referral Health Care Administration Professional Development and Responsibility Domains of Athletic Training

    5. How to Become a Certified Athletic Trainer. • Upon graduation from an accredited Athletic Training Education Program, the student is eligible to sit for a national certification offered through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification.

    6. What are the career possibilities? • High School • Professional Sports • College/University • Corporate/Industrial • Clinic/Hospital • Physician Extender • Other

    7. High School ATC • Education: Bachelor’s degree, teaching certificate if a teacher/trainer • Salary: Typically paid a teacher’s salary: GA $29,259.00 with 0 yrs experience (GA DOE 2003), plus an additional stipend ($2,000-6,000) • Duties: Teaching if applicable, provide care for all student athletes utilizing all the domains of Athletic Training • Staffing: 1-2 ATC’s per high school

    8. High School ATC Brian Davis, ATC: Valdosta High School

    9. Professional Sports • Education: Bachelors and/or Masters • Salaries: vary from sport to sport and franchise to franchise (minor league = minor salary ) • Duties: All domains of Athletic Training • Staffing: NFL 3-4 F/T ATC’s + interns, MLB 2-3 F/T ATC’s, NBA 2 F/T ATC’s, NHL 2 F/T ATC’s, WNBA 1-2 ATC’s, PBR

    10. Professional Sports ATC L-R, Billy Rehl, MS, ATC, Scott Trulock, MS, ATC, Pat Jernigan, MS, ATC 2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Intern and Assistant Athletic Trainers

    11. Professional Sports ATC

    12. Professional Sport ATC NHL Hockey ATC NASCAR ATC

    13. College/University ATC • Education: Master’s degree • Salary: Varies at each institution ($35,000 (NATA, 2003) + Teaching responsibilities may increase pay per credit hour taught or Administrative duties • Duties: Teaching, all domains of Athletic Training • Staffing: Typically larger institutions and those with Athletic Training Education Programs have larger staffs, though it varies

    14. College/University

    15. Corporate/Industrial ATC’s • Education: Bachelor’s required, most have a Masters. Additional training: Strength and Conditioning Specialist, HazMat Training, or Ergonomics Specialist • Salary: $44,000 (experienced) • Duties: All Domains of Athletic Training: Emphasis may be on Rehabilitation, Administration, and Conditioning • May depend on hrs facility is open, 1-2 ATC’s

    16. Industrial ATC Ergonomic Education Fitness Education

    17. Clinic/Hospital • Education: Bachelor’s • Salary: varies inpatient/outreach $31,000-$44,000 (NATA, 2003) • Duties: May provide inpatient care, outreach only, or ½ inpatient and ½ outreach • Staffing: Outreach: 1 ATC/1 site or 1 ATC/ 2 or more sites

    18. Clinical ATC

    19. Physician Extender • Education: Bachelors/Masters • Salary: $36,000 (NATA, 2003) • Duties: Work alongside a physician and provide evaluation and rehabilitation to patients in the physicians office in addition to casting and even assisting in surgery • Staffing: varies, 1 ATC/1 MD or 1 ATC/group of physicians

    20. Physician Extender ATC NATA Physician Extender Brochure, 2003

    21. Other • ATC working in a hospital on the floor

    22. Travel to France Travel to Scotland Continuing education opportunities across the US ATC for the 1996 Olympic Games, Olympic Village Teaching Being part of championship teams Host NCAA Division II Baseball World Series Service to the GATA, NATA, and SEATA to give back Have an impact on someone else’s life Opportunities I have had as an ATC

    23. Learn more about Athletic Training • • • • • Come visit the Athletic Training Education Booth(s).


    25. References • NATA, Salary Survey for Certified Athletic Trainers, (2003) • National Athletic Trainers’ Association. (2003). Physician Extender Brochure.